CriticalThoughts: Gilmore’s relationship with Vax - AKA Gilmore deserves an apology
Hey there friends, who’s ready to talk about Vax’ildan and Shaun Gilmore? Cause I’m sure not, but I should probably update the blog on occasion right? Now have patients with me as I attempt to sort out my thoughts.
QUICK NOTES HAHA Before I’m viciously attacked by this very uh, passionate fandom, this is not a hate post. I’m expressing an opinion. Don’t come onto my blog and trash me, don’t go to your own and trash me. I apologize! IMMEDIATELY! IN ADVANCE!
Anyhow…Vax you little shit
Yes!That is the topic of this, how much I want to take that elf and give him a good shake. This willl in no way be an anti Vaxleth post. I don’t care about who Vax picks; I care a lot about how Vax treats people.
Vax needs to take a big step back, and look over what he does with those around him, how he treats them, and realize what he’s done. He has broken Gilmore’s heart, more than one time over, and expects the man to still dote on him. And Gilmore did for some time. I think Gilmore saw the strangeness of how Vax treated him, still touching, still all smiles and embraces and even kisses, and thought to himself, Vax would come back to him. If he was patient and gave the little boy some space, and was always there for him, always full of warm light and love, Vax would come back to him.
Gilmore Loved Vax.
Far more then Vax loved him.
Gilmore still loves Vax, and Vax still cares deeply for Gilmore, but he has made his choice. He has chosen Keyleth. That would be fine if Vax could treat Gilmore with some respect and keep himself at arm’s length. He’s made Gilmore clearly uncomfortable many times over after Vax told him they couldn’t, “See each other anymore.” Vax still rushes to see Gilmore every time they are back in white stone, he was the first to start calling Gilmore Shaun. He still embraces in a very passionate manner, and even after telling Gilmore he loved another, he kissed the man.
I saw Gilmore being patient with Vax a few times over, trying to see if the elf would return to him, but I think that all changed after the Wings scene. When Vax flies around and he’s holding Gilmore so very tightly. Gilmore is uncomfortable, he’s conflicted. He knows he doesn’t have Vax’es heart like the boy has his. He barely returns the embrace, and then puts the elf at arm’s length. Gently. Gilmore won’t hurt Vax, not ever.
But Gilmore has certainly been treating Vax differently sense that scene, and I think it was all beautifully summed up in the most recent episode, with the one point I really wanted to talk about. Gilmore gives his locket to Vex. Re watch the scene please. Vax(Liam) always has this very soft, bright expression on when Gilmore is around. And when Gilmore holds this necklace out, Matt starts to say “He holds it out to you…you” he points to specify, it’s Vex, “Vex. He hands it to you.” Vax’es entire expression changes. Subtly. He’s surprised, he’s hurt, and then he understands what’s happening. Gilmore is defining the boundaries Vax never built when he broke down what they were.
It’s been a long time coming, and I really hope, at some point, maybe after coming back from meeting the man’s parents and seeing where he comes from, Vax will have a real honest talk with the man. Something real. About what they were, what they are, and what they plan on being.
After this recent development in Vax’leth, there is so little chance the Vaxilmore ship will return. That is okay. But Vaxilmore needs its own send off, like Pike/Scanlan had when they really talked things out. More than once. Like Vaxleth has had as they have talked things out about what they are.
In the end, Shaun Gilmore, the powerful and kind wizard, deserved better then to his heart broken by a moody little elf, and then be strung around by the same boy. He deserves an apology.