Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers for episode 8 of Daisy Jones and The Six.With only two episodes left Daisy Jones and The Sixthe series adaptation of the novel of the same name, the story and gang drama on a legendary level slightly deviated from the path paved by the book Taylor Jenkins Reid when it comes to what has unfolded so far. With the tension building to a more overt romantic/hateful breaking point between the faces of the band Daisy (Riley Keough) and Billy (Sam Claflin) to Karen (Suki Waterhouse) makes the first move on Graham (Will Harrison) over jealousy, the episodes have found a way to make the lead-up to the dreaded night when the band breaks up feel much more anxiety-inducing, despite the audience already knowing what’s going to happen.
The changes have also made the stakes for each character much higher, and the biggest change that causes this is the tension between Billy and Camila (Camila Morrone). Since the first episode, the series has teased a potential romance between Camila and The Six bassist Eddie (Josh Whitehouse), something that is absent from the novel. However, an interview with Eddie tells viewers that he has known Camila since they were kids and how it was hard not to fall in love with her.
From that point on, the audience catches several moments that show Eddie taking a quick look at Camila, hinting at the idea that he’s loved her all along. Even at Billy and Camila’s wedding, Eddie stares at her longingly. Moments like these are absent from the book, with the two characters lacking any romantic chemistry. While he admits how hard it was not to love Camila in the novel, that’s as far as it goes when it comes to potential romance, while the series has taken things a step further.
Camila begins to feel a distance growing between her and Billy
In Episode 6, Camila begins to feel more removed from the band’s process, as well as her own husband. Billy comes home late every night after spending hours writing songs with Daisy. Billy himself states in an interview that writing an album is an “intimate thing” and that it has to be that way to be successful. Despite this, Camila knows there is something more between Daisy and Billy. This is exacerbated after she previously caught him cheating on tour at the beginning of the series.
With Billy and Daisy, she knows there’s a connection she can’t prevent. During the photo shoot for the album “Aurora”, where Billy says the title track is about her, Camila takes her own photo of Billy and Daisy in a private moment, passionately arguing. After showing Billy the photo, which captures their undeniable chemistry, Camila only says, “We used to fight like that.”
Does the book include the affair between Eddie and Camila?
The novel by Reid, similar to the series, is written entirely in interview format. It is through these individual interviews that the audience learns how each member of the band and those in their circle kept secrets from each other, an idea that is reinforced for the Prime series. Karen and Graham, for example, see each other behind everyone else’s back for fear of having a negative effect on the band.
The only one who keeps this secret is Camila, who otherwise feels left out of something she used to feel so much a part of. In episode 6, she finally reveals that she needed her own secret, and that’s when we see Camila run into Eddie at a bar. After seeing her, he ditches his date to be with her, saying, “I choose you over everyone.” It’s so heavily implied that something happened between the two off-screen when Camila pulls up to the home she shares with Billy and guiltily puts her makeup on the car mirror. On top of that, Eddie completely avoids Billy at the studio the next morning. While most of the imperfect moments between Billy and Camila are present in the book, all of these events are missing from the book. But small parts of the book actually imply that Camila cheated with an old flame, but not Eddie.
The complicated romantic relationships make the ending more nerve-wracking
While it remains to be seen if or how this will play into the band’s final performance and explosive breakup, which is already an emotional moment in the book, there could be the potential to make the outcome even worse. The moment between Eddie and Camila is a contrast to Billy and Daisy, who have a more intense emotional relationship over a physical one. On the other hand, Camila did what she did with Eddie because she wanted some power in a situation that she couldn’t stop.
Another potential outcome could specifically affect Billy and Eddie, who have had a strained relationship since the band’s inception. Eddie, who plays bass in the first place because Billy told him to, already resents him for calling all the shots. While the animosity between the two exists in the book, Eddie’s feelings for Camila in the series add another direct reason why Eddie is constantly angry and annoyed with Billy. This significant addition makes the night when the band reaches its breaking point that much more nerve-wracking, especially when you see how it will differ from the already devastating band’s ending in the novel.