The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann, Leaving Neverland, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, Chernobyl, The Act – they all come with a wave of anticipation and very rarely do they disappoint.
I’m calling it now, I Love You, Now Die will be the next show in that long line of binge-worthy series.
In case you don’t know, in 2017 Michelle Carter was convicted of involuntary manslaughter after encouraging her 18-year-old boyfriend Conrad Roy to commit suicide over text message and phone calls.
What became known as the “texting suicide case” resulted in Carter’s conviction in June 2017, leading to a 15-month prison sentence starting in February 2019.
Even though Carter and Roy only met a few times, the pair shared over 60,000 text messages, with the case highlighting the dangers of modern day relationships with minimal real-life contact. Roy did, however, have mental health issues and had insisted on numerous occasions that he wanted to die.
His death appeared to be suicide by carbon-monoxide intoxication, but soon enough messages were found that incriminated Carter, with the inquiry later revealed that she had caused the death by instructing Roy to return to his truck which was filling with toxic gas, when he was having second thoughts.
HBO’s I Love You, Now Die will chronicle all of this, as well as the ongoing trial. Check out the trailer below:
In terms of the documentary’s narrative, the first part deals with the prosecution’s case while the second half focuses on Carter and portrays her as a troubled woman who truly believed she could help Roy.
Interestingly, the case is still ongoing, and just this week Carter’s lawyers urged the U.S. Supreme Court to have her involuntary manslaughter conviction thrown out because it violated her right to free speech. They argued that Conrad Roy’s death was “unprecedented” and said that her case raised crucial questions about whether “words alone” are enough to hold someone responsible for another person’s suicide.
It’s certainly a fascinating case, and the early reviews seem to suggest it’s definitely worth a watch.
Decider said that it was ‘jaw-dropping’ and that ‘I Love You, Now Die makes excellent use of its two parts, a rarity during a time defined by overinflated true crime docuseries…. Once again Erin Lee Carr has proven herself to be one of the most sympathetic and intelligent documentary directors of our time…I Love You, Now Die is guaranteed to leave viewers shocked.’
Elsewhere TV Insider have called the series ‘compellingly twisted’ while Variety say,‘I Love You, Now Die demands you lean forward in your seat and pay real attention. It’s an unusually credible and careful entry in its genre, and one devotees and novices alike should check out.’
Find out how it all went down went the doc premieres on July 9th at 8pm on HBO. For UK fans, expect it to land on Sky Atlantic in the very near future.
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