Well, this was one of the biggest surprise of the year. When Robert Pattinson joined the Twilight cast as a series regular in May 2016, it seemed like just another publicity stunt. The actor, who is perhaps best known for playing the vampire Edward Cullen in the Twilight film franchise, had previously expressed an interest in appearing in a TV show, and the producers of Twilight—as well as fans of the franchise—wanted to bring him on for a meet and greet with the fans. So they did, and it was such a surreal sight to see Edward meet Bojack Horseman. It was almost as if they were friends. Almost.

But in fact, Edward is one of Bojack Horseman’s main antagonists, and it seems that they have a mutual enemy in common: the Twilight series. While Bojack seems to genuinely like Twilight’s Bella and Jacob, and even cites them as influences on several occasions, Edward clearly didn’t take to the series, as is evidenced by his scathing review of Twilight: Chapter One. It’s clear that he has some serious issues with the Twilight films and/or the source material (the first Twilight novel was released in 2007, and its last novel, Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, was published in 2012), which is odd considering that he grew up on a farm and was probably quite familiar with horses. Maybe it’s that he didn’t feel like he could connect with Bella and Jacob in a way that was relatable, since they are such prominent figures in the Twilight series. Whatever the reason may be, it would seem that he has some serious reservations about the franchise, which is strange given that he is among the most prominent members of the Twilight franchise. But that’s show business for you. Sometimes you end up on the wrong side of history.

Where Do We Stand Now?

Well, now that we’ve established a small history of Edward and Bojack Horseman, let’s take a look at where we stand. While I’d love to sit down with Bojack and have a long conversation about the merits of the Twilight series, we probably don’t have the time. But what we can do is take a look at the legacy of Edward’s time on Bojack Horseman, and try to figure out where the show’s creator, Aaron Sorkin, saw the actor’s scathing review of Twilight: Chapter One and if he intended on expanding on that review or was just trolling. We can also look at how Edward’s time on Bojack influenced his performance as Will Graham in season one of The Handmaid’s Tale, or if he had any other significant onscreen role that we might have missed.

The short answer to the first question is “yes,” and the long answer is a little more complicated. Let’s take a dive into Aaron Sorkin’s master plan. In a November 2015 New York Times interview, Sorkin stated:

“I knew that I wanted to write something about Hollywood, about how the movie world interacts with the rest of the world, and I knew that I wanted to write a part of this movie about the making of the Twilight films, because I’d read all of the books, and I thought they were just fascinating. So I pitched the idea of the Twilight films to Netflix, and they bought it.”

So Sorkin pitched the idea for the series to Netflix, and two months later, Netflix released the first episode of Bojack Horseman. A few days before that, Edward Cullen had posted a scathing review of Twilight: Chapter One on his Medium blog. Sorkin must have known what he was doing when he pitched the series to Netflix.

Why Is It Important What Edward Said About Twilight?

Well, there’s a couple of reasons why it’s important what Edward said about Twilight. For one thing, we have a pretty good idea of what he said, as his review was one of the first pieces of press that we saw about Bojack Horseman. But beyond that, it’s important because it provides us with a rare look into the mind of one of Hollywood’s most famous vampires, and it helps to further explicate the complicated relationship that Hollywood often has with the books and films that it makes. While many Hollywood celebs can get away with only having a passing knowledge of the books (and often times, that’s all that’s needed), often times their opinions can spread like wildfire once they’ve said something, especially if they’re a popular actor/actress.

It’s also important because, like many famous antagonists in literature, Edward is not your typical garden-variety vampire. He is, in fact, one of the most prominent and most well-known vampires in all of fiction. He was the protagonist of the Twilight series and its prequel, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. He also had a whole supporting cast of eccentric and interesting characters to play off of, which is what Sorkin did in creating Bojack Horseman. So while it would be easy for Sorkin to just make Bojack a one-dimensional hater—which he could simply do if he wanted to—he gave the character a past and a reason for his enmity toward Twilight and its protagonists. This is a risky move, making a show about a franchise that many people dislike, but it pays off in spades; I don’t think that there is a single episode of Bojack Horseman that isn’t worth watching, and I’m sure that many of the same can be said about the Twilight films. One of the best things that Aaron Sorkin did was to humanize a vampire, even if it was just a little bit.

Where Does This Leave Us?

So now that we have the requisite background information, let’s move into the meat of this article: where does this leave us? Well, it would seem that the relationship between Bojack Horseman and Twilight is more complicated than it first appears. While we don’t have the time to dive into in great detail, let’s take a quick look at this complicated relationship and how it impacts our perception of these iconic figures in pop culture.

First, we have Bojack Horseman. In the above video, you’ll see that the creator of Bojack Horseman, Aaron Sorkin, addresses the elephant in the room: Edward Cullen. He kind of makes a joke about how he is more famous for his one line in The Avengers than he is for Sherlock Holmes, which I think is fair, because Edward’s one line in The Avengers is “Hey, Nick Fury, you had one job!,” and that’s all that most people remember him for. But beyond that, Sorkin addresses the fact that Edward is quite possibly the most prominent and well-known vampire in all of fiction (this would become quite evident after Edward’s review of Twilight: Chapter One).

In one fell swoop, Sorkin wipes away all of the mystery and speculation that has surrounded Edward for years. He sort of punishes the famous Twilight figure for his one line in The Avengers and then immediately moves on to discuss an entirely different topic. While some fans may have found this approach disheartening, Sorkin was just being honest and, I think, refreshing. He doesn’t seem to be trying to curry favor with fans by addressing the fact that Edward is a vampire, and I think that this shows an admirable streak of integrity that is too often overlooked in Hollywood. This is particularly evident in the way that Sorkin interacted with his costar on Bojack Horseman: Eugenia Lily, who played the role of Mrs. Peaboowkski in the Netflix series—the same Mrs. Peaboowkski who inspired Edward to write his review of Twilight: Chapter One. While Sorkin initially tried to play it cool, going so far as to introduce Eugenia as “an actress who will be playing your wife,” he soon relented and admitted that he was indeed aware of the fact that they were stepping into the shoes of Bella and Jacob; Sorkin even went so far as to cite The Twilight Saga as one of Eugenia’s inspirations (this would become quite evident after the two actresses interacted on set, as Jacob’s parents are inspired by the same characters that appear in The Twilight Saga).

So while it would be easy for Bojack Horseman to paint Edward as some sort of villain, which he could certainly do if he wanted to, what we have here is a more complicated picture. While we know that Bojack Horseman is quite a bit funnier and more enjoyable than most shows of this type, it still is, at its core, a show about Hollywood and the various relationships that Hollywood has with the books and films that it creates. And to be clear, I think that Bojack Horseman is one of the best shows that Netflix has ever produced, and one of the best depictions of Hollywood that we have, but it is, at its heart, a show about Hollywood—there’s no getting around that.