HBO adaptation of a true Texas crime


Hannah Deitrich, Staff Reporter


It’s no surprise that I am once again writing about something that has to do with Elizabeth Olsen. On April 27, HBO released their version of the true ax murder case of Betty Gore. With exceptional actors and actresses like Jesse Plemmons, Krysten Ritter, and Lily Rabe, the cast does a phenomenal job portraying these real people; however, we all know that the actress I am going to focus on the most is Elizabeth Olsen. 

The performance that Olsen has already put on with the first four episodes is remarkable. The fake Texan accent that she uses is also quite convincing. I believe that her best performances in the series so far have been the aftermath of the fight between Candy and Betty, as well as the questioning at the police station scene in Episode 4. Although my favorite scenes are in the latest episode (as of the time of writing,) when Olsen brings an amazing performance to the entirety of the series.

The first episode is titled “Huntress,” alluding to the fact that this episode will be about Candy Montgomery (Elizabeth Olsen) and her seeking out Allan Gore (Jesse Plemmons) for a romantic relationship. The show is set two years before the events of the murder, and shows the start of the affair between Candy and Allan. Episode 2, “Encounters” follows the affair between Candy and Allan, and their attempts to keep their affair hidden from their spouses and the rest of the town. 

The third episode in the series, “Stepping Stone,” is the point where things begin to go downhill for Candy. This is also when the murder occurs; however, the fight between Candy and Betty was not shown fully. It is believed by many that it will be shown either at the end of the show or during her [Candy’s] trial. Episode 4 “Do No Evil” then shows the events that follow the murder and the way that Candy handles herself while trying to hide the fact that she was the murderer. 

Each episode brings a new and intriguing piece of the true story into it, while also having a comedic twist that is used to lessen the tension enough that people still understand that this was a heinous crime. Something that also makes the show interesting to watch is seeing all of the ‘80s style clothing, hairstyles, furniture, and cars. Being someone who is truly fascinated with the “aesthetics” of the late ‘60s to late ‘80s, it’s always fun to watch older shows or current shows that are based around that period and see if there’s anything included that was super popular from the time period. 

Love and Death has been an amazing limited series to watch, and I cannot wait to see how it progresses up to the seventh episode. If you’re interested in crime dramas, retellings of true stories, or you are like me and watch things just because Elizabeth Olsen is in it, Love and Death is the show for you.