The Truth About Edie Flowers

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Uzo Aduba as Edie Flowers in episode 101 of Painkiller. Cr. Keri Anderson/Netflix

When making a historical dramatization based on real events, it’s sometimes necessary to create composite characters, executive producer Eric Newman told MovieMaker.

A composite character is someone who represents multiple people’s roles in a larger story but is simplified into one person to make the storytelling process smoother. That was the case with Uzo Aduba’s character, Edie Flowers.

So if you Googled her name after watching the show and didn’t find any results for her on the U.S. Attorney’s Office website in Roanoke, Virginia, the reason is that she doesn’t exist.

“She’s a composite character of a number of investigators, journalists, and some government investigators who, collectively — Barry included, blew the whistle on this,” Newman said.

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