She’s been shown to be massively involved in a fairly ambitious political career, and that makes for an interesting plot
For All Mankind is a show that relies heavily on the one twist spawning multiple storylines. The real premise of the hit Apple TV+ show was the Soviets beating America in the space race, and since Season 3 is all about putting the first man on Mars, the eight-episode episode also promises a few shockers along the way , one of which will be the possibility of a new and first female President of the United States.
Set in the 1990s, the show depicts America before Bill Clinton became president after winning the 1992 presidential election. He was the 42nd POTUS, succeeding George HW Bush. However, on the show he faces off against Jodi Balfour’s Ellen Wilson, who puts her hat in the ring. She’s been shown to be massively involved in a fairly ambitious political career, and that makes for an interesting plot. If the show decides to make her president, it shouldn’t come as a surprise given her penchant for changing history.
To recap her role, Wilson was one of NASA’s female astronaut candidates slated to travel to the moon, but the space program is on the verge of being canceled due to the death of Patty Doyle (Cass Buggé). In the end, Wilson is chosen as one of the four women to join NASA’s Astronaut Unit and goes on her mission on Apollo 19. The show further solidifies her character and sees her as the commander for Apollo 24. As for her POTUS ambitions, she goes is a perfect candidate. Wilson can best be described as tough, level-headed, loyal, and believing in fulfilling any purpose she sets her mind to.
However, her sexual orientation could be one of the deciding factors that could affect her presidential campaign. She is revealed to be a lesbian and has been shown to be in a relationship with Pam Horton. To clear all doubts, she marries her gay boyfriend Larry Wilson. In the second episode, she attacks Clinton in the form of a TV commercial in which he raises sales tax in Arkansas by 33% and his run for the presidency will result in every American paying more in taxes. The ad describes Wilson as a “true American hero” with a promise of a brighter future.
There’s no telling if the show will end with Wilson as president, but if it does, the impact of the move on NASA remains to be seen.
For All Mankind Season 3 Episode 2 streaming on Apple TV+