[Warning: General spoilers ahead.]
Thursday’s new Slasher: Flesh & Blood gets us to the halfway point in the fourth season and breaks open the kidnapping story that set the season in motion.
When I spoke with series creator Aaron Martin, we talked about the use of flashbacks throughout the series. This season, that’s been equally fun (George Michael love) and horrifying (Spencer was kind of a dick at every available opportunity and we can understand why the family is so broken).
“Every season has its flashback elements, usually the inciting incident to what made the murder spree happen. We know [this season] that it was based all around one day, one horrible event in the past when one of the twins gets kidnapped,” explains Martin.
“And so that was generally the timeframe we jumped back to, but we’d also just jump back around to flush out why that happened and who was involved. The flashbacks are always supporting the present day story. It’s really about starting with our present day story and going back and figuring out what had to happen in the past to make the present happen.”
“Upstairs, Downstairs” picks up with the latest death sending shockwaves across the survivors and accelerates the desire of others who aren’t financially motivated by the contest to stay to get the hell off the island. It also dials back the clock on Liv’s upbringing around — but not as part of — the Galloway family.
The precursor to Vincent’s kidnapping and what happened to him immediately afterward is also explored. And we see how torn Theo is about his allegiances within the family when, once again, the masked killer isn’t the only one they have to worry about.
Adam MacDonald directs a script by showrunner Ian Carpenter.
Slasher Season 4 is streaming on Shudder in the US and premieres October 4th at 9 pm ET on Hollywood Suite in Canada with two episodes every Monday for four weeks. In case you missed it, all of our Slasher coverage is here.
Here’s a sneak peek of this week’s episode.
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