In the climactic conclusion of Love & Death, viewers were left stunned as the series delivered a shocking murder scene.
Candy Montgomery (played by Elizabeth Olsen) found herself face-to-face with an axe-wielding Betty Gore (portrayed by Lily Rabe).
The encounter unfolded in a brutal manner, forever altering the lives of those involved.
During her trial, Candy took the stand and recounted the sequence of events that led to Betty's gruesome demise. Initially, the affair between Candy, a bored housewife, and Betty's husband Allan (played by Jesse Plemons) seemed harmless.
However, it quickly spiraled into a tragic tale that would rock the community.
Adultery vs. Murder in Love & Death
In their tight-knit community, Candy reveals that adultery is considered an even greater sin than murder. This revelation raises questions as to why Betty resorted to wielding an axe. Was there more to this story than meets the eye?
In a moment of self-defense, Candy managed to seize control of the weapon, delivering several devastating blows to Betty's skull and continuing her attack with unbridled abandon.
Director Lesli Linka Glatter shares the remarkable dedication of Lily Rabe, who portrayed Betty while being six months pregnant herself. The intensity of the filming process was not lost on Glatter, who describes the scene as brutal.
Both Rabe and Olsen supported each other throughout the harrowing experience, resulting in a profoundly impactful portrayal.
A Mother's Instincts
Rabe, having worked while pregnant before, reflects on the profound connection she felt to Betty's maternal instincts. She reminds us that Betty believed she was carrying another child at the time of her untimely demise. This added layer of complexity made filming the scene all the more poignant for Rabe.
To achieve the chilling sequence effectively, Glatter credits meticulous choreography. The actors knew every physical and emotional beat, ensuring the authenticity of each heart-pounding moment.
Glatter's priority was to create a safe working environment for the performers, given the horrifying nature of the scene.
The Fatal Affair
Ultimately, the horrific incident stemmed from a single decision that forever changed the lives of the Gore and Montgomery families—the short-lived affair between Candy and Allan.
Olsen delves into Candy's search for validation and her deep desire for it from another man, offering insight into her character's motivations.