Anne Bonny, Black Sails
Anne Bonny (Clara Paget)
In the beginning of historical drama Black Sails, pirate Anne Bonny was introduced as a beautiful but cold blooded henchman of pirate captain Charles Vane. She was in a sexual relationship with Vane’s second-in-command Jack Rackham, and it was revealed he had saved her from an abusive marriage in her youth. Bonny is described as a borderline psychopathic personality, masked by youthful looks. Her back is heavily scarred from multiple floggings courtesy of her late husband, and she was disgusted when she saw female brothel owner Max being abused by Vane’s crew after they kidnapped her.
After helping to rescue Max from the crew of her ship, Bonny helped to run the brothel together with Rackham. In Season 2, Bonny discovered that Max was making a deal behind their backs, and despite being furious with her, she allowed herself to be seduced by Max. Though Bonny became upset and confused after her night with Max, she continued to have a sexual relationship with her, even sneaking out of her bed with Rackham to be with Max. Eventually Rackham discovered the affair and confronted her, telling her that Max was only sleeping with her to drive a wedge between them and manipulate her. Rackham and Bonny reconciled at the end of Season 2 and she told him that they would be together until they are both dead. The relationship with Rackham continues on and off through all three seasons that have been aired.
In Season 3, Rackham and Bonny fled Nassau overland while Max elected to stay and build a life for herself under the new English governance, ending their relationship.
When asked about who she would like to see Anne end up with, Clara Paget responded: “Maybe she hasn’t met the person. I do think that Rackham is her be-all-and-end-all in an unconditional way, be it brotherly, motherly, fatherly, everything—they give each other everything emotionally that’s missing in this world. On the island, they’re the only—so far—genuine relationship. They bicker, they fight in a way that passionate long-term relationships do. They go through cheating on each other and doing all these things, but such a strong bond.” Source: AfterEllen.
In Season 4, Anne and Jack were still aboard Blackbeard’s ship. In 4×06 Max demanded to see Anne, bedridden after a fight, and tried to make peace with her but Anne rejected her and Max was left heartbroken. Anne, Max and Jack left for Philadelphia to secure a partnership and revitalize Nassau (4×07). As Jack was tenderly helping her, Anne noticed that Max had not returned to try and see her again, and realized that Jack told Max to stay away.
Anne and Max remained behind in Philadelphia (4×08) while Jack went back to Nassau to try and kill James Flint, as part of the deal. Faced with the choice to marry a man from society, someone easily manipulated that they could put in the Governor’s office, Max refused, fearing it would ruin her chances of rekindling a romance with Anne. She told Anne:
“I said no to Marion Guthrie’s plan, despite having no alternative and at the risk of losing the entire endeavor, because I refuse to situate a man in a position where he might interfere one day with my ability to repair things with you. You are the bravest person I have ever known, the truest person I have ever known, and I betrayed you and it sickens me. I am so sorry for working so hard to protect the wrong things. For failing to see there was nothing important that does not include you.”
Anne did not respond, and the scene ended with the two sitting side by side, holding hands.
Anne and Max were then missing from 4×09 and did not get a scene together in the series finale. In the finale, after a time jump of a few months, Rackham presented Nassau as a flourishing port with Max as the real power running Nassau, and Jack and Anne still together aboard their ship, sailing into the horizon.
Executive Producer Jonathan E. Steinberg stated 4×08 was “a little bit of a finale for Max and for Anne Bonny”.
- Series regular all 4 seasons
Female love interests:
- Max (Jessica Parker Kennedy, main cast)
Relationship story arc with a woman: Yes
Male love interests:
- Jack Rackham (Toby Schmitz, main cast)
Relationship story arc with a man: Yes
Filter Relationship Arc:
Storyline during sweeps? No
 A relationship story arc is defined as explicit, developed on screen, and lasting more than 3 episodes. It is listed as questionable or subtext if romance is only implied, mentioned instead of shown on screen, part of a dream sequence, or otherwise not explicit for the viewer.
 Sweeps episodes air in February, May, July and November, the periods when advertising rates are set. A character is marked as "sweeps" when there is a very limited number of episodes that address their sexuality, all air during sweeps period, and the storyline is otherwise ignore/dropped.