Reflecting on one of the most out-of-place moments among the many featured in the first season of Paramount Plus’ live-action Halo adaptation, series executive producer and 343 Industries head of Halo transmedia Kiki Wolfkill has asserted that the widely panned sex scene between Master Chief and Makee was an “important” element of the story.
Wolfkill offered her thoughts on the controversial scene during an interview with Deadline given ahead of and published immediately after the airing of the series’ Master Chief-killing first season finale.
Asked by the trade news outlet’s TV reporter, Alexandra Del Rosario, what she thought about the “very strong reaction” the scene elicited “from Halo fans,” the producer replied, “There was a lot of conversation leading up to whether to do that or not and it was a tough one.”
“I mean, I will say that there’s a lot of different opinions and voices,” she said. “I will say from my perspective, having the audience getting to understand what it means for him to make sort of a human connection with someone, with Makee, was important.”
“There’s a lot of different opinions on how to do that, and ultimately, we ended up with that path and I think a lot of us feel conflicted about it and that’s not a bad thing,” she added.
Wolfkill continued, “I think ultimately what we’ve been able to deliver on with this season is a Master Chief who is wholly the soldier, and hero, and leader that he has always been and we also leave the season with a character in John who is really a fully defined character.”
“It’s super interesting to be able to see his journey, and you know, admittedly some controversy along the way in getting there,” she told Del Rosario. “My hope is that we can all sort of rise beyond that and sort of look at where we end up with Chief and with John going into season two.”
The 343 Industries representative ultimately concluded her thoughts on the scene with a bit of standard marketing copy, stating, “I believe really strongly that we have an amazing story to tell with him and we’ll continue to do so, and sometimes as we know with the Silver Timeline that it’ll be different than we’ve seen him before. But who he is as a character both as Master Chief and as John is wholly the same.”
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