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Ginny & Georgia Season 2's Twisted End Caught Brianne Howey Off Guard

Fans of Netflix's "Ginny and Georgia" will know that Georgia Miller, played by Brianne Howey, is a complicated character. Plagued by trauma, Georgia is driven to make ethically ambiguous decisions for her and her children, Ginny (Antonia Gentry) and Austin (Diesel La Torraca). In the end, however, Georgia is above all a mom who will do whatever it takes to protect her kids — and if that includes murder, so be it. 

However, at the end of Season 2 of "Ginny and Georgia," viewers were left shocked and confused when Georgia asphyxiated Cynthia's (Sabrina Grdevich) husband, Tom (Vincent Legault), a comatose man on life support that posed no threat to her family. Even the character's actor was stunned by her seemingly random act of mercy killing.

Speaking with Popsugar regarding "Ginny and Georgia," Howey discussed that startling moment when Georgia decided to suffocate an innocent, expressing her astonishment. Considering almost all of Georgia's criminal activity is based on protecting herself and her kids, this decision didn't seem to make sense, so Howey questioned it, likely just much as viewers. "This completely took me off guard," Howey intimated. "At first, I just was incredibly intimidated and shocked, and I didn't know exactly how I was going to pull this off. How do we make sense of this? How do we justify this?"

Howey thinks Georgia thought she was thanking Cynthia

Though Brianne Howey doesn't quite have an answer for fans, she does have some theories as to why Georgia did what she did. Examining her character, Howey attempts to rationalize Georgia's actions saying, "The more I thought about it ... I realized that the most important thing for Georgia is to feel protected."

During one evening spent between the frenemies, Cynthia expresses the grief she feels because the man she loves is a vegetable and, through guilt and shame, admits to Georgia that she cheated on him. On that same night, Cynthia also reveals that she denied Georgia's abusive ex-partner Gil's (Aaron Ashmore) application for residence in the town. 

And it's this sincere act of kindness that Howey believes made Georgia feel protected. Howey speculates that because Georgia felt that sense of protection, she also felt obligated to respond to that act of sincere kindness with a morally questionable act that Georgia sees as kind, a choice that is very much in line with Georgia's character. In Georgia's mind, she saw that smothering Tom was unburdening Cynthia, alleviating any painful feelings, and therefore, returning the favor. "It might be one of the nicest acts anyone's ever done for her," Howey explains. "So, in her mind, to repay Cynthia, she wanted to remove the grief and pain that she and [her son] Zach were experiencing ... With Georgia's limited toolbox, with her slightly more limited worldview, that's what she felt was the best way to thank Cynthia."