Published: Saturday, 19 March 2022 16:40 | Written by Karen Moul
Yesterday, AppleTV+ dropped the third episode of its new series, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey - a heartbreaking examination of aging, memory and the devastating effects of dementia. This week, Ptolemy (Samuel L. Jackson) and Robyn (Danielle Fishback) explore a promising new treatment that comes with a tremendous caveat.
Although Ptolemy’s wife, Sensia (Cynthia Kaye McWilliams), passed away years ago, her presence has overshadowed the first two episodes. This week, as Ptolemy’s memories are restored, viewers get a look into their complex relationship and how she continues to influence Ptolemy’s actions.
Cynthia Kaye McWilliams told SciFi Vision that “Sensia's real power in the story is that when she was alive, and when she was in Ptolemy's life, the way that they impacted one another was so vibrant and so electric, and such a challenge to each other. That level of fierce love and connection is what allows her to…pierce through the fog of his dementia and encourage him again, and challenge him again, and ask him to face his fears again.”
McWilliams feels that Sensia’s influence is a major factor in Ptolemy’s decision. She was “a fierce woman, but she also demanded that Ptolemy reach past his fear to love a woman so wild and so free, and so unapologetic for her voice.”
She also added that it is that level of challenge to him that “is what drives him in this present day to go past the fear of ‘Should I take this medicine? Should I take this chance?’ ”
In the interview, McWilliams also discussed memory’s connection to both past and future and what it means for Ptolemy to hold onto Sensia so fiercely. Watch the video below!