Well played, ED.
I had no idea what the hell this story line was even about for MONTHS. Really, I had no clue. I never bought that it was to give Robert and Aaron a baby because the baby would have to be important and the focus. It never was. That baby is wallpaper. For a while I thought it was about making Aaron suffer but while that happened it wasn’t even about HIM really because he is reacting to stuff that are happening to Robert at this point.
This entire story from beginning to (I assume) end has been about breaking Robert down to his most basic, fractured self.
Everything that has happened has been to make him suffer. Even the stuff that happened to Aaron directly was meant to make Robert suffer because if Aaron hurts Robert hurts.
The break up and Robert’s subsequent spiral into insanity has been this slow, nuanced, incredibly sad thing. It has been. Robert makes me sad. Because he just doesn’t care. He is done. He has nothing and is out to get the people he perceives to be at fault. He hates himself so much, it’s takes my breath away.
You know how Iain talked about them having a masterclass in acting, quiet story?
Ryan’s performances for the past YEAR have been this amazing, quiet, nuanced, heartbreaking journey.
They have literally spent an ENTIRE year breaking Robert.
All I hope and ask for is that they spend at least half as much time letting Robert heal and put himself back together because that part is what I am most looking forward to.
Seriously though. Well played, ED.