I love Friday Night Lights. I mean I LOVE IT. Each week I basically start crying at the opening credits and only stop long enough to shout encouragement, warnings or declarations of love to the characters on the screen. Because they’re real. Right? I mean – they SEEM like real people leading real lives and you grow to care about these characters so much that you become invested in each thing that happens to them – from small sweet moments to huge personal tragedies.
Such is the case with Matt Saracen, or better know by me as “My Matty” (not to be confused with this Matty.) When we first met him in S1 he was a shy benchwarmer for the Panthers who was thrust into the spotlight after star quarterback Jason Street’s paralysis. Matt was always a sweet character – his very realistic adolescent relationship with Julie Taylor (daughter of the Epically Awesome Tami and Eric), his struggles with two absentee parents and the burden of caring for an ailing grandmother on his own were all poignant and interesting and real.
This season Matt’s father was killed in Iraq and the episode that dealt with Matt’s grief, The Son has been getting well deserved accolades for actor Zach Gilford and much overdue attention to this brilliant show. In fact Popeater has started a Facebook campaign to get Zach nominated for an Emmy – which I think he’d have a good shot at since he’d be in as a “Guest Actor” instead of the more competitive field of Lead Actor (which should just fucking go to Kyle Chandler already. Wake UP Emmy voters!!) Just watch this clip and try not to cry. It is under three minutes and I am weeping!!
Zach has been fielding a lot of press recently and graciously has been deflecting the attention back the show and giving his appreciation for the publicity this is giving FNL. As my mom said to Julie recently (because she thinks they’re real people too!):
Honey you will never meet a nicer boy than Matt Saracen. I have never met a boy nicer than Matt Saracen.