‘The Affair’ Theme Song by Fiona Apple Provides Clues to Show’s Plot [WATCH VIDEO]

By Rachel Cruz | 3 years ago
‘The Affair’ Theme Song by Fiona Apple Provides Clues to Show’s Plot [WATCH VIDEO]
Dominic West plays McNulty in The Wire. He manages to pull of a pretty good Baltimore accent when in reality he’s from Sheffield. Had a nice chat with him about going to film people who make armour from Sheffield steel. Sept. 22, 2008. Wikimedia Commons/Dominic West/Simon Kisner.

In line with the airing of “The Affair” on Showtime, the series also launched a theme song that was done by Fiona Apple. It’s rare for a show to have theme song these days, which is why some have assumed that there could be clues and messages in the lyrics in connection to what really happened to the story. Read on for the details.

Entitled “Container,” the song features an eerie but beautiful rendition by the multi-awarded singer. Fiona Apple reportedly composed “Container” before “The Affair” was in production, but the track remained unreleased. The singer had to rework the song later on, specifically for the series, so that it fits its theme well.

According to Inside TV, the lyrics to the song seemed to offer some clues as to who was murdered and what really happened to the people involved. The song spoke of Alison and her baby. But based on the assumption in the Inside TV article, it looked like Bruce, Noah’s father-in-law, could also be a very important figure to the story.

Here’s the complete lyrics to the theme song:

I was screaming into the canyon
At the moment of my death
The echo I created
Outlasted my last breath

My voice it made an avalanche
And buried a man I never knew
And when he died his widowed bride
Met your daddy and they made you

I have only one thing to do and that's
To be the wave that I am and then
Sink back into the ocean
Sink back into the o-
Sink back into the ocean

Show creator Sarah Treem said that the title sequence was built around the now familiar song.

“The idea that actions have ‘echoes’ or unforeseen consequences became crucial to both of us,” said Treem on her Twitter account.

In a press release published on Spin, Treem said that she has been a fan of Apple since she was 16 years old and having her do the show’s theme song made her both happy and humbled. Treem is hoping that the series will be able to expound and deliver the same depth to the story as the song.

“The Affair,” which premiered on Showtime last Oct. 12, 2014, is told in two different angles, that of Noah (Dominic West) and Alison (Ruth Wilson). The two are involved in an illicit relationship, while the police investigates a murder that took place about the same time as their affair escalated.

The series received critical praise despite its struggle for viewership. Critics have said that it is one of the best new shows this fall.

And that’s it for our feature on “The Affair.” Catch the airing of its third episode this Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, at 10:00 p.m. on Showtime. Listen and watch the show’s theme song in the video below.

For more about the series, keep tabs on Movie News Guide (MNG).

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Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons/Dominic West/Simon Kisner

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