Bellevue: Adrienne Mitchell and Jane Maggs Talk “You Don’t Understand Me At All”

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*** Warning: This article contains major spoilers for the Bellevue episode “You Don’t Understand Me At All” ***

That’s all folks! CBC’s emotional thriller Bellevue has come to a close and in the process answered almost all of the questions that were clouding our brains all season long. With a season jam-packed with stellar performances, jaw-dropping twists, and emotional scenes, it’s a bit heart-wrenching to say goodbye to this incredible series. While we’re hoping for a Season 2, at least the first year really did go out with a bang!

Not only did we see Annie (Anna Paquin) and Eddie (Allen Leech) take Daisy (Madison Ferguson) away from town, but we also saw Annie and Adam’s (Patrick Labbé) dangerously unhealthy relationship come to an end. Meanwhile, Peter’s (Shawn Doyle) love for Annie finally come to the surface. The TV Junkies chatted with Bellevue creators Jane Maggs and Adrienne Mitchell about the intense finale and what we could look forward to in a possible Season 2. Check out what they had to say about the show’s brilliant season finale below!

 

The TV Junkies: Eddie gave Annie a final proposal. Was it satisfying for the both of you to have her actually go through with it? Do you think she could actually thrive wherever she is going or will her past haunt her?

Jane Maggs: I think she has a lot to deal with. I don’t think we ever intended to present it like she killed somebody and now her demons are behind her. That’s not what happens when you shoot someone, regardless whether or not you are family. I think she has a lot to deal with. I think she’s going to try.

Adrienne Mitchell: That’s the struggle and there is still a struggle. How does one deal with their past, deal with the demons in their past? She just got to know her half brother through a very bizarre serious of events and now he’s gone. That’s traumatic! Dealing with that kind of trauma after what she’s done, that’s the question. How is she going to work that through? Is she going to be able to start anew? Those are all of the questions we leave the season with. It’s like, is she running away or is she moving on? I think that’s the question.

JM: Yeah, and I think what she’s doing is she’s not repeating her pattern and for her that’s progress, but I think she has a lot emotionally to deal with.

TTVJ: What made you decide to have Coach Edmonds (Vincent Leclerc), Mayor Mansfield (Janine Theriault), and Father Jameson (Joe Cobden) attacked the way they were by Adam? They were all attacked individually in very specific ways.

JM: I guess we wanted it to sort of echo what he felt like they had done to Sandy in his really stunted and probably misguided way. He felt that he was working towards that with Annie through the season and then in the end when they were not punished for what happened to Jesse or Sandy, he felt like it was his duty to bring that to light and to show everybody their horrible side. He’s kind of a poetic guy so he did it in a poetic way.

AM: You have the coach who lured Sandy to the woods and you’ve got his daughter luring him into the woods. You’ve got Father Jameson who is throwing garbage and that sort of thing he was doing, that’s how he’s punished and then you have Mother, who locked her into the shack where she is found buried and that echoes that. Those were all kind of like an eye for an eye and mother would have died if they didn’t get to her. She was the sort of ring leader of it and that’s why her punishment was the most severe from his perspective.

TTVJ: Mother grabbing at Peter after they found her buried really showed his feelings towards her, I think. Especially with him pulling away as she was reaching for him. How do you think that must have felt for her?

JM: That’s an interesting question. I think she’s pretty much in shock and she just needs him and it’s a pretty devastating rejection. When the dust settles a little it probably means a lot more, the end of this relationship that felt real to her. Even though through all of the lies it didn’t feel real to him.

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TTVJ: Why did you choose to have Daisy meet Adam in the way that she did? To have him come over the house the way he did almost humanized him in a way. 

AM: He needs to be humanized through Daisy and through his ability to sort of relax and connect with her. In having a conversation with her we get a sense of who he is and what he’s doing. The whole series is about cycles and how cycles repeat themselves if change does not occur and specifically it’s very important for us to talk about the notion of the intolerance this society shows can only reap negative consequences. The town leaders, due to their own fears, were unable to lead in a humane way and instead lead through fear of difference. I think that’s what he experienced in his own family, that he was different and odd and rejected as Sandy was and as Jesse was. Working with Annie to tie all of that together in Episode 8 stops the cycle, and he hopes that she will get on board with him to help him do that. And I think it’s very timely with what’s going on in the world right now. 

TTVJ: Peter and Adam’s conversation was really great, especially when he started to talk about his love for Annie. Would you both deal with that if there was a Season 2? 

AM: Yeah absolutely! With what is that and what is that relationship, that very close relationship. I think what he said in that confessional just shocked him and he — if he’s even been aware of this — is going to be looking at that and how they cope with that. They are good together as colleagues and peers so how does that affect them and their relationship? It’s going to be something for Season 2. 

TTVJ: Total side note, this show shows so many versions of strange love it’s great. [laughs]

AM: [laughs] Jane why don’t you talk about this.

JM: I certainly wouldn’t take all of the credit for that, Adrienne. [laughs]

AM: [laughs] My husband thinks we are the creepiest people for this.

JM: I think we’re interested in the idea that none of it is within your control and it’s also this undefinable thing without borders. I think with the Peter and Annie situation, love is a thing that exists within your mind, so it’s hard to know if he knows what he feels is real, but it’s enough that Adam put it in his head. It’s just this weird, weird thing. It’s an undefinable thing that has so much control in our world. It’s a really dramatically amazing thing to explore. 

TTVJ: Whose storyline was your favorite to watch unfold this season? Brady had a great twist and Peter had some great moments! Individually what were your storylines to write for?

JM: It’s like choosing between your children! I loved that Brady was sort of beautifully humorous for a while, and I think it was genuine and it didn’t feel like pulling the wool over people’s eyes it was just genuinely who he was and he just had a secret inside. Also, we really loved the developing relationship with Shawn and Anna and their chemistry. Once we saw them together writing scenes for them was really exciting and I’m sure Adrienne felt that directing as well.

AM: I directed the first two and the last two and developed the series with Jane. I’m not a writer but I’m kind of more with Jane where I don’t know how to choose. I just think everybody was so amazing. I really loved when Annie arrived and then her meeting with Adam. I just thought that was an incredibly painfully twisted moment where you thought it was about something and what was wrong with her, that’s why her father left but it wasn’t even that. It was about this other guy who killed somebody and that’s what preoccupied him. And how she remains with this dignity and strange love for this guy. In that moment, I just think that her and him together there was just very exciting for me to see and direct. I just think Anna Paquin did an amazing job going to very twisted and dark places in herself to connect with this character and it’s not an easy thing to do. It’s very emotionally draining.

JM: And Eddie and her are amazing together. 

AM: I love Shawn and Anna at the end of Episode 8. That scene between them, oh my God! It was just heartbreaking. It’s just a beautiful, incredible layered love of our lives really. It was a beautiful series and I’m so happy to see how people are getting it and connecting to it. It’s great, people are saying how it’s making an emotional impact on them, it’s awesome! 

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TTVJ: What would a Season 2 look like if you were renewed? 

AM: I think what we’d do is go into a different world and a different case and work through those relationships and the key relationships we would be working through would be Eddie, Daisy, Annie, and Peter. We would be concentrating on those and probably bring in Sharon (Taylor) who plays Virginia into a leadership role in the cop world. So that would be something that we would really be interested in doing.

TTVJ: What do you both hope is the overall takeaway from anyone who watched this show and felt connected to these characters?

JM: I hope that people see it as more than a mystery, that the characters and the relationships and the heartbreaks outweigh it all, including the Jesse story in that. By the end, I hope it resonates beyond a whodunnit. 

AM: For me, I think the series is very timely for what’s going on right now. It’s interesting when we were just about to go into production I remember one director saying, ‘What’s the big deal with the transgender character? We’re all an evolved society now. This is not a big deal.’ And just from that conversation to how we’re almost turning back time with Trump administration and how that administration is allowing all of that built up intolerance towards difference. I hope people can connect with it on that level and can connect with it on the level of being aware that this is happening in the world. I think the people who love the series recognize the beauty in difference and they can recognize the beauty in inclusiveness. I think that’s the relevancy of the series right now.

What did you think Bellevue‘s finale? Do you hope there’s a Season 2? Let us know in the comments!

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