Regina rocks George and Sarah’s world when she agrees to grant him a divorce
Star-crossed lovers no more, George and Sarah are living a happy yet unconventional life when we meet them again — until Regina makes contact. The villain of seasons past wants to divorce George, leaving everyone fearful that she’s back to her dirty tricks.
Brett Climo, who plays George, says his character is desperate to believe that Regina (Jenni Baird) has changed. “She offers George the opportunity for the divorce, which comes out of nowhere and it completely surprises him,” he explains. “He’s very eager. He just wants to marry Sarah — he wants to actually make this existence they have legal.”
It’s in George’s nature to look for the best in people and place his trust in them, leading him to assume that Regina is not the vindictive manipulator she once was. Sarah (Marta Dusseldorp), Carolyn (Sara Wiseman) and Elizabeth (Noni Hazlehurst) are all wary of Regina’s true motives given the damage she’s caused in the past.
For Regina to go from plotting Sarah’s murder to giving up the man she’s been obsessively in love with since she was a teenager is a big shift. But have all those years in a psychiatric institution helped Regina recover from her insanity?
George would like to think so but it’s not the only challenge he has to face in his relationship with Sarah this season. Sarah’s religion becomes a difficult topic the couple has to navigate. While George has no problem with Sarah being Jewish there are many other factors to contend with, particularly the attitudes towards Jewish people in a conservative postwar society.
“A really strong driver for him this season is he wants to present his family to the public so he does do that in Canberra and it doesn’t go down well,” says Climo. “They’re not married, she’s Jewish but he’s willing to put that on the line.
“If he can’t be honest about these things then he’s lying to his constituents — that’s a really strong theme which once again goes back to the strength that he’s gained [over the course of the series] to be who he is.”
And who George is in 1958 — four years on from last season — is a devoted family man. Climo explains
that the George viewers will see in season five is more confident and happy — as long as he has Sarah and their son David, everything will be okay. “By seeing him in that family environment he’s completely relaxed and we get to see a man really enjoying himself and feeling wonderfully comfortable in that environment,” he adds. “He’s always going to be a reserved man [and] he is certain things to certain people but I think he has this lovely little comfortable patch which is his family now. “After what he’s been through with Sarah, with losing her, having her back in his life, how lucky is he to have her and a child — I think all of that allows him to realise what’s important to him.” George and Sarah might start off the season strong but until they know more about the potentially new and improved Regina, the divorce offer casts a dark shadow. And now with religion also becoming a heated topic of conversation the road ahead could be rocky.
But there is always hope. “I think it’s a season about hope and living for the moment,” says Climo. “Each character in their own way confronts ordeals [so] I think the resonating colour [or] flavour for me is live for the moment and hope — don’t give up.”
Sarah, Carolyn and Elizabeth are all wary of Regina’s true motives given the damage she’s caused in the past.
Sundays at 8.30pm on FOXTEL’S SHOWCASE ON HIS GUARD George (Brett Climo) is glad to get Regina’s offer but wonders about her real motivations.
NEW LEAF? Regina (Jenni Baird) has gone from plotting Sarah’s murder to seemingly giving up her hatred of Sarah and obsession with George — for now, at least. FAMILY MAN George with Sarah (Marta Dusseldorp) and their son David. “How lucky he is to have her and a child,” says Climo.