TNT’s “Animal Kingdom” has made its much anticipated debut, and one thing is for sure: The dubiously incestuous family drama certainly is entertaining. Starring Ellen Barkin and Scott Speedman, the series follows the exploits of a Southern California crime family as they take smash-and-grab jobs further and further. In an exclusive clip from tonight’s episode, the family sits down to discuss — and argue about — their latest venture.
According to the official episode description, “When Pope (Shawn Hatosy) tests positive for drugs, Smurf (Ellen Barkin) does what it takes to keep the family intact. Baz (Scott Speedman) gets his brothers to rob a house as part of his larger plan. J (Finn Cole) discovers the plan and faces a moral dilemma.”
While it’s no “Game of Thrones,” (at least not yet), the show’s incestuous themes have drawn quite a bit of attention. In a recent interview with IndieWire’s Michael Schneider, executive producer Jonathan Lisco said, “You can imagine that she showered with one of these kids until he was nine or 10 or 11. She’s raised these guys with love, but also with some disturbingly leaky boundaries. She’s now infantilized these boys, even into adulthood, to the point where her house is still the honey pot. They are repelled by her affection, at the same time that they perversely crave it.”
Check out the clip below, and catch “Animal Kingdom” on Tuesday, July 12 at 9pm.