Lovecraft Country has wowed fans in nearly every way…except how it handled the character of Yahima (Monique Candelaria).

In the episode A History of Violence,” Yahima, a two-spirit Indigenous person who was trapped by the Braithwaite family, was saved by Leti (Jurnee Smollett), Montrose (Michael K. Williams) and Atticus (Jonathan Majors). But just as quickly as Yahima was saved, they were killed by Montrose in a fearful act of violence.

Fans took issue with the death, particularly since two-spirit and Indigenous characters are unfortunately rare in the television landscape. The act also seemed like a continuation of the troublesome bury your gays” trope.

Lovecraft Country creator Misha Green has now addressed the issue on Twitter. According to Decider, Green answered a viewer who wanted to know why Yahima was treated off-handedly.

I wanted to show the uncomfortable truth that oppressed folks can also be oppressors,” wrote Green in her response. But I didn’t examine or unpack the moment/portrayal of Yahima as thoroughly as I should have. It’s a story point worth making, but I failed in the way I chose to make it.”

Many viewers responded well to Green’s admission, with some even writing that Montrose’s act showcases, albeit messily, Green’s point about oppressed people oppressing and hurting others.

What did you think of the episode and Green’s explanation?



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