With Jason Mitchell’s firing and Tiffany Boone’s exit, it turned clear that there’d be main modifications in The Chi. Fans are nonetheless in awe at simply how a lot the collection has tapped into different character storylines. This season, the kidnapping of Kiesha (Birgundi Baker) is a significant participant. Now that she’s free, Baker is giving followers an inside look into the inspiration behind the storyline and what’s subsequent for Keisha.
[SPOILER ALERT: This article incorporates spoilers from ‘The Chi’ Season 3 Episode 7.]
Birgundi Baker reveals why The Chi added kidnapping storyline for season 3
Season Three opens with the demise of Brandon (Jason Mitchell). Brandon’s been a central determine of the present, with ties to each main character. In his absence, Baker tells TV Line that the present’s writers needed to include extra real-life storylines in crime with the detectives Brandon was working with previous to his demise.
This season, extra character growth takes place. Free-spirited and infrequently seen as “promiscuous,” Keisha will get the shock of her life when she’s kidnapped and held captive. The storyline for a lot of viewers got here out of left area. Baker says it was intentional on the author’s finish.
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“They were going to get rid of the police characters [Detectives Armando Cruz and Alice Touissant]. And so, well, if we get rid of the police characters, then we have to bring up an issue that police don’t really involve themselves in. So [the writers] thought of Black missing girls. Right now, there are [roughly] 75,000 missing Black women, so that was how they came up with the story,” she says.
Keisha is held hostage by a person with a checkered previous who’s infatuated together with her monitor operating expertise and wonder. She is finally rescued and turns into free in episode 7.
How Keisha on The Chi rebounds after her kidnapping
Now that Keisha is free, the lengthy highway of therapeutic can start. As the physician explains to Keisha’s stepmother in episode 7, victims of captivity who’re free usually have suicidal ideas. The similar will sadly apply to Keisha. At the start of episode 7, viewers see Keisha ponder the act whereas she’s nonetheless held in captivity.
“Kiesha’s different. She was kidnapped and held for weeks in her own neighborhood. So not only is her world different, but her perspective of how her family feels about her is different, too. Because it’s like, “I was in the neighborhood, y’all. I was down the street,” you understand,” she says.
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Moreso, Baker says Keisha has to come back to phrases with the modifications from who she was earlier than. Baker reveals it’ll be an ongoing battle.
“She questions everyone after this. Things happened to her, and she didn’t have a choice or a say-so with what happened with her body, so I think that changes her as, well. We’re used to seeing Kiesha free and grounded and taking ownership over all parts of her, and she is definitely broken after this,” she says.
The Chi airs Sundays at 9 PM EST on Showtime.