An officer arrives and when Maggie screams for help, Sue Ann shoots the officer dead before he can react. There was no backstory for the title character in the original script, which made her "a complete monster that no audience member could sympathize with. When she arrives, she notices that everyone has left and that only the original group remain. Erica, knowing where Maggie would be, calls her co-worker Stu for help and the two save the teenagers. The next day, Sue Ann invites the teenagers to drink in her basement. Ma came together as a result of Tate Taylor 's desire to direct a film about "something fucked up," and a conversation he had with Octavia Spencer in which she told him that she was "sick of only being offered the same role and never getting to be a lead. Maggie awakens chained in the basement.