After Life: Ricky Gervais series baffles viewers with bizarre ‘superimposed head’ shot

After Life: Ricky Gervais series baffles viewers with bizarre ‘superimposed head’ shot

After Life: Ricky Gervais series baffles viewers with bizarre ‘superimposed head’ shot

After Life: Ricky Gervais series baffles viewers with bizarre ‘superimposed head’ shot

After Life: Ricky Gervais series baffles viewers with bizarre ‘superimposed head’ shot 1

Viewers of Ricky Gervais’s Netflix black comedy series After Life have been left baffled by a shot that appears to show a “superimposed head” placed over one of its stars.

The hit series stars Gervais as a man who contemplates suicide after his wife dies of breast cancer. Kerry Godliman plays his wife, Lisa, who appears in visions and flashbacks.

The fifth episode of the show’s second season, which arrived on Netflix last week (24 April), has inspired more unease than dark laughs, however – with a specific shot dubbed “cursed” and earning comparisons to David Lynch.


The scene sees Gervais’s character reminiscing about Lisa swimming in the local ponds, with a shot appearing to show Godliman’s smiling and blinking face superimposed over the head of a different woman.

The moment was spotted by writer and voiceover artist Sarah Sumeray, who tweeted: “HAS KERRY GODLIMAN’S HEAD BEEN SUPERIMPOSED ONTO SOMEONE ELSE’S BODY???”

She was joined by others in confusion, one follower tweeting: “This is cursed, burn it”, and another adding: “Is this a joke?”

One even compared the shot to a famous scene from David Lynch’s 2006 film Inland Empire, which depicts Laura Dern maniacally smiling.

Other viewers have complained that the shot threw off what was otherwise a brilliant series.

Despite praising the second season as “utter genius”, one fan confessed that he was “haunted by the CGI swimming Kerry Godliman at the start of episode five”.

After Life’s second season is streaming on Netflix now.


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