I was two weeks behind and if I’d let it go another week I knew I’d never pick it up again.
Can I just say shifting the focus from Ryan Hardy to Mike Weston is the absolute smartest move for this show. Ryan Hardy doesn’t make any sense to me as a character. Mike Weston at least has some sort of believable character arc throughout the series. Ryan is basically the same and Joe is now a complete mystery to me.
Listen, I hated the Joe Carroll writes a novel thing more than anyone. It was a thoughtless spin on one of my favorite Kevin Williamson things - characters completely obsessed with ‘how will this story be told’ while it’s happening. I mean SCREAM 2, the best movie of all time, did this brilliantly. The problem with Joe Carroll’s stupid fucking books is that there is no way to intertwine them with the series in any meaningful way. In SCREAM 2 we had seen the events of SCREAM and then were privy to how the story was retold by hollywood and then, at the end, how the killers were obsessed with how this new story was going to be told in the future.
I mean, Joe Carroll is obviously obsessed with telling some grand story that will cause outpouring of support and encouragement to other psychopaths… but then. Like… There is no there there. He supposedly wrote a shitty gothic horror novel and then was working ludicrously on a novel of season 1 while it was happening.
I mean I am obsessed with people who constantly narrating their own lives in their head. I love Kevin Williamson in part because he sees this as a main motivating factor to a lot of people. And in the episodes I saw Joe Carroll was all “listen I’m a shitty writer I’m not gonna write books.” Which is fine and dandy cause that plotline was fucking stupid, but also it makes Joe Carroll not make sense to me.
This is a long way of saying both Joe and Ryan make absolutely no sense to me but Mike Weston does so I’m all in on this again.
Aria’s just like “Fuck this. I’m out.”
She’s all “I was always on my own, different show. I show about true love conquering all the obstacles of fucking a child molestor. It was super romantic. But now that I’m on this show - this show where people are murdered, stalked, blackmailed, tortured, filmed in their underwear, and where pedophilia isn’t super romantic - now that that’s happened I am fucking out. I am leaving. Just isn’t for me. Bye guys.”
And Spencer’s like “I will literally sacrifice every strand of sanity I have to know The Truth.”
And Aria’s all “Not me. Nope. Just gonna exit stage left. Don’t have much use for The Truth. Never did.”