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‘Outlander’s’ Sophie Skelton on Feeling ‘Layer of Pity’ for Bonnet – Variety

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SPOILER ALERT: Don’t learn you probably have not but watched “Mercy Shall Observe Me,” the 10th episode of “Outlander” Season 5.

Viewers who’re accustomed to Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” ebook collection have been in for fairly a shock in the newest episode, “Mercy Shall Observe Me,” as a result of the motion jumped forward to the sixth novel and wrapped up a storyline that has been on-going for 2 seasons.

In “Mercy Shall Observe Me,” Brianna (Sophie Skelton) was kidnapped by Stephen Bonnet (Ed Speleers) and brought to his non-public residence on Ocracoke Island the place he determined they may make a household with “their” son.

“[The writers] felt like as a result of Bonnet is that this looming presence the entire method via [this season], then if you happen to didn’t wrap it up, you’ve acquired the identical factor taking place subsequent season,” Skelton tells Selection. “It was good to wrap it up, and now we will transfer on subsequent yr.”

In wrapping up that storyline, the present caught pretty near the occasions of the ebook. Whereas combating with Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Brianna on the seashore, Bonnet knocked Brianna unconscious and she or he awoke in a wierd home, disoriented and scared. However Skelton says that at one level there was additionally going to be a query of child Jemmy’s security as effectively.

“She wakes up and it’s the panic of ‘I’m trapped right here with this monster, is my mom alive?’ after which initially Jemmy was really within the seashore scene with us. Jemmy and Lizzie have been purported to be on the seashore with Claire and Brianna and that really acquired taken out of the script, so at the least Brianna is aware of that Jemmy is considerably protected at that second when she wakes up,” says Skelton. “However she’s afraid historical past goes to repeat itself. Bonnet is that this monster and the truth that he’s being good is much more disconcerting for her and there’s this sense of not understanding when he’s going to pounce and she or he’s simply trapped on this cage.”

As Skelton places it, it’s a bit surreal how calm Bonnet was, appearing like he and Brianna have been destined to be collectively and lift their son. He didn’t appear to grasp why Bree is likely to be afraid of him.

“He doesn’t see the rape as a nasty factor,” Skelton notes. “He’s like, ‘:et’s get collectively now, we’ve got a child!’ He has no thought what he did.”

This made it all of the extra terrifying for Brianna as a result of she needed to play alongside along with his sport to purchase herself time to flee.

“As quickly as she finds out that he is aware of Jemmy’s title, she actually snaps into, ‘I’m going to play Bonnet’s sport,” she explains. “She’s attempting to placed on this look and act like he can not have an effect on her, however she’s not an fool and she or he’s conscious that if she presses that too laborious, he may do an entire 180 and switch into that monster. So she’s attempting to placed on a courageous face.”

A part of the “sport” Brianna was compelled to play was educating Bonnet learn how to be a gentleman. As such, so a lot of their interactions had a double that means — together with when Bonnet was fearful Brianna would suppose much less of him and she or he mentioned, “I couldn’t suppose much less of you.” Skelton says she labored laborious to make these moments obvious to the viewers, but additionally adequately subtle that you simply imagine Bonnet wouldn’t catch on.

“When she says ‘I couldn’t suppose much less of you,’ he sees it as a praise. So she is attempting to get on his good facet and have these courageous moments, and I needed to phrase them in a method the place the viewers doesn’t miss it, however Bonnet does,” Skelton says. “It’s a tremendous line to tread. It’s these tiny speckles of bravery, however they need to be masked as a result of if she pushes too laborious, the entire state of affairs may change, and proper now she simply must play his sport and work out a strategy to escape.”

A part of shopping for herself a while was Brianna recognizing a ebook and pretending to learn “Moby Dick” to Bonnet. “Moby Dick” hadn’t even been written but, however it opened up a dialog the place Bonnet talked about his recurring nightmare of drowning and the way he had no associates as a result of that they had all betrayed him. Skelton says the viewers shouldn’t really feel responsible in the event that they felt a sliver of pity for Bonnet in that second — as a result of Brianna did.

“In these small moments, you possibly can’t assist however really feel he’s been via some dangerous stuff that made him act the way in which he has, the entire nature vs nurture factor. She has these moments of pity, greater than sympathy,” she says.

Nonetheless, Skelton doesn’t suppose that excuses Bonnet’s conduct in any respect.

“Brianna has been via dangerous issues too, and she or he didn’t do any of those monstrous issues,” she says.

Regardless of the small quantity of pity Brianna could have felt for Bonnet, he finally tried to kiss her and she or he couldn’t masks her revulsion, which blew up all the charade. Bonnet then tried to promote Brianna to a different man, however by then, Jamie (Sam Heughan), Roger (Richard Rankin) and Claire managed to reach and save Brianna from her new captor. Brianna demanded that Bonnet be tried in a courtroom of legislation, and he was sentenced to demise by drowning, which meant he was tied to a pole within the water because the tide got here in.

On the final second, Brianna couldn’t let him succumb to his worst nightmare, and she or he killed him herself by capturing him within the head from the shore.

“I believe a part of it’s mercy,” Skelton says of that homicide. “She may take pleasure in this and watch him drown and let him know that she’s having fun with it, however she decides she will be able to do that one tiny little bit of goodness so he can see in his parting moments from the world that goodness does exist.”

However, Skelton additionally admits that a part of her additionally thinks Brianna “simply desires to ensure that the slippery snake does die and doesn’t discover a strategy to escape once more. Bonnet has a great way of getting out of bother and out of demise.”

Though Bonnet is now gone from her life, the trauma of Brianna’s experiences with him nonetheless stay, although.

“I believe it provides her closure with regard to Jemmy’s security, that Bonnet can’t harm her household anymore. However mentally and emotionally she’s not over it. This doesn’t simply repair her,” says Skelton.

“I really wish to ensure that it’s not simply put away in a field and tied up with a bow. You don’t simply shoot somebody after which your trauma is gone together with it. She’s going to be struggling for a very long time, perhaps indefinitely. So I’m going to include it. I don’t understand how a lot the script will, however I’ll. She’s not mounted. It eliminates the individual, however it doesn’t eliminate the reminiscences and the injury. It’s positively one thing I’ll carry ahead, even when the scripts don’t.”

“Outlander” airs Sundays at eight p.m. Starz.

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