Curious About Netflix's New Thriller What/If? Here's What You Need to Know

Psychological thrillers are nothing new, but Netflix aims to put a new spin on the genre with What/If. The anthology series, by the creator of ABC’s early-2010s thriller/soap Revenge, digs into questions of human choice, along with its standard-issue mind-screw plot. If you’re thinking about streaming it, here’s what we know so far (only minor spoilers ahead).

The plot of the first season revolves around Anne Montgomery (Renée Zellweger), a self-help author and motivational speaker who is equally capable of turning her motivational talents into manipulation. Her specialty is encouraging her listeners, especially women, to be utterly relentless and pursue whatever it is they want most. She makes a morally and emotionally messy offer to a young married couple — Sean, a paramedic, and Lisa, who’s been unsuccessfully attempting to launch a health start-up. As it turns out, that offer is just the start of a series of increasingly dramatic and complicated choices.

Anne offers to finance Lisa’s company with $80 million, which will help Lisa develop her crown jewel: a molecular sequencing project that would allow drug companies to tailor medication for every individual. But in exchange, Anne wants a night alone with Sean. And there’s another catch: Sean and Lisa must never discuss whatever goes on between him and Anne.

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