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Just a few thoughts on intimacy – and gravitational pull

Actors, acting. I’ve seen a lot of comment about the reduction in (scripted and) unscripted Jamie-Claire intimate moments, and a perceived general toning down of their interaction. Many are assigning responsibility for that to Sam and/or Cait, and I’m not saying that external factors may not be playing a role to some degree (other thoughts for another time). But let’s consider for one moment: what if “toning it down” is exactly what Cait and Sam have been *directed* to do on-set?

Think about it: this season, the Bree-Roger relationship becomes a major story arc – and it’s being pushed big-time in promo. The producers clearly want to hook viewers – especially a younger, more diverse demographic – with the satellite story lines (viz also: Young Ian. Rollo. Native Americans). However, the chemistry between Rik and Sophie is, shall we say, less palpable than it could be. Given that, I can fully see a decision being made to dial back on the SC JC chemistry in order to reduce the contrast and make the BR connection appear stronger, as production tries to build investment of viewers in that relationship.

Do I think that’s a wise decision, if so? No – the Jamie-Claire relationship is the center round which all the ancillary stories rotate: if the gravitational pull of the center is not strong enough, the objects around will fly off and be lost. Hopefully the producers realise that and re-ground the center in JC’s relationship before too much longer.

I just made a similar comment on another post, @silvercitysands. The writers are trying to pull a bait and switch in my opinion. I can’t imagine it will work. 

Had a similar thought myself. It’s a stupid decision but one I can totally see them making. Even if not told to tone it down directly, the writers are definitely rushing JC scenes and depriving them room to breathe. Same effect

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