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Romantic Moment of the Week: Jericho’s Annie and Johnny

Romantic Moment of the Week Jericho; Annie and Johnny

THE SHOW: Jericho (ITV)
THE PAIRING: Annie Quaintain (Jessica Raine) and Johnny (Hans Matheson)
THE MOMENT: Annie and Johnny dance underneath the stars

Confession 101: I’m a sappy romantic. Anything includes the smoldering look or emotional impact in every touch while maintaining a classy, old-fashion barrier is a win. Sadly, this sense of charm and romance is no longer the standard, but an exception. For this reason, any story that achieves this element of old-fashioned romance and I’m a goner.

One of the recent period dramas I’ve found that caters to my romantic heart is ITV’s Jericho. Unfortunately, it was a short-lived series that did not earn a second season renewal. But the series is worth seeing, uncertain conclusion and all. The romance you’ll encounter in its world is, in my opinion, one of the most swoon-worthy yet. There’s no “big” key moment so much as it’s constructed of smaller, honest and raw moments between the leads, Annie and Johnny.

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The pair meets on the road to Jericho. Annie is a widowed mother of two trying to repair the financial damage her husband left behind. Johnny is a man carrying secrets. Fate throws them together when Johnny ends up renting a room in Annie’s boarding house, and beyond that, a terrible secret binds them together.

The Build-Up – Annie and Johnny

Unlike some romances, the first meeting between Annie and Johnny isn’t charged with fireworks. But I felt something there, especially on Johnny’s part. He’s curious about the reserved woman traveling alone with her children. Time passes, and the two meet again only for fate to play a hand in nudging them together. This arrives in the form of Johnny rendering Annie a service that’s both horrific and kind without restrictions. (Saying more would be giving away a HUGE spoiler, so I’ll be cryptic.)

This sets into motion an altered basis for their relationship going forward.

In the beginning, Annie puts up walls, asking Johnny to move out and stay away from them. But the pull they feel towards one another is not to be denied. The ties that bind them are unconventional, but they are charged with a beautiful spark and bouts of flirtatious banter sure to inspire a smile.

The Romantic Moment

Selflessly, with no expectation of anything in return, Johnny gives Annie the funds to escape a dangerous situation. Without really knowing her, a desire to protect this woman springs inside him. Placing a satchel of money in her hand, he tells her, “Take the children and leave here.”

With reverence, Annie sincerely thanks him.

Romantic Moment of the Week Jericho

Later while he sits off by himself, lost in thought, Annie finds Johnny to thank him for this gesture. When she approaches, he states, “I thought you were leaving tonight.” With relief, he confesses, “I thought I’d never see you again.”

She tells him she can’t go back home, not yet. In the interim, she says, “Here’s as good as any place to wait.”

His eyes never leaving her face, Johnny moves in closer. Annie softly inhales and takes the hand he extends.

Romantic Moment Jericho

Standing close together, Johnny places his arm about her waist and gently tugs her closer. No words pass between them as they begin to sway and twirl under a starlit sky.

Romantic Moment of the Week Jericho

In this scene, it’s not difficult to see the emotions play across Johnny’s face. He’s falling deeper in love with the widow whose scars keep her careful.

In Conclusion

When danger again looms for Annie’s family, Johnny is the one to keep Annie stable. To calm her. To reassure her each time he gathers her in his arms. Watching her carefully, we see the anguish and devastation play across his face as he comes to terms with the reality of Annie’s distress. Eventually, we see him make the ultimate sacrifice as he places himself in the line of guilt to keep a secret.

However, this isn’t where Annie and Johnny’s story ends. But in order to discover whether or not they find the happy ending they deserve, I recommend you watch the 8-part miniseries. It’s now on US DVD or available to stream on Acorn TV.

Have you seen Jericho? What was your favorite romance or story of its eight hours? I’d love to know your thoughts!

Photos: ITV

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By on December 10th, 2016

About Rissi JC

Rissi is a self-diagnosed Bookaholic and TV fandom addict. She’s currently an avid blogger and reader who enjoys interacting with readers, and often dreams about finishing her first novel. When not writing or reading, she can be found working as an INSPYs advisory board member or contributing to e-zines. Her scribbles are housed on her blog Finding Wonderland (https://www.rissiwrites.com).

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2 thoughts on “Romantic Moment of the Week: Jericho’s Annie and Johnny”

  1. Ah I’m so excited to see this show—and this couple—featured!! I haven’t really cared for many period dramas recently, but I completely fell for “Jericho”, and a huge part of that was because of Annie and Johnny. I love the points you raise here—how they fall for each other slowly, and how he performs “a service that’s both horrific and kind without restrictions”. Johnny just adores Annie and he’ll do whatever he can to help her, and slowly Annie lets herself fall for Johnny as well.

    The show paces the relationship well, so I’m sad that we’ll never see more of their relationship since it was cancelled. As far as I’m concerned, they get their happy ending!

    • *high five* So did I, Heather – you and I are of the same mind when it comes to “Jericho.”

      This drama is beyond beautiful, and I’d argue even one of the Brits best in recent years. So sad it didn’t receive a second season renewal. It definitely earned it. That said, like you, I believe they got their happy ending too – that late scene showed Annie’s face, and it seemed like she was reevaluating what she told Johnny, so I 100% *know* they got a happy ever after. And this is enough for me. 🙂

      So glad you shared your thoughts.


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