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‘The Path’ Has Sexier Sex Scenes Than Any Other Show

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The Path

This week, The Path wrapped up it’s first season on Hulu with a pretty jaw-dropping ending. The 10-episode series was a really fascinating example of storytelling in a lot of ways: the entire ride was dramatic and emotional and thrilling and weird, all at the same time. Also? The Path was sexy as hell.

The show stars Michelle Monaghan and Aaron Paul as married couple Sarah and Eddie, who, along with their family are members of the Meyerist Movement, led by the dynamic Cal (Hugh Dancy). For as much as the characters will argue it, plain and simple, this is a cult. They know how to swoop into a devastating situation to recruit members, this being the case for the fragile Mary (Emma Greenwell). The members believe that they are enlightened and what they are doing is right, and that they will live completely within the teachings of their holy book, The Ladder. Except Eddie starts to have some doubts, and now we have ourselves a TV show.

So let’s get to the good stuff, because this show wastes no time with that. Seriously, there’s an average of 1-3 super sexy scenes per episode. Sarah’s family has always been a part of this movement, and it was his love for Sarah that brought Eddie into the mix. It’s a real, deep love. And we know that because he sticks with this bogus religion but also because wow, the love making. More often than not, Eddie and Sarah end an argument with sex. Passionate, thrusty, moan-inducing sex. They try to keep it to the bedroom but in episode 9, spoiler alert, they get right down do it on the floor of the kitchen.

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The way Eddie and Sarah specifically use sex is to a) end an argument, b) show their love for each other, even at times when they aren’t getting along, and c) to satiate that lust they just intrinsically have for each other. It’s super hot! Is it the healthiest? Someone with a bunch of college degrees would have to decide that. But it seems to pleasure both Sarah and Eddie, whether it’s after Eddie returns home from a trip or when he’s sandwiching his wife between the wall and his eager body. If they aren’t agreeing ideologically, these two can always count on their bodies to agree physically.

Now when Sarah and Cal kiss, it’s a different story. These two go way back and he is still obsessed with her, but she is (mostly) devoted to Eddie at this point in her life. Once, Eddie has a hallucination of them making out while he’s digging a ditch. Oof. Sarah also uses a steamy make out sesh with Cal as a way to get him to convince her son’s girlfriend to dump him. A manipulative make out, we’ve all been there. Maybe not to this degree, but still. Cal was overjoyed, Sarah was confused, but most of all, she was taking care of business.

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Cal’s relationship with sex is very confusing as a whole. Mary is instantly attracted to him in at least some way, and when she removes her nightgown for him, he helps her put it back on, knowing that this woman has an even more complicated history with sex (her father sold her to his friends when she was a teen, an action Cal later beats him up over). Even though Cal sets her up with another member of the movement, Mary goes on to give Cal oral sex, as well as watch him masturbate as he sat next to her on her bed, as she talked him through it. They didn’t touch each other, only themselves. Yes, it was exactly as creepy as it sounds, but it was way sexier than can be described. The satisfaction it gave each of them, the twisted looks on their faces, the sense that this scene might never end: as a viewer you cant help but wonder, am I messed up for enjoying this so much too?

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Let’s go with “no” for the answer to that last question. None of the relationships on this show are entirely pure, even Sarah and Eddie’s son Hawk and his non-Meyerist girlfriend, Ashley. The lesbian relationship on The Path between Mary and Betsy is mostly because Mary wants her help in stealing drugs from the doctor’s office on their compound. Sure, Mary enjoys sex, but also it is ingrained in her to need sex for personal validation. And she wants to get her hands on those drugs, and she’ll put her hands on whoever she has to in order to get them.

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The sex scenes on The Path depict power struggles and delusions and uncertainly. But this show also isn’t afraid to show sex for what it is: animalistic yet vulnerable, healing and damaging, and a way to feel good when everything else feels bad. And props to them for constantly switching up the givers, the receivers and the positions, keeping it fresh for the characters and viewers alike. While these characters are in search of emotional and spiritual pleasure, it sure is fun to watch them achieve frequent physical pleasure.

[Watch The Path on Hulu]

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