I doubt few of us watched the scene of a gaunt Lucas North being released from 8 years of hell in a Russian prison in Spooks series 7, episode 1 without being struck by the sheer force of will it would have taken anyone to survive that ordeal.
What inner reserves of fortitude and self-preservation does a person have to possess to withstand the deprivation, the torture, and the despair that Lucas must have felt? How does a person heal from such a thing? Or as I say to my friends who grieve a loss, maybe Lucas didn’t get “over” it, he got “through” it–to come out on the other side. Damaged, abandoned, wary, reticent, hopeful–these and other emotions seemed to swirl in Lucas’ reentered life.
And Richard Armitage’s searing character portrayal of Lucas North in Spooks (2008-2010) was a man who almost didn’t survive–even to the point of RA of losing so much weight himself to portray Lucas’ gaunt visage that I cringe to see some of the early photos of Lucas–instantly claimed our hearts. Well, my heart anyway. You’ll have to speak for yourselves. What is it about Lucas North as a character that makes us connect with him in such a visceral way?
Personally? I want to bundle up Lucas and take him home for a nice hot shower and then a soaking hot bath as I massage his neck and shoulders to ease the tension out of them. Then he’ll put on new fresh clothes, have a solid meat and potatos meal, and then cuddle with me in front of the fireplace. And I gently caress his face as he drifts off to sleep in my arms he is so exhausted mentally and physically. But now, Lucas is safe and nothing can harm him. And I whisper to Lucas my faith in him to find his way again: “Close your eyes, you’ll remember.”
P.S. And while Lucas slept, this song would play:
norah jones – come away with me (HD HQ audio sound), a video by Leo Vittorio2006
NB: The closing Lucas North quote–“Close your eyes, you’ll remember.” is from the BBC’s Spooks series 9 (2010).