Connor Jessup American Crime

American Crime's Connor Jessup: Taylor At 'Lowest Point' After Leland Attack

American Crime fans, consider yourselves warned: By the time the credits roll on Wednesday’s episode, Taylor Blaine will be irrevocably changed.

For the past six weeks, Connor Jessup‘s distressed character has tried to put the kibosh on any further rape investigation at Leland High, if only to stop the pain being caused to him and his loved ones.

But on the heels of getting jumped by the school’s basketball team — a trap he was led into last week by captain Eric Tanner — Taylor will be on the hunt for vengeance in the ABC drama’s next installment (10/9c), according to Jessup.

“When we pick up at the beginning of Episode 7, he really is at the lowest point that he’s been at, and you know that that’s saying something,” Jessup tells TVLine. “He becomes increasingly aware that [the sexual assault] isn’t something that’s just going to vanish. He’s kept saying that he wants it to go away, he wants people to stop talking about it, but that’s not going to happen. It’s only getting worse and bigger.”

Taylor’s mom, Anne, will be caught in the crosshairs more than ever, when her medical records are illegally posted online — and the community becomes even more skeptical of her intentions, after unsavory information is revealed.

“For Taylor — whose whole thing this season has been that he doesn’t want to put more weight on [his mom] — this is more or less the worst thing that could happen in his mind. He feels really, really, really bad,” Jessup teases. “At the beginning of Episode 7, they’re as far apart as they’ve ever been.”

But the events that unfold throughout the next hour will push Taylor into darker territory than viewers have seen before, as he’s convinced that he “needs to take initiative and needs to reclaim some degree of power” against the people who have wronged him at Leland, Jessup says. “That is where Taylor starts, and builds, in Episode 7.”

To that end — even though “unfortunately, you see it in very dire circumstances” — Taylor’s relationship with his mother will strengthen tenfold by the conclusion of the episode. According to Jessup, “[Taylor] very much becomes a little boy needing his mom. You’ll see, by the end of Episode 7, that despite everything, they love each other so much and so deeply. That’s what’s been motivating so much of what both of them have been doing.”

Are you prepared for Wednesday’s emotional episode, American Crime fans? Hit the comments with your thoughts on Jessup’s preview.

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9 Comments
  1. Grace says:

    This season has been amazing. Connor’s performance is incredible. My heart broke for him at the end of the last episode (really, throughout the whole season). I’m worried about the moment from the preview where he’s going into the woods with a gun… I hope he isn’t going to hurt himself or one of the kids who did this to him. At the same time, I can understand the urge… it really seems like other than his mother, no one is in this poor kid’s corner. Can’t wait to see how the rest of the season unfolds.

  2. John Davis says:

    I love this show. Connor, Lili, Regina and Felicity are just incredible. Can’t get enough of them!!

  3. abz says:

    This makes me nervous based on that preview with the gun in his hand. if the incident with the basketball is going to help allow him to regain some degree of power I hope he isn’t going to try to use that gun on someone else and make things worse.
    This show is so riveting. I haven’t looked forward to any show recently each week as I do this show every Wednesday night. I can’t believe this season is almost over. I don’t even want it to be a new story next season. I want to see how Taylor recovers from everything. I even want to know what will happen to Eric. And what is Kevin’s involvement in all of this. I would love to see a flashback to that night of the party, but something tells me they won’t show it. Ugh, ten episodes doesn’t seem enough. This season is amazing.

  4. Robert Watson says:

    Connor’s performance has been powerful and nuanced. Taylor is so complex and Connor expresses that complexity perfectly. Definitely a break out role for Connor Jessup!

  5. Paul says:

    An amazing show with some amazing performances. Connor Jessup, Joey Pollari, Regina King and Lili Taylor have put in nuanced performances that in my opinion are award worthy. I’m sure we will see much more of Pollari and Jessup in the future.

  6. David4 says:

    He is so awesome on the show, doing an amazing job. This season is stunning TV.

  7. Jason Paul says:

    This show is so underrated, glad to see your story. Should be getting much more critical acclaim than other beloved miniseries, Fargo. American Crime is way more topical and relevant, with a lot of storylines to make you think. Guess that’s why people aren’t watching. Too intense?

  8. Et al. says:

    Thanks for the interview. He’s a
    great actor and AC is one of the best shows ever to air on network television.

  9. Eileen says:

    I just hope this isn’t going to be a typical with him shooting that gun off I would Kell the head mistress if I were him but I really don’t want gun violence to be the defining outcome. The division of wealth and poverty in this country is becoming typical where they. LELAND thinks it can just buy it’s way out of this. I really hope the writers surprise us with alternatives gere.