So, Borgen has started again (spoiler alert!), and it was a very moving and powerful first episode relating to the war in Afghanistan in which the PM changed her mind amid the pain and grief of the loss of life. It was a bit strange seeing the man who was the PM in The Killing III acting a grieving father and talking to the female PM. But what a job he made of it, and hearing him read his son’s goodbye letter was like listening to a truly bereft father who could not initially understand why his son had given his life. Seeing it through the lens of the son’s views of helping 89,000 children in Afghanistan changed his mind and was instrumental in the PM changing hers – very much against her will and desired policy.
Yes, I’m sure there would be political ‘spin’ in the story that maybe wouldn’t match the total picture and other facts and figures, not to mention moral judgments, could be made for the opposite side. But the overall message of the episode, from the war to the PM’s unwanted divorce was, ‘sometimes we have to do things we don’t want to do.’ Words placed in the mouth of several characters so perhaps there was a bit of overkill, but it made me think: what would I be prepared to do because I have to rather than because I want to?
I wish I could say that I came up with some answer to what is a very telling question, but I didn’t even dare to consider it too deeply. I guess the problem is that you never really know until you are faced with the ‘thing.’