Thinking about how Cecil shifted from calling Carlos “perfect” to “perfectly imperfect” and how he acknowledges that Carlos has flaws but accepting and loving him for them anyway is what warms my soul.
I want to thank the writers for Ray Palmer.
Whereas all the other legends chose to act like Mick leaving held no correlation to their actions (especially Jax and Martin fucking Stein). Ray Palmer stood there and called them all out, as well as admitting that he could have tried harder to create a friendship with Mick.
What if the legion captures the legends?
Puts them all in separate cells?
And Mick goes in to see everyone struggling to get out and cursing Mick to hell and back for betraying them?
… Except for Ray?
Who is sitting quietly, trying to think of a way out. Trying. Mick comes by his cell. Asks why the hell he isn’t struggling.
And Ray apologizes.
He says sorry for ever treating Mick like he didn’t belong, for ever he may have not trusted him. He tells him he tried his best to be friendly and kind but the odds were stacked against him 7 to 1. Everyone goes quiet as Mick opens Ray’s cell. He goes in, closes it behind him, and tells Ray that he was one of the only reasons he stayed so long. Ray believed in him. Cared for him when no one else would, and never tried to invalidate him. Mick can’t look at Ray as Ray pulls him in for a hug. Ray says that he forgives Mick for his decision. Mick just nods.
Because honestly, Ray was the only one who didn’t blame Mick for what he did. He knew that the team didn’t treat him equally and called them all out (including himself) on it. And, I think Ray will keep his civility and kindness with Mick, even if they end up a situation like this.