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I’m back from my long weekend in London, I’ll probably share some details of my trip here in a next post 🙂
I finally found the time to stay in front of my pc more than 5 minutes to discuss a subject I’ve been willing to study since last week : Richard’s kissing scenes. Or more precisely, my favorite Armitage kissing scenes. The opinions and assumptions I’ll make in these posts are my own. I develop my personal opinion on these scenes, and how I perceive them, therefore I can understand that some people may have different views from mine, which I find also very interesting !
I will try to restrict myself to the kisses in themselves and not ramble on the whole scene, even if it may be difficult in some cases ^^
The first to be dissected is my number 3, the kiss exchanged between Guy and Meg in series 3 episode 9. Let’s be honest, the only interest of this season was Guy’s change of look and said episode (to this day I still haven’t seen the two episodes in which he’s not). The relationship that develops between Guy and Meg, and the evolution of these two characters feels right for once. I won’t talk about the fact that Meg had to die because Guy couldn’t be happy after killing Marian. Because of this act, he was condemned to die, not without suffering (again), as if his redemption could only be achieved through death. You see? I’ve already deviated from my main subject !
As usual, spot the differences 😉
Back to the kiss. One thing that makes me particularly appreciate Meg as a character is that she brings out the good in Guy and it’s shown in his behavior with her. When he strokes her hair, he shows tenderness and sweetness, hushing her in a whisper. He knows her wound is mortal since he examined it a few seconds before, yet his face is serene, open, his muscles relaxed. Guy doesn’t dare to touch her, he brushes her face and hair more than he caresses it, probably afraid of hurting her. His expression changes imperceptibly when he looks into her eyes, as if by confronting her gaze, he is troubled. Everything is in the detail: his eyes opening wider, his eyebrows arching up and his forehead slightly tensed, but it’s enough to make us understand his sorrow.
Change of point of view, this time the camera is on Meg. In a man, the first thing I look at aside his eyes is his hands, and Richard has beautiful hands. I particularly love Guy’s light and very gentle touch while stroking her hair. I liken this action to that of a parent trying to reassure and soothe a child who had a nightmare. For me, the relationship Meg/Guy is closer to a parent/child or big brother/little sister one than lovers, especially in this scene. There is something very pure and sexless in the way he behaves with her. Indeed, he makes a slight negative nod followed by a slight smile just before Meg whispers “please”, as if he already knew what she was going to ask and refusing on principle. I think Guy sees her as a pure and fragile little thing he has to protect, not something/someone he wants to possess, unlike Marian.
Guy, making his decision.
Once Meg made her plea, the camera returns to Guy. As usual, Richard expresses Guy’s decision in the details. The latter watches Meg for a while, apparently hesitant, jaw relaxed and mouth slightly open. As soon as he makes his decision, he lowers his eyes, his jaw contracts closing his mouth. It’s one thing I admire about Richard, his ability to convey to the viewer in a microsecond with a small change of expression the emotions of his character. He smiles and leans slowly toward her. Something strucks me, especially compared to the two other kisses I’m going to study. It’s the fact that he never looks directly at her. From the moment Guy agrees to comply with her request until the end of the kiss, he looks at her mouth, her face, but not her eyes. Guy looks at her eyes only when he’s not involved physically with her in a romantic way. To me this confirms once again that he doesn’t perceive her as a lover, his relationship with Meg is not a physical relationship. He kisses her because she wants him to and because she’s dying, he can’t and won’t deny her her last will. He doesn’t desire her, not like John wants Margaret – gazing at her earnestly for example (and you all see what I mean 😉 ) By the way, Guy is well known for his heavy glances and his smoulders. One might think that the fact that he doesn’t look at Meg intensely right before kissing her is due to the character’s evolution but I don’t think so.
Guy approaching his prey…
And finally, the kiss! Indeed, it’s far more complicated than I thought to restrict myself to the kisses stricto sensu. The preliminaries are as important, if not more important than the kiss itself. The latter is extremely soft, it’s also more a peck than a real kiss. Guy’s lips brush against Meg’s, pressure almost nonexistent, their lips barely moving. For once, Richard doesn’t crush his nose against his partner’s face 🙂 ! A chaste kiss in short.
Why this kiss is one of my three favorite ? Because it shows us a side of Guy’s personality, if not nonexistent, at least extremely rare. He’s caring, tender, sweet, considerate and mostly unselfish. He puts Meg’s needs and desires before his own. While in series 1, Guy is desperate to get Marian’s favors, for the simple purpose of possessing her, as he’d possess a horse, in this episode, he’s doing anything for Meg by pure altruism. For once, he is the good guy. And this evolution is not even forced on us. It’s the logical continuation of the character’s evolution which, for once, doesn’t regress to his original state two episodes later. If we put aside Meg’s tragic death, this scene is totally adorable and cute.
Next one, Maya and Lucas/John’s kiss …. I can’t wait ! 🙂
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