In episode 7 of season 2 of Revenge, Mason refers to Amanda as 'Benedict Clarke' which I assume is some kind of cultural reference pertaining to her recent activities but I am unable to figure out what it is. Any idea?

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    Benedict Arnold, maybe? I haven't seen the show, but I've heard of people being referred to as "Benedict [last_name]" in this manner as an insult. Aug 13, 2014 at 20:58
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    @MeatTrademark If seen the show or not, that seems sufficient for an answer, given that Amanda is indeed a Clarke and the plot synopsis seems to include some kind of betrayal from her side.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Aug 14, 2014 at 0:06
  • @MeatTrademark I would agree seeing as how the most famous benedict clarke is the kid that played young severus snape in Harry Potter Deathly hallow part 2
    – Flaunting
    Aug 14, 2014 at 6:23

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As MeatTrademark remarks in his comment (but is reluctant to post as an answer), this might be an allusion to Benedict Arnold, who fought on the American side during the American Revolution but defected to the British. His case and his person have become somewhat of a model example for treason in modern American culture, often referenced for this purpose. Though, having only TV and movie experience with modern American culture, I for myself haven't yet "heard of people being referred to as "Benedict [last_name]" in this manner as an insult", but this isn't a far stretch at all and I'd trust MeatTrademark's more practical experience there.

This cultural reference is even more likely when factoring in the additional information from the TV show. Amanda is indeed (supposedly) a Clarke, and given that IMDb says that in this episode

Amanda is ready to betray Emily to Mason

this seems like the most probable cultural reference there.


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