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“The Time Traveler’s Wife” Creator Steven Moffat Addressed Grooming Criticisms Of The Show
"Even more so in the TV show version, he absolutely makes it clear that he’s just a friend.”

“The Time Traveler’s Wife” Creator Steven Moffat Addressed Grooming Criticisms Of The Show

Ahead of its imminent premiere on HBO, The Time Traveler’s Wife creator Steven Moffat discussed criticisms that the show promoted grooming.

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“He meets her as an adult, he falls in love with her, he gets married to her and then he’s flung back in time, through no fault of his own, and is confronted with the childhood version of the woman he already loves. Even more so in the TV show version, he absolutely makes it clear that he’s just a friend.”

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According to Steven, when Henry visits six-year-old Clare, he is “a responsible man, so he has tremendously strict rules about this” — such as not saying that he’s her future husband.

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There’s apparently even a conversation about who groomed who in one of the episodes. “If one of them changes the other, Clare changes Henry,” Steven continued. “Clare is exactly the same person as a little girl as she is when you see her in her seventies. Henry flows around Clare like a river around a rock. He makes himself the man she wants him to be because he loves her.”

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The Time review says of the scene: “The show addresses this in only the most hilariously cursory way: the term ‘grooming’ surfaces and is left to hang in the air, an item checked off the update to-do list.”

WELL, guess we’ll see when the show hits HBO Max on May 15?

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