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Fiona Apple's Haunting Original Song for Showtime's 'The Affair' Forebodes Devastation

By Cindy Davis | Industry | October 2, 2014 |

By Cindy Davis | Industry | October 2, 2014 |

It’s unclear exactly what co-creator/executive producer Sarah Treem (House of Cards, In Treatment) has in store for us, but it’s not going to be good. Her upcoming Showtime series The Affair stars Dominic West as Noah, a married schoolteacher who has an affair with married waitress, Allison (Ruth Wilson). Maura Tierney and Joshua Jackson play their spouses, Helen and Cole. By the very nature of its title and premise, we know there’ll be consequences; from the trailer and this new title sequence, they may be devastating. The series won’t simply focus on the after-effects; it’s a meditation on peoples’ personalities and views — “There’s a very different side of yourself when you’re with your family versus when you’re with your lover…The idea is they’re two good people who are committed to their relationships, as complicated and troubled as they are, like any marriage.They’re not looking to have affairs. They’re not trying to break their spouse’s heart. They’re not serial philanderers.”

A self-described Fiona Apple fan since she was a teenager, Treem asked the Grammy award-winning singer to compose a song for the series, which examines the psychological effects of an affair on each person involved. It sounds like with Container Apple has taken on the role of guilty party, and oh my, does she nail the emotion. Set in the Hamptons, water has been a feature in The Affair poster, the trailer and now the title sequence.

Cripes, I haven’t even done anything wrong, and I feel dirty.

Sarah Treem seems pretty happy with Container:

“Fiona Apple has been my favorite songwriter since I was sixteen…I am honored and humbled that she has chosen to lend her talent to our opening title sequence. If our show can approach one tenth of the depth and complexity of her song, I’ll be very happy.”

The Affair begins on Showtime October 12th.

Cindy Davis, (Twitter)

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