Friendly reminder that, before Liam held Hayden’s dead body, before Scott held Allison in his arms as she died, and before we saw how Derek had held Paige in his arms before giving her a quick death, there was Lydia Martin, who watched her first love die in front of her, not once…
but twice in the same night.
Lydia Martin who felt the death of her best friend that she tried to save
and the following night felt the death of her new boyfriend.
The girl who saw her banshee grandmother try to lobotomize herself…
The girl that heard her grandmother’s last breaths, trying to save her banshee granddaughter from her same fate of ending up alone and insane…
Before you talk about the poor babies losing their first love… don’t forget the girl who lost everything she loved.
<b><p></b> <b><p></b> <b>stiles:</b> guys i think somethings wrong<p/><b>everyone else:</b> idk man i dont think so<p/><b></b> *somethings wrong*<p/><b>everyone else:</b> why didnt we see it coming how come no one noticed<p/></p><p/></p><p/></p>
Stiles pulls his
ragged fingernail from between his teeth and bursts out impatiently, “Well?”
Lydia’s been holding onto the thing for seventeen whole seconds (yes,
he’s been counting) and she still hasn’t said anything.
She idly flips the
card over and looks up at him, eyebrows raised. “‘Well,’ what?”
flings out his hand towards the wrinkled, now-soft paper she’s holding.
Spit that had been clinging to his thumbnail hits Lydia in the thigh with
the action and she glares at him. Stiles bravely soldiers on, hoping him
ignoring it will lead to her ignoring it, “do you know what this is?”
He folds his arms over
his chest, hands hidden under his biceps so Lydia will stop trying to detach
his thumb from his body through nothing more than sheer willpower. If
anyone was going to accomplish it, it was going to be her.
At least she eases back to scrutinizing the address printed on the card that Derek’s girlfriend had flicked at Stiles’ head and sniffs. “It’s a business card
that was very clearly trash at some point. And probably should be trash
again.” She holds it out to him like an antiques expert who’s just
told him his retirement is nothing more than a spoon from the 1990s that she could find at Kohl’s for a, rather reasonable, seventy-five cents.
She checks back in with his expression and it makes her outstretched arm
falter. “Yet looking at the crazy-eyes you’re currently sporting,” she
says, rolling her eyes, “I’m finding myself preparing for sinister plots and
Stiles holds up a
deductive finger, nodding, and says cleverly, “It only looks like a
business card. What that is, is a trap. A
Carrie-covered-in-pig’s-blood-humiliated-at-the-prom trap. Your future
husband’s current girlfriend doesn’t just give you a little starred, ‘he is
here, you are x miles away,’ map, okay? That would be way more helpful
than they are known for being.”
I’m honestly gonna be so pissed if anybody in the pack tries to send theo back to hell. as of right not I feel like he’s trying to gain their trust back and he’s looking for redemption. give theo another chance.
unpopular opinion: I LIKE LYDIA BRANWELL. Like she has grown on me, she’s a badass, she doesn’t take any of your anti women bullshit. She’s trying to do the right thing. She seems like an awesome person.
as much as I LOVE MALEC, I can’t help but think she is possibly going to be pretty humiliated at her own wedding. I mean in the promos poor alec looks way out of it and I kind of feel for lydia because that is not what you want your future husband to look like and the guests must be like WTF is with alec.
I know its not a marriage of love but she must at least want to have a happy wedding day.
I just don’t want lydia to be humiliated but I also want magnus and alec to get together.
I was rewatching ep 8 and I just had a sad thought. So, right after Lydia hugs Farah and says to Dirk and Todd ‘these guys threw me off a bridge’ Estevez helps her up, and they share a look, since you know, they’re finally meeting each other face to actual face.
And the two of them have been hanging out for while now, trying to figure this out; and Estevez
tried his damned hardest to help her.
And just seconds later, gunshots from upstairs are heard, and both Farah and
Estevez arm themselves and leave to fight Rimmer and his men.
So, now Lydia’s just reunited with Farah, she hasn’t even spoken to Estevez, the guy who helped her out, at all yet, and now they’re both leaving to fight the people who kidnapped her in the first place.
To top it all off, she probably doesn’t even know if they’ll survive, since she knows what Rimmer and his henchmen are capable of doing. Add what happens to Estevez later…
Alright, so first… I don’t know which side of the “abuse” you’re talking about, but whenever anyone tries to claim that poor, innocent Lydia was abused by her awful boyfriend in season one it honestly makes me laugh. Lydia was a nightmare in season one, her attitude and behavior emotionally abusive and triggering many of Jackson’s insecurities and counter-actions. Ex: he needed to be team captain, he needed to keep up with Scott, he needed to be a werewolf because she was all he had to hold onto and her consistent refrain was “if you’re not good enough, I’ll drop you for someone better in a heartbeat.”
That’s not to say Jackson was better. But Lydia was objectively a terrible person at the start of the show: cold and self-absorbed, completely disregarding everyone else’s feelings –– even those of the people she supposedly cared about –– for her own goals. And if you agree that Lydia has been able to growfrom that and become a likable character you wantto root for, as I do, then why not Jackson? Why not Jydia?
Now let’s jump back a little. I didn’t say I supported Jydia in season one. (And there’s a whole other argument about why it is alright to ship toxic ‘ships, which is true, that I’m not going to even get into at the moment because that’s not what this is.) There were enjoyable elements there, layered between a lot of fucked up behaviors on both ends, but season one Jydia was not a good relationship. Jydia in season two, though, was all about the growth of their relationship, the hidden depths that we only catch glimpses of, and the potential of their relationship along with the powerful, world-altering love that existed on both ends. They held each other together in their darkest moments. Lydia loved Jackson enough to risk being torn apart by him as a kanima, and Jackson loved her back enough that it solidified his identity. And that, to me, is incredibly beautiful.
I’m not in any way saying to forgive your abusers, or to stay in a toxic relationship. I’m saying that characters can grow and relationships can evolve, and the show canonically showed both of these characters growing, highlighting issues that caused them to act the way they did in season one and working through them –– Lydia more than Jackson, since she stayed in the show longer, but I also think it’s also notable that I didn’t actually like Lydia, as a person, until 3A. There were moments that I felt for her, yeah, or enjoyed scenes with her, but I didn’t actually like her in any significant way until that moment when she refused to cover up the marks on her throat. That was the first time that I actually found myself thinking “you know, alright. I like her now.” and she became one of the show’s most enjoyable characters to me throughout 3 & 4. Jackson didn’t have that same opportunity because of Colton leaving, but I saw the potential for it, and such potential in this relationship of two damaged people finding strength in themselves and each other, learning to recognize the value of themselves and each other. “Master Plan” was such a turning point for both them as characters and their relationship as a whole, and to see them take the foundation laid down in that episode and use it to grow into a truly supportive, honest, healthy relationship could have been truly extraordinary.
And if you don’t see that happening like I do, or just don’t like the ship, then that’s fine. But don’t say that I’m romanticizing abuse because that’s got fucking nothing to do with why I love this pairing.