“You will be guided through the bell”

The rocky road trodden by “Breeders” spouses Ally and Paul Worsley (Daisy Haggard, Martin Freeman) in the first two seasons of the FX dramedy hits in season 3, which airs May 9 (10 p.m.) premiered on FX, on a big speed bump.

“Every time I think about that show, I’m like, ‘Yeah, Ally’s been having a really tough time,’ but forget the other seasons — she’s thrown up a lot and is struggling with a lot to a much greater degree,” he said Haggard. 44, the Post said.

“I feel like she has to do whatever she has to get through — to stay afloat and not sink the family ship.”

Season 2 ended with the Worsleys in disarray when Paul moved in with his parents after being hit by his emotionally fragile son, 13-year-old Luke (Alex Eastwood), who said he couldn’t handle Paul and his anger at him Troubles live in the same house – which have also taken their toll on Ally and her 10-year-old daughter Ava (Eve Prenelle).

As the new season begins, Paul has moved in from his parents to live with his mother-in-law Leah (she’s on their honeymoon) – Ally describes her and Paul, who try to have sex at his parents’ flat, as “Shakespeare” – and he’s flirting with them Leah’s neighbor Gabby (Sally Phillips).

Photo of Sally Phillips and Martin Freeman as Gabby and Paul.  They're outside in a park, both smiling;  she wears a coat and colorful scarf and he wears a winter coat over a sports jacket and winter vest.
Paul begins flirting with Leah’s neighbor Gabby (Sally Phillips) in Season 3 of Breeders.

Ally, meanwhile, is stressed beyond the breaking point; Not only is she trying to maintain an atmosphere of normalcy at home without Paul, but her job is in jeopardy after the company’s Berlin office went under. She also fears she is losing her connection with Ava, who is going through some changes herself.

Through all of this, Ally, Paul et al. treat everything with the sharp-edged humor, pathos and empathy that have become the show’s calling card.

“Ally has an early menopause; She’s kind of hormonal and unbalanced and she struggles to remember to do the right thing by everyone, but no human is capable of keeping every single ball in the air all the time,” Haggard said. “She loses her connection to [Ava], which is really hard; As a mom of two girls, I look at it and I’m like, ‘Oh god, my kids are 4 and 7 and we get along great,’ and then like I always do with this show, I look forward and it always presents me with something to come could.

“That early onset of menopause means Ally just burns and feels lost and lonely and a little bit like nobody’s listening to her and nobody’s helping her,” she said. “We see her at the lowest point that she has experienced in all three seasons.

“She’s someone who’s stretched too far in too many directions.”

Haggard, who also co-wrote and stars on the Showtime dramedy Back to Life, said Ally and Paul’s relationship will suffer over the course of the season.

Photo of Daisy Haggard as Ally.  She is outside wearing a blue jacket with her arms crossed and a grim expression on her face.
Ally (Daisy Haggard) is pushed to the limit in the new season of Breeders.

“I think even the most connected people spend too much time apart and too many things happen — you have to fight so hard in all relationships to keep those connections and not take anything for granted,” she said. “This season we’ll see [Ally and Paul] really pushed to the limit because they can’t even live in the same house… they’re being tested.

“I won’t say that [where the season] but we’re kind of hitting a sticking point in their relationship,” she said. “It’s building to an inevitable crescendo.”

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