I reblogged a gif set that made me think about the possible symbolism of Even’s id and it being referred to twice, and I’m currently under the influence while writing this post so this’ll be very extra but bear with me. Let my overanalysis occupy your mind for two seconds so you’ll forget we still haven’t gotten a new trailer.
In episode 2 Isak bumps into Even on the tram and asks him to buy beer for him, and Even pretends he doesn’t have his id with him to get Isak to follow him home. This is a rather transparent excuse considering most Norwegians have their id printed on their bank card, and casually misplacing your bank card doesn’t sound plausible to me.
I’ve already talked about the symbolism of Even repeating his outfit from this clip in the reunion clip, and how that information and the knowledge that Even had eyes for Isak way before Isak took notice of him imply that the random encounter on the tram and what followed was so much more meaningful to Even than could be interpreted at the time the clip came out. The day that Even pretends to have forgotten his id is the day that he falls for Isak so utterly and completely that he forgets everything else, he forgets himself, his reality, the fact that his girlfriend is about to come over and all of this will be over. It’s an afternoon of pure fantasy. It’s an afternoon where the reality of the Even Bech Næsheim printed on his id is not fully present. At this point everything that Isak offers is a fantasy, something that can only come true in a parallel universe, or to be more precise, not even in a parallel universe because that concept wasn’t brought up until later on. Even never alludes to Sonja before she shows up. We also know now that it was not just a matter of Even having a girlfriend, because Sonja was so much more than that. She was the person who knew about his illness and had stood by him, yet for a moment here it’s as if she doesn’t even exist. While making cheese toasties Even steals a glance at Isak’s face illuminated by the afternoon sun. It’s a fantasy.
On the other hand, the hotel scene in episode 8 is when Even finally presents his id. This is already alluded to in the previous clip called Dette er Even, This is Even. So far Even’s been a big mystery, but now we’re finally finding out who he really is. This is the night that Isak finds out the truth about Even’s illness. This is the night that we are presented with a naked Even both literally and metaphorically. This is it. It’s no longer a fantasy. It’s real. The part Even tried to hide has been uncovered, and Isak must now accept it, because to love a person is to love them completely. And in the end Isak delivers. He chooses Even despite all of this, because this is Even, and this Even is real, and good, and this is the Even he is so bloody glad to have met.