Was Detective Mills (Brad Pitt) being cucked by Detective Somerset (Morgan Freeman) in the movie Se7en? Directors have always hidden away secret nuggets for the discerning viewer and though not an explicit plot point, it is hinted at during the film. Taking the time to dig into and analyze the movie, certain gems start to appear. Presented below are evidence that director David Fincher left bread crumbs for the hungry theorist to uncover the torrid affair between Somerset and Traci (Gwyneth Paltrow.)
What follows is a plot summary for those of you unfamiliar with the movie. Se7en follows the story of two homicide detectives in a perpetually dreary, nameless city, tracking down a sadistic serial killer (Kevin Spacey) who chooses his victims and their deaths, according to the seven deadly sins. Brad Pitt stars as Detective David Mills, an energetic but naive rookie who finds himself partnered with veteran jaded Detective William Somerset (Morgan Freeman). Together they investigate grisly murder scenes with no clue as to who the killer could be. The director, David Fincher, intentionally keeps his viewer from knowing crucial information which makes multiple viewings of the film a must, if one wishes to analyze it. No wonder that even though 21 years old, people are still theorizing about it and enjoying it to this day.
Now dig right in and see if Fincher gave us subtle clues about the beautiful woke interracial romance between Somerset and Mill’s wife. The movie beat us over the head with the differences between Somerset and Mills and nothing sets up an affair like filling in a missing need for the disaffected partner. Somerset was a world weary traveler, close to retirement, Mills was eager, ambitious, reckless. Somerset makes no mention of family or romantic interests and this sets the stage. The first clue we get is when Mills receives a phone call from his wife at work and asks to speak to Somerset. Not only is this a slap in the face to Mills, but then later we discover she invited him over for dinner and didn’t ask her husband or even bother to tell him. Compounding this is the awkward dinner itself. The dialogue between Somerset and Mill’s wife traces an outline of two lovers who are trying and failing to not make it obvious to the other party. Detective Mills seethes with rage during the dinner with no clear answers as to why, but a discerning viewer can clearly see the cucky pieces of the puzzle.
A further examination of Detective Mill’s wife Traci shows her character has almost no development in the film and very little screen time. But, the screen time she does have tends to show her in a very dissatisfied light. She is unhappy that she has to leave her rural home and move to the big city. Their apartment just so happens to have a subway pass under it and when it does it shakes everything like a mini earthquake. Her husband is always away at the office working leading her to loneliness. Clearly the director is painting a picture of a disaffected young woman.During one scene she waits until her husband is in the shower and calls Det. Somerset. Not only is this highly suspicious behavior but later on we find out she asks for him a secret rendezvous at a diner. The diner scene then takes an odd twist as we find out that Traci is pregnant and is scared to tell her husband. Why would she be scared to tell her husband but not some police officer she barely knows?
Shortly after this Somerset has a brilliant idea on how to track down the killer’s apartment. He supposedly uses illegal library information to find out who has been checking out certain books. Might this be a convenient cover for already knowing where the killer lives? This leads him to the killers apartment where the killer fires off several rounds at the detectives. All the shots miss even though a few minutes later, the killer is shooting out glass at more than 500 feet away. During the famous “box” scene the killer tells Mills that it is easy to purchase info from men inside his precinct. Why say this, both Spacey’s character and from the director’s point of view, what does this accomplish? Somerset, who doesn’t seem very upset by all the commotion so far gets angry and slaps the killer when he mentions that Traci was pregnant. Why would this upset him enough to assault a suspect? Lots of suspicious behavior from Somerset, the killer and the wife.
So, is there sufficient evidence to suggest that Traci was having an affair with Somerset? Maybe, but if not, then it seems to me like Fincher went out of his way to make you think something was going on. The awkward dialogue, the strange looks, and the scene at the diner really seem to set the mood for a lurid love affair. Mill’s character, it seems, not only has to struggle with a terrible apartment, an unlikable partner, but also an unfaithful wife. Now go into your DVD collection, dust off that old copy of Seven, and pop her in. All the while being a detective yourself while you ponder whether or not Morgan Freeman was pounding dat ass!