WELL THERE WE HAVE IT NOW I CAN SUFFER AS MUCH AS IF THERE HAD BEEN A NEW EPISODE :) ha ha ha

I think that like the Doctor, many of the Master’s incarnations have been reactions to their previous incarnations. Delgado not so much—I mean obviously we don’t even know what his previous incarnation was like, but I also think at this point he’s just casually going through life, trying his hand at this and that and having a laugh. While he definitely commits himself 100% to each of his plans, he’s also not taking any of it that seriously. I don’t think he truly grasps the consequences of anything he does, because he’s never really had to deal with them.

Crispy, meanwhile, although he was once an ordinary Master, is primarily defined by his unfortunate circumstances—the consequences of his previous lives finally catching up with him. His desperate quest to survive (and to make everyone else suffer as much as he has) is what shapes him. He becomes very bitter and serious and pragmatic by necessity—he can no longer afford to just have fun with his schemes. He has to ensure they succeed, because his survival often depends on them. He does take joy in some of them, but even then he tends to be more reserved about it.

Ainley, of course, is the opposite—once the Master gets a new body, he reacts against his previous dour persona and has as much fun as he possibly can. His schemes become far less practical and far more theatrical. He has the freedom to dabble in convoluted rule-the-universe plots and mess with the Doctor all he wants, because he’s no longer a barely-animated skeleton. I think deep down though, he knows that his time is still limited in this weaker, non-Time Lord body, and that ultimately catches up with him in Survival, where a very different side of his persona is revealed—one much closer to his decaying self.

His life goes back to a constant struggle to survive after that, and in the end—as Roberts—he finally fails and, in his bitterness, chooses death over accepting the Doctor’s help.

When he’s resurrected by the Time Lords, and finally given a new Time Lord body, he goes back to enjoying himself and being as outrageous as possible, though with perhaps a harder edge than before.

His timeline between Macqueen and Yana isn’t entirely clear yet (we’ll know more about Jacobi once his audios come out, and the Titan Comics stuff complicates it all further if you want to count them as canon—which I’m actually quite happy to do because they’re good), but it seems Macqueen’s exuberance has faded somewhat by the time Jacobi comes along. The universe is a different place now, with the Time War breaking out, and the drums beating in his head. Instead of choosing to fight, the Master ultimately goes back into survival mode and hides from the consequences as usual.

Simm is a pretty clear reaction against the Yana persona the Master had been living as for so long (as well as a reaction to the Tenth Doctor). He may not be free of the drums, but he’s free of the Time War and can be himself again, which means rebelling against everything that was good and kind and gentle about Yana. He’s crueler than ever before, and delights in using that cruelty to get reactions out of people. As with Ainley, the joie de vivre is back as well, though Simm backs it up with more successful schemes.

The interesting thing about Simm is that he usually gets what he wants—control of the Earth, humiliation of the Doctor, resurrection, bringing back Gallifrey, horrifically mutilating the Doctor’s friends, a way off the colony ship—he gets it all. But he never gets to keep it because ultimately everyone always rebels against him. His life is proof that fear, manipulation, and coercion don’t work in the long run.

That’s not a lesson the Master learns easily though, since their whole thing is control. And when Simm’s schemes are working, they work really well. He leaves Gallifrey after The End of Time in probably the best state he’s been in since Delgado. He has a TARDIS, a Time Lord body with many regenerations left to go, there’s no Time War looming on the horizon, and the drums are finally gone. I imagine he probably travels for awhile in peak arrogance mode, causing as much casual destruction and chaos as he can before eventually getting stuck on the Mondasian colony ship. And then, like the Doctor says, he killed a lot of people, took over the city, lived like a king until they rebelled against his cruelty, and is forced into hiding—because as with all his other schemes, hurting people comes back to hurt him in the end. He deliberately drives away everyone who cares about him—the Doctor, Lucy, Bill, and even his future self.  And even when this clearly results in his own downfall, his refusal to change is so adamant that he shoots Missy so he can have the final say. If any final proof was needed of how self-destructive the Master’s choices had become, this was it.

All of this, of course, shapes who Missy is, even if she doesn’t remember much of it. She realises she has to do things differently, and decides she wants to rebuild her relationship with the Doctor. But of course she doesn’t want to change herself to do that—she wants to change him. She needs him to admit that her methods were right all along. So she gets him an army. Perhaps, despite Simm’s claim that he didn’t listen, she remembers some of the Doctor’s speech in The Doctor Falls. “I do what I do because it’s right.” / “Armies are for people who think they’re right.” / “If I run away today, good people will die. If I stand and fight, some of them might live.” / “All those people suffering in the Dalek camps? Now you can save them. All those bad guys winning all the wars? Go and get the good guys back!”

If he wants to fight for what’s right, she’ll give him an army to fight with. The catch is that by accepting it, he’s admitting that violence is the answer. He’s admitting he’s no better than she is—and if he can admit that, then what reason does he have to reject her? They can be friends again.

It doesn’t work, of course, and that failure marks the Master’s last big evil scheme. In their next encounter, she tries a more subtle approach—mostly helping the Doctor, but then trying to manipulate him into killing Clara.

When this too fails and the Master finds herself once more caught up in consequences—this time in the form of yet another execution—it’s not entirely surprising that she might finally start to realise her methods… don’t actually get results. Of course, I don’t think she has any real intention of changing when she’s begging the Doctor for her life—she’ll say pretty much anything he wants to hear if it’ll keep her alive—but at this point it’s also pretty much the one thing she hasn’t tried yet. And once the deal is made and she’s put in the vault, maybe she thinks, “What’s there to lose?” Every other choice she’s made has backfired in the end, so maybe it’s time to try something new. She’ll give being good a go, if only to prove that it doesn’t work either.

The tragic thing is that in the end, it almost does work. When the Doctor gives his speech, she finally gets what it’s about—she realises that sometimes there are more important things than simply ensuring one’s own survival. And for perhaps the first time, she admits the Doctor is the one who’s right. This is huge, because the one thing the Master has been willing to die for in the past rather than give up is their own high ground—their own sense of ideological superiority over the Doctor.

And of course, predictably, Simm chooses death for both of them to maintain that superiority.

I still… really want to see more of this story. Because while I’ll continue to think the Master’s storyline wasn’t integrated into TDF as well as it could’ve been, my issues with the unsatisfyingness of this ending will go away once it stops being an ending. I mean, it’s not that it doesn’t work as both redemption and poetic justice for the character, it’s just that I hate redemption storylines that don’t actually follow through on a character’s development after they decide to change. I always want to see what happens next once they make that big choice rather than just watch them go out in a blaze of glory (or die without hope/witness/reward in Missy’s case).

Ideally, I want to Missy herself back so we can see where she goes from here, but if we can’t have that I’d be equally interested to see what kind reaction her next incarnation would be to these events. Would they take her development further, or would they turn away from it? There’s so much I want to see explored, but I suspect we’ll probably have to wait quite some time before it happens.

Ultimate Viktuuri FicRec

(☉‿☉✿) I know y’all have been craving some Viktuuri fics, even more so since it’s already ended and we have to wait for season 2. So what better way to pass time than to read some good ol’ fanfics. Here’s a list for you guys. ENJOY   (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧


From the moon by ButterBeerBitch

Victor Nikiforov, the living legend, winner of five consecutive World Championships and five straight Grand Prix Finals - was in Yuuri’s bed. Yuuri’s bumpy, squeaky bed, with the Pokémon stickers peeling off the frame and the unwashed sheets.
“Smells like you,” Victor mumbled, careful and coy.

Yuuri was on the verge of passing out.

-

Or that one time Victor finds out why Yuuri has never let him inside his bedroom because….well, we all know why…


Things we’re all too young to know by incode

Victor miscalculates a date.


Family Arrangements by xshiroi_aki

“It’s like watching a kid, his parents, and his grandparents.”

Her marriage status aside, it kind of made sense.

That was an arrangement she could work with.


In your area by Suzariah

“Hot Russian singles are in your area.”

Yuuri probably wishes he had adblock. Victor is amused.


Get me to the Church on time by InsomniacArrest

Stories of various characters on the day of Victor and Yuuri’s wedding.

Everyone on the big day as Victor and Yuuri prepare to get hitched.


Disaster by LFMH021

“I know that one way or another, Viktor will marry you anyway. I will be your best man right so–” Phichit stated.

Chris raised an eyebrow. “Excuse me? I’m pretty sure I am the best man in their wedding.”

Yurio frowned and crossed his arms. “I was the one who suffered when these two were still pining each other. I think I deserve to be with them at the altar at the very least.”

Yuuri and Viktor glanced at each other, torn.

Yuuri didn’t really expect that Viktor’s statement about their engagement and [if] marriage would bring disaster and chaos into their night right before the Grand Prix Final’s Short Program.


Habit by LFMH021

Yuuri has developed a habit. Before competitions, whenever he wants to concentrate and exercise at the same time, he faces the wall, braces his forearms on it and then wiggle his hips while trying to recite over and over again his routine.

With earphones in and eyes shut, he doesn’t see the way others stare at him. Viktor does, though, and try to bring their attentions away. Phichit and Chris are little shits, as usual.


Amateur or Expert? Watermellonsmellinfellon

“The instructor at the local ice rink was cute. Cute with his glasses on and downright sexy with them off. And Victor just really wanted to spend some alone time with him, but there seemed to be no free time in the other’s schedule. Which left Victor considering other methods.”

In which Victor pretends he isn’t a figure skating genius all so he could talk to Yuuri.


Next time he’ll ask by Kaylin and Kira (Saphie)

Yuuri gets experimental and tries out something new in bed – calling Viktor “daddy” – but because of Viktor’s insecurities about aging, things go unexpectedly (and absurdly) wrong. [Not a daddy!kink fic so much as a humorous subversion.]


Passive-Aggressive by JapaneseAnimeFreak16

Chris has seen many strange things in his life, but he’s never seen this.

“Victor…why are you eating cereal with a spatula?”


Love Like You by LFMH021

“Viktor, it’s your turn to throw the garbage, right?”

“Nope~ Can’t remember such an agreement~” Viktor sing-sang, tiptoeing back to their bedroom.

“Yuuri, did you eat my pint of ice cream while I was out?”

“H-Huh? No way!” Yuuri spluttered with a speck of chocolate on the corner of his lips.

With each other and Makkachin by their sides on their own cozy home with framed (stolen, random and wedding) photographs occupying most of the wall, Viktor and Yuuri couldn’t ask for more.

[Basically, just a domestic Viktuuri fluff wherein Episode 11 was resolved, both of them retired but they both applied as coaches [with Yuuri as skating tutor for kids], they got married and were now living happily in their own home with Makkachin in Spain. Alternating POVs.]


Liar Liar Pants on Fire by shingeki_no_llama

Yuuri’s (not-so-secret) secret gay crush on Victor is discovered after Victor storms into his room unannounced! How will his idol and newfound coach react?

Hint: he will be very touched *wink*


Of Onsen-Holly Water by Moe_Bear

So, here’s the deal: in order to achieve such perfection, one must obligatory have contracted with Satan himself. There is no other explanation. Yuri Plisetsky is damn sure about it.


All the Times Yuuri ran from Viktor, and the One Time He Didn’t by Reisil

Or, the five times Yuuri ran from Viktor, and the time that Viktor held on.
In which Yuuri finds that he is constantly running from Viktor, until Viktor decides he’s had enough.


Just Date Me Already by Ame (Ulan)

Victor has never wanted anything more in his life.

“Yuuri, go out with me.”

“Eeh?”


let him know by mutation

Victor returns to Hasetsu alone. When he arrives at the Katsuki household, someone is waiting for him.


remembrance by doubletan

Victor remembers the confusion, hurt and rejection when he finds the empty hotel room that had once been occupied by an individual bearing the name of Katsuki Yuri hours ago, and said individual was now en route to Japan. He remembers sinking to the carpeted floor in his pajamas before returning to his own room to curl up in his comforter. He remembers Yakov coming over to help him pack with pity evident in his eyes when the check out time had long past and Victor was nowhere to be found. And all Victor could do was lie immobile on the bed with tears he thought would never end. He remembered lecturing his own self mentally, that it was ridiculous to act this way for someone you had only met once, but yet, he could not deny the fact that last night was the first time Victor had felt honestly living, relieved from the burdens and expectations as a renowned and international ice skater. Being with Yuri had felt absolutely right.

or a fic of how a heartbroken Victor had fared since that banquet and how he finally won Yuri’s heart


Looking for A Clue by rosenlight

It takes one touch and Yuuri’s head goes haywire.


Take My Hand - Take My Whole Life Too by shingeki_no_llama

Victor Nikiforov thinks he knows just who has their thoughts scrawled so carelessly on the back of his hand. He can only pray he is right.

———
Soulmate AU where the thoughts of your soulmate inscribe themselves on your skin in a temporary ever-changing tattoo


Ask Me by MarginalMadness

Sometimes life doesn’t work out the way you want it to. Especially when you give someone else the power to break your heart.


stay by my side by paranoid_fridge

“Finally!” somebody shouts and Yuuri jumps. Russian Yuri stomps toward him, expression dark. “He’s on his third round of that.” Yuri jerks a thumb to the rink behind his back. “Make him stop before he hurts himself.”

Aka Yuuri says “let’s end this”, Viktor turns to melodramatic skating, they get to cry and kiss (in that order) and all is well in the end.


Masks off by emulikule

And so the story goes that a playboy comes to a town, makes it fall in love with him and then proceeds to get himself enticed by the most mysterious person there.

Wait… did it really go like that?


Stress Is Bad by MEIXIU

“I can’t handle this. Stress is bad for the baby.” Yuuri deadpans.
If everyone were drinking something, they would have spat out their drinks in surprise.


An Examination of Stamina by Viktor Nikiforov by Anonymous_Ostrich

“Viktor…” Yuuri’s voice was low and gravelly, his teeth grazing the bend of Viktor’s neck, “Is it really okay to keep going?” His cock stirred inside of Viktor, still rock hard, still eager. The feeling of Yuuri’s semen trickling slowly out of his stretched hole made Viktor shiver, and he grabbed Yuuri’s chin in his hand, yanking his face up so that their eyes could meet.

“I’ll say this once, Yuuri. Give me everything you’ve got. Don’t stop even if I beg for you to.”


Accidentally Seductive  by braveten

Yuuri Katsuki is a walking contradiction.

(And it’s driving Viktor mad.)


Out For A Walk by Cinnamean

Yuri goes out with Yakov to explore town and gets separated from his coach. Walking around town with no money for food, he runs into the two infamous lovebirds.


Darling, Please Don’t Ask Me by HisRedEmpress

Sometimes, letting things left unsaid can be harmful.

But sometimes, only sometimes, there’s just no words needed.


yuri is even more done with everyone than previously believed by thankyouforexisting

There are things Yuri isn’t proud of, regardless of how superior to everyone else he is. Few things, of course, but still there nonetheless, though he loathes exposing them. One of his regrets might be, for example, not reading the summary of Fifty Shades of Grey before his mom mentioned off-handedly, “We should watch it, Yura.” (He can never look at her in the same way again.)

Going out for Victor’s “ exciting stag night” (which is a terrible name for it, as it mostly consisted in him sitting down and watching skaters get progressively drunker as they tried to do jumps off ice on the corner of a busy street, while everyone stared) and allowing himself to be roped into a hopeless bet has just become his newest, most fresh regret.


Unwritten by kaizuka

Soulmates AU where whatever you write on your own skin appears on your soulmate, but when there is a language barrier, meeting becomes just a little more difficult than it should be.


A Safe Place To Fall by uchiuchi

“Can I…?”

Viktor’s voice breaks Yuuri out of his trance and he focuses on Viktor, waiting for the words to come out. But Viktor doesn’t say anything more, eyes flickering between Yuuri’s eyes and mouth, and then his finger stops moving and he pulls it back.

He looks like he has more he wants to say, but doesn’t.


I’m Right Next Door by i_like_my_eggs_benedict

“The first time he heard it, Yuri Plisetsky thought he was imagining it.”


On Our Love by LiaoftheDawn

Everything was so easy and real with Yuuri. Even with the lingering tension and the unspoken inevitability of separation, they somehow managed to fall back into something close to a routine, effortless conversation, easy jabs and quiet smiles and something he wanted to hold on to for the rest of his life. Home.

Or the one where Victor thinks he’s doing the right thing, manages to disappoint all the Yuris in his life, and still everything works out at the end.


victory cheer by SportsAnimeRuinedMyLife (KnightOfRage)

Victor kissed Yuuri. You better believe all of these people have something to say about it.

Or…Mari is exhausted, Minako is confused, Nishigori is supportive, Yakov is annoyed, Yuri is pissed, Phichit is the best friend anyone could ever have and Yuuri just wants to kiss Victor again.


Five Kisses by oh_imintrouble

It hadn’t seemed out of the ordinary at the time. Victor had always been free with his affection; throwing out compliments, light caresses, even the occasional peck to the cheek. After a little over a week of having him as his coach, Yuuri was sure he had gotten used to it. It was just a Westerner thing, no use getting riled up if Victor wasn’t going to be stopping it anytime soon.

Then it happened.

~~~

Victor likes kissing Yuuri and Yuuri is frustratingly dense


rumour has it by lunaetude

Viktor Nikiforov is a genius. He tops the level without having to study and he can perform most spells without his wand. He was the second-ever first-year Seeker in the school, and the first Slytherin one at that. He’s a Parselmouth and he’s tamed the other basilisk hidden in the school’s plumbing. He has washboard abs and really defined hipbones. He’s the only son in a long line of pureblood Slytherins and he’s half-Veela and he can speak Mermish and he was born as Voldemort’s secret daughter which is why he’s prettier than half of the girls in school and—

‘Where do you even get all these?’ Viktor asks, eyebrows drawn together in bemusement. ‘I’m not even a pureblood, I’m Muggleborn.’


Dance Along by feelslikefire

Five Times Victor Kissed Yuuri, and One Time Yuuri Kissed Victor


Hold Onto Me by novocaine_sea

“Let’s end this.” Yuuri said, but it was the last thing he meant.

That was the last thing he wanted to say.


True Eros by Nerd_Queen

Viktor can’t sleep. Thats when he hears it.

A groan


the history books are made for us by d10smessi 

Victor thinks, I’ll never love someone this way again.

or: Victor Nikiforov, on loving Katsuki Yuuri.


a kingdom, or this by perennials 

The problem is, Yuuri sees Viktor’s face light up at every performance except his own.

The problem is, Yuuri takes off his glasses when he skates.

The problem is, Yuuri doesn’t see.


Addicted (to the taste of you) by smudgesofink

It’s mortifying. Of course it’s mortifying.

But even with his hands restless by his sides and his stomach buzzing with butterflies and adrenaline and nerves, Yuuri finds that he oddly doesn’t mind the attention. Or rather, Yuuri can’t bring himself to care, for once. He’s exhausted to the bone from his performance, eyes slow and limbs heavy from running on little to no sleep for more than 24 hours now, not to mention kind of emotionally drained from his mental breakdown earlier.

If anything, Yuuri kind of wants Victor to kiss him again. Preferably right now.

At once.

Immediately.

(It’s turning into a problem.)


Five Times Viktor and Yuuri Were Jealous of Makkachin (and the one time they weren’t) by braveten

“Viktor will do whatever is necessary in order to never see Yuuri cry again. He’d walk miles across broken glass. He’d relinquish all of his gold medals to JJ Leroy. He’d let Phichit hack his Instagram account.”


Viktor and Yuuri are jealous of Makkachin on multiple occasions, but the adorable brown poodle might be the only way to get them to realize their love for one another.


constellations of me and you by theargonaut

He can’t look away from Viktor, even when he turns and catches him staring. Truth be told, he can never look away from Viktor. Not even in the beginning; surely, not in any dimension or attic of spacetime, could Katsuki Yuuri have ever looked away from Viktor Nikiforov. And when Viktor looks back at him, smiling, it’s all that matters to him.


Question and Answer by chellethewriter

Viktor is growing old, and his competitors seem to be growing younger and younger. Thus, with every passing year, Viktor finds fewer familiar faces at his Grand Prix banquets, and he wonders whether his attendance has become pointless. What he doesn’t realize, however, is that one unfamiliar, alcohol-reddened face can make the whole night more than worthwhile.


(A canon-compliant retelling of the banquet in which Viktor falls head-over-heels for a certain drunk, Japanese figure skater, and Yuri Plisetsky is both displeased and incredulous).


Pretty For Me by blushunder

A month and a half into becoming more than just skater and coach, Viktor is struck by a realization while Yuuri tries on his old costumes.


Nighttime Sparklers by brumalbreeze

“If anyone should feel lucky, shouldn’t it be me?” Yuuri murmured. “I mean, you’re the Viktor Nikiforov, after all. You could have anyone you want….”

Viktor let his breath fan evenly over Yuuri’s neck as he listened to his words. Though he couldn’t see it, he could imagine Yuuri’s knit brows and small frown. He tightened his grip around Yuuri’s waist and thought about what had happened earlier in the day. This was a different scenario, but Yuuri was feeling anxious and unsure again, and he needed comforting. Viktor didn’t want to mess up this time. He wanted to do things right.


i know my madness by astoryaboutwar

It’s hardly a secret that Victor Nikiforov is a massive player.

(In which Yuuri doesn’t blow the Grand Prix Finals the first time round, does blow Victor, and everything changes but ends up the same.)


– updated version below this  (✿◠‿◠)–


I want to stay close to you by Cloud111

Yuuri swallowed, letting his head turn back to the legend sprawled out on his bed. To the first person to reach out for him after he’d pushed them away. To the man that had taught him to love himself and taught him to want things because he could get them if only he tried.

“I want… you.”


Yuuri!!! On Pole by Noble_Nook

Viktor Nikiforov is an accomplished, world famous dancer-turned-choreographer who has struck out to rekindle a spark he seems to be missing after so many years on and off the stage, only to soon find it wrapped around a stripper pole in Japan.


Until My Feet Bleed and My Heart Aches by Reiya

‘…Of all the rivalries in the world of sports over the years, perhaps none has become so legendary as that of Russian figure skater Viktor Nikiforov and his rival, Japanese Yuuri Katsuki…’

A single event changes the course of Yuuri’s life, throwing him into a bitter rivalry with Viktor Nikiforov that spans across his entire skating career. But as the years go on, rivalry and hatred begin to develop into something very different and Yuuri doesn’t seem to be able to stay away, no matter how hard he tries.

Hatred and love are two sides of the same coin and even though everything changes, some things are still meant to be.


On My Love by RikoJasmine

For the second time, the Sochi Grand Prix Finals arrive, and with it a reborn Yuuri Katsuki. “Viktor,” Yuuri thinks over the pounding of his heart, the crowd going silent as the music begins. “I’ll show the world what you meant to me.”

Yuuri often thinks of his life as Before and After Viktor Nikiforov, the marking point being the day Viktor swept into his life and turned his world upside-down. After many years together, an accident leads to Yuuri suddenly waking up in the Before—back in Detroit, before the GPF, before he ever knew Viktor as anything other than his childhood idol.

As if it had all been just a dream.


I Wanted To Check by insatiablerealist

Yuuri is an artist, Viktor is a ballet teacher, and they find themselves sharing an apartment in Barcelona. The only problem is they speak two different languages, but despite that, they fall in love.

Love Actually AU based on the Colin Firth/language barrier storyline, you don’t need to know the movie to get the story. The setting etc is all changed but the plot is mostly the same.


you’re like heaven to touch by lazulisong

“Is this because I let you watch American movies as a child,” says Yakov flatly. “The ones where the popular boy gives his coat to the pretty girl?”

Victor puts up both eyebrows in a delicately mocking gesture that was unbearable when he was a fey creature of sixteen and makes Yakov yearn to clip him around the ears now, when he’s twenty-eight. “'Let’ me?” he says.


5 Lessons on Sexuality Victor Taught Yuuri (+1 Lesson Yuuri Taught Victor) by angel_kink

Whether Victor realized it or not, he taught Yuuri many valuable things about sexuality. But Yuuri had a lesson for Victor as well.


Move Close by SigmundFreud

Now fully awake Victor could feel his morning wood pressing against his lover’s ass. Damn. He wondered if Yuuri would be upset if he woke the student up for a short love making session before work and school.


the distance between our fingers by awkwardedgeworth

If Otabek were a bystander, he would see Victor Nikiforov being a ruthless coach, raising his voice at Yuri’s less than stellar free leg, It’s a normal occurrence, the older retired skater pointing out areas Yuri can work on.

But Otabek is not a bystander, and he sees the glint of a golden ring from Victor’s right hand, slipped around his ring finger like a reminder.

A reminder that Victor, estranged with nowhere else to go, was picked up by Yuri and Yakov to go back to Russia so he can have a semblance of a life back.

A life without Yuuri Katsuki.


I see the universe in your eyes by fangirlandiknowit

Before Yuuri realizes what’s happening, he’s been kissed by Viktor Nikiforov.

It’s a small kiss, but Viktor’s lips are soft and dry, brushing over his slow enough that he can feel the tingle of it for minutes afterwards.

It was a kiss, and-

If Yuuri wins, he can ask for another.

Maybe more than one, even.

(Maybe he’ll ask for as many kisses as there are stars in the universe.)



The Grass is Dead by ztellar

It had been two days since the house next door had been moved into, and today, Saturday, it seemed that whoever was going to live there had finally moved in themself. It was all anyone in the neighborhood would talk about, Morooka had even stopped by for a surprise visit so that he, Phichit, and Yuuri could watch their new neighbor from Yuuri’s kitchen window.


The only cue of someone even living in the house was the chitter of a sprinkler in both the front and back lawn.


“He’s got a pretty nice looking car, from here,” Morooka commented.


“Yeah but who has a nice car and moves into a shady house?” Phichit retorted, his question seemingly rhetorical. After a beat of silence he made a tch sound and cocked a hip, “Only pimps or rich kids running from their super sad and oppressive lives, that’s who.”


An Alternate Payment Scheme by exclamation

Yuri and Victor never did discuss what Victor’s coaching fees would be. When Yuri brings the subject up again, Victor has some interesting ideas.



Hell No by LoveActually_rps

Would you tell anyone when you accidentally learn that the person you adore the most and the person you hate the most are actually soulmates? Hell no! [– a novel by Yuri Plisetsky]


Buy 1, Get 50% Off by ayyyywhatsup

Yuuri is just a 21 yr old college student who is trying to win at life. When he gets into an argument with his roommate, Phichit, he rushes out of the apartment to make amends. The only shop he can afford is a dainty flower store in the busy city of Detroit.

Flower shop! AU


Then you should have put a ring on it by ObsidianAbyss

Recently, it’s become a trend for students to exchange rings with their significant others. Although Yuuri is very much single and uninterested, he wears a pretty ring that mostly goes unnoticed by his peers.
That is until Victor Nikiforov starts wearing an exact copy of Yuuri’s ring and flaunts it around.

Loosely based on Only the Ring Finger knows


He Did More Than Drink Till Dawn by TrashBambi (orewakei)

Viktor had spent so many nights fantasising about the Japanese man, remembering the way he’d ground against him as he begged Viktor to be his coach. 


Anything Could Happen by Creepikat

After two years Viktor and Yuuri finally get married. They rent a Hotel near Detroit, in a beautiful and snowy place. Everyone’s here. The future husbands are idiots. Phichit is a best man. Christophe too. And somehow he’s even more dashing than usual. This is gonna be a merry mess. 


To Savior by Kaishiru

“Today is all about you,” Yuuri breathed, fingers fanning out over the obvious bulge in his lover’s trousers.

In which Yuuri makes Viktor’s birthday a day he will never forget.


Mille-Feuille by hanakoto

“You-you were talking dirty, weren’t you?”

“Wow, Yuuri! How can you tell? I could be talking about eating chicken soup and you wouldn’t even know.”

Yuuri discovers that Victor is fluent in French.


Better Romance by EttaMills

Yuuri was no playboy, but he did, to people’s shock, have romantic experience before Viktor. However, it was no love story and bad memories tend to reopen old wounds.


Luckily, Viktor is more than h
appy to not only patch up those wounds, but rub a little salt in the person that caused them. 


Clap Back by EttaMills

A few months after the embarrassing Instagram incident, Yuuri had foolishly thought there would be no consequences.


However, certain hockey players learn that you can’t go after Ice Skating’s number one katsudon without dealing with the squad.


a certain playboy by fan_nerd

@v-nikiforov - The handsome playboy has returned to town. Please pay special attention to my Free Skate tomorrow. ♥♥♥

There’s no way that Victor, Yuuri’s childhood idol, could be calling Yuuri a handsome playboy, just because they’d met eyes at two skating events. Besides, a total stranger had given Yuuri the tickets. It would be totally absurd.

Yuuri frowns, turning his head on the pillow. Wouldn’t it?


Later Date by triste

“Here’s the thing, see,” Victor breezes. “Yuuri mysteriously misplaced his suppressants, so now he’ll be going into heat. It’s a terrible shame, I know, but I could never leave him to deal with this on his own. I’m his alpha, remember? And his coach. And his fiancé.”

“It’s the middle of the season!” Yakov roars. “Vitya, you can’t just–”

“See you in five days!” Victor says brightly.

Then the line goes dead.

Yakov hurls his phone at the window in impotent rage, and it actually makes a bigger dent than Yurio’s did.

“I wish people would stop doing that,” Georgi sighs.


Break the Cycle by SigmundFreud

Yuuri’s neck was bright red, matching the colors of his cheeks. His eyes were half-lidded with pupils blown wide. He could try to avoid Victor all he wanted, but standing this close to the man made Yuuri lose all rational thought. Victor was like a drug, the strongest drug Yuuri knew, and he could never reject those lips.

College AU where Yuuri is a grad student addicted to fucking his ex, and Victor is secretly suffering from heartbreak.


Russian for Dummies by cutthroatpixie

“Are you a beginner?”

Viktor was not a beginner. Viktor was the TA supposedly in charge of this study session. Viktor spoke Russian. Viktor was Russian.

“Sure!”


Strange Bedfellows by ikemegane

When Yuri’s childhood crush showed up at his door, naked, full of impossible promises, the young skater didn’t even know what to think. When Yuri somehow ends up with said childhood crush in his bed, however, his body does the thinking for him.


santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight by frolickingangels

Yuuri has a sweet, little surprise for the birthday boy.


Consequences of Jetlag by paintstroke

The morning after Yuuri arrives in St. Petersburg he decides that this might be his one chance to wake Viktor up however he wants…

Shameless fluffy smut, PWP.

Japan is 6 hours ahead of St. Petersburg.


We’ll Remember These Nights by Cornflower

“You look just like the poster in my room,” Yuuri slurred, barely holding himself up in Viktor’s arms, “but you have more clothes on.” He giggled. The words hit Viktor hard, and he didn’t know how much more his weak gay heart could handle. He barely even noticed Yakov leaving the room with his head cradled in his hands.

Or in other words, what really went down at the banquet last year, and what that meant for them now.


So that’s it for now! I’ll update this from time to time but here are some of the fics I found  ╰(◡‿◡✿╰)

Remember to give kudos to the authors!

UPDATED!! (January 02, 2017)

((I know that I didn’t really add a lot but I promise I still have some that I’m going to post, I just feel really lazy atm (▰˘◡˘▰) haha whoops. I thought about making the updated fics into a separate post, sort of like a part two but eh, I decided no to. If there are some repeats from the earlier fics I rec’d let me know so that I can edit it out and also, if you want to submit a fic, please do!   ◕‿◕ ))

Why We Need to Appreciate Padmé Amidala

In spirit of #SWisagirlthingtoo making its way around Twitter, I thought now would be the perfect time to make a post I’ve been wanting to write for a while. Star Wars up until recently has not given much attention to its heroines, perhaps with the exception of the iconic Princess and General Leia Organa. It is incredibly sad that it has taken this long for the franchise to realise that characters such as Leia, Padmé and Rey (as well as the many animated heroines we have met such as Ahsoka and Hera) have been and will forever continue to be definitive factors in the way many girls have and will grow up.

When it comes to Star Wars, I loved Leia and I love Rey, but they are both not the heroine I connected with. I connected with former Queen and then Senator Padmé Amidala from the highly criticised (although increasingly less so) prequels and then again in the animated series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Any Padmé fan knows that loving her as a character most often means you’ll often be told that in the end she did ‘nothing but cry over Anakin’ or is in no way comparable to her daughter, you’ll find it frustrating that no reference is made to her at all following Episode III and you’ll know that she has little to no presence in merchandising even when you are more than willing to throw coins down Disney’s way for her.

But Padmé deserves to overcome all of the above. Padmé constantly has to battle against both what people expected her to be (arguably a Leia clone) and the often restrictive and limiting definitions of what makes a “strong female character”, especially in pop culture. Regardless, here is why Padmé is such an underappreciated and amazing character.

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Jon and Dany's relationship Explaination

From reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/freefolk/comments/6vpsrm/jon_and_dany_relationship_explanation/

u/solomon585858 Aug 24, 2017, 2:49 AM
I found this comment on YouTube and thought it would’ve been a waste not to post it here:

I’ve seen alot of comments lately that Jon and Danys romantic relationship is rushed, forced and/or pure fanfiction. I think these statements are wrong and that their relationship is actually one of the better, if not the best written and developed romantic relationship in the series. I’m gonna break down why I think so - beware, long f*cking post ahead:

So, how when exactly does Dany and Jon start having feelings for eachother and why? First off, it’s worth noting that time passes off-screen as well. Sansa tells us that Jon as been gone “for weeks”. We don’t know exactly how many, it could be 3, or 7. Point is that the show leaves plenty of time for Dany and Jon to actually develop feeling for each other, it’s nothing that happens over the course of 2 days. If you’re around someone you like for several weeks, chances are that you will start having romantic feelings for said person.

It’s also worth noting that both of these characters repress their feelings and do their best to hide it from the other. Jon is better at repressing his emotions because of his personality. He has a strong sense of duty and purpose, and probably the highest willpower in Westeros, and in his mind, the nr.1 goal is to defeat the Night King. Unlike Robb, Jon won’t let love distract him. This is shown in the series as well, because we know for a fact that Dany and Jon love each other by the end of episode 5, and Dany has already cracked down and done two attempts (albeit half-heartedly) to show Jon her feelings for him by this point. He doesn’t reciprocate her advances though (he still manages to repress his feelings), which she interprets that he doesn’t love her. I actually believe that Dany was sincere when she said that “Jon Snow doesn’t love me” to Tyrion in episode 6, she truly believed that he didn’t at that point.

So how did it all progress? We start in episode 3 with their first meeting. It doesn’t start well, and it shouldn’t. Dany does her usual “Submit to me, I’m the rightful Queen”-speech wich usually makes people either threaten or submit to her. Jon does neither, which she finds intriguing. She doesn’t like him at this point, but she doesn’t dislike him either. Jon on the other hand, shows some seriously bad diplomatic skills, which Tyrion points out later in the episode, but he’s never rude or disrespects her, even when he asks if he’s her prisoner now. By this point, both know that the other have been trough various stages of hell before they came here.

In the next scene, they talk alone. Unsurprisingly, they find it easier to talk to eachother when there’s not a room full of people watching them. There’s some more disagreements, but Dany takes the first step at improving their relationship with the Dragonglass, and Jon can barely hide his surprise. Dany get’s curious about Jons comment regarding him not liking what he’s good at (which is a trowback to what Ser Barristan Selmy told Dany about her brother Rhaegar earlier: He was good at killing, but he never liked it) and throws a curious glance at Jons back when he leaves. End of episode 3 - They are friendly to eachother, and both are curious about the other. Not really any romance worth mentioning going on as of yet.

In episode 4 their relationship improves further. Dany trusts Jon enough at this point to leave her guards behind, and why shouldn’t she? He’s never been hostile to her. In the cave Dany’s resolve weakens somewhat when she see’s the paintings. She still wants Jon to submit, but now she’s trying to reason with him instead of simply demanding that he submits. Jon brings up why he can’t bend the knee for the first time, instead of just saying that he won’t. We also get to see Jon showing some feelings for Dany at the first time during this scene, when he eyes her constantly every time she looks away or looks at the wallpaintings. Davos brings this up later in the episode, and Jon doesn’t deflect but freely admits that he is eyeing her out. He also states that there’s no time for that kind of relationship with Dany.

After the cave-scene Dany looses her temper with Tyrion when he brings the bad news. It’s debatable if she’s being unfair to Tyrion, but he is her hand and it was his plans that went to hell. Surprisingly, Dany turns to Jon for advice, and he not only gives her good advice, he also manages to soothe her firey temper. Jons ice soothes Danys fire. Quite beautiful in a way. End of episode 4 - Relationship improves. They are not just friendly to eachother, but they now trust eachother. Both have at this point secretly shown interest in the other. No romance, but something is definitely growing.

In episode 5 things are starting to happen, and we get to see Dany having real feelings for Jon during this episode, even if she barely acts on them. Dany is clearly affected by Drogon and Jon having a moment. She’s surprised and intrigued by what happens, and finds it very attracting. This has been confirmed by the showwriters and Emilia Clarke if it wasn’t already obvious in the show; Dany got attracted to Jon in this scene. During their smalltalk later Jon is eying Dany out again, and what could’ve been a somewhat intimate moment about Jon having been killed and reborn is halted by Ser Jorah Friendzone, first of his name.

In the next scene, Dany is for the first time, albeit not intentionally, open about her feelings for Jon. Both Tyrion and Jorah picks up on this. She clearly doesn’t want Jon to leave, especially not on what is essentially a suicide mission. She does a half-hearted attempt at preventing his departure. In episode 3, she would’ve forcefully prevented him from leaving, but now in episode 5, her feelings for Jon have changed drastically. If anything, she seems to approve of Jon telling her that he doesn’t need her permission to do anything. She’s a Queen, but he’s a King. We know that Dany is attracted to strong men who treat her with respect and as an equal. No more attempts at making Jon bend the knee.

During the third and last scene in episode 5, Dany actually opens up to Jon about how she likes having him around. Jon does not reciprocate her feelings however (he probably wants to, but as we know, he’s telling himself that he doesn’t have time for a romance right now) and she wrongly interprets this as a sign that he doesn’t have any romantic feelings for her. Again, I think Dany was 100% sincere in episode 6 when she thought that “Jon Snow isn’t in love with me”. Up to this point, Jon has only shown his romantic feelings for Daenerys when she isn’t looking. How can she know? End of Episode 5 - Friendly relationship has grown into the start of a romantic relationship. Dany is clearly having romantic feelings for Jon at this point and can barely repress them. Jon has feelings for Dany as well, but unlike her, he can still repress them and hasn’t shown them yet.

Now, I’m not gonna delve deep into episode 6, since with all that’s happened during episode 3,4,5 and that happens during episode 6, I’d say the emotional development between Dany an Jon makes 100% sense. Dany’s feelings are obvious at this point (even if she tries to deflect them when Tyrion prods her), and when she flies north she is totally in love with Jon. Jon likewise finally cracks down in the end. Amazing what another near-death experience can do to your emotions right?

Their feelings for eachother at this point makes sense; they have alot of things in common (que mandatory “including genes”-joke,). They’ve both had a long and arduous journey to get to this point. Both have followers who follow them, not out of fear, but out of respect and love. Both have strong feelings on how to rule for the betterment of the people. Both have been reborn in a way, and both have suffered greatly but managed to come back. Both are considered special by the people around them, and in eachother they meet a person who treats them like no one else has ever done before:

Jon likes strong women, and Dany is by far the strongest (both in terms of willpower, determination and actual power) he’s ever met. He likes that Dany, like himself, is willing to do things the hard way if it’s the right way, and that she ultimately came to his aid when he needed it the most, even if she didn’t have to. She put her money where her mouth is and he’s clearly attracted to her and the stories surrounding her as well, but he won’t admit it.

Dany on the other hand is used to the fact that most strong men she meet either try to trample on her, take advantage of her, or simply care about her for her power and beauty. Que Jon Snow, elected King who treats her with nothing but respect, and as an absolute equal and who shares her view on ruling (people come first.) He also doesn’t seem to care about her due to her power and beauty (unlike Daario who only cared about Dany because of her power and good looks). All of these are qualities that she finds intriguing. Jon pose a “challenge” for her in a whole new way; he won’t submit but he won’t relent. Then add the fact that Jon for some “mysterious” reason can pet and be near her dragons, which no other man has ever been able to and the attraction makes total sense.

The culmination of their relation as of episode 6, and in my opinion the most beautiful thing in their relation so far, is how Jon metaphorically bends the knee in a situation where it’s pointless for him to do so.

This shows how much Jon actually loves and believes in her at this stage. He doesn’t bend the knee out of a strategical advantage or in order to get her support anymore, he does it out of pure respect and love for a woman who was willing to risk everything in order to help and save him and his men, even if she didn’t believe in him at first.

Their love is mutual, beautiful, logical and not a single bit forced. By far the best romantic relation portrayed in this show so far. Jon is Ice, Dany is Fire, and this is the Song of Ice and Fire.

MCL: Candy’s Well Being

WARNING: SPOILERS AND LONG-ish RANT

Soooooo, I’m not quite sure if anyone else has talked about this yet or not in the fandom but I want to address it. I’m concerned for Candy’s well Being. More specifically her mental health.

Originally posted by penultimxte

Everywhere I look people are talking theories for the upcoming episode 37. The new character, what will happen with the twins, how Kentin is connected to the twins contact for info on their late birth parents, and a little mention of how we’ll more than likely be helping Lucy with something. But one thing I haven’t seen anyone talk about is what Candy is going through.

During the whole investigation on who was terrorizing Iris, Candy decided to sneak out of the house late at night twice to help catch the mystery offender, and was confronted by her mother after the second attempt. Then there was the shock of Armin being arrested for unknown reasons to her and others at the time after the culprit was found. During this time, Amber discovers Candy is dating and outs their ‘secret’ relationship to the whole school. Later, Candy is caught in the middle of Armin and Alexy fighting about whether Armin’s hacking into a database to find their birth parents was harmless or harmful. Then Alexy wants to call the number Armin found to find out about their birth parents, Lucy calls her out of the blue saying how she wanted to stay at Candy’s house again because things weren’t going great between her and her mom, Candy finds out with the twins that their parents died when they were infants and comforts Armin who takes it really hard. Then she’s roped into joining them in meeting some stranger who can tell them more. Finals are coming up and she’s having trouble focusing in class. She still hasn’t told her parents she’s been dating someone for about a month now. She’s also had trouble sleeping the past few nights during all this within the last episode or two and she mentions her stomach feeling like it’s in knots. She is trying to balance having a relationship with her boyfriend while simultaneously trying to help her friends, which has been happening in a rapid domino effect lately (Iris, Armin, Alexy, Lucy), has been trying to keep up her grades, and is constantly avoiding telling her parents anything (because you know, parents would never understand what it’s like to be a teenager rolls eyes from so much sarcasm). Side note: Of course they won’t understand if they’re kept in the dark about her life outside their home! They need to know what’s been going on in order to “UNDERSTAND”.

All of this took place within the last 3 episodes, which was only several days, maybe 2 weeks time for Candy. That’s a lot to deal with. And she’s stretching herself thin and stressing herself out without realizing it. I’m afraid she’s going to have a meltdown after we get through the twins and maybe Lucy’s ordeal. Something is going to push her over the edge and she’ll just snap. And it will cause her classmates, teachers, and parents to become alarmed/concerned for her.

But you know what, I want her to. I want Candy to voice her frustrations openly and admit she’s had enough. I want her to breakdown in front of her parents at home and tell them everything that she’s been bottling up for so long. Everything that’s been going on. Her sneaking out to help Iris in the middle of the night (which was fucking stupid and dangerous), her actually dating someone for a while and why she didn’t tell them, her involvement with her friends in their personal matters, her putting the whole world (her world) on her shoulders and trying to bare it all in silent suffering, all of it!

What she really needs is a break. Some breathing room after getting it all off her chest. Candy has been so busy worrying about/getting involved with everyone else in her class that she forgot to take care of her own well being/mental state. I’m really, REALLY hoping that once we get done with the twins and Lucy, there will be an episode or two of the others taking care of her for a change. She deserves it.

What do you all think?

anonymous asked:

How diffrent is show Davos from book Davos ?

I have been sitting on this one for a while. Pardon the wait, anon? This deserved more than a few lines.

Initially, not so much. Davos was one of the better-adapted characters right through season four, with many of his scenes capturing the spirit of the character even as the plot showed signs of broader misinterpretation in adaptation. What few problems I had were, for the most part, directly caused by the poor understanding of Stannis’ character.

And then, in season five, show!Davos started to go off the rails.

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Just stumbled upon this on youtube and wanted to share it with you guys:

I’ve seen alot of comments lately that Jon and Danys romantic relationship is rushed, forced and/or pure fanfiction. I think these statements are wrong and that their relationship is actually one of the better, if not the best written and developed romantic relationship in the series. I’m gonna break down why I think so:

So, how when exactly does Dany and Jon start having feelings for eachother and why?

First off, it’s worth noting that time passes off-screen as well. Sansa tells us that Jon as been gone “for weeks”. We don’t know exactly how many, it could be 3, or 7. Point is that the show leaves plenty of time for Dany and Jon to actually develop feeling for each other, it’s nothing that happens over the course of 2 days. If you’re around someone you like for several weeks, chances are that you will start having romantic feelings for said person.

It’s also worth noting that both of these characters repress their feelings and do their best to hide it from the other. Jon is better at repressing his emotions because of his personality. He has a strong sense of duty and purpose, and probably the highest willpower in Westeros, and in his mind, the nr.1 goal is to defeat the Night King. Unlike Robb, Jon won’t let love distract him. This is shown in the series as well, because we know for a fact that Dany and Jon love each other by the end of episode 5, and Dany has already cracked down and done two attempts (albeit half-heartedly) to show Jon her feelings for him by this point. He doesn’t reciprocate her advances though (he still manages to repress his feelings), which she interprets that he doesn’t love her. I actually believe that Dany was sincere when she said that “Jon Snow doesn’t love me” to Tyrion in episode 6, she truly believed that he didn’t at that point.

So how did it all progress?

We start in episode 3 with their first meeting. It doesn’t start well, and it shouldn’t. Dany does her usual “Submit to me, I’m the rightful Queen”-speech wich usually makes people either threaten or submit to her. Jon does neither, which she finds intriguing. She doesn’t like him at this point, but she doesn’t dislike him either. Jon on the other hand, shows some seriously bad diplomatic skills, which Tyrion points out later in the episode, but he’s never rude or disrespects her, even when he asks if  he’s her prisoner now. By this point, both know that the other have been trough various stages of hell before they came here.

In the next scene, they talk alone. Unsurprisingly, they find it easier to talk to eachother when there’s not a room full of people watching them. There’s some more disagreements, but Dany takes the first step at improving their relationship with the Dragonglass, and Jon can barely hide his surprise. Dany get’s curious about Jons comment regarding him not liking what he’s good at (which is a trowback to what Ser Barristan Selmy told Dany about her brother Rhaegar earlier: He was good at killing, but he never liked it) and throws a curious glance at Jons back when he leaves.

End of episode 3 - They are friendly to eachother, and both are curious about the other. Not really any romance worth mentioning going on as of yet.

In episode 4 their relationship improves further. Dany trusts Jon enough at this point to leave her guards behind, and why shouldn’t she? He’s never been hostile to her. In the cave Dany’s resolve weakens somewhat when she see’s the paintings. She still wants Jon to submit, but now she’s trying to reason with him instead of simply demanding that he submits. Jon brings up why he can’t bend the knee for the first time, instead of just saying that he won’t. We also get to see Jon showing some feelings for Dany at the first time during this scene, when he eyes her constantly every time she looks away or looks at the wallpaintings. Davos brings this up later in the episode, and Jon doesn’t deflect but freely admits that he is eyeing her out. He also states that there’s no time for that kind of relationship with Dany.

After the cave-scene Dany looses her temper with Tyrion when he brings the bad news. It’s debatable if she’s being unfair to Tyrion, but he is her hand and it was his plans that went to hell. Surprisingly, Dany turns to Jon for advice, and he not only gives her good advice, he also manages to soothe her firey temper. Jons ice soothes Danys fire. Quite beautiful in a way.

End of episode 4 - Relationship improves. They are not just friendly to eachother, but they now trust eachother. Both have at this point secretly shown interest in the other. No romance, but something is definitely growing.

In episode 5 things are starting to happen, and we get to see Dany having real feelings for Jon during this episode, even if she barely acts on them. Dany is clearly affected by Drogon and Jon having a moment.  She’s surprised and intrigued by what happens, and finds it very attracting.  This has been confirmed by the showwriters and Emilia Clarke if it wasn’t already obvious in the show; Dany got attracted to Jon in this scene. During their smalltalk later Jon is eying Dany out again, and what could’ve been a somewhat intimate moment about Jon having been killed and reborn is halted by Ser Jorah Friendzone, first of his name.

In the next scene, Dany is for the first time, albeit not intentionally, open about her feelings for Jon. Both Tyrion and Jorah picks up on this. She clearly doesn’t want Jon to leave, especially not on what is essentially a suicide mission. She does a half-hearted attempt at preventing his departure. In episode 3, she would’ve forcefully prevented him from leaving, but now in episode 5, her feelings for Jon have changed drastically. If anything, she seems to approve of Jon telling her that he doesn’t need her permission to do anything. She’s a Queen, but he’s a King. We know that Dany is attracted to strong men who treat her with respect and as an equal. No more attempts at making Jon bend the knee.

During the third and last scene in episode 5, Dany actually opens up to Jon about how she likes having him around. Jon does not reciprocate her feelings however (he probably wants to, but as we know, he’s telling himself that he doesn’t have time for a romance right now) and she wrongly interprets this as a sign that he doesn’t have any romantic feelings for her. Again, I think Dany was 100% sincere in episode 6 when she thought that “Jon Snow isn’t in love with me”. Up to this point, Jon has only shown his romantic feelings for Daenerys when she isn’t looking. How can she know?

End of Episode 5 - Friendly relationship has grown into the start of a romantic relationship. Dany is clearly having romantic feelings for Jon at this point and can barely repress them. Jon has feelings for Dany as well, but unlike her, he can still repress them and hasn’t shown them yet.

Now, I’m not gonna delve deep into episode 6, since with all that’s happened during episode 3,4,5 and that happens during episode 6, I’d say the emotional development between Dany an Jon  makes 100% sense. Dany’s feelings are obvious at this point (even if she tries to deflect them when Tyrion prods her), and when she flies north she is totally in love with Jon. Jon likewise finally cracks down in the end of episode 6. Amazing what another near-death experience can do to your emotions right?

Their feelings for eachother at this point makes sense; they have alot of things in common (copy-past mandatory “including genes”-joke,). They’ve both had a long and arduous journey to get to this point. Both have followers who follow them, not out of fear, but out of respect and love. Both have strong feelings on how to rule for the betterment of the people. Both have been reborn in a way, and both have suffered greatly but managed to come back. Both are considered special by the people around them, and in eachother they meet a person who treats them like no one else has ever done before:

- Jon likes strong women, and Dany is by far the strongest (both in terms of willpower, determination and actual power) he’s ever met. He likes that Dany, like himself, is willing to do things the hard way if it’s the right way, and that she ultimately came to his aid when he needed it the most, even if she didn’t have to.  She put her money where her mouth is and he’s clearly attracted to her and the stories surrounding her as well, but he won’t admit it.

- Dany on the other hand is used to the fact that most strong men she meet either try to trample on her, take advantage of her, or simply care about her for her power and beauty. Que Jon Snow, elected King who treats her with nothing but respect, and as an absolute equal and who shares her view on ruling (people come first.) He also doesn’t seem to care about her due to her power and beauty (unlike Daario who only cared about Dany because of her power and good looks). All of these are qualities that she finds intriguing. Jon pose a “challenge” for her in a whole new way; he won’t submit but he won’t relent. Then add the fact that Jon for some “mysterious” reason can pet and be near her dragons, which no other man has ever been able to and the attraction makes total sense.

The culmination of their relation as of episode 6, and in my opinion the most beautiful thing in their relation so far, is how Jon metaphorically bends the knee in a situation where it’s pointless for him to do so.

This shows how much Jon actually loves and believes in her at this stage.

He doesn’t bend the knee out of a strategical advantage or in order to get her support anymore, he does it out of pure respect and love for a woman who was willing to risk everything in order to help and save him and his men, even if she didn’t believe in him at first.

Their love is mutual, beautiful, logical and not a single bit forced. By far the best romantic relation portrayed in this show so far.

Arrow Moves To Thursdays

Woke up to this article today and my TL looked like:

Arrow is moving to Thursday nights at 9 pm next fall for their sixth season. Reactions varied from chill to… not. Do I think this is a bad thing? No, I don’t. 

Allow me to preface this post by saying this: I’ve been talking about Arrow’s ratings and The CW network since I started this blog. Long before there was ever a ratings drop, my opinion was that The CW has a different business model than the other networks. If you cannot accept that The CW’s profitability is not based on live ratings, then this is not the blog for you. You don’t have to take my word for it. Stephen Amell confirmed it at HVFF Chicago. Mark Pedowitz has spoken about it.  I’ve done my research on this folks. They are structured differently than the Big Four. It’s just facts. (X) 

Yes, I was surprised by the move mostly because I had grown complacent about Arrow on Wednesday night. Wasn’t expecting it. I am no expert, but I’m happy to share my thoughts. I’ll talk about what I like about the move. Then we’ll shift to concerns.

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Let’s Talk About That Sensational Show, Shall We?

It is not without bitterness that I wish to talk about the second season of Sense8 and about the show in general.

As we all know, Netflix announced a few days ago that the show would not be back for a third season, as of now without explanation.

When I watched the first season, it took me until episode three to actually get into the story and wanting to understand it better. And then of course the end of episode four happened, and I fell in love and finished the first season in a couple of sleepless nights.

I was so excited when it was announced that we would get a 2016 Christmas special, to help make the waiting more bearable. I will admit that after watching it for the first time, I felt unsatisfied, I expected more, because even though it was a two-hour special, it did not move the story forward – in fact, it felt like two hours of stagnation without proper development, despite of course a wonderful directing and soundtrack. Nevertheless, I was still happy because we got some new Sense8.

When the second season got released exactly one month ago on Netflix, I dedicated two days to watching the episodes and I was not disappointed at all.

I thought Lana Wachowski did a tremendous job, especially when knowing that her sister Lilly withdrew from the project and she had to manage practically everything on her own. I cannot pick one or even two favourite episodes simply because each one contains significant and epic lines, scenes or shots. I, however picked a few favourite scenes, which are the following:
- As the Christmas special is part of the second season, I picked the Birthday Party simply because we were, once again, shown how powerful the bond of the Sensates is, and that even though they are eight individuals, they are also “a we” and “one”.
- All of the fighting scenes involving Sun, particularly the ones when she – and subsequently the whole cluster almost died from hanging. It felt so intense I think I stopped breathing with them. I also loved the cemetery scene when she was challenging Detective Mun. They are Ying and Yang, Sun and Moon, and it is beautiful to see Sun finally being challenged and admired by a man for who she is, knowing how badly she suffered from misogynist behaviours in her corporate life.


- The montage of Wolfgang visiting the cluster to “ask for help” his own way before meeting with Lila Facchini, a Sensate from Italy who is somehow obsessed with him and will not leave him be. He is the least talkative of the cluster, and one thing I love is that they know each other so well that one does not need to voice their concerns in order to be understood, especially someone as manly as Wolfgang who would never expressly ask for help.
- The Protests montage between India/Kenya/Amanita being car chased in San Francisco. It was probably the second most tense-filled moment of the season when I actually wondered: “Is someone about to get hurt seriously?” I honestly thought something would happen to Amanita, but knowing how important she is and the value she brings to Nomi’s cluster, I knew this could not actually happen.
- Nomi’s father standing up in front of the FBI agent saying “Take your hands off my daughter”. Six words that made me tear up and still give me chills when rewatching the scene, simply because there are many transgendered, and more generally, LGBTQ people in the world, struggling to be accepted by those they love. It was empowering and truly a lesson of acceptance.

I could pick many and many others such as the moments involving our unstoppable epic trios Will-Sun-Wolfgang/Lito-Dani-Hernando, but those are the five moments that echoed the most. 

As a hopeless romantic, I loved the significant development of Kala and Wolfgang’s relationship at the end of the season. I was worried when I saw that they kept them on the backburner with few scenes compared to the other romantic pairings, but then it slowly progressed, even though I got a little bored with Kala’s indecisiveness which, inevitably, would have hurt both of the men, had she not taken a decision (Pretending isn’t a life, right?).

I also loved the scenes between Will and Riley, clearly showing that the romantic bond is heightened when they are together physically. I definitely consider them the ‘parents’ of the cluster.

As Wolfgang and Kala were finally and officially together and ready for the next step, which was hopping on a plane and meeting in Paris (thank you Rajan for buying her an apartment in one of the most romantic cities in the world), Lila had other plans for Wolfie and sold him to Whispers, who had him captured and tortured by the Biologic Preservation Organisation. The season ended with the seven members of the cluster being finally together in the flesh in London, on a mission to save Wolfgang.

Now, let’s address the elephant in the room – Netflix officially announced that Sense8 would not be back for a third season. Although there has not been an official explanation, Brian J. Smith aka Will, implied that the show was too expensive to produce and the number of viewers was not enough to support such a big global production.

From a financial perspective, it is justified, from a moral one, not so much, especially knowing the huge impact it had on people globally. Among the eight characters there is at least one you can identify with. Not only that, but cancelling it when it ended on a big cliffhanger, but also while being introduced to other members of clusters around the world calls for at least a big movie to conclude, if not a full season to explore the story of Homo Sensoriums deeper. Besides, now that the members of our favourite cluster are all together in London, the filming location could be reduced to Europe.

I consider Sense8 more than a simple show. Besides being ambitious, diverse and inclusive, it is bold, it touches upon subjects that might be uncomfortable to talk about, but still are important to discuss. It also brings many stereotypes to light, and uses those to twist them and turn them into something we would not have expected but works so well. In the current tense political and societal landscapes, it is important to remind people that diversity is what makes us rich from the inside.

Could Sense8 be the first show saved by Netflix? 


While waiting for an official explanation, there is a widely spread petition which has been signed by +400,000 fans from across the world, and it has been launched less than a week ago so it is not crazy to believe it could reach half a million by the end of the week.
In the meantime, you can still stream the 23 episodes of Sense8, and if you are not watching it yet, maybe this will help you decide.

 WHY IS NO ONE TALKING ABOUT THIS PICTURE?

So this picture created and posted by RustyBean_ on Twitter and was one of the images for Mark’s week-long taunting before the videos aired.

If this is visually accurate, that’s her left hand. If the artist knows more than we do about the full backstory:

There’s no ring on that finger intentionally. Did she take it off? Who is she actually married to?

There are 3 choices: Mark, Damien, or The Colonel. Stick with me.

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radical-bears  asked:

So proud of Danny in the Defenders... He was my favorite. His fights were a huge improvement from his show, I loved them all! What do you think about Danny this season?

    Danny was a rockstar in this show. As Daredevil bloggers, we’re contractually obligated to say that Matt was our favorite… but well… we loved every second of Danny’s journey, and the wait for Season 2 is going to be very long indeed. We really enjoyed the fights in Iron Fist, but we agree that they were awesome in The Defenders– particularly with the addition of those glorious Luke/Danny tag-teams! If you don’t mind, we’re going to take this as an excuse to do a deep dive into Danny’s Defenders arc.

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📰 New Interview with Cait

Caitriona has talked to “La Nación” Magazine (an Argentinian Magazine) about Outlander. It’s a new interview and she says really lovely things. The interview is in Spanish but I’ve tried to translate it. Sorry for the mistakes, I hope it’s more or less understandable. 😂😂😂😂😂

“This season has been really interesting to me because it has brought me new challenges as an actress. The complicated Claire-Frank relationship is one of the main plots of this season. Tobias (Menzies) and I have always enjoyed working together. Claire has experienced so much suffering, but now she is pregnant and she has no choice but to really try to build a positive and happy life for herself and her daughter. She can not indulge in misery and self-pity. I love the fact of playing someone older, I mean, one of Claire’s main aspects this season is that she’s set aside a big part of her.”

Journalist: The incredible thing about Claire is that beyond her great love for Jamie, she is always trying to find meaning in her life. Is Claire going to have a profession or some other purpose in life when returning to the eighteenth century? (We know she took some tools and medicines like penicillin as she prepared herself to return to the past).

Caitriona: “Yes, yes, that’s a good question!” Of course I think that’s an integral part of who Claire is. She is someone with a vocation, and I think she needs healing others and it’s part of her DNA. She needs to try to help people. There is a great episode where we see her use all the knowledge she gained by studying to be a doctor and trying to implement all that with the limited resources that exist in the eighteenth century. I personally always love it when it comes to doing scenes in which we see Claire as a doctor or a healer because it is a fundamental part of who she is.”

J: Outlander has been acclaimed as a feminist series, both in her treatment of the sex and sexuality of women as well as by Claire’s character. In several interviews, you said that Claire is an out-of-season woman. How are you going to fix it being now a woman of the 60s and with a greater mental and cultural gap?

C: “Well, in many ways the reason I say she is a timeless woman is because no matter where she is, she always asks for the same respect, justice and equality. So whether it’s in the 60’s, in the 40’s or again in the seventeenth century is the same. She will always defend those who are not in a position of power. She will always try to care for those who are in a vulnerable situation or position. And she will always say what she thinks, even when she returns to the twentieth century and finds herself with misogyny and discrimination.”

J: How was it for you and the rest of the cast to see Menzies leaving the show?

C: “We are all very sad to see him leaving the show. Obviously, we’ve worked closely the relationship between Frank and Claire, and also, but in a totally different way, the relationship between Black Jack and Claire. And the same with Sam and him. He has been a fundamental part in our show and he has contributed so much with these two so different characters. He is a talented actor and a very dear friend. So we’re really going to miss him, but our friendship will last even if the characters are gone.”

J: In this season, there are two new characters: Roger and, of course, your daughter, Brianna. Are we going to see more of them after Claire returns with Jamie? And what about Frank?

C: Fans will definitely see more of Brianna and Roger. I love them and I’m very excited about this season. They’re really going to see how the relationship between Claire and her daughter grows. Now that Claire has managed to get honest with her, the bond is stronger. I think Brianna has to deal with lots of things after she realizes that her two parents lied to her for so long, but the relationship between them will be deeper. And Roger is going to be there too. With Frank I do not know if there are any other plans at the moment. Yes I know later in the books there are more flashbacks of how Brianna’s life was with Frank and stuff like that, so I guess there’s always the possibility that maybe in season 5 or 6, if we get that far, we can bring Frank back. I think it would be great, but there are no plans for it that I know of.

We’ve been one of the privileged few in Latin America who have been able to chat a little with Balfe, who is as sweet and courteous as we imagined, and who says goodbye to everyone in Spanish, English and Portuguese. Not without before explaining to us what this role has meant to her, despite being in constant filming and trips (this season had approximately ten months of filming and included locations like South Africa).

“We had a lot of fun on set, we all love the show and this character has been a real gift and a dream to me, so all this makes the time fly, although you do not realize it because you’re having a great time.”

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My Check, Please! Survey Paper has finally been completed (and graded 0_0)

thank you again to all the contributors, some of the stuff you guys wrote genuinely made me cry. the way you all opened up about your feelings and life experiences just reminds me why we all love this comic so much. 

the good news is… i got a 95%!!! and my professor recommended that since this paper had a 5 page limit (i still wrote 6 *cough* nerd *cough*) i should revisit the topic for a senior seminar paper once i have the chance to do some even more extensive research!! remind me again how i lucked out into a major that allows me to do research papers on our gay hockey hell?

anyway, i *THINK* i have everyone on this list (except for a few people who for some reason i wasn’t able to tag and will be DMing), so if i forgot anyone i am incredibly sorry and i still appreciate you!!! here’s the list of bloggers who answered my survey questions, and the paper is below the read more. let me know what you guys think, and what i should talk about in my next paper! 

@des-zimbits, @itsacpsideblog, @omgpieplease, @tdkeh, @bittysbetterbootybureau, @ittybittyzimmermann, @thehockeyhaus, @kent-parsons-cowlick, @star-of-the-anime, @ladymajavader, @tahleeur, @thatlittleauberginebitch, @accidentallyblah, @emilyisabadger, @freelancertexas, @dragonsspire, @piesandfalcs, @long-live-the-crystal-princess, @cryingfandomtrash, @irritatedismymiddlename, @miscgays, @myonetruebutt, @beejohnlocked, @chilldexie, @striffyisme, @tomuchfangirling, @silverthroatednightingale, @taeldonkyriin, @cabeswaterswolf, @mycroftholmesiscuteaf, @offbrandratatouillemovie, @welcometothebakaparade, @addicted-to-t-e-a, @whothehellisjessicajones, @oonabashed, @blushing-bumblebee, @fancychopsticks, @melancholydandelion, @dauphinedolphin, @bubblegumbaseballboy, @ravenofathena, @believememylove, @bittybaking, @enzoctopus, @thequeerkhaleesi, @earthbender-nursey, @jewishtango, @wetwellie, @sadquebecois, @peypeymh, @awfulruby, @mkaybuddy, @redporkpadthai, @jazzisabatmanfan, @connor-mcbaevid, @klimpaloon-loves-superwholock, @eve-baird, @bakingsouthernbelle, @ohjustletmewriteinpeace, @omg-bannana

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Grey’s Anatomy 14x04 Review

Let’s start with the nonessential, could have been left out, made me wish I could fast forward scenes commentary:

The New Interns

Wow, we spent several minutes looking at interns who were all there for comedic relief and would never be hired. There is not one intern who is being hired from the many the writers chose to show on-screen. So, waste of time. Also, not very funny either… Kind of repetitive considering old storylines (i.e.; Cristina interviewing candidates).

Richard and Catherine

Does Catherine enjoy being annoying? Like, she was doing more than teasing. It was insulting how she treated Richard. Yes, everyone has a past, but you don’t rub it in someone’s face to make them uncomfortable. And what was the point of their drama anyway? They had enough dinner drama without the “former lover” angle.

Jackson and Maggie

I think they could have a strong brother/sister bond. I mean, Maggie defended Jackson and he appreciated that. She was a buffer and an ally, something he’s been lacking lately. I am glad, though, that the writers shut down Jaggie as a romantic entity through Catherine’s brother/sister comment. They cannot and should not be dating. It’s too weird and uncomfortable. Also, Japril all the way. In fact, I think he was attracted or intrigued by Maggie’s rambling at the dinner because it is an April-trait. I don’t think the realization was conscious, but rather he saw in Maggie what he missed with April. 

April

I actually rather enjoyed her scenes. I am glad she returned to church, both alone and with Harriet, because her religion is important to her.  Between praying this episode and talking to Jackson last episode, she is growing into herself and finding herself post-baby (both babies). She is learning to stand up for what she needs and that is essential. Her character is worth so much more than heartbreak and being pushed around.

Megan 

Is it bad that I don’t really like the script version of Megan? I mean, first, no matter how nicely you were treated, you were still a captive. You were still harmed and kept hostage. You were cut off from your family and life is not the same from one country to the next. How can you come back near-normal? And why did she forgive Nathan so easily? Where was the doubt, the insecurity, the anger, the hurt? Besides that, she’s also very abrupt and rather mean. I don’t even say this just in terms of Amelia, but also most of people she comes into contact with. She’s short with Owen, impatient, angry, and basically calls him an idiot for marrying his wife who she barely knows. She gangs up on him, bringing Teddy and Evelyn into it. She doesn’t like Amelia or the doctors. She’s yelling at everyone. I guess, for the most part, it’s how she treats Owen that bothers me the most. I just don’t like her personality.

I am glad she gets to have her child by her side (who is, by all accounts, adorable), but it doesn’t excuse her in my eyes. Like Meredith, she is self-centered and angry. She hurts those who love her and never apologizes. Both women have good moments; however, they are not fully redeemed in my eyes and I doubt they ever will be. Your pain and suffering does not give you a free pass to be an asshole.

Nathan, Meredith, and Megan

This needs to stop. How many times can the writers write this back and forth of who he loves. It is basically the same sentence repeated over and over again with no resolution. I don’t care who ends up with who. In all honesty, Meredith is looking up at the ceiling remembering Derek and Megan just wants her kid so Nathan doesn’t even have to factor into the equation. The writers need to put an end to this poorly-written love triangle and make a decision already. Seriously, put us out of our misery and stop wasting valuable screen-time.


Now, for the fun part. What we’ve all been waiting for…and pretty much the only two things I was watching for 🤣

Amelia

Amelia is my favorite character of all time. I don’t think that’s much of a secret. As much as I hate that she had to deal with another obstacle, it let me breathe freely knowing her actions last season were influenced by the tumor. It made me confident in my love for her character and integrity. She is so much more than last season and so much more than a tumor. She is amazing. I am hoping, like in this episode, her recovery includes more talk of LA and her Private Practice life. Not only do I love PP Amelia (and hope to see more of her on-screen), but it makes her who she is. More people need to see that. Meredith needs to see that. Megan needs to see that. Owen’s seen some of it, but we need on-screen scenes and deep conversations about her past. We need more. I think this is the opportunity to do it.

I did like the humor mixed in with her post-surgery complications; it gave a little lightheartedness. I mean, now we know she speaks French and German. I appreciate how many people stayed with her and rotated in and out. It shows how many people love her. Her emotional and pain-filled scenes made my soul ache, but it was necessary. One, it shows that she is still fighting. Two, it further proves Caterina’s amazing talent as an actress.

One of my favorite scenes was when she hugged DeLuca. It is true, everything he said, and it put things in perspective for Amelia and the audience. She has been living a life with a tumor pressing on her frontal lobe. When something is removed, whether it be physical like a tumor or mental like an eating disorder, normal life feels abnormal. You feel like you are missing something or are “wrong,” when in fact you are getting accustomed to being healthy and strong. It was a turning point for her and for people who may have been confused about Amelia’s behavior and reactions up until now.

Owen and Amelia

I am disappointed that Owen and Amelia did not have more screen-time, particularly when Amelia woke up. However, I understand it. Owen and Amelia deal with their emotions rather similarly–they run, whether it be through drugs, going on another tour, leaving the state, or focusing on work/other worldly happenings. Owen was terrified that Amelia would die or come out of surgery a completely different person. He was terrified she wouldn’t love him anymore. And, yes, I know he was planning to cut the ties before he found out about the tumor, but it’s one thing to walk away before getting even more hurt and another to find out the truth. Like Owen said back in Season 12, he was relieved that the plane crash happened because he and Cristina could stay frozen in time. I think he felt the same way about leaving Amelia–he was leaving her before she chose to leave him. And, the truth is, he has always loved her–he has never stopped. That thought was just too painful for him to bear.

Throughout the entire episode, I was waiting for a scene with them and we finally got it. He was prepping for her to come home, stocking all her favorite foods (because he knows her so well) and getting her things together. He wanted her to come home. I was disappointed that Amelia wanted to stay with her sisters, but soon enough it came to light why. She was scared and upset and feeling utterly horrible and guilty. Those emotions, her repentance toward her actions despite them being influence by the tumor, shows just how much the tumor had taken over. She never wanted to hurt him. And, yes, she has to take some responsibility, but that’s not the real her. She didn’t want to go to her home with Owen, not because she doesn’t love him, but because she loves him so much that she doesn’t want to hold him back. She wants to set him free. True love is doing what is best for the other person even if it may hurt you. It’s putting them first.

What I love is that Owen was hearing none of it. He loves her in sickness and in health. He knows that they have hurt each other and yet there is still time to fight. He is not giving up hope yet. He wanted her to come home. His hand holding, his speech, his posture, him stocking the fridge, all of these things point to him loving her and wanting to keep her close. 

I really thought it would end on that cliffhanger but kept my fingers crossed for more and, luckily, we got another scene. That simple scene, with Amelia looking out at the rain and Owen driving them home, reassured and affirmed the hope I’ve held for them. (Did you see Owen looking at her and her smiling while the speech overlay spoke about trusting that we got it right? I can’t stop watching the tender beauty in that scene.) It is symbolic, in a sense, they are moving toward a new life together, on a new foundation, but with the same love. The rain is coming down softer now and it will clear. It is not forever. And the two of them? They are on this journey together, forever and always.

What’s In A Batch Of Wedding Photos?

I wanted to say a few words about the spoiler photos of the Olicity wedding that inundated Tumblr yesterday. I was a little surprised by some of the reactions. There were gifs of fireworks and screaming and fainting, but there was also disappointment and a sense that the element of surprise is being taken away.

This wedding has been something a large majority of the fandom has wanted to see happen ever since Oliver came into Felicity’s cubicle and smiled at her, seeing her as a person rather than a threat or a target. The inertia of their chemistry took hold and propelled them forward into inevitability. They captured the hearts of so many fans, and after the debacle of Laurel being the main love interest on the show blew up in the writers faces, Olicity was born and legions of shippers began to envision a happy ending for Oliver and Felicity.

Through Season 2, 3 and half of 4, Olicity was the romantic core of the show, giving us tons of  heart eyes, a few shoulder touches and beautiful angst. It gave us hugs and fondling and straight up glorious sex. They fought and cried and laughed and almost died. They tried to ignore their fears and doubts and give each other a home. Oliver told Felicity in 406 that all of this was new to him. For Felicity as well. Everything they struggled with, everything that could have sunk their ship—it was the love they had for each other that kept them afloat.

Through all this, we as fans felt that a wedding was going to happen. It was only a matter of time. This was verified  to us in 409 when Oliver proposed to Felicity. We could envision (even with Oliver’s lie to her about William hovering in the background) a big, beautiful ceremony. We saw Felicity in a white, flowing gown coming down the aisle; elegant and happy. And Oliver was waiting for her, handsome and strong and so much in love. All of this would be surrounded by flowers and decorations and throngs of family and friends come to support and love (and maybe envy a little) the happy newlyweds.

It was quite a fantasy.

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I remember reading captions on past posted pictures and gifs like “wifey” and “hubby” and “so married.” It felt true and right. Olicity paid their dues and deserved to be happy. It was true love incarnate.

Then 415 came along and the fantasy turned into a nightmare. Those masses of Olicity fans became disillusioned and even angry. The drama that imploded our happy couple was, for a lack of a better word—bullshit. A war was started (or continued) between the comic book purists who could not accept Oliver being with anyone but Laurel, and the free-thinkers who understood that the story Arrow was telling was an adaption of the comic story. There was even some bickering going on between Olicity fans as well. It was all so sad. Hard words and vitriol were tossed over the dividing line between factions, hurtful and vicious, and in some cases, demoralizing. The show’s ratings suffered and Olicity was left floating in limbo. That fantasy of a big, beautiful  wedding seemed to be moving out of reach.

Season 5 started and the shit really hit the fan. New love interests were introduced. Billy Malone and Susan Williams were brought in, supposedly to take our established couple in a different direction in the name of “moving on.” We got no spoilers for Olicity over the hiatus. Oliver’s character seemed to have regressed back to killing and going it alone. And Felicity was dancing around the edges of still being in love with Oliver while sleeping with Billy as if he was some kind of consolation prize.

It all seemed so pointless.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that Olicity was being denied the happy ending they fought and suffered for—us fans were deprived as well. It felt, at least to me, that all the interest I accumulated in banking on Olicity and their happy ending suddenly defaulted, leaving me broke and homeless and out in the cold.

Then Billy was exited stage left and Susan was not far behind. The walls between Olicity became more fragile now that both of their buffer zones were gone. It felt to me that thought the cracks, a familiar light was trying to break through.

Finally, the excellent episode that was 520 aired. Love or hate the writing, the long drought was over and Olicity began coming back together. Their journey, the one that started way back in a Queen Consolidated IT cubicle, resumed and put them on the path of reconciliation.

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So, the wedding photos we all saw ignited the fantasy for some of us again. But not everyone was enchanted by them. There appears to be no flowers or decorations, no family and friends. Their attire is casual. And Barry and Iris are part of a double bill. Diggle is the only witness on hand.

But Oliver and Felicity look so goddamn happy.

In the end, isn’t that what all of us have ever wanted for them? Does it really matter if they are properly dressed in flowing gowns and well-fitted tuxes? Personally, I would still be just as happy if they were wearing Easter bunny costumes and getting married at Big Belly Burger.

I was gratified to see again “wifey” and “hubby” and “married” beneath some of those photos. The end justifies the means. For me, everything they’ve gone through, all the pain and disappointment, all the times they denied themselves their feelings and seemed to drift away from the fantasy—it was always about keeping their inner lights on. No matter what or how things tried to derail them, Olicity’s history could not be taken away.

Happily ever after has always been their endgame.

Thank you Arrow for making this happen. Seeing all those happy photos, I can almost forgive the long years of will-they, won’t-they, of groping in the dark to find a way out of impossible and sometimes ridiculous scenarios, of sacrifice and tragedy. I can almost forgive having my emotions being played with through dramatic manipulation.

Having Olicity happy, in love and married—it made the ride getting there worth it.

Almost.

@it-was-a-red-heeler @almondblossomme @mortallock @dmichellewrites @jbuffyangel @louiseblue1 @casydee @memcjo @melolicity and at the throngs of Olicity fans who still want their endgame.

Don't ask me to trade a war for a  wife. Black Sails Eppy 8

I remember watching the above scene from 4x1. In the scene, Captain Flint has given the abandon ship command and Silver is assisting Kofi and Obi with getting Madi off of the ship. The emotion you see in the pictures above are Silver, at first, cajoling her to go ahead with him and Madi demanding that he “get on the ladder”. I loved this scene, but was a little taken aback by it at first. Mostly, due to the fact that Kofi and Obi had things handled. They were more than capable of getting Madi in the longboat. So why did Silver see to her safety personally? Also, why would Madi object to him staying to see to the safety of his men. Silver is the crew’s Quatermaster. He has a duty and if anyone understands the word “duty” it’s Madi. Well, we later find out why the scene played out as it did. In a flashback, it was revealed that Silver and Madi were lovers. However, after watching episode 8, Silver reveals that she is much more than that.


Episode Eight starts with a man riding on a dark road. When we see his face, we recognize that it is Woodes Rogers and he looks to be at Miranda’s burned out villa. He ends up in Flint’s library clearly looking for a specific book. After Rogers returns to Nassau, we see him with Billy. Rogers puts a gun to Billy’s head to remind him of their intertwined fates and I can’t help but wonder if Billy finally realizes that allying himself with this monster was a bad idea? Anyhoo, the book that Billy sent Rogers after is a Avery’s diary and it looks to have map drawings in it. Billy than goes on to tell Rogers the story of Flints and Gate’s friendship and alludes to Flint and Silver’s friendship having a similar outcome. 

~ That’s how close Mr. Gates was to Flint. Stored his most prized possessions in his cellar. Avery’s journals. Despite that measure of trust, all it took was a disagreement over a little money for Flint to kill him. There are no two people close enough that something cannot separate them. Some point at which they were never fully connected to begin with. It happened with Gates and Flint. It will happen with Flint and Silver. You wanted someplace you could exchange the money off the island. There it is. You will lead them there and they will follow you ~ Billy

In the next scene Silver is sitting alone on the Walrus in the dark. Flint enters and tells him that Kofi and his men are on their way to Nassau to attempt Madi’s rescue. Flint gives a confident rundown of the rescue plan. You can tell that he has absolute certainty that it will be successful or more likely that he is trying to convince Silver that it will be. Silver after listening to this finally responds…

~ What happens after all of it? Assume your plan succeeds and we retrieve her alive. Assume your war begins… spreads throughout the New World. I saw what came of Nassau when it was touched by it. The first instant it was deprived of Eleanor Guthrie’s commerce or Jack Rackham’s prosperity or Woodes Roger’s oppression. There’s nothing in Nasau, but horror. You said it  was just a transition. That something better lay beyond it, something meaningful But what if that isn’t so? What is the result of this war isn’t beyond the horror? What if it is the horror itself?  Have you given this any thought at all?~ Silver

~ If we are to truly reach a moment where we might be finished with England cleared away to make room for something else… there most certainly lies a dark moment between here and there. A moment of terror. Where everything appears to be without hope. I know this. But I cannot believe that that is all there is. I cannot believe we are so poorly made as that. Incapable of surviving in the state to which we were born. Grown so used to the yoke that there can be no progress without it. ~ Flint

~ It’s a lot to ask… to wager so much suffering on blind faith. ~ Silver

~ Well, it isn’t entirely faith. We’ll have the right people in place to lead us through it and hold the world together while it finds its balance. ~ Flint

~ You think so much of what you and I can accomplish together. ~ Silver

~ You and her. You and Madi. She’s as wise as her father. She’s as strong as her mother. There isn’t a man or woman in Nassau who’d argue that she isn’t the best of all of them. The cache is critical to our war, but so is she. Critical to holding our alliance together. We absolutely must get her back alive. ~ Flint

~ And you think I’m the one best suited to lead our people through this?~ Silver

~ I think you are the best of us. The two of you together are the world in balance.~ Flint

Yes, I know that was a lengthy dialogue, but I wanted to type out every word. It’s important to analyze all that’s at play here. In Sliver and Flint’s last conversation, Flint flat out expressed that “his war” was more important than Madi’s life. I didn’t imagine it. So why now is he expressing that Madi is critical to the success of the New World? Why is he saying that she and Silver will lead the people together? What happened to WE, meaning he and Silver? Well… Flint realizes the WE, really is Silver + Madi. Silver no longer exists outside of Madi. It has become clear to Flint that they are joined and later in the episode, we’ll find out just how much so. So… Flint played the only card he could…. I stand wholeheartedly behind the two of you… until he doesn’t.

Morning comes and we see Silver and Flint on the deck of the Walrus. They are surprised that Roger’s ship is anchored behind them and has clearly been there for awhile. The two watch in horror as Kofi and his men are brought above deck. So clearly, the rescue mission failed. Next, Madi is brought above deck and Silver looks on in relief that his love is truly alive. However in the next minute it goes all terribly wrong. Kofi is brought forward and shot in the head, so are his men. Flint commands his men to bring the ship around so they can raise the guns. A scare tactic of sorts but Silver says fuck that. He is over this shit and demand’s Hands to get the cache. Then he looks at Flint like yes motherfucka, I tried to tell you. My love will not be dying for this war. Then in a minute, that truly stopped mine and Silver’s heart, Madi is marched forward to be executed. However, just in time, Joji arrives with the treasure. Rogers sees and stops the execution. Then Silver tells the crew to follow Roger’s ship. So, again the Queen proves that she has nine lives.

Well, I’m sure that we all realize that shit hit the fan after that and the fiery exchange that happens between Silver and Flint next was mind blowing…

~ Of course, I love her. I let you try your way, but I am through wagering with her life now. If what it takes to secure her release is to turn over the cache, I’m very glad I brought it with us.~ Silver

~We had it. We had it in our hands. This war was breathing air, it was alive. Now Julius is back in that camp, pointing to a hole in the ground, telling anyone that will listen “This is what it looks like when you trust a pirate.” Yesterday he had nothing. He was shouting in the rain. Now you’ve given him all he needs to kill this war dead.~ Flint

~ My God. The number of times I have followed you blindly, backed you with the men blindly, put me in the fucking ground. Good men, friends because you said “I know the way. Don’t ask me how. Just do as I say.” I may not have understood it. I may not have supported it, but I did it. And God damn it, right now you’re going to return the favor! We will find a way to put it all back together with whatever we have left at our disposal. But do not ask me to choose between a war and a wife. I do not think you’re going to like the answer. Whatever must be done to secure Madi’s release, I am going to do. I do not expect your understanding, but I demand your support. As my partner. As my friend. Do I have it? Do I have it? ~ Silver

~ Yes~ Flint


Wait…. What…. Did Silver just say “ wife”? Did he just refer to Madi as his wife?  How? When? Where? Talk about a bombshell. Remember when we were all analyzing Madi’s ring and the fact that she was rubbing it after Silver was “presumed dead”? Well, now we have our answer. Guy’s you know how I love a good parallel, right? Well… think back to when Rogers told Berringer to have my wife brought to me. Most assumed that his wife was there from England. Then…. Eleanor appears. Well here is another parallel between Madi and Eleanor. Both married, both surprises.  Boy, do I need the details behind this declaration.

Later on we see, Silver and Hands talking. Hands is doing what he does best reminding Silver that Flint ain’t shit and that he will clap back at Silver for going against him. Forever loyal, Silver shuts him down,.

~ If you leave him alive long enough, he’s going to make you pay for it.~ Hands

~ He won’t move against me. This will pass. And that’s the end of this conversation.~ Silver

~ So many lies to deny a simple truth.~ Hands

~What?~ Silver

~ The crown does not divide. It cannot be shared. You know it. You want it done. You just don’t know how to ask yet. ~ Hands

~ Hear me very clearly. There is no hidden message and no equivocation. You will make no move against him. You will not speak of doing so to any man on this crew nor to me again. Do it and you’ll answer for it.~ Silver

I don’t care if Hands is a psychotic killer. Yeah he slit a 9 years olds throat. Slitting throats is like his favorite past time, actually. Yet, I don’t give a fuck. I love him. He is the friend, crazy ass uncle, mad dog, just pick an adjective person that you need in your life and I do not care. He is riding for John harder than anyone other than Madi and I am here for it.

The interesting part of this exchange with Hands is that at the exact moment that Silver is forbidding Hands to hurt Flint, Flint is selling Dooley a ghost tale. One in which Silver has been compromised and Flint needs a new partner. So, Flint convinces Dooley to help him remove the cache from the Walrus and bury it in an undisclosed location on Skeleton Island. Everything is going according to plan until Hands shows up. I repeat, I love him.

Remember, when Silver told Hands not to hurt a hair on Flint’s head. Well, Hands didn’t when he saw Flint and Dooley stealing the cache.

~ I knew it would come to this. I tried to tell him. We fight. Only two outcomes, I can see. I die or you die. Either way, he’s going to take me to blame for it. That’s how far you’ve burrowed into his head. He won’t put you out of it until he sees you for what you are. Go. ~ Hands

Hands was second in command to Blackbeard.  Flint’s true nature doesn’t surprise him. He is accustomed to madmen willing to watch the world burn for their own selfish desires. He identified that in Flint the moment that he encountered him. He’s tried to tell Silver repeatedly, but John’s loyalty wouldn’t let him believe. So Hands shows him, by taking him on deck and standing back as he watched Flint and Dooley pull the cache to shore. Silver finally has no choice but to acknowledge that the man that he has followed blindly for so long happily signed his wife’s death sentence.

As a result of Flint’s betrayal, Silver has no choice but to parlay with Woodes Rogers. Can I say that watching Silver hoist himself over Roger’s ship railing and walk defiantly to face Rogers left me in a puddle. Like Silver in that moment was just pure walking sex and I momentarily forgot that the Queen was in danger. It was hot!  So back to the point. Silver tells Rogers that Flint has absconded with the cache and he has sent six of his best men to run him down. So basically your bitch ass better not think of hurting the missus, before I can get you your damn cache.

Then… Billy happened. Lawd, I hate Billy. Honestly, I think I hate Billy more than Flint at the moment. Flint was always shit. I expected more from Billy though. And true to bitch ass form he challenged Silver to tell everything and the Pirate King did…

~ I instructed them to kill Captain Flint.  ~ Silver



Well there you have it folks. Long John Silver  warned Flint not to ask him to choose between a war and a wife. He warned him that he wouldn’t like the answer. And the answer is John telling Hands to slit his throat. Again, Hands is Silver’s psycho bestie so I’m okay with that. Handle your business, Israel.

Black Sails writers thank you for this episode. How could we have known that we'd  get confirmation of Mrs. Madi Silver and Flint’s betrayal all in one episode. Good times. Also, thank you again for Luke going over that railing. Shallow, I know, but thank you all the same. Can somebody gif that, cause (swallows).


R.I.P Kofi. You were fierce and fine and deserved so much more than dying because Billy is a bitch ass. Silver is going to take care of that for you though. Death by stroke is forthcoming.

Let’s settle this for once and for all: your moralizing about Spike being a rapist is bullshit because...(a rant)

I’ve seen too many rants about this lately to keep quiet for much longer, so here we go. 

** DISCLAIMER: I do not hate Angel or Bangel. I prefer Spike and Spuffy, but this does not mean I hate Bangel or Bangel fans. I have lots of nice things to say about Angel; I just like him better on his own show, and I prefer him with Cordelia. But I appreciate that you love Angel/Bangel so much. Rock on. Love them as hard as you can.

What I DO hate are double standards, uninformed opinions, and such deep emotional investment in a character or a ship that one blindly puts it on a pedestal and deliberately ignores its flaws, while vilifying a rival character or ship for being “problematic,” and while also projecting that onto fans of the rival character/ship, saying THEY’RE blindly putting their fave on a pedestal and rationalizing.

If you are an Angel/Bangel fan and you’re happy to live and let live where Spike/Spuffy fans are concerned, you’re cool - this isn’t about you. **

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Ships that pass in the night (Chapter Twelve)

Title: Ships that pass in the night (Chapter Twelve)
Tags: Alternate Timeline, AU, Slow burn, strangers to friends, friends to lovers
Words: 4571
Summary:
Dan and Phil are YouTubers. The catch? They’ve never met, and Phil doesn’t want them to.

Author’s Note: I’m sorry if you’ve been waiting for this. So much has happened and I won’t bore you with my excuses. Just know that I would have done it sooner if I could have.

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12x19 Deconstruction: Cas and Kelly, and Most of the Episode

Oh, this episode. This episode has me salivating with inspiration and a bit of worship - the structure is so damn good I want to just use it as a private staple from here on out. (I won’t.) (Or will I?…) Okay, let’s move onto the actual focus of this deconstruction: the baby. I have stated again and again how…

I do not believe the baby is evil - I believe it’s good

So let me here give you my foremost reasons for why I so firmly believe this, but first, can we just do a slow clap for the amazing work of writers Robert Berens and Meredith Glynn and the stunning job done on this episode by director Amanda Tapping? Thank you. (Yes, okay, let’s stop now.)

I’m going to have to dip into the entirety of this episode now in order to make my reasons for believing the baby is of the Good stick. I’ll spend an extra moment on the pivotal scene in the motel room, but honestly, this episode is so Cas/Kelly focused that it’s impossible not to look at the entirety of both of their story lines through every beat of this forty-two minute blitz of deep character development for Cas. It’s fucking amazingly crafted. Again, prostrated on the floor, Writers.

But what about Destiel?

Well, of course this is a Destiel heavy episode, and for very good reasons, too, but I’m going to discuss Dean as he relates to Cas’ character arc this time around, rather than how they both relate to their joint love story arc. (Okay, the love story arc will be part of this discussion because it can’t not be, but it won’t be in focus.) (There will be Destiel.) (Wait COME BACK I SAID THERE WILL BE DESTIE—… Good. Hi. There will be Destiel. Okay? Just alittlemoreCasKellybabydiscussionshhhhhhh let’s begin now.)

So, then: Why Is the Baby Good?

Oh, boy. The answer is a long and complex one, because it doesn’t really occur in one scene, rather it just keeps coming at you throughout the episode. And it starts as early as the recap sequence, where we’re reminded of Dagon’s role as Protector. The dialogue where she convinces Kelly to come with her is chilling, and significant:

Dagon: I’m a demon - you’re Rosemary, complete with baby. Kelly, the angels, the Wincesters, the good guys - they want you dead, but I can protect you. I can protect your son.

Even though Kelly might have had reservations, what happens when the Winchesters decide to interfere, tricking Kelly and more or less kidnapping her against her will, really only serves to prove one thing: they have nothing on Dagon.

Sam: We want to help.
Kelly: You call this helping?

Kelly has no faith in them whatsoever and when Dagon comes for her, she’s resigned to go with her - there’s no salvation to be had here, the Winchesters, whatever their motivation, can’t protect her or her child.

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FOCUS ON... JOHN HARLAN KIM

Our latest ‘FOCUS ON’ feature interview is with  Australian actor John Harlan Kim. Kim has journeyed from the familiar sights of Ramsay Street on Neighbours, to become a valued Librarian on the hit TNT show, The Librarians.

Hi John, how’s your visit home been?
Unreal! Always good to get home for the Summer and see all my mates and the family. Mom was stoked to have me back but now I’m pretty sure she’s getting over it and probably ready for me to head back to the States!

We’ve just seen the season 3 finale of The Librarians. Talk about an emotional rollercoaster. Your character Ezekiel has grown over the years, matured, what’s the journey been like over that time?
It’s weird. Here’s a character I never thought would grow. It was apparent that he suffered from some type of Peter Pan syndrome. But over the seasons we’ve seen more and more that it’s just a guard he has set up and I think people can relate to Ezekiel in that way, that having walls up is a normal human thing to do. He has the most to prove yet he acts like he doesn’t care but we’re seeing more and more that he truly does care, especially about his new family.

Can you relate to Ezekiel in any way?
I’ve grown up with the show myself so that’s probably one of the coolest parts, to not only see Ezekiel grow up and mature with each script but also needing to have to do that myself albeit on a less grander scale because obviously I’m not fighting dragons and minotaurs in my personal life. My problems are a little more realistic like trying to score a date or not over-cooking my eggs.

Has there been an episode that stood out as a favourite?
Point of Salvation. Hands down. The cast were so supportive that ep as was Jonathan Frakes and Jeremy Bernstein. They put me in an environment where I felt confident enough to make choices and take creative risks. I think it all came together really well in the end and I couldn’t be prouder.

Tell us about your relationship with the other Librarians.
Lindy [Booth] and Christian [Kane] set great examples for me, they’re always there for me (Lindy & Rebecca have even housed me at one stage) and they’re just good people to be around. And with Noah [Wyle], I couldn’t be more amped to work with. He’s phenomenal at what he does and I have a lot of respect for the way he handles the pressure whether as an actor, producer, director or writer. He’s awesome. I really couldn’t be in a better position with the cast I have.

And the dynamic between the Librarians and their Guardian, as well as Jenkins? It’s a great technique, incorporating different roles to cover a variety of plot lines.
Rebecca Romijn and John Larroquette make it way too easy to play! They’ve both had long and successful careers in the industry and it was easy to see why from the moment I got to Portland. I love working with them. It’s fun because you’re right, when we have such a wide variety of plot lines to cover splitting up the team becomes necessary to keep on top of it all. Every script I get, it’s exciting! One day I’ll be sitting on a magic council with Larroquette, the next I’ll be beating up zombies along with Romijn!

The episodes are always so unique and interesting, when you first read each script how do you feel? I’d imagine much like the audience, fascinated, but excited as your character experiences it.
One of my favorite parts about the whole thing is getting the next episode’s script. The writers on our show are top flight and they do a spectacular job in conveying their vision onto paper and keeping things fresh and interesting! Like I mentioned, you don’t know what you’ll be doing or where your character will get to travel to, all you know for sure is it won’t be boring!

There are some harder themes, for example in season 3 the team deals with the resolution of Cassandra’s tumour. In contrast, what was it like filming those scenes? As a viewer it was tense!
To an extent, it definitely felt like a shock to the system! Showing up that day was such a different type of shooting day for us. I wasn’t used to coming in and filming something so somber but being the incredible talent she is, Lindy absolutely killed it!

Were there any other scenes that presented a challenge in terms of emotional response? Like the finale?
Yeah I mean Flynn’s ultimate sacrifice was rough. And I had already read what was going to happen and I still got anxious watching it! That and Charlene’s goodbye. Jane Curtin’s a star, I loved having her around.

And what about training for the more physical combat roles, what was that like? Did you enjoy it?
Definitely. I got to live out a bit of a youth dream with that vampire ep. And to do it alongside Christian Kane who is well-versed in vampire combat himself. I mean, come on! How lucky am I!? Our stunt guys Tim Eulich and Buster Reeves were a dream to work with and they’re absolute legends as well.

Over the seasons, what’s one of your favourite moments working on the ‘The Librarians’ set?
My first day. Noah Wyle and the jewel theft scene. It still feels like a dream, such a surreal moment. I haven’t lost that feeling yet and I hope I never do. I never want to be jaded.

Do you have an idea as to what The Librarians will go through in the upcoming series? What would you like to see happen next, for all the librarians and specifically Ezekiel?
Zero idea. They’re good at keeping pretty secretive about all of that stuff. I’d love to see Ezekiel continue to evolve into the Librarian he’s going to be someday. He’s far from being fully-realized and has the most growing up to do so to see him take that next step would be awesome.

The Librarians has been renewed for a fourth season, what do you think makes the series so successful?
Our showrunners. John Rogers and now Dean Devlin. They’re the pulse of the show. I don’t really need to say anymore, they’re extraordinary at what they do and they’re two of the best men I’ll ever come across, by every measurement of the word.

Is there any other role you’d like to take on from a book or comic? Or another series you’d also like to be a part of?
Amadeus Cho. I’ve always wanted to be a humungous, green giant.

Did you always want to be an actor?
I decided at 15 I wanted to be an actor so I took a class, auditioned for my first gig and booked it. I then took that pay check from my first acting gig, coupled that with money saved from working at a charcoal chicken store and flew to New York in my school holidays. I knocked on the door to a film school building in Manhattan and told the concierge I wanted to be an actor and he told me to go find my parents. I think he thought I was lost.

On your down time what other things do you enjoy doing?
I love shooting hoops, hitting the water and playing video games. I picked up boxing a few months ago too but my heads so big, it makes it ridiculously hard to dodge punches.

How does working overseas compare to working here at home in Australia?
The biggest difference I’ve found is the pacing. I can’t speak for either industry as a whole but my experience on Neighbours was a much more fast-paced environment than something like The Librarians. It was actually a fantastic way to learn to nail your first few takes and within that, I found preparation was key so I make sure to show up to any set now with my lines absolutely ingrained into my brain so that the real fun can begin once you start shooting.

What advice do you have for actors, especially Australians wanting to make it in the industry and overseas?
Trust your choices. It’s so easy to second guess if you’re on the right path or not but just back yourself and everything else will fall into place.

And finally, what can we expect from you next?
I’m actually in the middle of editing my first project right now so I’m hoping to complete that before we start work on Season 4! Way too excited to see that finished and then to get to go back to work with Dean & the gang is going to be an absolute blast as always!

Thank you so much for your time John. We can’t wait to see you on screen in 2017!