Rectify (2013) was recommended to me by one of my readers and it didn’t disappoint! This is a really intelligent show on so many levels – it deals with social, religious, economic and family themes. It was written and created by Ray McKinnon (Sons of Anarchy).
The second season of this Southern Gothic begins in June on SundanceTV and follows an ex-con who was released on DNA evidence after being convicted of the rape and murder of his then 16-year-old girlfriend.
The brother and sister relationship of Daniel and Amantha are the heart of the show. Amantha has stood by Daniel’s side constantly and helped prove his innocence. Amantha reluctantly returns to the hometown she loathes to help her brother when he gets freed by new evidence, negotiate his new life, including the townsfolk’s hostility.
There is also incestuous subtext because she has been seeing Daniel’s lawyer and she even goes on to say in one episode that the reason they are together is because “her brother is at the center of both their universes.”
In one of the episodes it declares that Amantha was twelve when Daniel was locked away at 18. So they are probably about 5 or 6 years apart. He basically was taken away from her before puberty. There is also a scene where Amantha catches Daniel masturbating through the door…
Amantha also calls Daniel “honey” quite often in the first season (which is only six episodes) which is so cute and loving.
So check out Rectify and thanks to my reader for the recommendation! See more stuff from Rectify on the main blog (click here).