Yeah, yes. I think that Beaver definitely did love Mac. In the show, she’s like the only person to actually challenge him, she could actually make him laugh, she was the only person he could be himself with, the only person who liked him for who he was. To Cassidy, she was his biggest escape – she was the only one that Cassidy would never hurt.
In the scene where Cassidy ended up taking her clothes, and she was crying in the corner, I’m sure that people would see it as mean and awful. But when I read the script, the way that I saw it is that Cassidy took her clothes to keep her out of harm’s way. The last thing Cassidy would want was for her to be up on that roof, for her to potentially get hurt or to get in trouble. In Cassidy’s mind, it was his own twisted way of protecting her and making sure that everything was okay.
[That’s really interesting. And a much nicer interpretation of the line “He took everything.”]
Oh sure, her scene was… heartbreaking. I was watching it thinking, “Oh my god, I’m so mean.” But I read it as… Cassidy wanted to keep her safe.”
Kyle Gallner, when asked whether Beaver/Cassidy loved Mac.