Sebastian Roché, who portrays the horrifying Father Renaud in the Yellowstone prequel, forewarns that 1923 Season 1 Episode 5 will contain more brutality.
Roché portrays a Catholic priest in 1923 who manages a boarding school for Indigenous girls. The TV series depicts a tragic period in American history. Native American children were coerced to enroll in these schools and suffer horrendous mistreatment.
Despite the fact that 1923 has previously portrayed brutal violence at the boarding school, Roché warns that things will worsen in future episodes.
1923 Season 1 Episode 5: Sebastian Roché Describes Father Renaud's Vile Streaks
The series continues to depict the boarding school students' horrifying torture.
"Father Renaud is one of these extreme ideologists, religious zealots who believe in the right of God, and that includes if one of yours oversteps their boundary, they should be punished," Sebastian Roché said while speaking to TV Insider.
"But also, as that person has committed a crime against a sister by punching her in the face, she should also be punished as an example. He needs to have extreme discipline. He believes in extreme discipline."
In 1923 Season 1 Episode 5, Roché warns that there will be more unrest.
"It gets worse in Episode 5," Roché added.
Father Renaud's Relentless Pursuit of Punishment
For more than a century, the United States supported government boarding schools aimed at eradicating Native American culture. Indigenous students were coerced into attending these schools, which were frequently run by Christian religious officials. They are subjected to heinous treatment and abuse there.
Teonna Rainwater, a pupil in the 1923 premiere, fights back after Sister Mary repeatedly beats her with a ruler. Teonna and Sister Mary are then physically punished by Father Renaud.
Now that Teonna has escaped the boarding school and killed Sister Mary, Father Renaud will almost certainly go to any length to pursue her and may even punish the kids who were left behind.
"What I'm going to do in Episode 5 is pretty bad," Roché continued. "And we're not only talking about physical abuse, sexual abuse, mental abuse. We're also talking about abuse in the name of what? In the name of God?"
"The co-opting of religion, of the message, is just appalling. We're talking about sociopathic tendencies in these people who were basically running a sociopathic patriarchy."
1923 Season 1 Episode 5 airs Sunday, Feb. 5, on Paramount+.