Unpopular opinion, but I’m kind of on a ship high after that interview?
Eremika goggles or not, Isayama could’ve chosen literally any word/association to describe their relationship, but he chose “not lover but mother, BUT HE GON’ GROW OUT OF IT SOMEDAY AND MAYBE I’LL DRAW THAT SCENE” sike, really we all know he already has drawn that scene because he’s been drawing Eremika porn on pixiv on the hush hush tbh. I SEE YOU ISAYAMA AKA 211.
That fact that he has a particular scene in mind… I dunno. That excites me. I don’t know what else it could possibly mean other than what we’re hoping for.
The fact that he’ll move away from viewing her as a precious mother-figure/become independent from her… what else could that mean?
Real talk, here are our options:
1) Mikasa could die. Eren would then literally be forced to be without her, thus forcing him to be independent of her. But Isayama, in the same interview, stated he’s unconventional about how he’s handled Mikasa as a female character. So, I doubt he’d kill her off just to fuel Eren’s man-pain - that’s the opposite of what he sought to do with her character. Eren fuels her actions. He is her motivation.
2) Uh. What else? Eren could be like, “WE CAN’T BE TOGETHER ANYMORE.” He’d be independent of her then, in the most literal sense, once again. But Chapter 50, and “forever and ever and also ever”, and “I’ll wrap it as many times as I need to”. So. They’re gonna be together in some way shape or form someday.
3) Eren gets with someone else. Okay, could happen, but, that doesn’t really have a direct impact on how he becomes “independent” of her maternal-ness. Just because he winds up with someone else doesn’t mean he has to change that motherly view he has of her.
The way I see it, the only feasible path is Eren’s becoming a man rather than a boy, and growing out of him needing Mikasa to be that nurturing, maternal force for him that keeps him out of trouble, and protects him.
I feel as though he’ll start to value her as something else as he grows wiser… instead of a mother… hmmm…
And because Isayama was so specific about that independence having something to do with moving away from Mikasain his maternal perception of her… I don’t know.
The implication, and how Isayama found the need to disclaim him viewing her as a lover right now gives me hope. Some may find that ironic, but he found the need to be explicit about the fact that their relationship isn’t there yet. And that’s suspect, to be honest.
If he’s moving in the direction I believe he’s moving, I’d say, in the far off future, we’ll have another Chapter 50-esque moment on our hands… but Chapter 50 on steroids. As in, in the same vein of, “Hey gurl, thx for all you’ve done, but I will protect YOU this time, because I NEED YOU TO BE BAE STATUS, NOT NAGGY MOM ALWAYS PROTECTING ME STATUS ANYMORE, OK?!”.
I have embraced the interview. If you’re still weary, that’s fine, stay grounded, but know that this does not sink our ship whatsoever.
See, I was getting weirdly doubtful about Eremika’s chances at canon for certain reasons that shall not be named here (happy to discuss via message, though they are petty), but this interview has only boosted my faith :)
P.S. AND HE DIDN’T. USE. “SISTER”. TO. DESCRIBE HER. THE MOST ACCESSIBLE, AND CONTROVERSIAL AND DISCUSSED ALTERNATE TERM TO IDENTIFY HIS RELATIONSHIP TO HER.
In case you’re new or have a memory like Swiss cheese (a life I understand) I’m re-watching POI! After taking a long break from the show, I’m shoving my face back in it and giving it another go. Encapsulated below is a record of my decent into Feelings.
Things I remember from my first watch OH YONDER YEARS AGO about this episode:
ZOE IS THE BEST. I JUST LOVE HER SO MUCH. She’s razor sharp, focused, and ballsy. 8D 8D 8D <3 Also I LOVE how she and Reese interact. So much push and pull between them.
“I’m having trouble with this lock, Mr. Reese. It’s harder than it looks.” Okay can anyone remember? Did Reese teach Finch to break and enter? Or did Finch just like, youtube this?? (PLEASE SAY IT’S THE SECOND ONE.)
Zoe: “Keep your eyes on the road” (strips into super sexy dress with heels tall enough to serve as lethal weapons.)
Reese: *Actually keeps his eyes on the road*. … Wait what? A guys respecting women? WHAT IS THIS MAGIC? And where can I buy more???
Pictured: either a woman writer on this ep, or the actor who plays Zoe getting some say, because 100% to the yes with those shoes coming off and walking upstairs barefoot. <3 +1
“She does favors. For a price. She’s a fixer.”
ZOE MY LOVE. <3
“Any idea who’d want to take her out?” - Finch. “Who wouldn’t?” - Reese. LOL OH REESE. You’re smitten. It’s okay. Zoe’s pretty gr8.
AWOOGA AWOOGA AWOOGA!!! I SEE AN ASSHOLE:
I totally forgot about H.R. and the dirty cops and that whole plot-line! O_O And about this ass-hat too. O_O Be careful, Carter!
Meanwhile, Carter makes inroads on the Elias case: “Marlene and the Don had a kid. A son. I still got that image of him, standing there with no shoes on…” Just wait, kids. You’re gonna get a lot more images of him soooon enoughhhhh.
Meanwhile-meanwhile, Reese tries to make small talk with Zoe. Zoe eats him up for dinner.
Reese: “Let me take care of this, Zoe.” Zoe: “It’s Ms. Morgan. Get back in the car.” (Shit goes down tro lo lo lo lo lo) I really enjoy watching Zoe realize that Reese is talking to someone on a headset, and her slowly realizing just how much shit she’s waded into. BUT she doesn’t lose control. And she never stops pushing at Reese. And, of course, the instant he turns his back, she disappears. In her own words, “I’m discrete, not stupid.” <3!
AND once again, Reese and Finch both assume that the voice on the recording is a woman who is having an affair with their baddie. Because why else would a woman be on a recording. BIG SIGH. >__>;
Pictured: FINCH’S FUCKING FACE as he very quietly explains that the woman’s (on the recording) number came up before, when he was ‘not in a position to do anything about it.’ That’s one of the most painful things about this show. Nathan experienced it, too. The inability to affect change, and the inability to turn away despite that. Watching that run across Michael Emerson’s face kills me.
So what does he do? BUYS 87 MILLION SHARES OF THE PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY RESPONSIBLE and strong-arms his way into getting intel.
Mr. Partridge. *snorts* THE BIRD ALIASES CONTINUE. Never change, Finch. Or maybe do. Because you’re a little obvious.
This also marks the point where Reese and Finch start to work more in sync with one another. It’s less ‘employer and strong-man’ and much more ‘what can we do together to fix this.’ “You know, before w- before *I* found you, the numbers haunted me. I’ve never felt more helpless in my entire life. I know I can’t get justice for all of them, but the possibility of just one…” - Finch
Pictured: two beautiful dangerous people.
“Probably one of those guys who can get out of anything with a paperclip…” - ZOE. OH ZOE. <3 (Ten minutes later she leaves him in a ~tight spot~…. with just a paperclip, delivered via a kiss and a slight of hand. She’s my hero.)
Also, bless Finch for calling the Big Pharma guy and hoping to let him in on all the bad shit going on in his company, and not even suspecting that he’s the True Big Bad until much too late. Finch, for all his bitterness, is surprisingly innocent sometimes.
BEAUTIFUL MOMENT. When Finch takes True Big Bad/Big Pharma apart by the seams in the best way he knows best. Money. “In fact I took my initial investment, and I shorted your company to the tune of half a million dollars. I know the only think you care about is money. So that’s what I’m going to take from you . Your money. All of it.” And he gets the best musical cue when he dumps that mother fucker and walks out, not using his cane.
“Eyes on the road, John,” Zoe says, and John looks away, still following her rules, still following her lead.
“Ms. Morgan, stay out of trouble.”
“Not going to happen. You’ve got my number.”
BLESS THEM ALL. <3 Again, perfect ending song. UG. I LOVE IT.