After Life: 10 Most Meaningful Quotes
The very popular Netflix series After life combines poignantness with depth, humor and heartbreak. The tragic loss of Tony is central to the dramatic comedy, but each character has a different story, with an emotion that almost anyone can relate to. Ricky Gervais has confirmed the achievement of After life, season 3 and it can’t come too soon for the fans.
For a series steeped in pathos, Gervais has opened up his writing to the realities of difficult topics such as the loss of a loved one, and while the series is steeped in dark humor, it deals with heavy topics with appropriate gravity. Each element has a reason to be a part of the show, among an abundance of meaningful quotes.
“I’d rather live without him than have him live without me.”
Tony finds a true friend in a widower named Anne whom he meets at the cemetery where his wife’s gravestone is. Their commonalities encourage the exchange of stories, memories and lessons. They both talk about their late partners with a lot of love, which leads Anne to express exactly what her love means. It would be more common to hear people say the opposite of this quote because no one wants to see their loved one go. But Anne’s beautiful sentence proves that the pain she feels is so agonizing that she would rather endure it than have her husband have to feel the same pain.
“You are my boy.”
The superb scenario of After life approaches difficult subjects with sensitivity but does not exclude realism. Ray, Tony’s father, has an advanced stage of dementia, which means he’s struggling to know where he is or who people are, including his son. Tony was often frustrated with the painful questions Ray asked about Lisa, as Ray believes she is still alive. But during a visit in Season 1, Episode 6, Tony asks Ray if Ray recognizes him. A wave of realization floods Ray’s face as he remembers exactly who Tony is, bringing Tony to tears. Even in the midst of Ray’s worsening condition, he still feels an unconditional love for his son deep within him.
“They helped us when they could. Now they can’t anymore. He can’t even help himself, so I do.”
After his loss, Tony’s zest for life and patience wane. His irritation is nearing boiling point with everyone, even his father, as he forgets that Lisa is no longer alive. So it’s no surprise when, in Season 1, Episode 2, he wonders how Emma, Ray’s nurse, finds the reason to carry out his duties. Emma gives a clear explanation of why she is doing her job. Her job isn’t just about paying the bills. Emma obviously thinks it’s her responsibility to be there when the elderly are no longer independent, just like they have for their dependents, and she is more than happy to be the one who does. .
“We didn’t want the night to end. Now I drink because I want the night to end.”
Tony often shares the things that were most important to him in his relationship. Whether it’s giving advice, making someone laugh, or just sharing stories, Lisa is always at the forefront of her mind. For Tony and his late wife, it was their mutual company that mattered most.
While sitting with Julian, an addict, in Season 1, Episode 4, Tony explains that their version of the party was just to sit with the dog and drink wine. At that time, the drinking was done in a din of celebration and happiness, hoping that the night would not end. With Lisa gone, Tony now drinks alcohol for the opposite reasons. Losing Lisa changed everything for him, even the little things he took for granted.
“It’s going to be my year.”
In After life, the Tambury Gazette covers the local stories told by the townspeople. The weird and wacky tales include a woman who makes rice pudding with her breast milk and a man who found a stain on her wall that looks like actor Kenneth Branagh. As trivial as these stories may be, it is still a struggle for Brian to get an article on himself in the Gazette. He remained persistent and eventually, in Season 1, Episode 5, Tony gave in to Brian’s pleas and agreed to visit Brian’s house to find something to report. Brian’s tireless efforts are paying off and Tony’s kindness makes a difference to him. Getting mentioned in a local newspaper might be insignificant to some people, but as Brian’s words prove, it can mean a lot to others.
“It’s not your age, is it? It’s what’s going on in your life.”
Sandy’s 30th birthday arrives in Season 2, Episode 3, but she’s not in a party mood. Her family situation forces her to take care of her parents and siblings. She receives a mop as a gift and plans to cook her own birthday meal. Sitting at her desk, she reflects on what it means to be 30 years old.
Tony’s words emphasize that getting old doesn’t mean anything in and of itself. What really matters is how you live your life, regardless of your age. Just because Sandy is a year older doesn’t mean her age dictates how she should feel, so getting older doesn’t mean she has to feel worse.
“It might be nice to take on a challenge again. “
Paul, the owner of Tambury Gazette and its building, is the bearer of bad news in season 2, episode 4. He reveals that the diary is failing too much to justify keeping it open. The news devastates Sandy because it’s the only place she’s ever loved to work. Tony swears to work hard to keep him open, but he talks to Paul about the situation first. He says his coworkers are good people who saved his life and that he would like to help them in some way. Paul’s agreement to keep the journal open means more than just keeping his employees’ jobs intact.
“Your friendship means more to me than money.”
As one of the nicest characters in After life, Anne allows Tony to build on his friendship, becoming his shoulder to cry on. Whenever they have met, she listens intently to his pain and shares her own experiences and wisdom. After another typical reunion on their usual bench in Episode 5 of Season 2, Tony jokes that he should pay Anne for any therapy conversations they share because it means he’s saving money. on a “shrink”. Anne’s response indicates how much she appreciates Tony’s company and demands nothing more of him than his friendship.
“Please tell me you’re okay.”
The unlikely relationships Tony forms throughout his grieving journey include a friendship with a sex worker, Roxy. They meet thanks to their common knowledge, Julian. They each learn that there is more to the other than they initially thought. Tony’s candor doesn’t push Roxy away, perhaps because he redeems himself by not judging her for the work she does. She becomes increasingly concerned about his well-being and watches over him in Season 2, Episode 6, after he loses his father. Sitting on her sofa, she finds a jar of sleeping pills and wants to know that he is not abusing them. Their friendship forms in no time, but it’s obvious that Roxy really cares about Tony.
“I’ll take Groundhog Day.”
While visiting the Autumnal Leaves care home, Tony takes an interest in Emma. However, even though Tony loves her, he can’t give up on his marriage, feeling like he’s been unfaithful in some way or another to his late wife. He tells Emma that he wishes they could stay as they are, like Groundhog Day, but Emma declines his suggestion. But Emma eventually changes her mind, showing up at Tony’s door in the Season 2 finale, accepting Groundhog Day. What she doesn’t realize is that her willingness to put her heart on the line at this point intercepts Tony’s near suicide attempt. His words aren’t meaningful just because they’re what Tony wanted to hear, but also because Emma unknowingly saved his life.
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