Luther Series 3 Promo Pic
Someone said to me once, “The good suffer and the wicked prosper.” Someone else said it better, “Hell is empty and all the devils are here.” I don’t believe in god. I don’t believe in heaven. But I believe in depravity and I believe in evil… because I have seen it.
I was just going to reblog this to my main blog and leave it without comment but I couldn’t; like I physically couldn’t do it because this is still — to me — one of the most powerful and meaningful scenes basically in the history of television. Everything about it, from what they’re actually saying to the fact that the whole conversation takes place in a church (where John is questioning his faith in the whole construct of love, his own moral philosophy, and his marriage), to the understatedness of it all — everything about it just makes me want to die.
The fact that when they met they wanted to destroy — to annihilate each other in the most complete way possible: not just to outsmart each other but to destroy each other’s belief in their own worldview, and then they come together in this scene to say “You were right. No, you.” And for Alice what she says to John is so meaningful because it’s an accession of defeat: he was right and everything about her, everything she believed about herself and the world around her was wrong — and she’s able to say it because she loves him, because she needs him to believe in herself more than she needs to believe in herself. And the fact that he sees it: that what she did in killing Madsen goes against everything he actually believes and yet paradoxically proves that he was right, that there is love in the world because this monster, this sociopath did something purely out of love for him and had the humility to tell him when he knew her whole identity was predicated on the denial of love. And the fact that he loves her for it, because he knows that even she needs to be loved and he’s willing to give that to her with the touch of a hand. Like, sorry, I know these aren’t complete thoughts and I’ve written about this scene before but it’s just everything. He was right; she was wrong.
Alice Morgan for the new season of Luther
Luther + space.