With Queen Sugar, Ava DuVernay created a unique, profoundly moving exploration of one African-American family’s experience of death and rebirth, of struggle and redemption, primarily set in the rural Deep South. Ava wrote the premiere episode, and she returns for the finale.

    Here, the award-winning director and producer examines how much—and, sometimes, how little—the show’s characters have changed over the 13 episodes of the first season. Plus, Ava reveals how one of the shots in the finale was positioned as the perfect bookend to one of the most important establishing shots of the premiere.