This Wednesday, The Bold Type (Freeform, 10 / 9c), Sutton and her ex-husband Richard will finally come face to face for the first time since he said (via a friend) that he wanted a divorce.
The encounter comes at a time when Sutton is focusing on herself, going to therapy for the first time in her life to anticipate a potential problem. “She sometimes goes numb with a little alcohol, which reminds her of her family history and her mother and also adds, I think, a feeling of shame, which is also an interesting element that she will sort of work on. through, ”showrunner Wendy Straker Hauser told TVLine.
In trying to better understand his problems and where they come from, Sutton also finds surprising clarity and courage. “She’s such a great and lovable character, so rambling and funny and starting to have great success at work,” says Hauser, “and sometimes we all felt like she didn’t believe in herself so much. [out] of the tree [main characters]. So it’s also a journey for her, to find her own strength, so that when she sees Richard, it’s from a place of strength.
And no, your eyes weren’t fooling you when the Season 5 Trailer – Spoiler Alert! – offered a glimpse of Sutton and Richard reconnecting with each other in bed, despite their marriage falling apart last season when they disagreed on the subject of children.
“These are two people who are really madly in love with each other and have different views on their lives, but both would just like their lives to be with each other,” Hauser shares. “And so we play with the idea that when they see each other and they open up to each other and they kind of drop into bed together, they allow each other to live. a bit in this dream, pausing their clear reality that they have different ideas of what the future looks like.
“We’ve all been in these relationships where there’s something that makes it feel like it’s impossible to end up together, but it’s so amazing at the moment,” Hauser continues. “And especially coming out of this pandemic and the world we live in, I felt like a lot of people are now living more in the present moment. Just the idea that we could allow Sutton and Richard to live in the moment for a minute was truly satisfying. “