Broadcast networks will never be able to compete with cable or streaming when it comes to top-shelf dramas. As a rule, pay TV offers bigger budgets, more creative freedom, more leeway to explore adult themes and more flexibility in season and episode length. Still, every once in a while though increasingly rarely of late a broadcaster will resist the mandate to churn out nothing but cost-effective primetime procedurals and set to work on something more ambitious. Adapted from a series of novels by C. As its title suggests, the show is set in Montana.
Will we see a lot of continued interaction between the three of them? And their storylines do part ways, but they've made some lifelong trauma bonding friendships. She also wants to see justice.
Ronald is still at large. I would get home and my knees would be swollen. It was such a major relief. There's so many people across the country, across the world, who may never meet a trans person or don't know they have already met multiple trans people. We all deal with trauma in different ways.
As we see moving forward, we really get to dive into the emotional turmoil she's experiencing.
That's obviously a part of Jerrie's storyline here. British Columbia is the most gorgeous place I've ever been. It's a reality that people like myself and Jerrie face. He is out there. That also means that Jerrie and the other girls are going to have a lot of healing to do, both emotionally and physically.
Through these hard times, you really come together with the people who you know and love.
We know she wants to be a singer, might this fuel her even harder to try to pursue that dream? They've also been searching for answers after Cody Ryan Phillippe — Cassie's partner and lover and Jenny's husband — also went missing while searching for answers. But you know, loss is something we've all had to deal with this year with the pandemic and everything. Having any clear representation on TV is a win.
He knows I'm out there, and he's making that clear to me. You really get to see Jerrie's struggle. Oh, absolutely. Her existing and being on screen says something.
Ronald's much closer than is comfortable. Now that Legarski has been taken down, how likely is it that Cassie and Jenny and the others will learn the truth about Cody? She has a lot of big decisions to make. And honestly, people you didn't expect you would. But now, after Cassie located the women in the fall finale and gunned down the villainous Officer Rick Legarski John Carroll Lynchthey're about to get a slew of answers — some good, others not.
So, she will definitely be working closely with Jenny and Cassie to get Ronald once and for all. I'm really kind of shocked that it's on primetime television on ABC. And I'm really grateful for it.
At the end of the day, Jerrie is still a trans sex worker from Montana. My favorite part about what we're seeing now is you get to see Jerrie's home. But might they also be out for a little revenge?
We'll definitely get to see how she moves on from this traumatic experience. Any chance to get outside of that trailer was a blessing.
This will be a really empathetic way in to Jerrie's life. He's a loose cannon. They do a great job of seeing how Ronald has traumatized her on a profound level. There are sobering statistics about how much higher risk trans and non-binary individuals are for violence and trafficking.
In the exclusive clip above, Jerrie is struggling with the trauma of her experience, while also vowing to help Jenny with whatever she needs. I would have real bruises, not just the make-up bruises. She's also formed these relationships with Grace and Danielle, through this experience, and whether you choose it or not something like that probably bonds you for life.
So, what does that mean for Jerrie and her journey the rest of this season?
There's not a moment that goes by that I'm not moved with gratitude at playing a character like Jerrie on primetime television, purely because of the exposure. The show has these amazing vistas and scenery, despite all of the darkness going on in the plot. Even in episode 6, you see, Ronald is still following me. But there's a huge market for trans sex workers.
Was that a relief just in terms of not having to spend hours filming in that storage unit anymore? It's touched upon a little bit in the show how Jerrie wasn't what they were looking for. These girls are, they're going to be bonded for life. We really get to see that with Cassie and Jenny coming together in a way I don't think anyone really expects. You'll see some really nice moments of joy in [episode] 6 that I think will be really cathartic for the audience, especially after all of the heavy trauma that you've seen our characters go through.
It was rough. And he's scary. Big changes are coming to Big Sky. When the David E. Kelley series returns on Jan. Up until now Big Sky has been a thriller focused on private detective Cassie Kylie Bunbury and ex-cop Jenny Katheryn Winnick as they attempt to locate three missing women who've been abducted as part of a string of disappearances plaguing their Montana highways.
And he is more unpredictable than he was in the first five episodes. What I'm most excited for about the show is you get to see a trans character on screen, whose identity isn't her whole story. There is definite danger for Jerrie and the other girls. That finale was only episode 5 out of what will now be 16 total.
Well, now that you're out of that shipping container, what has that experience been like? Vancouver is a great stand-in for Montana. We get to see Jerrie's trailer.
It's pretty heartbreaking. In advance of the ABC series return, we called up Keitel to talk about what might lay ahead for their character and where the show might go now that one of its core mysteries has been semi-solved. That plays into roles I hope to do in the future.
How Jerrie deals with her trauma is she won't find resolution from this until Ronald is caught. There's a lot of beautiful things that aren't her shackled in a dungeon underground. Was bringing greater awareness to that issue something that appealed to you about the storyline? It's a very unfortunate reality; they learn the truth of what happened to Cody very soon.
You get to see the trauma of being kidnapped and almost sold into sex trafficking. If and when we get to see her move past Ronald, Jerrie's got a lot of decisions she needs to make on her involvement with sex work.
In big sky episode 3, grace makes her grand escape, but sadly, it doesn’t last long.
Vancouver, while it's pretty gloomy and doom-y right about now, is breathtaking. Hearing about Jerrie's backstory — how she was kicked out at 14 and has been living in a trailer park and turned to sex work as a means for survival — that's real. Where might Jerrie go from here?
Yes, she has big hopes and dreams as a singer and a musician. That's a reality. So, what does that mean for Jerrie and the other girls? Should we assume that you all are still in some degree of danger?