Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
At today’s TCA panel on the new Sundance Channel drama Rectify, creator/director/writer Ray McKinnon refused to be pinned down about the trajectory or the ending of the story of Daniel Holden (Aden Young), suddenly released from prison after 19 years on Death Row.
“I wrote the show a few years before The Killing came out. I thought, why do we wrongly convict people?” McKinnon said. “We want to have closure as human beings in our storytelling, we want to have closure. I’m not sure I want to abide by those conventions. Maybe I will, maybe I won’t.” Executive producer Mark Johnson also declined to reveal whether or not the show would have a conventional “ending.”
McKinnon also said that viewers cannot assume Daniel Holden’s innocence or guilt. “Daniel is not a protagonist in the black and white sense. There are times when you think he could have done that [his crime]. It is not a whodunit. After 19 years on Death Row, the tension comes from: Who is Daniel Holden?”