So very late last night, I stayed up over thinking and I thought about why Even and Mikael weren’t friends anymore and my theory that Even actually stopped the friendship really began to grow on me.
Think about it.
Even is not a confrontational person. He avoids conflict or any situation that could lead to him explaining anything about his mental illness at any cost.
He has done it before. The moment he heard Isak’s comment in the locker room he decided to leave Isak. Instead of staying and explaining the situation and when he got back with him, he avoided telling him the truth about it and instead just tip-toed around it. Refusing Sonja’s calls and saying “She thinks she knows me better than myself and sometimes I think she’s right” but never explaining why. Sleeping with Isak instead of having the very important conversation he had set out to have with him.
Even before that, he only told Isak he had a girlfriend when she was standing right in front of them! And in the rave-party, he told a very elaborate lie/joke instead of giving a real explanation to Isak who was pissed at him for never telling him about his girlfriend.
When they were at the pre-game for halloween, he decided to escape while the girls were pre-occupied than to stay and actually put up with them.
His habits of drinking and smoking weed are also things that allude to him wanting to escape reality and just get high.
He even tried it again after O helga natt; trying to run away from Isak but he’s shut down by Isak’s definite Nei!
So I think it won’t be very out of character to imagine younger Even staying at home after his manic episode at Bakka, refusing to go back to school and ignoring all contact attempts from his friends, deleting his social media and starting with a clean slate somewhere else.
I’m not trying to make Sonja the villain but it’s possible that she encouraged this too, preferring to be the only shoulder Even has to cry on. Telling his friends off and feeding into Even’s fear that his friends would only hurt him and that they won’t understand him or respect him anymore.
It could be that seeing his old friends would turn out to be more traumatic for Even than it is for them. They might be shocked and surprised and perhaps happy to finally see him again.
They might smile and go in for a hug, to tease him and nag about how he left them without saying goodbye.
Meanwhile Even is all *panic mode activated* , trying to find the closest route to escape from!
I do in fact think that would be very in character.