• what i want to do in warframe: smash my way thru all the quests to find all the little story bits
  • what i also want to do in warframe: run certain missions over and over again to farm stuff so i can build things
  • what i end up doing in warframe: changing the colors on all my stuff for 6 hours

12x03 vs. 12x12.  That time Castiel got resolution on where he belonged.  

The Foundry - Home of their Hearts

I love the new Arrow Cave. I really do, but there was something so… simple about the old foundry and I was feeling so very nostalgic about it when I realized that the foundry is actually so much more than just bare bricks and mortar. It’s symbolic of something much bigger, something that speaks of Oliver and Felicity and their irrevocable journey to find each other, stay with each other, through thick and thin, for better for worse.

Essentially, from the very beginning, the foundry has been Oliver’s and Felicity’s baby.

The first time Oliver digs up the basement, it’s a ray of light that pierces the screen for a second. He’s just come back to Starling to find himself kind of homeless in his soul and the foundry becomes where he goes to be himself, who he has become, where he can be who he is now without any bondage.

Essentially alone. It’s dark, damp and lonely, just like he is. He is at home there because it reflects him.

Then it’s not so lonely anymore. While it’s still dark and damp, because Digg is a battle-worn soldier just like Oliver, they find in each other companionship.

He just gets so joyful because he has someone to play with now. 

But it’s still just their base of operations, nothing more.

Not until a tiny blonde with no tolerance for his bullshit saves his life and the changes his settings.

Slowly, over a period of time, she changes things. Makes the foundry her own. Adds her essence to it, an essence so bright that both warriors fall under its spell and fall in love with what she creates. From a sole base of operations, it becomes their hang out zone, the place they come to after bad dates to avoid talking while eating Chinese or Big Belly and have Felicity crack some jokes. It becomes the place Oliver enjoys showing off his skills, uncaring about his scars and tattoos because that’s how comfortable he becomes in their presence.

Anyways, I digress. My point was, that while the foundry was made for their nightly activities, and while a lot of people waltz in and out of there, and while a lot of destruction is caused over a period of seasons, Oliver and Felicity are always the ones who make it more - they made it a home.

It started with Oliver making it a foundry and Felicity taking the liberty to upgrade things around as much as possible.

When the first base is destroyed in the Undertaking, Felicity is the one who finds the new base and makes it a home for whenever Oliver decides to come back 

something that stuns him to no end (because when has anyone ever done anything for Oliver Queen because they cared?)

Now, all three of them have a place to be, a place they can rest assured that nobody will harm them.

The Arrow Cave held some of the most profound memories for them, a place where they could be themselves and be heroes without pretense.

Come home.

Thought this is where you’d go.

Let’s go home.

Oliver lost his house, his company, his everything at the end of Season 2. So he started living in the foundry quite comfortably.

The foundry that Felicity spruced with a bed and a fern. A foundry Oliver called home for so long. 

It was staying here that gave Felicity the strength when Oliver had been presumed dead, and it had been here she had found him again

It was there that Felicity finally allowed herself to break down when she thought she lost Oliver again

even more so because she lost this too, this place that had rooted her to him and him to her for so long.

And although they left it all behind and the foundry was lost, to them, they returned and they changed places. But it was still theirs, the upgrades theirs

The ruins were theirs too.

And in the end, they were the only two left standing, 

Everyone else had gone, leaving the foundry Oliver had started and Felicity had carried, that they had both made home destroyed. 

Oliver and Felicity. Standing alone. Side by side. To build it back up again.

From the start, the foundry has been a creative child of Oliver and Felicity that they’ve nurtured, loved and lived. It has been a home of their hearts as they’ve lost and rebuilt it over and over again. 

This is so symbolic of their journey and their destination in each other.

It’s so beautiful.

Another Thing we Found Interesting From our Research

A unique theme we found in our history of Irish mythology was the invader’s inability to land more than one ship on the shores of Ireland. Some came with only one ship, others lost ships on the way. Our favorite instance of losing ships is the 3rd taking of Ireland. Nemed, leader of the 3rd invasion of Ireland left initially with 44 ships and arrived on the shores of Ireland with only 1 left.

Can we talk about this scene? Okay, we all know this is a heartbreaking moment for everyone involved, but there is something that really stood out to me. The last thing Dean says to his mom is, “You’re home now,” which sets off the rest of the conversation. There is nearly four minutes after this where Mary continues to talk and then the episode ends, and Dean says absolutely nothing at all. Four minutes of no dialogue whatsoever on his part. Mary keeps explaining, leaving these long moments between sentences where she expects Dean to say something and he doesn’t, so she jumps in again and tries to explain more. When Sam finally interjects and asks what she means, it’s only after a quick look to Dean to realize he’s not going to do it. Even Sam is expecting him to say something, and he just doesn’t. This is so important to me. Can you recall a time in the series where Dean is in the shot for more than a few minutes and doesn’t say anything? Or a time when someone repeatedly trails off to let him respond and then he doesn’t? This is the first real time where we’ve seen Dean so thoroughly broken and upset that he physically doesn’t have words. He is rendered speechless. You can see it in the way he breathes, the way he audibly exhales in disbelief, the way he blinks in this quick progression as he processes what must feel like his heart being ripped out of his chest. He could beg his mom to stay. Plead with her. Tell her things will get better and everything will be okay. But he doesn’t. He doesn’t say anything at all. His mom waits for it. Sam waits for it (Sam, who knows him better than anyone else, waits for him to say something). And there’s nothing. No questions. No promises. No attempt to do anything at all to sway her decision. The last thing he says is, “You’re home now.”