SOMERSET: Throw your gun down now!
MILLS: What are you talking about? What happened?
JOHN DOE: Are you listening to me, Detective Mills? I’m trying to tell you how much I admire you… and your pretty wife Tracy.
Mills freezes, turns to Doe. Doe smiles. Somerset is close.
SOMERSET: Throw your weapon, detective! Now!
MILLS: (to John Doe) What did you say?
JOHN DOE: It’s surprising how easily a member of the press can purchase information from the men in your precinct.
SOMERSET: David… please…
JOHN DOE: I visited your home this morning, after you left.
Mills is filled with an aching terror.
JOHN DOE: I tried to play husband… tried to taste the life of a simple man, but it didn’t
work out. So, I took a souvenir.
Mills turns to look at Somerset with pleading eyes. Somerset holds out his hand.
SOMERSET: Give me the gun.
JOHN DOE: Her pretty head.
JOHN DOE: Because I envy your normal life. Envy is my sin.
Somerset can’t hold back tears.
Fury rises in Mill and he turns to level his gun at John Doe.
Somerset raises his gun and points it at Mills.
Mills sees Somerset’s gun, raises his gun to Somerset.
MILLS: Tell me it’s not true.
SOMERSET: I can’t let you do this…
Mills steps forward, enraged.
MILLS: Put your gun down!!
SOMERSET: Don’t do this… please…
MILLS: Put the gun down, Somerset!
A pause. Somerset’s gun hand is trembling. The wind whips across them. The HELICOPTER can be HEARD distantly. Somerset throws his gun down.
SOMERSET: David, listen to me…
Mills goes to grab John Doe by the throat and puts the gun to Doe’s forehead, blind with rage.
Somerset holds his hand behind his back, opens his switchblade.
SOMERSET: He wants this! He wants you to do it!
Doe is staring into Mills’ eyes with wild expectation.
JOHN DOE: Kill me.
Doe lowers his head, waiting for execution.
Mills holds the gun at Doe’s head, undecided, furious.
Somerset edges towards them.
MILLS: (looks to Somerset) Stop it! You stay away!
Somerset moves the switchblade so he’s holding it by the blade, ready to throw, keeping it hidden.
SOMERSET: I can’t let you do this!
Mills kicks Doe and throws him backwards on the ground. The HELICOPTER is CLOSER.
Mills stands over Doe and points the gun.
JOHN DOE: She begged for her life, and for the life of your baby inside her.
Mills’ face fills with confusion — then a wave of horror.
Doe’s eyes register shock.
JOHN DOE: You didn’t know.
— Se7en (1995), written by Andrew Kevin Walker
The Daily Dialogue theme for the week is delivering bad news. Today’s suggestion by blknwite.
Trivia: The screenplay had references to a partner Mills had when he still lived in the country, named Parsons. Parsons was shot and killed while on a bust with Mills, and consequently Mills is overprotective of Somerset in some scenes. All references to Parsons were deleted before shooting began.
Dialogue On Dialogue: It’s learning about the pregnancy that puts Mills over the edge. And the way the line is delivered by Doe, so casual and offhand, makes the news even more shocking.