Richard Hawley discusses Johnny's state of mind ahead of Aidan's funeral.
How would you describe Johnny and Jenny’s relationship at the moment?
This is the story of men’s difficulty in expressing feelings and in this case, Johnny is finding difficulty with grieving and of course he is deeply traumatised. He’s acting out the silence that Aidan lived in.
Does Johnny realise that he is pushing Jenny away?
Johnny is blinded to everything, he is keeping other people out, not deliberately but he can’t stop it. This is the danger of the difficulty of grieving. It’s an instinctive response to protect his own pain and vulnerability and it’s a classic case of you lash out at the ones closest to you.
What happens when Johnny tells Jenny she is not welcome at the Chapel of Rest?
The trigger for banning Jenny is because she spills a coffee on Aidan’s suit which is almost like desecrating his son. He sees innocent mistakes as desecration because all of his feelings are elevated, you just can’t reach him.