Family, Friends, and Enemies
Daniel may be the catalyst of our story, but Rectify is an ensemble, with as much time given to the rest of the Holden family.
At the forefront is Amantha, the headstrong sister, who abandoned her own career to pursue justice for her big brother, and is struggling to find her own place in the world now that he’s in it. The fact she’s in a relationship with Daniel’s lawyer further tangles the web. The character may be your first exposure to Abigail Spencer, and her terrific performance makes Amantha as frustratingly complex as Daniel.
The ‘big bad’ arrives in the form of recognisable character actor, Michael O’Neill (Bates Motel, The West Wing) as the career driven Senator who may have coerced Daniel into his teenage confession, and now faces the embarrassment of having his reputation destroyed.
The love interest, as is the case with most of the Shakespearean narrative, is one seeped in drama. Upon his release, Daniel’s God-fearing, Michelle Williams look-alike sister-in-law, Tawney, begins to have saviour related feelings for him. Obviously this irks her husband Ted (Clayne Crawford – recently cast as Martin Riggs in the Lethal Weapon TV pilot), and so begins a pivotal distrust that permeates the first two seasons.
Skirting the chess-piece narrative are numerous suspects for the decades old crime, a local Sheriff with misplaced loyalties and an increasing number of questions, and even a few characters who might be a figment of Daniel’s damaged psyche.