X Company: Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern Talk “Supply and Demand”

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*** Warning: This article contains major spoilers for the X Company episode “Supply and Demand” ***

Being in charge means having to make the difficult decisions, and that was the case for Sinclair (Hugh Dillon) on this week’s episode of X Company. In order to keep Aurora (Evelyne Brochu), Alfred (Jack Laskey) and Neil (Warren Brown) safe, he had to sacrifice the lives of two young Allied soldiers. The plan, which he had been working on with Faber (Torben Liebrecht), also explained why Sinclair was reluctant to send Krystina (Lara Jean Chorostecki) into the field last week. He was only trying to protect her, and while she, Alfred and Aurora seem to understand his thinking, Neil is still pretty upset.

With the team’s cover still in tact they now have to figure out how to move forward knowing the truth about Operation Marigold. As it turns out, Obergruppenführer Schmidt’s (Morten Suurballe) mission is really a scientist with the knowledge of how to mass produce synthetic oil. Will Aurora be able to gain further information on the whereabouts of this scientist now that she’s headed to a party at Schmidt’s house? Elsewhere, Sabine (Livia Matthes) finally started to realize the horrors being committed by her nation and began to see why her husband and Aurora are doing what they can to stop them.

To get an idea of what’s next for the Allied team and their fight to stop Operation Marigold, X Company creators Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern joined us for their weekly postmortem chat. The pair break down everything that happened in “Supply and Demand,” written by Julie Puckrin and directed by Julian Gilbey, as well as look ahead at what is next for the team.

 

The TV Junkies: We finally learned what Faber and Sinclair were working on and why they were the sending the messages back and forth. While most of the team seems to understand what Sinclair did, Neil is very upset. How is this going to affect him moving forward?

Mark Ellis: Neil has suffered the losses of so many and it’s going to be a very hard pill for him to swallow. He resisted letting those two boys get under his skin, then they did and they died. The person to blame for that is Sinclair and I think they are in for a rocky road ahead. Neil’s also in for a rocky road with Alfred and Aurora because they are in a better position to continue to see the bigger picture than Neil. Neil is responding emotionally. Neil is driven to protect those closest to him and is determined to not lose another loved one. We worry that he’ll be able to keep that big picture in front of his face.

Stephanie Morgenstern: It sets in motion an arc that burns quite slowly between himself and Sinclair. We will eventually see that resolved, but it’s a very difficult road for them to have to come to an understanding about what the war has demanded of the both of them.

TTVJ: Neil has had it really rough, which is why I thought the scene between him and Zosia (Aylin Tezel) over his niece’s letter was so nice.

ME: In a way Zosia is like a female Harry to us. There’s a delicacy that comes with her because of her age, but she’s also quite tough and seasoned by what she’s done and seen. It’s easy for Neil to recognize a kindred spirit in her and their relationship develops over the course of scenes to come.

SM: She’s also an example of the resilience of hope. Most of her family is gone, dead and purged out of the village, but she still dreams she’s going to open the candy shop her parents used to own. She hasn’t become cynical. She is hardened by her experiences but she’s still got a spark of hope in her and that’s very touching to Neil.

ME: The actress that plays her, Aylin, is one of Germany’s best and much like Evelyne she can convey enormous emotion without words. Once we realized who we had in our hands, we went out of our way to write as much as we could for her.

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TTVJ: Speaking of Sinclair, he finally said he’d sign Krystina’s transfer papers. So will we see her head out into the field?

ME: It’ll be interesting to see what she does with that vulnerability that Sinclair has just shown her. When he confesses to killing those two boys she can see that it wasn’t an easy decision for him. She, perhaps more than anyone else besides Sinclair, knows that war is won by thinking of the greater objective and not the smaller losses you incur along the way. So the question is will she rally to her mentor’s side again or will she stay the course and put in that transfer? She’ll find her way into the field somehow I’m sure. [laughs]

TTVJ: We learned that Marigold is a person this week, so what’s the next step for the Allied team as far as taking down that operation?

SM: Well they have to deal with the unintended consequence of the sabotage of the refinery, which is that this prize that was almost right between their fingers — this very valuable scientist who doesn’t write down his knowledge — has now gone to ground. He was so close but now he’s being hidden, so their next task is to do anything they can to find out where that man is because his destiny is closely bound to the destiny of the Allies and future of the war.

ME: Fans of the dynamic between Heidi and Aurora will not be disappointed over the course of the next two episodes.

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TTVJ: I did want to touch on Madeleine Knight because I find her so brilliant as Heidi. As I listen to her tell of plans for resettlement, she has a way of saying something completely horrible and making it sound almost pleasant. She’s been such a great addition this season.

SM: We are thrilled with Madeleine’s performance and she’s perfect for that character. It’s a strong character and one that was raised with the firm belief, ever since girlhood, that Germany has been greatly wronged, but that it will rise again to the greatness it’s had in the past. It’s that sense of epic historical entitlement to other people’s home, to the fertile ground, so they will never have to be hungry again and everyone else is disposable. She firmly believes that.

We had some great conversations with her when she was just joining up with us earlier in the season about what makes that point of view so compelling and so convincing and so empowering. From within that world view there is nothing remotely evil about it. It is just your historic destiny to be ruling people who are not as good as you.

ME: She was brought up only hearing one side of the story. That’s true for a lot of people I think.

TTVJ: In addition to Heidi, Schmidt is also pretty terrifying. How worried should we be about Aurora heading to his house next week?

SM: Very worried. [laughs]

TTVJ: Sabine finally started to see past her anger this week and realize the horrors happening around her. What does it mean for her, and her marriage with Faber, that she is now seeing what’s truly happening?

SM: We’ve been tracking a slow evolution with Sabine that we see as a coming of age this season. It’s gradual and every time she takes a step forward in her understanding of what Germany is actually doing, the more she advances in that understanding and the more her relationships with the people around her change. Even though her reflex up til now has always been ‘Franz why do you put us in danger? Why do you let yourself get pushed around?’ She’s starting to understand it’s not so simple for him and there’s something to admire in trying to fight for what you believe in, even if you put yourself at risk.

We have to also remember that she was raised in the same way Heidi was so the evolution can’t happen overnight of ‘Wait a minute, this isn’t fair! That’s really mean to do to so many innocent people!’ That wouldn’t be realistic, so it’s a very slow unfolding of the truth and her struggling with what her father, her family and her nation have been doing.

ME: In a way she’s been raise a bit different from Heidi in that her father has kept her away from politics and tried to protect her as a his little girl, whereas Heidi was thrown into it. Faber has a very tough day though on both the work and home front in the next episode that is going to challenge their relationship again.

 

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X Company airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on CBC.

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