Danny and Alex remind me of the lyrics to 'Locked Out of Heaven' by Bruno Mars: "'Cause your sex takes me to paradise/ Yeah your sex takes me to paradise/ And it shows yeah yeah yeah/ 'Cause you make me feel like I've been locked out of heaven/ For too long, for too long/ Yeah you make me feel like I've been locked out of heaven/ For too long, for too long/
Oh oh oh oh yeah yeah yeah/ Can I just stay here Spend the rest of my days here/ Oh oh oh oh yeah yeah yeah/ Can't I just stay here Spend the rest of my days here/" [etc.]. They're both very tactile, but Danny's had lots of soulless encounters, and Alex is touch-starved (but fiddles with inanimate objects like keys and pens) and almost alienated from his own emotions, so they're both rather overwhelmed by finding each other and how right they feel together. And pretty much wish the rest of the world would leave them alone together... (My screenshots & edit). #londonspy #londonspybbc #benwhishaw #edwardholcroft #bbcdrama #londonspylullaby #bbc2 #tomrobsmith #londonspyepisode1 #jakobverbruggen
Alex: "Had you guessed" Danny: "I'd guessed you hadn't slept with guys before. I thought maybe you'd slept with a couple of women." [Alex shakes his head]
Danny: "Can I ask you a question"
Alex: [Nods] "Mmm." Danny: "What stopped you... You don't have to answer." Alex: "How do you admit to someone - you've never been in a relationship Who wants to hear And when they do, who wants to stay" Danny: "I do." [Alex is stunned].
Alex: "At school I was old. At university, I was young. I've always been - out of step, with the people around me. In the end I left it so late, I gave up. I told myself I was all about the mind. And people found me odd. I grated on them - I could see it in their eyes. Rather than change, I started playing the role. More and more. I didn't need anyone - that's what I told myself. I didn't want anyone."
Danny: "Did you imagine you'd spend the rest of your life alone" Alex: "Yes."
Danny: "I can't begin to understand what that must feel like." Alex: "You always knew - you'd find someone"
Danny: "Always." Alex: " I can't imagine - what that must feel like." Alex: "I'd like to try again." Danny: "We don't have to."
Alex: "You don't want to" Danny: [smiles and does a little snort of laughter].
It feels like this is probably the first time in decades that anyone has treated Alex as a complete person, rather than a mind, an 'asset', a phenomenon, or a freak. Or been bothered about what HE actually wants/needs. And what's so lovely is that Danny - whilst making it clear that he fancies Alex - also makes it clear that he cares about him, and isn't just after sex, and that he'll wait til Alex feels ready. You get the feeling that Alex has never been able to say any of this to anyone else before; Danny's got past Alex's controlled, sophisticated facade. They both realise that they've met someone special. (My screenshots & edit). #londonspy #londonspybbc #bbcdrama #londonspylullaby #bbc2 #benwhishaw #edwardholcroft #tomrobsmith #jakobverbruggen #londonspyepisode1 #laurierose
Danny: "So you turn up - on my doorstep, which is wonderful! Except - I never told you where I live. And I was wondering - and I should say in advance that I don't mind - but, did you carry out some kind of background check on me"
Alex/'Joe': [surprised/caught out] "The way we met was unusual."
Danny: "Right. So... you thought 'Stranger! Seduction!' Not that, um, I'm presuming you're seduced by me; that's, um, process ongoing. [...] Yeah, so you thought our meeting was part of - a set up. It's fine - it's fun. I just - I thought you said I was easy to read."
Alex: "That would have been the reason you were selected: the appearance of innocence."
Danny: "I'm not innocent."
Alex: "You might be the only innocent person I know." Danny: "Can you tell me what your real name is now"
Alex: [surprised and intrigued] "My name is Alex." Alex's reserve and defences have been confounded by Danny's intuition, openness and gently-teasing unperturbedness. And by the end of this scene they're pretty much fascinated and enchanted by each another. (My screenshots & edit). #londonspy #bbc2 #bbcdrama #londonspybbc #edwardholcroft #tomrobsmith #benwhishaw #jakobverbruggen #londonspylullaby #londonspyepisode1 #laurierose
Alex/'Joe': "I've been serious for a very long time."
Danny: "What made you change your mind"
Danny: "About me."
Alex: "I wondered... what it would be like to do these walks with someone."
Danny: "For a minute I - I was worried that you were going to say it was because I made you laugh."
Alex: "I don't think you've ever made me laugh - it's not that you won't."
Danny: "I understand."
Alex: "I'm sure you will."
Danny: "I understand."
I love how perplexed but pleased Alex is that Danny isn't put off by his awkwardness and lack of social skills! (My screenshots & edit). #londonspy #londonspybbc
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Alex: ''Danny, you don't need to tell me anything. I love you.'' Danny: ''[...] I don't want to have any secrets from you. I never want to have any secrets ever again.''
I think Alex means it when he tells Danny that he loves him, but something seems to click/change after Danny tells him how he became friends with Scottie. Alex holds up his hand to Danny, as he did before they made love for the first time. I think Danny's admission gets rid of any lingering doubts or suspicions Alex has about Danny, and he realises he can trust him totally. But I also think Alex either hopes he won't have to reveal whatever threat he feels he's under, and/or that he doesn't know how to explain it, and wants to keep Danny uninvolved if possible. There's an awkwardness that comes from not being able to be totally honest in return. (My screenshots & edit). #londonspy #londonspybbc #benwhishaw
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