This weekend, the episode of Dickinson, titled “A Little Madness in the Spring,” Mrs. Dickinson (Jane Krakowski) doesn’t make dinner. And not only that, she has no plans to make dinner, at least until the Civil War is over (which probably won’t last for another two to three years or so). Dickinson timeline). It may seem like a small thing to the world, but to Mrs. Dickinson? It is very large.
“[It was] it’s great to see a character in three seasons grow as much as Mrs. Dickinson did,” Krakowski told Decider during a recent press conference for the series. “I really felt from the start, Emily Dickinson Sr. needed to become a wall of tradition and patriarchal society for Emily to resist and identify Emily Jr. Who is. And so I think it’s been interesting for three seasons that Mrs. Dickinson has been completely her own person in her own right. “
Ms. Dickinson, as Krakowski notes, has been an ardent advocate of letting women know their place for two and a half seasons now, to the point where she Stella gets her Groove back the moment last season was serving two tea parties simultaneously to the men in her life. But after the visit to an insane asylum in this episode, things start to change. After meeting an inmate at a refugee camp who rested and served no one, Mrs. Dickinson realized that providing for her family at the cost of sanity was an option. And so, when the family returned, she realized she needed to make some new choices, starting with lounging upstairs.
Again, perhaps not the boldest choice possible, but it was a radical innovation for Mrs. Dickinson. Krakowski noted, “It was exciting for me to play one of the more introspective characters on the show, especially emotionally. “The great thing about the gradual maturation is that I enjoy playing her more and more every year. And I loved that the baby steps Mrs. Dickinson took were huge strides for the character herself. ”
As Krakowski says, and as discerning viewers will note, those changes began some time ago, with the first scene of the season, where the Dickinson family attended her sister Dickinson’s funeral. Though she tackled it in different ways, it’s clear that the matriarch of the family hasn’t been fine this season. Just an episode back Dickinson (Toby Huss) birthday, and after putting on her wedding dress and getting away from her grief for the day, it all literally comes crashing down when she falls down the stairs of the house. family home.
Like the rest of the characters on the show, who all grew up in different ways, Mrs. Dickinson still has a long way to go – and history tells us that she mostly kept herself and her garden. herself, which means she might not start going to feminist rallies with Abby (Sophie Tucker) or anything. Historically, she also did not have a close relationship with her daughter, Emily Dickinson (Hailee Steinfeld). So it was surprising to hear Krakowski call her the biggest driver of her changes.
“That maturity really came through the scenes with Hailee,” says Krakowski. “The biggest growth steps in each season are when Hailee and I have to let go of some of the characters we’ve been playing and open up our hearts. And I’m grateful for that maturity in a character. ”
There will be more developments as the series concludes its four-episode run. But what that growth is, we probably won’t find out until Mrs. Dickinson makes the option of going back downstairs.
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