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Jether Polk is one of the members of the wretched Polk family. He is a character in Roanoke portrayed by Finn Wittrock.

Background

Jether Polk is one of Mama Polk's offspring, brought up as a savage by his kin.

Personality and Appearance

Among his relatives, Jether is the one who seems to feel a kind of empathy toward other human beings, perhaps due to the fact that he has never killed any person. Jether is obsessed with video recordings and is addicted to cocaine. He often uses videos recorded by him to masturbate.

By his own admission he feels stuck in the middle: not old enough to go to bed with Mama Polk, nor young enough to be cuddled like a child. He dreams of becoming famous, although his total lack of self-esteem and submission to Mama Polk make Jether an inept. Unlike his brothers, Jether seems to be slightly more alert, still showing some deficits.

Jether has an emaciated body due to poor living conditions, covered with scabs and dirt. His face is partially ruined and his clothes are dirty and crumpled.

Story

While Monet, Audrey and Lee are on the run from the spectral Lost Colony in the surrounding woods of Roanoke House, the women are captured by Polk boys, including Jether. Once brought the hostages at their house, Jether immediately shows a morbid interest in their victims, recording with a video camera the abuse inflicted upon them with the intent to later use the recordings to masturbate. [1]

Jether's interest grows especially toward Lee when Mama Polk entrusts him the task of watching her. The two have fleeting discussions, sufficient to Lee to instill confusion in Jether, making him doubt his loyalty to the family that treats him as an inept. In fact, Jether reveals to her to feel excluded for not having a counterpart in "My Roanoke Nightmare" and dreams of becoming famous, even though he will never be as famous as Kinclaid Polk, an ancestor of him who emulating the ghost of Piggy Man, killed several people wearing a pig's head so giving way to an urban legend. Jether then reveals that he never killed a person, and that Lee will be his first human victim. Between several tortures inflicted on Lee by Mama Polk with the help of Jether, the two continue to talk so that Lee can find a way to escape. Aroused, Jether offers part of his cocaine to his hostage and starts to touch himself explicitly. In order to break free, Lee seduces Jether touching his private parts before choking him with one arm and, finally, kills him with a knife in his neck.[2]

Notes

Quotes

  • Ishmael (to Lee): "Oh, that boy, he got a nose for it. He only good for two things, weed and..."
    Jether: "Taking pictures."
  • Jether (to Monet and Audrey): "Hello, ladies. Smile for the camera. Smile, goddamn it!"
  • Jether: "The babies do cuddles with Mama. I'm too old for that. Lot gets her bed, but he say I'm too young. I'm caught dab in the middle."
  • Jether: "I wanted to be on the TV. Ishmael, Cain, Lot...they all got to be in the story."
    Lee Harris: "How do you know about the show? "
    Jether: "We're part of the United States. We get TV."
  • Jether (to Lee): "You best put leaving here out of your mind. Even I can't leave if I want to. I ain't bigger than Piggy Man. Never will be! So shut your mouth! Shut it! Don't care to hear your words no more."

References

  1. Episode: Chapter 7
  2. Episode: Chapter 8

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