The first episode of ‘Hightown’ set the stage for a riveting season. HL spoke with creator Rebecca Cutter about what’s subsequent for Jackie, Renee’s ‘attention-grabbing decisions’ forward, and extra.

Jackie Quiñones has hit all-time low. She began out simply residing it up throughout P-town’s Carnival, after which found the useless physique of Sherry Henry on the seaside and acquired right into a automotive accident. To keep away from jail time, Jackie went to rehab. However will she take sobriety critically? That’s to be decided. In the meantime, Junior has a massive secret. He was the one who dumped Sherry Henry’s physique. Is he hiding the rest? Time will inform.

MeSlop talked EXCLUSIVELY with Hightown creator Rebecca Cutter about Jackie’s journey within the coming episodes. Rebecca famous that Jackie’s “errors” are removed from over, and her quest for solutions about Sherry’s dying will lead her down a harmful path. Rebecca additionally mentioned Renee’s arc and the way we shouldn’t underestimate her. As for Junior, his “double life” may have a “big influence” on him. Learn our full Q&A under.

On the finish of the primary episode, Jackie is in rehab. How critical is she about this about getting sober? 
Rebecca Cutter: I feel clearly when she reveals up, she’s not sober. She’s simply searching for a get out of jail free card, however I feel you begin to see somewhat glimmer of her regarding the speaker in that final scene of her listening to the girl sharing. I feel her coronary heart cracks open a smidge, and we’ll see what that appears like within the subsequent episode.

When she’s speaking earlier, she breaks down only a smidge when she’s saying she’s high quality. There was somewhat little bit of a crack in her armor there. Will we see extra of that vulnerability because the season goes on?
Rebecca Cutter: She’s a troublesome cookie, and he or she likes to current that manner. We positively see extra vulnerability all through the season. I’d say it’s not all the time so optimistic. I assume for her any vulnerability is a step in the precise course, however typically we see her react. It’s not all the time as a result of she’s altering and rising. There’s definitely vulnerability when she makes errors, which we’ll see numerous this season.

On the wall there at rehab within the closing moments, we see the lady who was with Sherry in the beginning of the episode. Will Krista and Jackie’s lives cross sooner or later? Is that one thing you’re alluding to?
Rebecca Cutter: Sure, there are definitely parallel paths between them, and Jackie goes on a journey in that course.

Will we get to see extra of Krista? She holds numerous key data.
Rebecca Cutter: Sure, we positively are along with her on her journey. She’s a terrific actress — Crystal Lake Evans. I like her. It’s not by way of display screen time big, however she holds a lot emotional rooting curiosity, and it actually holds your consideration.

Ray and Frankie clearly have a previous. Will the present get into extra of their historical past because the season goes on?
Rebecca Cutter: Sure, we definitely hear a bit extra about it. I feel it’s so simple as Ray was simply doing his job and put Frankie away. He says within the pilot, “I’m the rationale you’re right here. I used to be at your arraignment.” So we get Ray is the rationale Frankie’s in jail now, however I feel what turns it from simply him doing his job to kind of an obsession is the killing of Sherry Henry. That’s when it turns into private for Ray, and when he kind of stepped exterior the bounds.

They’ve an attention-grabbing dynamic in that they’re actually prepared to push one another’s buttons. How far are they each prepared to go to try this?
Rebecca Cutter: Fairly far, as you’ll see all through the season. I don’t wish to spoil an excessive amount of, however I feel the weapon they use on one another is Renee.

I really feel for Renee. She’s kind of caught between a rock and a tough place. What are you able to kind of say about her journey shifting ahead within the midst of those two males kind of battling it out?
Rebecca Cutter: It’s humorous, you actually put your finger on what we all the time talked about within the writers’ room, her being caught between a rock and a tough place. I feel we all the time wish to view her as a girl with company. The solely kind of problematic factor about her company is that she is de facto searching for primary. I feel due to her upbringing or the best way she discovered to be transactional in her relationships with males, she views her two choices for searching for primary as being one in every of these males who she’s kind of enjoying at any given second. I feel you’ll see her making numerous attention-grabbing decisions. She’s all the time searching for herself and likewise for her son. I feel that’s the place her loyalties lie.

Frankie does inform Renee to get near Ray. What does he actually imply by that? That might imply numerous various things.
Rebecca Cutter: There was once a line within the script the place she says, “What does that imply?” He says, “No matter you suppose.” So I’ll repeat that. I feel it’s as much as her to interpret that. I feel the best way she interprets that very clearly speaks to her character. That’s what I’ll say. However definitely, she makes use of her sexuality. That’s a part of her job is to make use of her sexuality in a transactional solution to get issues, so I feel that clearly can be one of many instruments in her toolkit.

Is Frankie okay with no matter determination she makes? There’s positively a component of management that he doesn’t have over her with him being in jail.
Rebecca Cutter: I made the selection that he was okay with it, so long as it was in service of an even bigger plan. It takes a sure type of man to be snug together with your spouse being a dancer. He clearly is that type of man. He’s very assured in himself and even perhaps enjoys that concept of his lady being desired by many different males, so we discover that.

I cherished Junior proper manner. I felt like he was on the upswing till I noticed Sherry’s nail on his boat. How quickly will we study of what his involvement was in Sherry Henry’s dying?
Rebecca Cutter: You’ll quickly. You’ll not have to attend.

How will his involvement influence his sobriety? It is a lot to placed on somebody who’s newly sober. 
Rebecca Cutter: That’s kind of the nice arc for Junior. How are you going to stay a double life? Are you able to be making an attempt to turn out to be a greater dad, a greater son, keep sober, turn out to be a worthwhile member of your neighborhood, but in addition nonetheless be concerned in crime? We see that he’s making an attempt to have it each methods. We see that finally causes numerous friction inside him. Of course, it’s not simply that one factor. Because the season progresses, there’s extra. It has a huge effect on him.

Is he concerned by alternative or has he been pulled into this? Is that one thing we’ll get into? 
Rebecca Cutter: I feel lots of people are interested in a type of seedier aspect of life, particularly if that’s what you’ve recognized. However I feel the opposite a part of it’s, like lots of people, what are your financial choices? If that’s the lifestyle that you realize and that’s how you understand how to earn cash, it’s arduous to only change.

Jackie had somewhat little bit of an introduction with Ray when she found Sherry’s physique, and he or she clearly has a presence on this case. Will Jackie and Ray’s paths cross once more? Will they proceed to perhaps work in parallel with one another?
Rebecca Cutter: I feel once I was first writing the script a very long time in the past, I had this concept that they needed to be teamed up by the top of the pilot. Clearly, that’s not the place I ended up going. I consider them extra as like an extended, sluggish collision course. They’ve scenes collectively in just a few episodes, however it’s actually not till round episode 7/eight the place they’re actually collectively. I feel they’re engaged on the identical factor from reverse angles, and there’s numerous pressure round that.

Jackie is occurring her personal journey to determine what occurred. With that, there are numerous secrets and techniques and numerous hazard concerned. What sort of toll does that tackle her highway to restoration?
Rebecca Cutter: I feel Jackie’s deadly flaw is that she type of errors this concept of fixing this case and this altruistic mission or quest for restoration. She thinks that’s going to be the factor that retains her sober, and he or she forgets about doing the precise kind of non secular emotional work. I positively suppose there are penalties for occurring this journey. I actually needed her emotional journey to actually parallel the case. The private is procedural on this present. Every factor impacts the opposite aspect. They’re not two separate issues.