“Pushing Daisies” Character Focus: Can You Be My Ned?

“Pie is home. People always come home.” — Ned, The Pie Maker.

That is one of the many quotes which lured me into the loving nest of the pie maker. The one character Bryan Fuller created that captured my heart, and I am sure I am not the only one.

Ned The Pie Maker – one of the main characters in the cinematic, extravagant Pushing Daisies. It is the one character who leaves footprints in the viewers’ minds, hearts, and souls!

I personally cannot write about this character without gushing my guts out and turning into a bulb of walking emotions (you should thank God you are not seeing me while I am writing this article! My heart is racing, my hands cannot stop typing, and a permanent smile is on my face with every word written). It is a fascinating character, all Fullers’ characters are, but The Pie Maker is extra special with a little bit of quirkiness, a hint of madness, and loads and loads of magic!

The Pie Maker is one of the founding pillars of the show. I do not think the show would be as awesome as it is without this character. It adds new dimensions to this ecstatic viewing delight (Pushing Daisies), as is the case for each and every character in this show. You hear him speak “Hi, my name is Ned…” and you just want to never shut your eyes or close your ears – I think Lee Pace’s voice and tune helps big time in that regard – but moreover, it is the character as a whole and how it is built and developed within a short span of two seasons that makes it great and legendary.  

As it is the case with humans in real life, you may find a lost soul or two who do not like Ned and who might think that he is “too soft” or “such a kid” or “sheltered” or even “odd” and “peculiar” but I think these qualities are what makes him great – he is not your ordinary next door neighbour and definitely not someone you would casually stumble upon in real life. And that’s what makes him some kind of a magical, mystical creature in the form of a human (woohoo, I do not even know where that description came from LOL).

The best quality about this character, and all of Fullers’ creations, is that it is open to interpretation. Not all viewers have the same perspective of this character and you will not find a mass agreement, or a fixed opinion, on how this character should be described. This is a great testimony to Fuller, in my opinion; he managed to create a character that is scripted, not by the writers, but by the viewers themselves and that (ladies and gentlemen) is the art of master script writing – to make the imagination of the viewers run wild and allowing them to create their own stories about the characters presented in the show.

There is no definite article of words which can describe The Pie Maker and such an article should not exist. It is up to us, the viewers, how we want to see the character and how we identify with it. For me, Ned is a dream guy – unique, not ordinary, has supernatural gifts, loves without physical boundaries, kind, shy, and layered with millions and millions of endless complexities – tell me this is not absolutely mysterious and appealing to you?! However, there are those of us who I cannot understand who do not prefer The Pie Maker and think of him as a character that is “too much” and “I do not really get what he is saying!” but that is, again, the beauty of Bryan’s work – it is not suitable for ordinary and average minds. You have to widen your horizons and expand your vision. Look beyond what is there and dig deeper under the surface, then you will unlock the hidden potentials of this character and all of Fullers’ other character out there.

If I had it my way, I would never stop writing about Ned and how exciting this character is. But, I do not want to bore you to death with long essays and I will leave you with my most favourite Ned quote:

“The truth is that there are a lot of people like you, us, with strange hobbies or talents or gifts and we try to hide it because we’re afraid that it makes us seem weird or it will turn people off, but that’s a mistake. What makes me unique has brought every person I love into my life.” – Ned The Pie Maker, Frescorts

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