Why do you guys act like the script is the be-all-end-all of whatever interpretation there should be to a scene?
The script is only the bare bones of a scene. It has the dialogue, minimal stage directions and that’s it. The writers/directors talk to all the actors about where their character is at emotionally and then it’s their job to bring the emotions to life on-screen. But that’s not even everything. The director has to make sure that the proper emotions are being portrayed, that the actors are doing their job, that the camera crew is capturing the proper angles, focusing on the right things.
God, I mean, look at all the meta we’ve made about just the set design, and Clarke’s bloody wigs??? There is way more that goes into scenes and this show in general than just the script. It’s Jason’s vision, indeed, but the writers are far from being the only people who bring that vision to life.
A scene starts with a idea, then there’s a script. But after that comes the filming and the actors and the direction of each scene, and that’s not even taking into account everything that happens in post-production. If something isn’t translated in the way the writers wanted it to be on-screen, they either reshoot it with new direction, add in ADR, edit shots, cut things, add music (shoutout to Tree) etc, etc and I don’t think that everyone truly appreciates the MASSIVE difference those things make.
Don’t just judge the script on how something was meant to be portrayed and especially don’t focus too much on particular word choices and small details like that; when the writers get together in a room on their plans for how they want the season to go - plot points, relationships, character arcs, etc - they aren’t discussing nit-picky details like “make sure you add that Bellamy and Clarke are just friends in the script”. That was a choice made by the individual writer of the script (one that I don’t even think is bad, btw, but maybe that’s for another post) and I guarantee when you get hung up on specific words like that you read way too far into things and miss the big picture (what you watch on your TV screen).
What I’m getting at is that we should be paying attention to the finished product of the scenes we judge. It’s nice to have scripts to go back to and pull things from for certain aspects of the show, but making an interpretation based solely on the script is like staring at a puzzle with two thirds of the pieces missing. Or reading a book with half the pages torn out.
It’s just not the full picture.