Yet, Adams admits Tripp has suspected it’s been more than that but tried to deny it. “Tripp knows how Ciara looks at Ben, and how Ben looks at her,” says Adams.
“That’s really what gets Tripp fueled up, because Ben’s a killer. He’s a bad person. But he sees this connection between Ben and Ciara. All Tripp was trying to do is protect Ciara. He believes she’s going to get hurt in that situation.”
Ciara’s admission weighs on Tripp.
“He’s upset and heartbroken,” notes Adams. “But he’s not angry with her. She didn’t do anything wrong. Ciara’s just in love with two people, although she’s more in love with one, obviously.
“Once Tripp realizes that…once Ciara’s feelings for Ben are said out loud, it becomes real to him,” continues Adams.
“That’s when Tripp realizes he’s not Ciara’s first choice, and he also doesn’t want to be strung along. He doesn’t want to be a fifth wheel.”
There’s only one choice for the couple to make, and they break up. The move leaves Tripp loathing Ben more than ever moving forward.
“Anytime he sees Ben, he’s immediately mad. His day is ruined because he saw him,” says Adams. “And that’s not just because of Ciara. It’s because of the entirety of it.
“Tripp’s thinking, ‘How is this guy still walking around free?’ And he’s trying to figure out what really happened with the fire if Ben actually did set it or not. Tripp really just wants to find out the truth and put a guilty man behind bars.”
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