Walter is enamored with Misty due to her investigative instinct and their shared love of musicals. When she accuses him of being a “Yellowjacket obsessive,” Walter retorts that he actually thinks that her 19 months in the wilderness is “the least interesting thing about her.” Even so, Misty isn’t returning Walter’s feelings. She finds him off-putting — finally, someone makes her feel the way she does everyone else.
The strongest tell that they aren’t on the same page is when they check into a bed and breakfast. The clerk asks if they just want one room. Walter replies “Probably” before Misty cuts him off with a firm “No.” So, he backtracks and agrees with her. When they head up the stairs to their separate rooms, she declines his offer to carry her back. Once they’re in their rooms, though, the episode goes split-screen, showing how closely their actions mirror each other (such as placing the remote control in a plastic bag to not leave fingerprints).
Will these similarities bring them closer together? Or will Misty decide Walter is too accurate a reflection for comfort? Before I read Wood’s interview, I wasn’t expecting Walter to make it out of this season alive — he’s getting dangerously close to the most unstable character on “Yellowjackets.” However, Wood implies that Walter and Misty’s relationship will carry on past season 2.
While he could just be saying that to conceal spoilers, I’m reminded of one of Ricci’s previous roles: “The Addams Family.” Morticia and Gomez are two deeply weird people, but they’re the perfect match for each other. More darkness could be the very thing Misty and Walter need to come together.
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