The following contains spoilers for “The Terror” Episode 9, “The C, the C, the Open C."
Article discusses how, in episode 9, the showrunners approached the men eating one of their own to survive, which the author says, "is another way that 'The Terror' imbues its horror with a universal question about where the limits of existence might be."
The decision itself: David Kajganich explains that the scene wasn't scored, and the "emphatic chewing" sounds were removed as to not "fetishize" the moment. Without the score, the audience can focus on the details: Some of the characters eating the meat with difficulty, another eating it on china. Co-showrunner Soo Hugh, who also wrote the episode, said "it’s done very neutrally, as neutrally as possible. There’s no huge discussion about whether or not this is the route they’re going to go into."
The historical basis: The show's historical advisor says that we know the men likely did resort to cannibalism, as evidence in the bones which have pot polish from being boiled.
The character Hickey: Adam Nagaitis as Hickey brings the objective view to the episode.
The character Goodsir: Paul Ready, who plays Goodsir, says that his character is "disgusted with human nature at that point"
The episode's final scene with Blanky: Blanky, baiting himself for the Tuunbaq, realizes he's found the Northwest Passage. He is shown smiling and triumphant when the Tuunbaq arrives.
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