"The Outsider": Stephen King, Cynthia Erivo Talk Holly's Pitch, Her Car Ride With Jack & More [VIDEO]

With seven episodes of HBO's adaptation of Stephen King's bestseller The Outsider down, the author – as well as Cynthia Erivo (Holly Gibney) and others from the cast and creative – are offering some background perspective on where things stand heading into our final three.

What makes us big fans of the following featurette is that it focuses on two of our favorite scenes. First, the moment Holly pulls a Columbo and makes her case for what's really going on – even if the reasons stretch beyond what we consider the bounds of "logic". But it's the car ride between a captive Holly and Jack (Marc Menchaca) that should make the Emmy nominations reel – and here, we learn what was motivating both characters:

HBO's The Outsider also stars Ben Mendelsohn, Jason Bateman, Bill Camp, Mare Winningham, Paddy Considine, Julianne Nicholson, Yul Vázquez, Jeremy Bobb, Marc Menchaca, Hettienne Park, Michael Esper, Derek Cecil, and Max Beesley. Price executive produces with Bernstein, Bateman, and Michael Costigan via Aggregate Films, Marty Bowen for Temple Hill Entertainment, and Bender. MRC serves as the studio on the project, produced by Bateman's Aggregate Films and Temple Hill Entertainment.

HBO's The Outsider follows police detective Ralph Anderson (Ben Mendelsohn), as he sets out to investigate the mutilated body of 11-year-old Frankie Peterson found in the Georgia woods. The mysterious circumstances surrounding this horrifying crime leads Ralph, still grieving the recent death of his own son, to bring in unorthodox private investigator Holly Gibney (Cynthia Erivo), whose uncanny abilities he hopes will help explain the unexplainable.

Meanwhile, an insidious supernatural force edges its way into the case…

Adapted by from the Charles Scribners and Sons-published 2018 novel, here's a look at the King novel that inspired the 10-episode series:

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An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories.

An eleven-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King's propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can.

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.