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In this interview with show runner Patrick Somerville, we have:

In one standout absurdist moment in this wonky New York, a tour guide points out a winged "Statue of Extra Liberty" across the water (seen above). "New York needed more liberty!" Somerville joked, before offering a clarification. "I saw some people writing about it, and that is actually not the harbor. The camera is pointing north in that shot, so in the Maniac world, the Statue of Liberty still exists, and the Statue of Extra Liberty also exists. Someone decided that we needed another one."

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Who or what exactly is this winged lightning-wielding male Statue of Extra Liberty intended to be based on or represent?

  • That's a very good question. The body is clearly the depiction of a (winged) angel holding a thunderbolt (reminscent of Zeus) and holding an apple. Get it? A big apple. – Valorum Sep 27 '18 at 17:54
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    @Valorum: Oh, I thought it was just a knife. I guess you're right. That's at least part of an answer.... – ThePopMachine Sep 27 '18 at 17:59
  • @Valorum: Are you really sure it's an apple? – ThePopMachine Sep 27 '18 at 18:00
  • There's a better zoom here; i.stack.imgur.com/tJjDN.png. I was trying to puzzle out what he was holding until I saw the close-up. Then I was like "why is he holding a ball? Why is he holding an apple? Oh yeah. Because it's New York and this is literally the lamest reference imaginable" – Valorum Sep 27 '18 at 18:13
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    @Broklynite: I don't understand the point. Yes, I might wonder why she carries a tablet, and I would post somewhere to get an answer as to the symbolism. Why would you advise not reading too much into it? Someone had to decide the appearance of the SoEL and presumably they put some thought into it. Or if not, it's still an answer. – ThePopMachine Sep 28 '18 at 15:06

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