I am not a fan of calling Grace a ghost unless it is a joke. She is a vision. A vision that the individual person who is seeing her are imagining or envisioning when they need her the most or when they need to progress in their grief.
The three people who have seen or talked with Grace so far are Rich (the man wh loves her), Franky (the person that was being chased), and Liv (the person who was in the car with her). If some other character sees her and I imagine that Matty will as well (the driver). In this post I am going to examine why Rich, Franky, and Liv are the ones to see Grace. I will also examine the clothing, the dialogue, and the aftermath of the vision.
I had to break this up into three parts. This is the first part all about Rich.
I was inspired by mystermattster.
What is interesting about Rich’s visions of Grace is that they seem to have begun before Grace even passed away. His visions are tied up in his feelings of failure, hopelessness, and his desire for the intimacy that only Grace can provide. The first thing I want to point is that Rich is the only one that envisions Grace with injuries until the very last vision where they make love. I feel like this is connected to Rich’s desire to see her and help her recover. To hold her hand and tell her he’s sorry this ever had to happen to her. He is being denied the desire to give emotional support and have intimacy with the woman he loves.
Grace talks to Rich in a teasing tone. Challenging him to find a solution and telling him that this his moment to prove how metal he is. To prove what he can do. This ties into Rich’s feelings of feeling like he needs to prove himself. That he needs to fix things. It is such a guy thing to feel. He was supposed to protect her and he failed. Therefore this whole being separated from her is a million times worse than it would normally be. Then as Rich starts to realize that something is not right Grace’s words turn from challenging him to reminding him how beautiful life is and how much she loves him. Like Rich’s mind was preparing for something he wasn’t ready to hear that he knew on some level was coming. That Grace was not coming back. All the visions of Grace was about their love. Him proving to her that he would fight for her and then him holding onto the fact that she loved him…that she made him happy…showed him the wonders of the world.
What I noticed was that Rich pictured Grace in her typical Grace clothes. Especially her Series 5 fashion and also her clothing is quite similar to this photo. (Same pattern).
It’s the classic Grace look. At this point Rich was still imagining her with her injuries.
Then there was this:
Grace appears to Rich in this moment naked, flawless, with an out of this world gleam to her. I think this is a combination of two things. First I think that this is when Rich was at his most desperate. He is getting tired, he knows something is wrong, and he’s trying so hard to get to her. He just wants to go back to how it was. So he pictures a flawless Grace—his Grace. The second thing that is going is that…I think this is how Rich sees Grace. Absolutely gorgeous. The woman he loves. A beauty that comes from the inside and shines out. She is smiley, flirty, and even gives him a tone about messing up her house. This is Rich’s Grace. He is so desperate for the intimacy that only Grace can give him. I am not talking about sex either…I’m talking about the tidal waves of love and touch. To go where you feel the most safe. This is what this moment was about. Rich finding home again…Rich finding Grace…one last time. Before he has to wake up in the morning and face the reality of a life without Grace.
That’s how I see it. Rich’s visions are about love, acceptance, and remembering the beauty that Grace taught Rich.