I build condos in one of the most densely populated cities in the country. You don't put up a new building without tearing down a few old ones.
— Brit talks about her work[src]

Brit Stevenson is a fictional character from the Saw franchise as well as one of the secondary protagonists of Saw V.

She was portrayed by Julie Benz.

History

The Fire

Brit was a successful businesswoman and the senior vice president of the Marshvard Group, a real estate development company. One day, she hired a drug dealer to burn down an apartment building to get her hands on the property. However, the building was still inhabited by eight people, who all died in the fire. Nonetheless, the Marshvard Group was granted a building permit for the property by Luba Gibbs, a corrupt employee of the Department of City Planning. Soon afterward, Peter Strahm and Lindsey Perez, two special agents working on the case, eventually suspected Brit and almost discovered her involvement in the fire. They planned to bring a charge against Brit as well as four other suspects - Ashley Kazon, a fire inspector, Charles Salomon, a journalist, Mallick Scott, a drug addict, and Luba Gibbs. However, when the only witness suddenly disappeared, the investigation was ceased. (Saw V, Saw VI)

Abduction

Sometime later, Brit was abducted by Detective Mark Hoffman, the successor of the late John Kramer, better known as the Jigsaw Killer. John had gained knowledge of her involvement in the arson case before his death. Therefore, he had instructed Hoffman to arrange a deadly game for her and the other people involved in the case. After subduing her, Hoffman took her to a room in a catacomb area at 1293 Sandburst Drive along with the other test subjects and fettered each of them with leather collars before leaving. (Saw V)

First Test

Brit in the trap

Shortly afterward, Ashley woke up first. Despite being initially confused, she quickly realized the dangerousness of her situation when she saw a giant blade behind her. Seconds later, the next prisoner, Luba, awoke from her unconsciousness. When Ashley told her not to move, Luba initially thought that it was her who had put her in this situation, which Ashley denied. The third prisoner, Mallick, immediately panicked and was convinced that Jigsaw had done this to them, stating that he had expected something like this to happen to him. However, Brit, who had woken up as well, tried to calm him down and reminded him that Jigsaw was dead according to the news. Luba then pointed to a security camera, stating that someone was watching them. Despite her initial doubts about their captivity being related to Jigsaw, Brit changed her opinion when she realized that they were observed to make sure that they were following the rules. Due to this, Mallick further panicked and desperately tried to remove his collar. He stopped, however, when the last prisoner, Charles, warned him that his head would "pop off like a dandelion" and pointed to the blades behind them as well as a timer on the wall, suspecting that it would start ticking down once a metal pin was pulled out. This pin was attached to a cable running through all of their collars.

They were suddenly interrupted when a TV turned on in front of them. A mechanical ventriloquist puppet appeared on-screen and introduced them to their game, telling them they had been chosen for using privileges given to them at birth to further themselves at the expense of others. Furthermore, the puppet explained that the cable running through their collars, which connected all of them, could be pulled so tight that the mounted razors behind them would decapitate them. The only way to free themselves was by obtaining the keys from five glass boxes standing on pedestals before them. However, if one of them moved forward to get their key, the timer would be activated, and every one of them who wasn't able to remove the collar within 60 seconds would be decapitated. Finally, the puppet warned them not to follow their "life-long instincts" in this situation.

Brit discusses the situation

When the tape ended, and the TV turned off, a frightened Mallick concluded that one of them had to die. Luba, however, denied this, reminding him that they shouldn't follow their instincts and suggested that they shouldn't go after the keys, suspecting that their abductor was merely testing their endurance. Ashley and Mallick, however, immediately opposed this idea. Charles then noticed that there was a second timer, which was connected to two glass jars filled with nails. Initially, Brit doubted that the jars were of any relevance as the puppet didn't mention them, but Ashley immediately recognized them as homemade nail bombs. When Mallick asked her how she knew this, Charles answered that she was a fire inspector until her discharge four weeks earlier. Therefore, Ashley asked him how he knew her. Charles refused to respond, even when Mallick started to yell at him and angrily demanded an answer. Once again, Brit calmed him down, saying that they should figure out their situation.

Luba then tried to work out the connection between them and asked Brit what she had done to get in this situation. Brit, however, merely told her to tell her story first. Not wanting to talk about it, Luba changed the topic. Instead, she spoke of the puppet's mention of their advantages from birth and asked the others if they were all born wealthy. However, this only applied to her, Brit, and Mallick, and not Ashley and Charles. Therefore, Mallick sarcastically mocked her, but Ashley intervened, stating that their advantages from birth didn't necessarily have to be financial. Mallick talked to Charles and confronted him with his knowledge of Ashley's former profession, asking him if he knew anything about him and the others as well. When Charles didn't answer, Mallick got angry again, which caused an argument between them during which Charles called him a "tweaker," showing that he knew that Mallick was, in fact, a drug addict. He then grabbed Mallick's right arm, which was covered with burn scars, telling him that it was obvious how he "fucked up his charmed existence." When he asked him if he played with matches, Mallick angrily yelled at him and started to run for his key, despite Luba's protests. Charles, however, pulled on the cable, causing Mallick to topple. Thereby, the metal pin was pulled out of the timer, which started ticking down.

Charles slowly made his way forward, forcing Mallick to crawl back as the cable running through their collars strangulated the other prisoners. Eventually, Charles managed to get the key from the first box. Afterward, Brit tried to get to her key but was pulled back when Luba leaped forward. However, when she finally got her key as well, Brit embraced her opportunity once more and moved towards the next pedestal. This way, she also successfully obtained her key. Finally, Mallick and Ashley fought for the next key and tried to get to the boxes as soon as possible. However, when Mallick reached the box before him and smashed the glass, the key accidentally fell to the floor. To get it, Mallick leaped over the pedestal. Thereby, Ashley was pulled back again and was swept from her feet, while Mallick finally obtained the key. When she realized that the time was running out, Ashley desperately started to scream. Moments later, when the timer hit zero, all of her fellow prisoners successfully removed their collars. She, however, was pulled back by the cable and was, therefore, decapitated by the blade behind her.

Following Ashley's death, her fellow prisoners were initially shocked but ultimately moved on to the next room when Charles reminded them of the bombs as the second timer was still ticking. Mallick, however, remained seated on the ground and stared at Ashley's corpse. Meanwhile, Brit collected all five keys. When she smashed the last glass box with Ashley's key, Mallick finally awoke from his rigidity and asked her what she was doing, to which she merely responded that she was "being smart." (Saw V)

Second Test

The group in the second room

When Mallick, who was the last one who entered the second room, was about to close the door behind him, Charles stopped him from doing so. Brit then pointed to the next timer, which was again connected to nail bombs, stating that closing the door would start the timer. Luba then reminded them that they had to find out who every one of them was, hoping that it might help them to discover the connection between them. When Brit stated that Ashley was working for the fire department, Charles corrected her by saying that she was discharged one month earlier. Therefore, Mallick angrily yelled at him and suspected him of being behind their abduction due to his knowledge about them. When he threatened to close the door, Charles angrily approached him but was held back by Brit, who tried to keep the situation calm. Afterward, she asked Luba about her story. Luba responded that she was working for the Department of City Planning, and neither had a husband nor children. When she told Brit to tell her story, Charles intervened and asked her if there was something about her father that she wanted to tell them. Surprised by this, Luba finally admitted that she was the daughter of Richard Gibbs, the owner of a sports team called "The Cougars." Charles then stated that Gibbs wanted to build a new stadium for years and suspected that Luba's work as a city planner was his best opportunity for reaching his goal. Afterward, Mallick asked Brit what she had done to end up in this situation, to which she responded that she was the senior vice president of a real estate development company. Luba realized that Brit was talking about the Marshvard Group and, thereby, concluded that they had a connection as Brit's company needed building permits from the Department of City Planning for every one of their buildings. Then, she asked Mallick about his past. Mallick stated that he had no wife, no children that he knew of, and no job. Therefore, Charles sarcastically mocked and angered him by calling him a "trust-fund baby." Finally, Brit asked Charles about his past. When he revealed that he worked as an investigative journalist for The Herald, Mallick mocked him for working for a "gossip rag" until Charles told him to bite his tongue. Afterward, he and Brit noticed 16 glass jars, which were suspended from the ceiling. However, as they were filled with glass shards, they couldn't see what else they contained. Moments later, Charles finally closed the door to the first room, only seconds before the bombs detonated.

At this moment, the lights turned off, and a TV in front of them turned on. When Jigsaw's puppet appeared on-screen, it introduced them to their new situation. There were four cylindrical chambers in the walls, which would provide them safety from the bombs. To access them, they had to find the keys to the doors, which were inside the jars. However, only three of these keys could open the doors to the safety chambers. Therefore, the puppet asked them to choose who was going to be "the odd man out."

Brit in the safety chamber

When the tape ended, and the TV turned off again, the lights turned back on, and a 60-second-timer started to tick down. While the other prisoners panicked, Mallick grabbed one of two metal rods from the floor and smashed the first glass. Brit, however, remarked that the cylindrical key from the glass was blank and noticed that the keys to the locks must have differently shaped attachments. As Mallick was about to smash the next jar, Charles suddenly grabbed the second rod and brutally beat him up as he deemed Mallick to be worthless for the rest of the group. Luba tried to stop him. However, he angrily pushed her away, yelling at her that only the fittest would survive. Afterward, he quickly started to smash the glasses one by one. Thereby, Brit and Luba managed to get their hands on two of the needed keys and were successfully able to open their chambers. When Charles was done, the last key with a shape on it landed in front of Mallick. As the latter tried to grab it, Charles dropped his metal rod, stepped on his arm, and picked up the key while sarcastically wishing him better luck next time. Unnoticed by him, Luba hadn't accessed her chamber yet but had instead grabbed one of the rods and sandbagged him from behind, angrily yelling at him before finally taking shelter from the bombs. Therefore, Mallick grabbed the key and went into the third chamber. With only a few seconds left, Charles slowly stood up again but was finally ripped up by the bombs around him.

After the detonation, the other prisoners left their chambers. Upon seeing Charles' mutilated remains, Brit remarked that he was an asshole but smart, stating that they could've still used him. Therefore, Luba reminded her that someone had to die and asked if she'd rather have taken Charles' place, to which Brit gave no response. Luba then grabbed the metal rod lying next to the ripped up corpse before she and the other remaining survivors went on to the next room. (Saw V)

Third Test

Brit asks Mallick about his past

When Mallick entered the room, he was frightened when he saw a bathtub in the middle of the room, which was surrounded by five current coils with cords attached to them. Additionally, there was another 15-minute-timer above the next door. Upon entering, Luba immediately spotted the next bombs. Moments later, Brit asked Mallick for the reason why he was in this situation. Mallick admitted that he had done something which had resulted in the death of several people, even though he claimed that he didn't mean it. Luba then asked him why he wasn't in prison, to which he responded that nobody knew about his crime. Brit, however, pointed to a camera, stating that someone did know, before she suspiciously glared at Luba. Therefore, Luba finally spoke about her work, thereby indirectly admitting that she took bribes in exchange for granting building permits. When Mallick rebuked her for this, she answered that Brit certainly was not a good person either. Brit affirmed this, stating that during her work, she often had to tear down older buildings to build new ones, thereby causing many people to lose their living spaces. Therefore, Mallick stated that all of them deserved to be in this situation. When Brit asked him if there was any other possible connection between them, which he could think of, he denied this and told her to finally close the door so they could get their next instructions.

Seconds after Brit closed the door, the next TV turned on. The puppet on-screen greeted them to their third test, explaining that this game was designed to "bridge the gap" between all of them. There were five locks on the next door out of the room. Each of them was connected to an electrical circuit which had to be closed to open the door. To achieve this goal, the five cords attached to the current coils had to be connected to the water in the bathtub. However, they only had three minutes to do so. If they didn't manage to close the circuits in time, an electrical current would surge through the room and lock the door permanently.

Brit kills Luba

Again, the TV turned off, and the timer started ticking down. Mallick immediately grabbed one of the cords and tried to connect it to the bathtub. However, he quickly realized that it was too short and angrily yelled at the others to think of a new plan. Luba then told him that he should get in the bathtub so they could connect the five cords to his body. Realizing that this would inevitably kill him, Mallick hesitated. When Luba repeated her order, he sarcastically stated that he was "more of a shower guy." This angered Luba, causing her to furiously yell at him to get in the tub. Mallick insulted her, telling her to get in it herself. Luba then attacked him with the metal rod. Even though she barely missed Mallick, the latter fell in the tub. When he begged her for mercy, Luba, close to tears, hesitated. Unnoticed by her, Brit grabbed one of the cords with a sharp, pointed attachment and approached her. When Luba was about to kill Mallick, Brit suddenly stabbed her neck with the cable. Shocked and paralyzed, Luba looked at Brit and dropped the rod. However, before she could do anything, she finally collapsed and died on the floor.

Following Luba's death, Mallick was horrified. Brit, however, merely stated that she didn't trust her. When Mallick asked what had happened between them, Brit refused to respond and told him to help her with the body. Together, they put Luba's corpse in the bathtub. Just as Mallick was about to connect the first cord to her, Brit stopped him and told him not to touch her body as he would receive an electric shock himself. Then, they connected the first four cords to Luba's body, causing her to twitch and convulse. When Mallick grabbed the last cable, he was horrified when he saw that the attachment was shaped like a big hook. Upon his hesitation, Brit yelled at him to ram the hook into her head, which he finally did. Therefore, the last lock on the door opened, enabling both of them to flee to the next room. (Saw V)

Final Test

Brit and Mallick in the last room

In the center of the next room was a cage table. On top of it stood a large metal box with five holes on both sides. When Mallick looked through one of them, he saw that there were circular saw blades inside. Meanwhile, Brit examined the cage underneath the box and spotted a beaker that was somehow connected to the next door, concluding that it would open once the glass was filled. When Mallick asked her what they had to use to fill it, she realized that they had to insert their own hands in the holes with the saw blades to fill the beaker with blood. Mallick suggested using the water from the bathtub. Brit, however, immediately denied this as there were locks resembling metal cuffs inside each hole. They had to put their arms in to keep them open but would get stuck thereby. Realizing they had no other choice but to fill the beaker with blood, Mallick nervously asked her if they should fight to the death, and whoever won would use the other person's blood to get free. Brit refused to respond and went to the last door to close it. Mallick, however, stopped her and asked her if she still had the keys from the first room, which she affirmed. Therefore, he told her to try them on the next door. Even though she was convinced that they wouldn't fit, she tried it when Mallick pointed out that the door had a different keyhole than the ones before, which all had mechanic deadlocks. As expected, the keys didn't fit the lock. While she tried all of them one by one, Mallick began to wonder why there were five holes in the blade machine, thinking that one should be enough. Seconds later, Brit was shocked when she realized that all five keys were exactly the same.

Brit and Mallick realize that they were all supposed to survive

They briefly returned to the previous room, even though Mallick was worried about the bombs as the timer was still ticking. At this moment, Brit finally realized that they were all supposed to survive by working together. In the first room, one key would have been enough as every key fit every collar. In the second room, each safety chamber was big enough for more than one person. Finally, in the third room, every one of them would have had to hold one of the cords and, thereby, suffer only a small electric shock. Thus, Mallick ultimately understood the true meaning of Jigsaw's message, who had told them not to follow their life-long instincts. However, as they had no other choice, Brit grabbed his arm and dragged him back to the last room. Moments after she closed the door behind her, the bombs in the bathtub room exploded. After that, another TV turned on in front of them. The puppet, which introduced them to their fourth and final test, confirmed their assumption that they had to fill the beaker with their blood. It told them that they had to sacrifice exactly ten pints of blood, the approximate blood volume in the human body, stating that they could still survive with just half of it. They had 15 minutes to accomplish their task. Otherwise, the last door would remain sealed, and the bombs would kill them.

Mallick tells Brit about the fire

When the TV turned off, Mallick cringed as the blades in the machine were activated. Brit confronted him with the two options they had: one of them could sacrifice ten pints of blood and inevitably die in the process, or they would take the risk of each one sacrificing five pints, giving them a slightly better chance to survive. Eventually, they settled on the last option and worked together. While they used the fabric of their clothes to constrict their arms, Mallick finally admitted that he had lied to Brit and the other prisoners. He revealed that he knew Charles, who had wanted to write a story about him. When Brit asked him what he had done, Mallick told her that he was offered an ounce of heroin and, therefore, burned down an apartment building. The fire resulted in the death of eight people who, unknown to him, still lived there. He also told her that the FBI investigated the case and suspected him but gave up on the investigation when the drug dealer suddenly disappeared due to a deal Mallick's father had made.

Mallick collapses

Therefore, Brit finally realized that the fire was the connection between all of them. Ashley had faked the fire report when she worked on the case and labeled the fire as merely a tragic accident. Luba had taken bribes and, therefore, granted a building permit for the property. Charles had held back the truth about the fire. Mallick was the one used as the scapegoat. However, it was Brit who had set everything in motion to get her hands on the property. Realizing that she was the one who had hired the dealer, Mallick angrily yelled at her, shocked that she had sacrificed the lives of eight people just for money, and called her a monster, to which she responded that he was one as well. Therefore, he stated that they both deserved to be in this game before they finally approached the table. They struggled to bring themselves to put their arms in the blades. When Mallick started to panic and told her he needed her help, Brit tried to calm him down and encouraged him. Mallick then began to count down from three, and finally, both of them shoved their arms into the saws. While the blades cut their arms, they watched through the glass panes on top of the machine. As time went on, they became weaker and weaker due to the blood loss until Mallick nearly collapsed. Brit grabbed his hand, encouraging him to hang on just a little longer. Shortly afterward, the blades came to a standstill, and the door opened. (Saw V)

Rescue

Brit is found by Erickson

Seconds later, Mallick fell to the floor, entirely exhausted. When Brit told him that they had won their game, Mallick looked at his right arm, which had been cut in half, but was barely shocked as he was too dazed already. He ultimately lost consciousness, while Brit left the room with the last of her strength and entered a surveillance room from where their game had been observed. There, she armed herself with a hook. Moments later, her agonized groaning attracted the attention of Special Agent Dan Erickson, who had found the catacombs. When he went into the direction from where the noise came, he was scared witless when he saw Brit and aimed his gun at her, yelling at her to drop the hook, which she subsequently did. However, seconds later, Erickson realized that Brit didn't want to attack him but was, in fact, another victim. When he asked her who did this to her, she was too dazed to respond and just muttered that they had won before she passed out. Erickson immediately called for an ambulance before he went to the next room where he saw Mallick on the floor. Shortly afterward, the paramedics arrived and were able to stabilize and save them. (Saw V)

Personality

Brit was a self-confident woman, anxious to further her gains whenever she had the opportunity to do so. Due to her calm and calculating nature, she barely showed any emotions even in situations of distress. She was also a very intelligent person, focused on her goals and reasonable enough to discuss situations first instead of acting brash and impetuous. Additionally, she was quite ruthless, evident by her involvement in the arson case and the fact that she showed neither any hesitation nor any signs of remorse for killing Luba Gibbs.

Despite this, she seemed to show some remorse and caring for others. She looked visibly uncomfortable and saddened when Mallick angrily asked her if she knew that there were eight people in the building before it burned down. She was also caring for Mallick during their final test, tying his arm and assuring him that she would help give the blood, and he wouldn't have to do it alone.

Appearances and References

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