10 Day Robron Challenge: Day Six
Day 6: Favourite Break Up/Argument
OK firstly, I have no clue why I thought it was a good idea to include this theme - what were you thinking, Tash?!? I must really hate myself because why else would I make myself celebrate their angst??! I mean, who has a favourite argument, really?!
Anyway, I made my bed and now I must lie in it. I really struggled to pick one here, but went with the one that I kept coming back to, even if I think this will be an unpopular choice:
The Lodge and the Aftermath
OK, so I’m aware this will divide opinion. I’m also aware this isn’t a healthy point in their relationship and am not trying to glorify that in any way. It’s not just a break up or an argument, it’s an absolute bloody disaster, that at the time I thought there would be no coming back from.
HOWEVER! Maybe it’s because I can watch it back now knowing they made it back to each other, and because we’ve had some A+++ character development for Mr Shifty himself, Robert Sugden, but I’m strangely obsessed with these lodge scenes, and here’s why:
1. I believe Robert did love Aaron when he first told him so, but I don’t think he really knew it himself and I believe he only told Aaron to manipulate him to keep quiet about Katie. I think the first time Robert told Aaron he loved it, and really meant it, from the bottom of his heart, was at the Lodge.
2. Linked to that, I also think this is the first time Robert really exposes himself to Aaron. He’s in survival mode - not game-playing, manipulative, thrill-seeking, cares-for-nothing-but-himself mode - and he’s panicking about Aaron betraying him. All he has left to try and keep Aaron is honesty, because he knows Aaron can always see straight through his lies, and off the back of that we get:
“I wish that was all I cared about.”
“It’s You. You’re the worst mistake I’ve ever made.”
“Falling in love with you ruined everything.”
and, from the deepest, darkest pit of his heart, for the first time with real feeling - “I meant it. I Love You.”
3. Also it becomes obvious how Robert is so out of his depth? Like, he’s been playing the village villain for a while, but Ryan Hawley manages to give Robert a heart, and these Lodge scenes just make it so clear to me that Robert is out of his depth and spiraling. He’s broken in these scenes. I mean, he’s so riddled with devastation when Aaron says he doesn’t love him that he actually puts a gun to Aaron’s head, like he actually thinks he could be capable of going that far, and it’s incredibly clear that he cannot go through with it. Robert has a temper, and he’s impulsive; he acts first and thinks later, and he will fight to protect something that is important to him. But he’s not a bad person, in his heart, even if he does bad things. And this is even more obvious since we’ve had Robert supporting Aaron through his trial, and SSW scenes, and the emergence of Romantic Robert - that side to him was always there, but it was just hidden away because of the fear and the self-loathing and this desperation to keep a hold onto the life that we know he’d worked so hard for.
AND I COULD WRITE A WHOLE OTHER POST ABOUT THE AFFAIR REVEAL!
“Because he wanted to be here with me, didn’t you? I spent the full week here, in your bed.”
I think that’s all that needs to be said though, yeah?