about the fact they read the script

anonymous asked:

You always seem to have all the answers. What do we do to stop Trump? I feel helpless. I know of the elections in November for Senate, Congress, etc. what can we do in the meantime?

I took this question really seriously, so I asked my parents to help me answer this. Here is what my dad said: 

Here is what my mom said: 

Here is what I say: 

First of all, I am sorry for referring to you as “kid” to my folks. It was just a shorthand I used for them to understand in a simple way that I think you are someone younger than they are. They are professors/teachers, and are often tasked with communicating effectively with young people. (also, sorry if my dad misgendered you? I guess kid = boy in his head)

Next: Yes. To what my parents said. When I feel helpless I often turn to them because they are so blisteringly smart and compassionate, and if I seem strong and like I have all the answers, it’s because I come from an incredibly supportive family. I wanted to share that with you. 

  1. Furthermore, staying informed in the time of “alternative facts” is an act of resistance. Knowing is half the battle. There’s an app called Countable that will keep you informed of the latest developments in your local government and issues you care about. 
  2. Because our representatives are firmly planted in the last century, online activism doesn’t cut through the noise to them—but phone calls do. Here is a website called 5calls.org that helps you make those calls with a script, and is especially effective if you (like me) have social anxiety. 
  3. Here is a great “Stop Trump” reading list that @batlordart compiled. 
  4. Don’t focus on a mountainous goal like “stopping Trump” and instead expend your energy on things that will make you happier and healthier.
  5. Thriving is our first act of resistance.
  6. Don’t despair. I could vibrate with the conviction of how fiercely I believe it: we will get through this.
I’m salty, I’m petty and I enjoy writing long posts about my favorite ship.

Yesterday some antis called me an abuse apologist/racist because I happen to ship Reylo and see potential in their dynamic. The fact that I am a black woman and an abuse survivor is irrelevant: I’m scum, I’m pathetic and I’m wrong.

I’m also ignorant and unreasonable for asking them to check their facts and read the official content available (novels and scripts) and/or watch the creator’s commentary to understand the story’s main themes so we can discuss it properly.

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m tired of explaining the same things over and over again so I decided to write a long ass post with fragments from the official script and the adult novel highlighting and refuting every absurd claim I’ve seen in this ridiculous ship war. I intend to link this post to everyone who feels entitled to call me names or insult me because I enjoy a fictional dynamic.

I also wanted to write about J.J. Abram’s comments on Rey and Kylo being ‘two disparate pieces coming together’, Rey being ‘like Cinderella’, Kylo being ‘like a prince’ and how their dynamic is described as ‘the story we really care about’, but I can’t watch the whole thing right now. 

You have been warned, this thing is BIG.

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From a conversation I had with @dayjavoo1 about Rick and his overtly antagonistic behaviour towards Michonne at the start and what I thought it meant.


Andrew is a phenomenal actor. He is one of the main reasons I shipped Richonne from the start, and it was all of that subtext he was conveying with his physicality as a performer. It’s hard to describe, but it was in the way that he shifted so that Rick’s body was close to Michonne’s; the way in which his eyes told that he was attracted to her, even though he was processing the loss of Lori. He was confused and that conflict was definitely there (alongside the grief and distrust etc.), but the overwhelming sexual tension was, too.

AL and GD are smart and gifted artists; they didn’t know Richonne would be happening until they read the script, so all of the UST we saw was on their part and due to their chemistry.


Originally posted by tonikray95

DG admitted she had an inkling that Richonne was going to happen because of the narrative - a testament to her gifts as a storyteller in her own right. AL hasn’t spoken much about if Scotty G let him know that he wanted Richonne to happen, but the fact that we KNOW Andy wanted Richonne to happen explains why he played Rick this way; why he added this subtext through his acting. He’s been playing Rick with that attraction to Michonne from the very start.

I love how she showed up when he was finally taking steps in the way of finding healing. It’s actually really nice to look back on S3 and pick up on the small nuances that gradually built up their respect, friendship, and then love.

Bungo Event Report

As promised, here is the Bungo event report. This is only a personal report so it may be biased.

The event this time was held at Pacifico in Yokohama and there was a daytime show and a nighttime show. The majority of the event was showing selected scenes from the anime and discussing about them and there was also a game corner as well as concerts of the opening and ending songs of the first and second season of the anime. The opening and ending of the event was a live script reading by the voice actors behind the stage while SD characters showed up on the screen.

Daytime show
The event started about five minutes late, probably due to the fact that the goods line outside was very slow and many people were still in line. The hall darkened and on the screen popped up cute SD characters. They were Dazai, Akutagawa, Atsushi, and Chuuya. They welcomed the audience and the event went on the way.

There were many great cut scenes from the anime and each of the voice actors had a turn discussing about the cut scenes. Mamo started up by impersonating Lovecraft while people were discussing about one of the particular scenes with the Guild. Everyone else also started impersonating Lovecraft and in the end it was quite difficult to tell who exactly was being Lovecraft.

Then they dabbled a little bit into the Kuro no Jidai cut scenes focused on Ango, Jiido, and Odasaku. After each cut scene, there was a video letter from the particular voice actor of each character.

After that was the game corner where they were students at school taking a test and they had to answer questions about the anime. There were a total of four questions but the best question was how on many times Akutagawa says “Yatsugare” between a certain number of episodes. The staff had spliced together all the cut scenes of Akutagawa saying “Yatsugare” which was really entertaining to watch. On one of the answers, it was cute how Ki-yan made a mistake in one of the kanji, which he apologized for later.

The last mini concert ended with GRANRODEO and they called everyone back up on stage to say thank you. After that everyone exited and once again on the screen popped up SD characters. This time it was John S, Kunikida, Tanizaki, and Ranpo. They wished everyone goodbye.

Nighttime show
It was almost the same set up as the daytime show but with different cut scenes and different questions during the game corner. Also the opening and ending live script reading was different with the appearing members switched. In fact, during the daytime show, I had no idea this was a live reading until Hosoya made a mistake in the opening of the nighttime show and Ranpo ad-libbed, telling him to not make mistakes.

Then, during the game time, the question this time was not how many times Akutagawa says “Yatsugare”, but how many times he says “Jinko”. Once again it was accompanied by the spliced cut scenes.

It was a very funny and enjoyable event. Mamo was fooling around as usual and Ki-yan following suit. Hosoya was getting made fun of by the others as usual and also sweating buckets from nervousness; although I think he has made progress since the last time I saw him on stage w. Toshi was very persistent about Naomi while Kamiya-san about pudding. And the multiple Lovecraft impersonators OMGww. It was also great that my seat was so close to the stage that I could see the facial expressions and actions of the voice actors very clearly. It’s a bit of a pity that for both day and night shows, I was seated on the right hand side and slightly far from Mamo… (T_T)

And how could I forget? The two new pieces of news they announced was that Bungo will have a stage play and an original story movie in the upcoming future. Looking forward to the movie very much. As for the play, I’m not so into 3D unless Mamo is involved so I’ll probably pass this one.

one of the things I hate most is rewarding bad behavior. so yeah, I’m completely enraged to hear that kc has become a series regular on arrow again. 

first of all, she’s a diva who thinks she’s above everyone and a rude person in general. I can’t tell you how many personal accounts I’ve heard from staff and fans alike that have had bad encounters with her. 

while yes I know she’s been bullied too and I don’t support that, it doesn’t excuse the fact that she encourages her fans to bully as well. she had repeatedly liked tweets/articles/fans that have shit on the show and the cast, specifically a certain leading lady. she supports their behavior.

she’s also selfish. when she used to read scripts, she only cared about her parts. she never read the entire episode. who cares about context and continuity? she also said so herself this weekend that she has not been watching any of the episodes this year. way to support her supposed friends and castmates. 

and let’s not forget how she originally even got this job- connections up at the tippy top of the cw. her career was built on nepotism. the fashion blog probably wasn’t paying the bills so she had to come crawling back. she can’t even act well. no merit at all. seriously when she came back for the 100th it was clear her acting had gotten even worse.

also remember that she constantly reduces her character to a love interest. all she ever wants to talk about is how laurel and oliver are soulmates lmao. not only is she wrong, but really? you don’t care if your character has anything else to offer? you don’t care that she kept running back to a man that repeatedly left her and cheated on her? you don’t have any self respect?

all the while emily and willa are asking for more female friendships and range…

surprisingly I don’t think we can blame this one on marc, wendy and the other EPs and writers though. they are spectacular assholes, but they didn’t really like her either lmao. but what the network heads say goes. she must have amazing lawyers…

well I guess one thing I can look forward to is more scenes like this

and now that I’ve ranted, I’ll just chill knowing that my fave got her spot on the show by pure talent, charm, and a genuine personality. she was only supposed to be in one ep but she was so impressive, she’s now the female lead. 

In Texas (where I live) there is a statewide academic competition called UIL and, despite participating in it for the better part of six years, I still haven’t a clue as to what it stands for. But I compete in a lot of events, especially speech and debate. Specifically, Policy Debate and Informational Speaking. Both of these events include writing speeches on a time crunch. I have mastered at least novice public speaking after plenty and plenty trial and error. Here are some tips I’ve picked up. 

Disclaimer: Giving speeches is very subjective and this is what has worked out for me. If it doesn’t work out for you continue exploring different methods, you’ll find something!

-Have a decent idea about what you’re talking about. Most likely you’re reading this because you need to speak in front of the class and didn’t suddenly join policy debate. Most likely you know what you’re topic is and you’ll have done research on it. KNOW MORE THAN WHAT YOU PUT IN YOUR SPEECH. Know details and dates and anecdotes. If you’re discussing owning a tiger as a pet you should not only know about laws and regulations of owning a tiger but also know other things about tigers, like how big they get and how much food they require. This also helps if you are asked questions at the end. Even though it may not seem like it, people can tell when you know what you’re talking about.

-Know your audience. Who are you talking to? Are you persuading them or informing them? Are they college professors or classmates? If you know who you’re talking to it is easier to cater your language to those people. You don’t need to say “tigers are abused maliciously and without regard to any subset of decency” when talking to your tenth grade classmates.

-UMs and AND SOs. These are called filler words. It is second nature to use them. All languages have them and conversationally there is nothing wrong with them. However if you’re standing in front of people grading you it makes you sound unsure and not confidence. This won’t be an easy habit to break so don’t feel bad if you don’t get it right away. Start by acknowledging when you use filler words. Then think as you speak. Instead of using a filler word, pause for a second. I know it feels like you’re pausing forever but you’re not. No one really notices tbh.

-Write out your speech verbatim then condense into an outline. When writing out a speech for a class or something, you need to know what you want to say about each idea (before you write anything out you should already have facts and information). Putting it on paper makes it easier to say later when presenting. Practice a few time reading it aloud. Use inflection and tone to move the speech along. When you’ve read through it a few times condense it back down to an outline. NEVER EVER READ A SPEECH WORD FOR WORD UNLESS YOU’RE THE PRESIDENT AND YOUR SPEECHES ARE WRITTEN FOR YOU (or your teacher says it’s cool). If you read a speech in high school/college generally you’re monotone and boring and it is 10000000% obvious that you’re reading from a script.

-Practice with the outline. The more you practice the better you sound and the less you use filler words!!!!!!!

~ACTUAL SPEECH TIME~

-IT IS OKAY TO BE NERVOUS. There are so many people who will tell you that nerves are terrible and will screw you up. At times that is the case. However take a deep breath and put things in perspective. Most likely you are not the only one making a speech and everyone else is just as worried about messing up as you. Acknowledge the fact you’re nervous. Take deep breaths and consciously think about slowing your heart rate down. I always look at the back wall when making a speech that doesn’t need to be persuasive. The wall doesn’t give a crap if your face is red or your stutter a bit. It’s a wall.
If it is persuasive then practice on friends and family. Make sweeping eye contact (not actual eye contact but it looks like it). And sometimes you just gotta suck it up and talk.

-MOVE. Don’t stand still. If you stand still you’ll become monotone and boring and you don’t want that. Talk with your hands. Sway a bit. Make a grand gesture when making a big point. Talk as though you were talking to a friend. If you were talking about how harmful tigers being held as pets is to a friend you would be getting worked up. You’d be moving and gesturing. Channel that in your speech.

-INFLECT. Remember how we don’t want to be monotone? When saying “Tigers being held as pets are, more often than not, a death sentence” don’t say it as though you’re telling your mom you’re going to Target. Emphasise the strong emotional words. (i.e. death sentence). Don’t scream it, but make it harsh and forceful.

-stand up straight. You’ll look professional and studies show certain postures help foster confidence.

-don’t make it obvious if you mess up. 99% people won’t notice/care.

-but it’s okay if you do

-you won’t ever be perfect all the time

-it is a skill and you’ll learn.

Additional Resources:

Five Basic Public Speaking Tips
Be a More Confident Public Speaker
Julian Treasure: How to speak so that people want to listen (this one is less about public speaking but still a good watch!)

I hope you found this helpful. If you’re looking for presentation tips this is a really great post about it. If you need anymore advice feel free to message me!

anonymous asked:

Everyone's reactions to MC being a smol bookworm?

Sure Anon, I love books a lot so I found this request cute.

Yoosung

  • So cute
  • He wants to scoop you up in his     arms and protect you forever    
  • You looked so peaceful sitting     and reading, completely lost in the book.
  • You and Yoosung had a system     where you’d sit on his lap and read while he played LOLOL
  • When he got frustrated at his     game he’d hug you to calm himself    
  • And when you got upset at the     book you’d hug him for comfort    
  • He always wants to be near you     so when you’re reading he’ll drag you into his lap and cuddle you.
  • Is Sometimes jealous and thinks     you might love the book character more than him
  • Always happy to go into     bookstores with you
  • Takes you to the library when     he’s studying

Jaehee

  • She thought you were very     precious
  • Every time she saw you curled     up with a book she had to calm herself down from snuggling with you. 
  • You drag her in for cuddles     anyway
  • You suggested putting some of     your old books around the cafe for people to read while they drank coffee 
  • Often Jaehee would be doing     something in another room when you’d run in and jump into her arms
  • “It’s     not fair Jaehee!! She can’t just die!! This isn’t fine!!“ 
  • “I know, I know, it isn’t     fair”
  • She had no idea what you were     talking about but she assumed it was a book
  • Running a Cafe was hard work,     but in your down time the two of you enjoyed sitting together on the couch     and reading
  • Do Zen’s scripts count as     reading?

Zen

  • the fact that you were so small     compared to him made his protective instincts go     up
  • Zen’s mind was telling him that     the world was out to hurt you    
  • Very happy when he finds out     how much you love books    
  • “Some of the plays I’m in     are based off books! Now you can read them to me!”
  • It’s sort of an excuse just to     hear your voice but you do it anyway    
  • He also asks for help with     certain characters.     
  • “You’ve read heaps of     books! Surely you know characters like this one!”
  • Your hobby and his job work     well together     
  • Loves cuddling with you while     you read
  • Comforts you if something bad     happens to your favourite character    

Jumin

  • Jumin reads to help him fall     asleep, but the more you read the more you’re wide awake
  • “There are plenty of     places to go with in the building MC, is there somewhere you want to     go?"     
  • "No thanks, I’m just gonna     read here”
  • You read to him after a     stressful day, and it always calms him down. 
  • He’s also caught you ranting to     Elizabeth about something that happened in a book
  • He literally buys you an entire     bookstore for your birthday 
  • “Jumin, I love you, but     what the fuck”
  • He also sets up a dinner with     the two of you and your favourite Author like it’s nothing????
  • He offers talking to a     production company to make your favourite books into movies
  • “Jumin     no the book is always better than the movie" 

Saeyoung

  • "Haha you’re a nerd”
  • “Saeyoung you read heaps     of books to become a hacker”    
  • “Haha I’m a nerd" 
  • Loves calling you his little     nerd
  • Also loves it when you read to     him, so it happens pretty frequently. 
  • Because of how small and     innocent you look he was afraid you’d be more susceptible to getting hurt
  • He always avoids work, much     to Vanderwoods dismay, to stay up and binge     read all of your favourite books    
  • Has a bad habit of spoiling the     end for you, he’s a very fast reader 
  • "And     then, you find out the person he loved was the mother of the three     orphans!
  • “Saeyoung I will d     e s t r o y you”

Saeran

  • what’s a book
  • He’s only read books to learn     hacking, he’s completely lost when it comes to fantasy or fiction books
  • He won’t admit it but he likes     watching your expressions when you’re reading
  • He finds it very cute and funny
  • He never asks, but he wants you     to read to him
  • On one of his really bad days     you offer to read to him, he agreed by hugging your side
  • An hour or so later he     reluctantly fell asleep to the sound of your voice and you put the book down, playing with his hair
  • Now whenever he was having a     bad day, he’d come and sit in your lap while you read, and you     automatically read out loud.    
  • Often on his walks he passed a     book store and couldn’t help but go in and pick out a random book for you 
  • Leaves it by your bed and     denies buying it if you ask    

V

  • V has a habit of petting your     head or ruffling your hair    
  • He requests you read for him     almost every day, but is fine with just sitting in your presence if you     don’t want to read out loud     
  • Also enjoys cuddling with you     while you read, comforting you when something bad happens in the book 
  • When he could see he loved     reading, so he suggests a few books to you
  • Listens to your rants with a     smile as you go on about a terrible ending
  • Tries not to laugh when your     rants get a little out of control    
  • “I’m going to burn the     book and then I’m going to burn the author”
  • “MC please-" 
  • If he isn’t blind he offers to     read to you if you find you can’t focus on the words
  • You also get to meet your     favourite author because of his popularity 

in my head it was even worse…like sherlock totally expected john to say she’s dead and to be privately amused over the fact that she’s alive (classic quincy never reading the mood) and john walks in on this totally different anguished emotional register like “god i love him and the woman he loves is dead I must lie to protect him” and sherlock is just…shocked and taken aback at being protected like that he’s like “what??? this isn’t the script I had in mind?? I don’t get to be just classically amused about this?? why is he sad what does this mean???”

ok hi guys

for those asking for it, this is a post about 7x10

but please keep in mind these are my own opinions and feelings and I don’t mean to influence anyone with them whatsoever

I do also have a theory which I’ll be including at the bottom because reasons

click the cut if you feel like listening to me ramble

(and also beware of possible spoilers)

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Rebirth of the “Son”: the art of Kylo Ren’s redemption

Many would say that The Force Awakens has a rather ambiguous conclusion, leaving the future of its main characters and storyline very open for debate. However, by analyzing the text — or in this case, the film — we can discover potentially eye-opening clues about the future of the Trilogy, particularly in regards to one plot-point: Kylo Ren’s redemption arc.

This meta will focus on deconstructing The Force Awakens by analyzing characterization (behaviour and dialogue) and foreshadowing and symbolism found in The Force Awakens. It will not discuss how he will be redeemed in detail, just the myriad of suggestions that we were left with.


Part 1: Characterization

This first part will deal mainly with deconstructing Kylo Ren’s characterization in the simplest possible manner. I will be analyzing his behaviour and dialogue in the context of the entire movie. Why? Because we must acknowledge every scene and every action in order to give reason to even one.

But first, let’s get a starting definition. Most people would know what “characterization” is, even if they don’t know it by name. The basic deconstruction of characterization is taught in high schools around the world. I’m sure we can all remember reading Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet or Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men as a class and discussing the characters in an academic setting.

A quick refresher:

Characterization is the concept of creating characters for a narrative. […] Characters are presented by means of description, through their actions, speech, thoughts and interactions with other characters.

Characterization is broken down two separate sections: direct characterization and indirect characterization.

Direct characterization involves the author telling us what a character is like. This is generally done through descriptions, or by the characters themselves. Imagine a character saying or thinking that they “like the beach”. This would be an example of direct characterization.

Indirect characterization must be inferred by the audience by interpreting a character’s dialogue, mannerisms, thoughts, actions and interactions with other characters. Imagine a character walking barefoot along a beach, staring wistfully at the water. We can easily infer that this character “likes the beach” without having the character actually make any kind of statement.

This first section of the meta will deconstruct Kylo Ren’s direct and indirect characterization.


1.1: THE “LAST” SKYWALKER

We must first start by summarizing Kylo Ren’s background.

“Apparently the awakening was not just for Rey, but Kylo as well. Adam Driver spoke about Kylo and his motivations. Driver said that the character was mainly motivated by the feelings of abandonment from his family.”

“Abrams also added some backstory saying that Han couldn’t stay in one place and that Leia couldn’t stop fighting. His nature as a rogue and her nature as a freedom fighter clashed. Against that backdrop, Snoke targeted Kylo because of his powers and potential. The implication was that in the absence of solid parenting, Kylo Ren emerged.”

— “Secrets of the Force Awakens” Documentary

As we all know, Kylo Ren—once Ben Solo—is the fallen son of Han Solo and Leia Organa. He was seduced to the Dark Side by Supreme Leader Snoke after he was sent to train with his uncle Luke Skywalker. Snoke viewed the young Ben Solo as the perfect focal point of the Light and Dark Sides of the Force. He was being twisted and manipulated from the shadows since childhood, but it appears as though he managed to stave off complete seduction until he was a young adult, at which point something happened. He gave in to Snoke, turned to the Dark Side and left his family in ruins.

However, he was never able to completely extinguish the Light from which he was born.

It would not be unfair to suggest that Kylo Ren is currently the most important character in the Star Wars universe. He has a direct blood relation to almost every previous main character, his betrayal tore apart the Original Trilogy heroes, and he connects every player in the Sequel Trilogy together: the fallen son to Han and Leia, the ex-apprentice and nephew to Luke, the pawn to Snoke, the Knight of Ren, the anti-villain to Rey’s hero, the man who killed Han and left Finn in a coma, and whom Rey scarred with his grandfather’s saber when she almost crossed the threshold to the Dark Side. Rey went from defeating Ren with his legacy saber to hugging Ren’s mother to boarding Ren’s legacy ship to finding Ren’s uncle, who exiled himself because of Ren. It all comes back to one character: Ben Solo.

You must remember who Kylo Ren is and what franchise we’re dealing with in order to even hope to make accurate predictions. Star Wars is first and foremost an optimistic, idealistic coming-of-age fantasy directed toward children. It presents core messages of family, love, friendship, redemption and hope.


1.2 COSTUME AND MANNERISMS

Kylo Ren’s garbs in The Force Awakens serve the purpose of imparting vital indirect characterization. He is swamped in black clothing that covers even his face, hands and neck, leaving not even an inch of skin showing. This immediately conveys to the audience that he has something to “hide”, despite the fact that we eventually discover that he is an average human man. He could even be described as shameful, unprepared to place himself in a position of vulnerability, quite literally playing dress-up in his grandfather’s attire.

Kylo’s garments also plainly echo the real-life historic Knights Templar, which certainly begs a few questions about Ren’s upbringing with and indoctrination by Snoke. Alas, this is not the meta for that discussion, but I will leave you with this quote referring to the vows knights had to make in order to be accepted into the order, two of which I find particularly telling with regards to my own personal interpretation of the character.

“Full members of the order took the standard monastic vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.”

Like his fellow character trinity members Rey and Finn, Kylo portrays many qualities that can be attributed to children, particularly young children. He is incapable of controlling his emotions, presenting a seemingly collected demeanor only in the film’s introductory sequence. He doesn’t seem to have a firm grasp on complex human emotion, perhaps because he was never given a proper outlet to explore his more innate feelings, or because Snoke simply did not allow it. He has violent tantrums, his fists are always balled and his eyes always seem to shimmer with tears. He trusts inanimate objects more than real people, he has an obsession with relics, he watches Rey sleep, crouched on the ground, head tilted. There is an air of submission in him, as out-of-place as it may appear.

This is one of the major reasons Kylo often comes across as “weak”. He is an evocative male character, brimming with emotion that seems completely unable to tame. He is not really a man, a child or a monster, he is all three.


1.3: JAKKU VILLAGE

In the film’s opening scene, we are introduced to Poe Dameron and Lor San Tekka. Poe is a Resistance pilot who is retrieving a piece of a map rumored to lead to the missing Luke Skywalker. The mission, however, does not go as planned. Poe is captured by the First Order and Lor San Tekka is murdered by Kylo Ren.

LOR SAN TEKKA
The First Order rose from the dark side… you did not.

KYLO REN
I’ll show you the dark side.

LOR SAN TEKKA
You may try, but you cannot deny the truth that is your family.

Suddenly Kylo Ren raises his LIGHTSABER – IGNITES IT – PERPENDICULAR SMALLER BLADES AT THE HILT, A UNIQUE BUZZ – YELLOW/RED ENERGY, SPITTING SPARKS AND SMOKE –

KYLO REN
You’re so right.

And as he RIPS IT DOWN ACROSS SAN TEKKA!

Above we have the sequence from the final script. Kylo Ren’s response appears to be quite collected, but… why did he kill Tekka? Surely Tekka had seen the map? His mind was ripe for reading; he even could have been a valuable war-prisoner. Kylo Ren had yet to be made aware of Poe’s existence, let alone the fact that BB-8 had been given charge of the drive containing the map. Yet he killed him. Why?

Because this was a man from his past who reprimanded him about his origins, his family. There is even a small smirk visible on Tekka’s face as he converses with Ren, as he chastises him for “denying the truth that is his family.”

These are things we later come to realize bring Ren to a conflicted place, heightening the pull to the Light within him. Although his response to Tekka was swift and cold, the rage behind the action was not fueled by indifference. Hate and love are not opposites, they are two sides of the same coin, and it’s quite clear that Ren is far from indifferent when it comes to his family. This was a personal murder, not a war crime.

The movie illustrates that Kylo Ren only kills when the situation becomes genuinely personal. He leaves Poe alive after interrogating him despite having already retrieved the necessary information. He lets Lieutenant Mitaka live as well, and on Takodana he immediately goes for Rey and BB-8 without engaging in battle with anybody. This is vital indirect characterization. We are meant to infer that, while Kylo has likely killed many innocent people, we as an audience don’t see him kill impersonally. Anything beyond that is speculation.

The first sequence of the film creates an image for the audience. It would be called a character defining moment, and it’s used to great effect. Kylo seems similar to Darth Vader, perhaps with an added youthful edge. This image is quickly torn down as we witness Kylo unraveling. He goes from murdering potentially important war criminals to desperately following his “personal interests” to praying to an inanimate object. Kylo unravels like a ball of string, shedding physical and metaphorical layers until he is left a beaten, scarred, patricidal wreck at the film’s conclusion.


1.4: COMPASSION

Immediately after murdering Tekka, Poe makes himself known when he tries to shoot Kylo Ren. Kylo stops the blaster-bolt and the two men share a brief interaction that ends with Kylo ordering the Storm Troopers to take Poe on-board. Kylo gives the Troopers permission to annihilate the village — probably one of his darkest and most unforgivable acts. While Tekka’s murder was personal and driven by secret longing, this was something very different.

Yet this scene is followed by Kylo Ren’s first clearly bizarre decision.

Kylo Ren heads back toward his ship. But then he STOPS. Feels something. TURNS AND LOOKS AT OUR STORMTROOPER for a LONG MOMENT. Our Trooper can barely meet his gaze; knows he’s doomed.

Kylo Ren then heads off – passes the FROZEN BLAST, which, after a beat, GOES FREE AND SLAMS INTO A NEARBY STRUCTURE, scaring the hell out of our Stormtrooper.

As Kylo is preparing to depart on his ship, he seems to sense something. A Trooper is disobeying him, refusing to shoot down the villagers. Ren locks gazes with him, seeming prepared to kill him… but then he walks away.

This single moment serves as the inception of the entire adventure. The Trooper breaks Poe free, and together they crash on the desert planet Jakku, where BB-8 has already encountered a mysterious scavenger named Rey.

Ren should have destroyed the Trooper, but he didn’t. Perhaps it could be argued that he just didn’t care about an underling’s actions, but it doesn’t take long for us to learn this:

Kylo researched the Trooper’s title. He knew the Trooper was showing strange “signs”, he knew the Trooper by name, yet he kept the information to himself. Why? Why did Kylo Ren let the Trooper go?

Because he felt compassion for him.

This might seem like a leap to some, but it’s the only thing that makes sense to me, given Kylo’s apparent inner-turmoil about the situation. Kylo also felt something for Rey—as will be discussed below. We know he dislikes the Trooper program (he thinks as much in the novelization, and he subtly tries ot tell Hux that they should be using Clones in the film). We know he hates Hux as well. It only makes sense to take into consideration that Kylo may have consciously allowed FN-2187 to go free simply because he saw himself in the rogue Trooper.

The young women and men who become Storm Troopers in the Sequel Trilogy are stolen from their families as children and brainwashed into serving as killing machines. The process should be ringing a bell in your mind, because it’s remarkably similar to what happened to Kylo Ren.

With this in mind, it should be easy to infer that Kylo may have felt compassion for Finn, and walked away as a result. The single moment haunts Kylo, and we can imagine that he may have battled with himself mentally about whether or not to inform Hux or Phasma about their rogue Trooper. Obviously a side of Ren he would rather deny emerged victorious, because Finn managed to escape, and Ren doesn’t forget it.

The next time Kylo mentions Finn, he uses the term “traitor”. He does this one more time before the end of the film, after he has murdered his father. He screams the word at Finn, who is cradling an unconscious Rey. This is an incredible example of indirect characterization mixed with direct characterization. Kylo Ren isn’t just labeling Finn an “traitor”, he’s using the term to describe himself, hating himself for going through with the ultimate act of betrayal. He punishes Finn in the forest of Starkiller Base, using him as an outlet for his frustration and masochism. He beats his own wounds physically and metaphorically.

“You have compassion for her.” (The Force Awakens novelization)

— Snoke

It is made far more obvious in the film that Kylo Ren feels some kind of attachment to the heroine, Rey. I have discussed this at great length in a separate analysis, but I’ll allude to it here simply for brevity’s sake.

Kylo Ren sees himself in Rey, just as he saw himself in Finn. When he reads her mind, he finds that he relates to her loneliness, her fear and her desperation. Ren’s sentiments of compassion lead him to place himself in a position of vulnerability two times while in Rey’s presence, and both instances are considered iconic in The Force Awakens.

First, he removes his helmet for her in the interrogation sequence. Second, he offers to “show her the ways of the Force” in their final battle. This reminds Rey that she too is capable of channeling the Force, allowing her to defeat him. These are two of Ren’s biggest mistakes, and the implication is they were born out of compassion.


1.5: PERSONAL INTERESTS

GENERAL HUX
Careful, Ren. That your “personal interests” not interfere with orders from Leader Snoke.

While it is difficult to say what Kylo’s motivations are right now, it’s quite clear that he isn’t Snoke’s loyal puppet. He goes against his orders multiple times. In fact, I would have trouble thinking of a single moment in which Ren does follow Snoke’s plans without fail. He seems to react upon instinct more than anything, doing whatever he sees fit, but there is an underlying idea—as presented by Hux in the above excerpt—that Kylo has “personal interests” in finding Luke that go completely against Snoke and the First Order. This line basically foreshadows Ren’s entire developmental (or unraveling) arc in The Force Awakens. 

GENERAL HUX
Supreme Leader Snoke was explicit. Capture the droid if we can, but destroy it if we must.

Obviously Snoke isn’t particularly invested in finding Luke (he just doesn’t wnt the Resistance to find Luke), but Kylo certainly is. There is no way to know just what he wants from him. We’ll have to wait until Episode VIII for that information.

KYLO REN
Forgive me. I feel it again. The pull to the light. Supreme Leader senses it. Show me again, the power of the darkness, and I will let nothing stand in our way. Show me, Grandfather, and I will finish what you started.

This is perhaps Ren’s most obvious “personal interest”. The sequence poses so many questions that have been deconstructed in separate analyses that I won’t waste too much time on it, but the implication here is that Kylo shares certain sentiments with this mask alone. It is his guardian, his relic. It is the only thing in the world he genuinely trusts, and he feels a connection to it, and a shame for not living up to its “expectations”.

Then there is one of the big questions to come out of this film: what did Darth Vader start? I have my own theories that don’t necessarily belong in this meta, but I’ll leave it at this: writers don’t emphasize an ambiguous theme in a villainous character only to reveal an equally villainous motivation. Chances are whatever “Vader started” will lead into the inevitability of Kylo’s redemption.

KYLO REN
What girl?

KYLO REN
The girl I’ve heard so much about

GENERAL HUX
Ren believed it was no longer valuable to us. That the girl was all we needed. As a result, the droid has most likely been returned to the hands of the enemy. They may have the map already.

Throughout the Third Act of the film, Kylo Ren finds a brand new “personal interest” in Rey. Ren appears to become attracted to and infatuated with Rey as he is in some way seduced by the Light she embodies. You don’t need to look far to see that he treats her differently than he treats any other character.

When he sets foot on Takodana and hears that the girl and droid have fled into the woods, he immediately follows them. When he finds Rey he decides to take her second-hand version of the map and not bother looking for the droid itself, allowing it to fall into the hands of the Resistance. In the interrogation, he removes his mask when she expresses fear, gets way too close to her and fishes through her personal thoughts before even attempting to search for the map. In their final battle, he offers himself to her as a teacher. This characterization is some of Ren’s most unexplainable… and it only makes sense if you accept that he also appears to be attracted to her in some fashion.

“The Supreme Leader believes Ren to be the ideal embodiment of the Force, a focal point of both Light and Dark Side ability.”

— The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary

It is interesting to note that Snoke actually encourages Ren to maintain control over both the Light and Dark sides of the Force that naturally coexist within him, but Ren is completely dismissive of this notion. When he feels a pull to the Light, he expresses to Darth Vader’s helmet that it must “show him the power of the Darkness”. He also insinuates that the battling Forces he commands “tear him apart”, and actually cause him pain of some kind. He wants nothing to do with accepting the Light, which appears to manifest as unwanted link to the life he left behind.

Once more, we can see that Ren is going against Snoke’s desires.

What exactly are all these “personal interests” used to push in the context of the narrative? To create a clear distinction between Kylo Ren and the First Order, to separate him a little from the evilest aspects of the Order. He is his own character, not an extension of Snoke. He places his “personal interests” above Snoke and the First Order on every occasion. That demands a certain level of attention in itself.


1.6: SIBLING RIVALRY

The Force Awakens introduces us to General Hux, an important official in the First Order. Ren and Hux share a bitter relationship that seems to echo a sibling-rivalry, with Hux seeming to constantly interfere with Ren’s more paternal connection to Supreme Leader Snoke.

Hux and Ren are given multiple scenes together, and it becomes quite clear that the character exists as a direct contrast to Ren. We are meant to compare their reactions as they are faced with similar orders.

KYLO REN
How capable are your soldiers, General?

GENERAL HUX
I won’t have you question my methods.

KYLO REN
They’re obviously skilled at committing high treason. Perhaps Leader Snoke should consider using a clone army.

In the above sequence, the film spells out that Ren has nothing to do with the First Order’s indoctrination of child-soldiers. Ren is specifically Snoke’s foot-soldier and a Knight of Ren, not Hux’s partner (as has been discussed, Ren hates the Trooper program). Ren and Hux barely tolerate each other. When you consider the fact that Hux is a twisted, genocidal, power-hungry, sadistic maniac absorbed with self-importance and lacking even a single redeeming quality, it should be obvious that Hux serves the purpose of humanizing Ren, of making him look “better” by comparison.

Hux watches, his eyes WILD WITH POWER AND EVIL.

TIGHT ON KYLO REN as he watches the Starkiller firing.

Hux’s Nazi speech is also entirely his own. Ren isn’t even present on Starkiller Base when the weapon is fired at the Hosnian System. He is watching it from afar, fists clenched. We are given a description of Hux’s eyes, but we cannot know what Ren’s might look like at this exact same moment. He is leaning over the window, watching the weapon fire. It is meant to make us question what Ren really thinks of all this.  

Hux repeatedly rebukes Ren for going against Snoke. He seems to have an innate desire to embarrass Ren in front of his Master. Hux is also fully aware of Ren’s wavering conviction, which makes him all the more dangerous as an antagonist.

SNOKE
Good. Then we will crush them once and for all. Prepare the weapon.

Kylo Ren is stunned by the moment – that isn’t what he meant at all

KYLO REN
Supreme Leader. I can get the map from the girl. I just need your guidance.

Above we have perhaps the most telling comparison. Hux and Snoke decide to destroy the Illeenium System—where Leia Organa, Kylo Ren’s mother, happens to be. Ren is completely against the order, and even tries to offer up another solution, but he is shot down as Hux walks away, giving him a snide glower.


1.7: LIES AND TRUTHS

Despite being the main antagonist of The Force Awakens, Kylo Ren is a surprisingly truthful character. He only lies once in the entire film, and it is clear at this exact moment that Ren is an absolutely abysmal liar. He and Snoke are discussing the droid, which has fallen into the hands of Ren’s father through a series of odd coincidences. Ren reacts to the news in the following manner:

Kylo Ren reacts with subtle, but real, surprise.

KYLO REN
He means nothing to me.

This scene is closely followed by the famous “pull to the Light” sequence in which Ren reveals that Snoke was fully capable of sensing his deceit. Han Solo does not mean nothing to Kylo Ren.

KYLO REN
You’re my guest.

REY
Where are the others?

KYLO REN
You mean the murderers, traitors and thieves you call friends? You’ll be relieved to hear that I have no idea.

Kylo Ren stops, considers her… then reaches up, unlatches and REMOVES HIS MASK. Rey reacts, stunned. It takes a moment before she regains her own mask of defiance.

When Rey wakes up in the interrogation scene, Kylo doesn’t bother lying to her even once. He could have told Rey her friends were dead, but instead he expresses the truth: he has no idea where they are. He also removes his mask when she reveals her (understandable) mistrust. He is very honest with her.

KYLO REN
… You’re so lonely… so afraid to leave… At night, desperate to sleep… you imagine an ocean. I see it – I see the island… And Han Solo. You feel like he’s the father you never had. He would’ve disappointed you.

He’s also open about what he sees in her head, even going so far as to “warn” her that Han Solo would have disappointed her if he really was her father.

KYLO REN
I’m being torn apart. I want to be free of this pain. I know what I have to do, but I don’t know if I have the strength to do it. Will you help me?

Perhaps the most controversial example can be found in Kylo Ren’s conversation with Han Solo on the catwalk. As an audience, we should have been able to infer that Kylo Ren never bothers to lie, opting instead for the truth.

This indirect characterization gives us all we need to know to understand that Kylo is in no way attempting to manipulate his father. He goes through with Snoke’s orders for a “personal” reason, in order to be “free of [his] pain.” He truly could not have kill his father on his own, and genuinely expresses to Han that he needs his help. The scene is heartbreaking on many levels, particularly when you realize that Han resting his hand on his son’s cheek is likely the first true human contact Ren has felt in years.


1.8: THE FATHER AND THE SON

Adam Driver said it himself, Kylo Ren is mainly motivated by what he considers to be feelings of abandonment from his family. His sentiments about his family are complex to say the least, with Ren mentioning them several times throughout the film. As always, Ren reveals far more of himself than he intends to.

“He means nothing to me.”

As we have already discussed, this was proven to be an outright (and pathetic) attempt at a lie.

“Han Solo. […] He would have disappointed you.”

Han Solo disappointed Ren.

“Your son is gone. He was weak and foolish, like his father. So I destroyed him.”

Ren considered his father to be weak and foolish for “something”. Is this the same “something” that caused him to harbour so much disappointment in his family? We can only speculate right now, so I’ll leave it at that.

We must also notice that Ren only starts to cry when Han expresses that “we [Han and Leia] miss him”. Ren’s feelings about his mother are perhaps even more difficult to comprehend than those about his father.

Always remember that Han Solo died as any father should, loving his son, forgiving him, and hping that he can someday find his way home.

An extra layer of intricacy can be found between Snoke and Ren. There is clearly a dependence of some kind between them, perhaps because Snoke was there for Ren when Han and Leia weren’t, using his loneliness to manipulate him. The notion is quite tragic, but we simply don’t know enough about the topic yet.


Part 2: Symbolism, Metaphor and Foreshadowing

Now that we have a clear understanding of the most important facets of Kylo Ren’s characterization, this second part of the meta will focus on the artistic devices in The Force Awakens, particularly the use of symbolism, metaphor and foreshadowing that directly pertain to Kylo’s redemption arc.

Once more, a quick refresher on some important terms.

Symbolism is the practice of using an object or word to represent an abstract idea. An action, person, place, word of object can all have symbolic meaning.

Foreshadowing is a literary technique through which an author hints at what is to come.

A metaphor is a figure of speech that identifies something as being the same as some unrelated thing for rhetorical effect that, usually, provides clarity; thus, the implied conceptual relationship rhetorically highlights the similarities between two ideas.


2.1: THE HELMET AND THE SABER

It was revealed in an interview with Adam Driver that Kylo Ren’s lightsaber and helmet are meant to be a metaphor for his character, that he is “unfinished” and “unpolished” and appears as though he might crack at any moment. It can thus be assumed that, in order to develop, Kylo will eventually have to become “finished”, “polished” and “in control”.

Interestingly, some people use this as evidence supporting the notion that Kylo will never be redeemed, that he will become eviler and eviler until he kills Luke and Leia. Hilarious, I know.  

We must realize that treading further along the path of Darkness would not lead to Ren being “finished” or “whole”. He is the focal point of the Light and Dark, and until he accepts both sides of his being he can never be whole, he can never mature naturally or discover his true purpose. That is the true metaphor behind the saber.


2.1: THERE IS “SOMEONE” WHO STILL COULD

We PUSH IN ON REY as RAIN BEGINS – and DAY TURNS TO NIGHT – and she LOOKS UP – we TILT UP –

To see we’re LOOKING UP AT A WARRIOR as he is STABBED BY A FIERY LIGHTSABER! He screams and falls to the ground – we FOLLOW HIM, revealing Rey again, now in a nighttime battlefield. She gets to her feet, frightened by what she sees. We PIVOT AROUND HER to REVEAL KYLO REN, and the six other KNIGHTS OF REN, who flank him!

Come back around to Rey, soaking now, as the RAIN STOPS and SUNLIGHT illuminates her – she turns to look – we PIVOT – and see…

A little girl. Rey as a child. She is sobbing, hysterical. Unkar Plutt’s meaty hand holds her thin arm. She is on Jakku, watching a starship fly into the sky, abandoning her.

YOUNG GIRL
No, come back!

Rey discovers that she has some kind of connection with Anakin’s lightsaber as she touches it and is thrust into a terrifying Force Back. She sees past, present and future, and is pursued by the only individual who seems to acknowledge her presence in the dream sequence: Kylo Ren. He is the focus of her vision more than anything, which is quite interesting when you remember that the saber (according to Ren) belonged to him at one point. Does Rey feel bonded with the Skywalker saber, or with Ren himself? Only time will tell.

Maz Kanata’s speech to Rey directly following the Force Back is one of the turning points of the film. Maz insinuates that Rey’s family is never returning, and that the belonging she seeks is ahead, not behind.

Dear child. I see your eyes. You already know the truth. Whomever you’re waiting for on Jakku, they’re never coming back. But… there’s someone who still could.

There is someone who still could come back. Rey immediately assumes Maz is referring to Luke, but what if she’s actually insinuating that Kylo Ren can still [come back to the Light]? It would make for a brilliant example of foreshadowing in the long-run.

The end of the Force Back scene is also edited in such a way that it appears as though the little girl is speaking directly to Ren. We hear her say “come back” before the child is revealed, and right after we see Ren approaching Rey on the rainy battlefield.

This notion opens up the possibility that the belonging Rey seeks may lie in the focus of her Force Back, in the true owner of the saber: in Kylo Ren. And who is she about to meet in the forest? Who is directly ahead of her?


2.2: THE LIGHT AS SEDUCTION

“I feel it again, the pull to the Light.”

— Kylo Ren

Kylo Ren is quite the tortured soul indeed. He does everything in his power to quiet the call of the Light—which he literally refers to as a seduction—but no matter what he finds that he “feels it again”.  It seems simple enough. Ren is a Dark-affiliated Force-Sensitive who is in great inner-turmoil as a result of the longing for the Light he can’t seem to shake. However small, it is his greatest foil, his most significant element of characterization.

So what is this pull to the Light? Ren makes it quite obvious that whatever connection he maintains to his family incites it. The mere mention of Han Solo causes him to confess his sins to his grandfather’s helmet. It is a pull to his family, to his old life.

But how exactly does Ren’s “pull to the Light” ultimately manifest itself? What is most representative of the Light in The Force Awakens—or more specifically, who?

Rey.  

Many fans have recognized that Kylo Ren develops an unusual fixation on the heroine after first encountering her in the forest of Takodana. Some have postulated that he has an interest in her power, while others say that he is genuinely attracted to her in some fashion, be that physically, mentally or through the Force that flows between them.

I’m much more inclined to believe the second interpretation, because it takes into account Kylo Ren’s characterization and his context in the narrative. He feels genuine compassion for her, he cannot help but bond with her loneliness and her fear. These are not hallmarks of an individual enamoured by power, but rather, by something far more human. That is why combining the themes of Force-related seduction with romantic and sexual seduction are paramount to comprehending Ren’s role in the future of this Trilogy.

Rey is a symbol in herself. She represents everything Kylo Ren has denied himself. She is a beautiful young woman who is highly connected to the Light side of the Force, and he quite literally cannot help but be willingly seduced by her Light.

“By the grace of your training, I will not be seduced.”

— Kylo Ren to Snoke

This is classic foreshadowing and irony in the vein of Vader’s famous “There is no conflict” or even Leia’s “I would sooner kiss a Wookie”. When a character expresses that he won’t be seduced in this manner in the first Episode of a Trilogy and proceeds to become completely fixated on a woman who happens to represent the Light by which he expresses he “will not be seduced” they might as well be spelling out that they will be seduced. In a manner of speaking, methinks Kylo doth protest too much.

We must also remember that this film concluded with Ren being rescued by Hux in order to “complete his training”. By the grace of Snoke’s training indeed.

“There was too much Vader in him.”

— Han Solo

Too much Vader… but too much of “what” exactly? This is left open to interpretation. Vader was a Sith Lord, but he was also Anakin Skywalker, the man who gave his own life to save his only son, the Jedi who fell to the Dark Side because the Emperor manipulated his undying love for his wife. Just as Anakin was prepared to do anything for Padme, Ren may ultimately be willing to go to great lengths for Rey, regardless of whether or not his sentiments are ever outwardly reciprocated.

This definitely ties into the fact that Rey and Ren’s themes are essentially Across the Stars in reverse.

Rey is under a spotlight, practically emanating light. Her light is extending toward the crouched figure of Ren, who is watching her submissively. Ren can’t seem to take his eyes off the glowing young woman.


2.3: THE SUN AND THE SON

Although the new superweapon received a great deal of criticism from fans for being “just another lame Death Star”, Starkiller Base happens to be one of the most effective and blatant symbols in the entire movie. From absorbing a “sun’s” light as power to transforming into a “reborn sun” at the film’s conclusion, the metaphor created is both telling and very artistic.

“It uses the power of the sun. As the weapon is charged, the sun is drained until it disappears.”

— Finn about Starkiller Base

“Snoke is using you for your power.”

— Han about Ben Solo

The comparison here is just begging to be made. Starkiller Base manipulates the “light” of a sun as a weapon. In English, the words “sun” and “son” happen to be the same. This is a pun that has been used throughout English literature and even biblical texts to describe the “prodigal son”. Ren is of course the “son” (to Han and Leia), the fallen legacy who wants nothing more than to subdue the light within himself.

“I am too much I’ the sun.”

— Hamlet

The “sun” and the “son” is a powerful symbol that cannot be used lightly, but it only becomes more obvious as the film progresses:

And just then, the LAST BEAM OF SUNLIGHT streaming through the open hatch VANISHES.

Han actually smiles – and reaches out for the dark weapon – but with the light now gone, KYLO REN’S EYES FILL WITH DARKNESS.

At this moment, Kylo Ren murdered his father. Starkiller Base sucked the life from a sun, casting a shadow across the planetary weapon, and across Kylo Ren. The sun’s death heralded Ren’s darkest act. As hope was lost, so too were Ben and Han Solo. The sun, the son and father fell together.

Kylo Ren is somehow WEAKENED by this wicked act. Himself horrified. His SHOCK is broken only when –

We must also take into account Ren’s reaction to killing his father. If this sounds like someone who has gone Full Dark to you… I think you missed the point of the movie.

Something amazing happens at the end of the film:

The X-wings ROAR OFF, skyward as the MUSIC SOARS, the PLANET IMPLODES – THE SUNLIGHT IT CONTAINS BURSTS FORTH, and as we get further and further distance from what was Starkiller Base, we witness the REBIRTH OF A SUN. Light restored to a corner of the galaxy.

This is about as descriptive as any script is going to get. We witnessed the “rebirth of a sun”. Rebirth of a sun… or rebirth of a “son”?

Poe and the rest of the pilots destroyed the oscillator that was containing the sun’s trapped energy and light. This happened in unison with Rey defeating Kylo in the snowy wood. In a story that surrounds the concept of Light and Dark as two sides of a coin and that involved a sun dying to symbolize the loss of hope as a character violently murdered his own father, having that same sun be “reborn” in a flurry of light is very telling. Kylo Ren was filled with darkness as the sun fell, but after being defeated by Rey (interesting how Rey’s name is also a pun on a sun “ray”) he was “reborn” along with the new sun, his father’s eternal resting place.


And if all that symbolism doesn’t drive it home for you, take a look at this Easter Egg from The Force Awakens soundtrack. Two themes are connected by a horn solo, the moment we hear Kylo Ren’s theme for the very first time in “Attack on Jakku Village” and the exact moment the sun is reborn in “Farewell and the Trip”. The same solo can be heard in both songs, referencing the theme of the reborn sun (or in this case, the reborn “son”).

Go to 4:18

The first version is more ominous, as it is combined with Kylo’s dissonant theme.

Go to 0:46

The second is hopeful and triumphant, and even melds with the Force Theme. The solos are exactly the same, however. This hard-evidence proves to me beyond a shadow of a doubt that the writers intended to have Starkiller Base’s rebirth as a “sun” represent Kylo’s own metaphorical rebirth.


2.4: THE BATTLE FOR A SOUL

Kylo’s final fight with Finn and Rey is perhaps one of the most artistically significant moments in the entire Star Wars franchise. From pursuing the duo into the icy forest to being branded by Rey, Ren is quick to reveal the results of his physical, mental and emotional unraveling as he engages Finn and Rey in battle. If a viewer has failed to comprehend Ren until this point, Ren’s behavior will go completely over their head.

Finn, Rey and Ren contrast each other beautifully. They were all children who were separated physically from their parents, and who dealt with the emotional trauma of abandonment in different ways. Finn was brainwashed, but maintained a high level of humanity; Rey dreamed every day of her family returning; Ren gave in to the Darkness that was tugging at him. Acknowledging the fact that they are all foils of each other gives their battle so much more emotional impact. They are fighting themselves as much as they are fighting each other, lost souls who may ultimately need each other to find their way home.

“It’s just us now. Han Solo can’t save you.”

The fight begins with this line. Strangely enough, it appears as though he is speaking only to Rey (translations corroborate this). However, it should be clear based on Ren’s prior characterization that he isn’t just stating that “Han Solo can’t save Rey”. In reality, he’s acknowledging the tragic fact that Han Solo can no longer save him.

“That lightsaber, it belongs to me.”

Ren doesn’t acknowledge Finn until after he has knocked Rey out after she attempted to shoot him. Finn takes up the Skywalker saber in order to protect Rey, running at his ex-superior—the man who allowed him to disobey direct orders—with a lion’s heart.

TRAITOR!”

Why would Ren call Finn a traitor once again. Why would any character who just murdered his own father title someone else a traitor? Because Ren isn’t reprimanding Finn; he’s reprimanding himself, punishing himself physically and metaphorically. We already know that Ren saw himself in Finn, and he still does. He beats his own wounds during their fight, filled with self-hate and rage. Ren is grieving in his own way, his emotions causing him to lose all sense of self. He burns Finn, and finally slashes him up the spine, putting him temporarily out-of-commission just as Rey wakes up.

“You need a teacher. I can show you the ways of the Force.”

Rey and Ren’s battle is—as Harrison Ford once said—fantastic visual storytelling. There is so much occurring on-screen that it becomes almost overwhelming to take in.

It begins with Rey catching the Skywalker saber. All the tension leaves Ren’s body as he gazes at her with his old saber in her hands. It should be clear that he does not view this girl the same way he views Finn. While he was furious and masochistic in Finn’s presence, there is something very different in his countenance with Rey.

He is enamored by her Light, totally and utterly fixated. His expression is one of complete awe, and he maintains it throughout the fight.

He chases her through the wood, battling her as he attempts to disarm her. They are perfect opposites, moving in unison, dancing while in the midst of an epic clash. There is certainly a beauty to it, with the red and blue sabers seeming to create a shade of mauve just as Starkiller Base begins to fall apart. A crack appears in the planet, spewing fire just as they cross sabers.

As they attempt to stave each other off above the abyss, they seem to share a moment. It is at this point that Ren offers himself to her, declaring that “she needs a teacher” and that “he can show her the ways of the Force.” It is interesting to note that Ren doesn’t use the terms “Dark Side/Darkness” (as he did throughout the film). Of course he isn’t offering to teach her about the Light, but we are meant to question his behavior. He isn’t fully trained himself, yet he wants to teach her, to run away with her, to be with her?

Rey takes the opportunity to channel the Force for the first time, and suddenly she gains the upper-hand. She starts to chase him, stabbing at his clothes and body. She is as brutal against him as he was against Finn, and when they grasp arms and balance each other’s sabers, there is an undeniable example of symbolism. Rey is burying the dark saber in the snow, and he looks fully prepared to have it extinguished, to be rid of it once and for all.

She overcomes him physically, mentally and emotionally, leaving him scarred on the forest floor. Rey almost taps into the Dark Side, and has to stop herself from killing him, from wiping out the representation of the Darkness that took away her father-figure and first true friend.

Ren’s scar is an interesting shape, curved just like the Yin and Yang symbol. The scar is a threefold symbol of Rey’s connection to Ren, to the moment she almost crossed the threshold to the Dark Side, and to Ren’s duality. He no longer has to wear a mask to be a “monster”.

Ren is left beaten, but the symbolism of the reborn sun tells us that the Light within him has not been extinguished. There is still a chance for Ben Solo, as his mother rightfully expressed to her husband before he performed the ultimate sacrifice.

LEIA
There’s still light in him. I know it
.

Leia is not about to give up on her son. When Han died, she reacted to Ren’s suffering more than anything (the cut happens just as Ren seems to realize what he has done). I suspect neither Luke nor his sister would be willing to abandon their living link to Han… their true legacy: Ben Solo.


CONCLUSION

Episode VII ends with Rey handing “Luke’s” lightsaber back to its rightful owner… but we must remember that this saber may very well have also belonged to Ben Solo. Again, I have to wonder if Rey’s connection really extends to the Skyalkers at all, or simply to Kylo Ren? Only time can tell.

Well… I guess that’s all I have to say on this subject for now. I’ll conclude this meta by making it clear that there is zero foreshadowing pointing toward this story taking any other direction. If the writers are competent and made use of all these classic literary techniques in good faith, then we can be assured that Kylo Ren will be receiving quite the redemption arc in future Episodes.

If not, I’ll be keeping my money.


EDITS: To add pictures/fix spelling mistakes.

darlingbenny  asked:

write something about when ben met martin for their first read thru uwu

Now, long after the fact, the accounts of their first meeting differ. Martin says they met for the first time during his second audition. They’d been allowed to speak privately for a few minutes just before they ran their lines. Benedict says it happened earlier, while Martin and his peers were still congregated in the waiting room just before those auditions. Everyone else was hunched over a script, but Benedict remembers Martin sitting there as if he hadn’t a care in the world, as though he knew he could get by on his height (or lack thereof), charm, and talent alone. He looked deceptively unassuming, and he wore a ridiculous hat, and Benedict says he knew right away. Eye contact, a smile, and, boom, he knew. He says he had that White Stripes song running through his head. I can tell that we are gonna be friends.

Either way, they both agree that it was one of those terrible things that happened instantly, which might’ve been romantic if it hadn’t been so inconvenient. Benedict didn’t even wait until the rest of the hypothetical John Watsons had had their chance to audition for the producers to shuffle through the head-shots and pick Martin’s photo out of the pile.

He’d turned to Mark and said, “I want him,“ and Mark, with his bendy, pointed face and his quick wit, replied with nothing but a leering grin.

Benedict jumped to clarify. “I just mean, you know, if you want my input. He’s our man. He’s our Watson. I want to play opposite him.” He was rambling and flustered and probably blushing. There was something self-serving in the statement, and not just for the fact that Martin challenged him as an actor and made him a better Sherlock. He feared he’d been caught in his selfishness for a moment, but Mark just nodded.

“I like him, too,” he said.

Martin was so high up on cloud nine that he didn’t remember much about how he got home, but, once he got there, Amanda tried to pry any information out of him that she could. How many other people had auditioned? How did it go? Did he think he got it? How long before he knew for sure? Did he meet Benedict? And? What was that like? Was he friendly? Was he dreamy? Martin answered dutifully. About a dozen. It went really well. He sure hoped so. No idea. Yes, he did meet Benedict. He was nice. Very friendly. Oh my god, so dreamy.

He almost wanted to tell her that Benedict Cumberbatch was a gorgeous paradox, a walking contradiction, a teacup full of conflicting dualities. He seemed to be both austere intellectual and giddy five year old. He was pretentious and humble. He wanted to tell her that he was both genuine human being and chameleon, able to be fully himself one moment and his own antithesis the next, if that’s what his script asked him to be. He wanted to say that Benedict managed to be both yin and yang. Benedict made him poetic like that almost instantly.

And, sure, Martin had been skeptical of Dr. Watson and the premise of the show in general. “Sherlock Holmes with an IPhone,” he’d scoffed. But, since meeting Benedict, he’d been certain of it all. Of the project. Of the character. Of their potential as a pair. He was lost in his own mind for a full week, replaying the way Benedict had smiled at him as he faded out of Sherlock. He analyzed every moment of his audition, the inflection in Mark’s voice, the way Steven had frowned and written on his copy of the script, until, finally, Sue called his manager Rachel, and Rachel called Martin. He had another audition.

@ballvvasher replied to your photo “The absolutely denial of R/ylos to admit Rey only holds hate for Kylo…”

Things wouldn’t be so bad if they just accepted that they interpret the canon as they want, just like with all the other shippers of main pairings in star wars. Because as of canon tfa, the only romantic relationship is hanleia. Every other ship is NOT canon.

Relationships might not be canon. But it is canon that Rey adores Finn. 

I mean Reylos constantly go and on about their masters in English and how they can read into the narrative but funny enough they are more than happy to ignore what the script actually says about how Rey views Finn. 

Comparing people who say R/ylo will be endgame as to having the same chance than those who say Finnrey will be is ridiculous. It would be like saying Padme/Maul had the same chance of becoming canon as Anakin/Padme or Leia/Jabba to Han/Leia when the films are coming out.

Can the writers pull a racist move and throw away all the build up of Rey and Finn’s relationship, yeah. But the fact still remain that build up is there.

The only thing the writers build up about Rey and Kylo is an antagonist relationship where at the very least she outright despises him.  To the point she actually considers outright killing him and it is only stopped at the last minute by the realization she is standing close to the dark side of the force by allowing her hate to consume her (as Luke realized long ago). 

Again, those two relationships are not comparable. Another scene r/ylos argue Kylo was being “totally kind to rey because he loves her”

Agony. Terrified. Pain. Tears. Those are the words the writers used in this supposed romantic scene for R/ylos, hell so many literally use it as their blog’s banner. Now to the torture scene let’s see the language used by the actual script. 

Afraid (twice). Agony (twice). 

She is literally in so much agony it finally triggers the force within her and gives her the strength to fight him.  That is not the same. It will never be. Ever. Also that energy fandom calls a “force bond” is literally them just recognizing the force in each other aka. they are force sensitive. In fact Kylo’s scene with Finn at the beginning of the film was very likely the same thing. 

Holy shit Kylo and Finn have a canon force bond…oh wait, he is probably just feeling a strong force sensitive person like he does with Rey later on because as you will realize until that scene Kylo didn’t know Rey was strong with the force (sorry you will take force sensitive Finn from my dead hands). 

Now Compare all those Rey and Kylo moments to scenes like this.

This is not a shipping war. This fandom literally twisting the narrative to make a character the protagonist hates and fears and has hurt her more desirable as a love interest than a black lead whom she loves and respects mutually. 

omeggs  asked:

I can't even begin to say how amazing you are. You are making tons of people in world happy right now by voicing this smug ass bird, then coming on Tumblr and Twitter and interacting with them. Not a lot of people do that and acknowledge their fans, and when they normally do, they're complete dicks about it. But you, you're actually nice and kind to them. That voice message you sent to Haley after she beat the game made my heart melt, she was so happy. God bless you, Sean. You'll go far in life.

I’m still going to find it immensely amusing when this track record of my voicing complete jerkwads (Santa, Revali, Spade, Gruda, Sheen, Riehlvelt, and many others) continues, and people start to assume that the reason I play it so frequently is because “the actor matches the archetype”. And as I’ve elaborated on a few posts before, I still worry that if my career continues to grow, I may transition from being an actor people are excited to find is in something else to one everyone groans at because “not again…”, even if it wouldn’t affect my desire to continue working in the field as often as possible.

But I’ll be perfectly honest, I did not expect this little livestream surprise to get as much coverage as it has been, and I hope people don’t assume I only did it for the exposure and/or PR Brownie Points. The fact is that it was completely spur-of-the-moment; I was sent the link to the livestream by her friend (who was actually asking for something completely different), happened to come in right during the final battle, and in that moment made a bold choice in regards to what I wanted to do.

A huge part of success in this industry revolves around being able to make strong decisions at a moment’s notice - usually involving developing a voice for a character after 2 minutes of holding their script and reading their specs - and that impulsiveness can be applied positively towards fan interactions as well. My life has been incredibly blessed in regards to opportunities and finances (make no mistake; those finances only exist because of hard, consistent work), but I have also had times where those opportunities came about because of the kindness of others. So, I try to always stay conscious of that fact that when I have the power to, I should do my best to make the lives of those around me just a little bit easier/more exciting - it can be through a voice message for a fan, or spotting a close buddy a new monitor so he can job hunt after scrounging up his finances and moving out, or even financially blessing the mentor who basically helped my entire career blossom so that he can turn around and do the same thing for others.

What it all really boils down to is that even though I am not religious, I have a firm, spiritual belief that good deeds have a way of coming back around to bless the giver in time. I think about the “Today You, Tomorrow Me” post from Reddit an awful lot, and I identify with the idea that if I help others when they’re in need - even when I have nothing to gain from it - then they will want to help me out in turn if I’m ever in a position where I need it. It may seem really dumb to think that something like sending a Youtuber to E3 is going to magically increase my chances of landing a next role, but in the grand scheme of things I doubt any excuse to spread more positivity in the world is a bad one.

anonymous asked:

thoughts on the new vid? i know you said it was boring in a tag, but anything worth analyzing?

hiiii!!! yes, it was definitely more on the boring side for me, both in terms of surface-level entertainment and grounds for deeper analysis. i think my biggest takeaways were a lot of lingering questions about why dnp are playing this game: why they (dan) chose it in the first place and why they’re choosing to continue it and why, at least from all appearances, they seem to be so excited/enthused about it. in my opinion this episode was sort of filler/transitional content that sets up a potentially interesting storyline in the future, so while there might not be a whole lot in this video itself to talk about, it does prompt some bigger questions.

one of the main messages i received (and just generally a popular idea i saw) after the previous installment of this series was that phil was “indulging” dan and his sense of humor when playing this game. in the first episode they made it sound like dan had found this game on his own time, played through the first episode alone, and then decided it’d be good dapg content. we then were led to believe we were seeing phil witnessing and reacting to the game for the first time live on camera. while this could be true, i don’t think it’s entirely accurate, especially after this video, to assume that phil is just letting dan have his fun with this series and kind of tolerating it in a bewildered/uncomfortable fashion. if anything he seemed more into it in this video than even dan was and i was a little surprised at the number of times he was giggling and voicing aloud his desire to find out what happens next. he got so into the voice acting, he was so amused by the weird ass situations that arose, and, dare i say, he’s so into yuuma lol. all the sort of subtle asides: clarifying that they’re dating this creature, thinking about his “meaty” legs and his “glistening” hair, at 15:04 when he says “would you let a horse do that to you if he had that face?” regarding the sexual chin tilt. like. phil is into this. as boring as it was overall, i’m pretty much okay watching anything that phil is excited by lol, especially if it involves him subtly complimenting the attractiveness of a definitively masculine being. 

that brings me to the bigger questions of why they want to be playing this. because… i’m calling bullshit on the idea that everyone was DEMANDING they do a second episode after their first one. if you go back to the comments on that vid,,, there are hardly any that are asking for them to continue the series. weirdly almost all of them are asking them to play some game called mystic messenger. and then there’s a fair few commenting horse puns bc,,, gotta love youtube comments. the rest are basically just people complimenting dan’s “softness” in his spirited away jumper. barely any were like YES PLS WE DEMAND THE NEXT EPISODE. and literally zero were like “omg this is so disturbing and horrifying what are you guys doing why are you like this i hate this i never want to see you play it ever again absolute filth,” in direct contradiction to dan’s claim that at least 50 percent of people were very negative about the game. dan claimed that people were very passionate (either in a positive or negative direction) rather than indifferent and that that’s why they are choosing to continue playing but,,,,,, i beg to differ based on what i saw in their comments. i suppose there’s a chance that feedback on some other medium they check (twitter, basically) was more compelling but,,,,, from yt comments alone, i’m not seeing that enthusiasm that dan described. 

so then, why are they continuing? i said in my post after episode #1 that it seems like they intentionally chose this game in spite (or maybe because) of the fact that it would force them to break down some of their own barriers. this is a game that requires them to talk about a sexualized/attractive male character. it forces them to read a sexual/flrity script to each other and role play as two characters falling in love. that’s like,,,, pretty wild. i firmly believe therefore that they’re playing this game and continuing it bc they want to be playing it and they want to be breaking these barriers on their own terms. they have full agency over what they play, so clearly their decision to continue this series even despite a lack of resoundingly positive feedback indicates that some aspect of it is important to them–and to me that aspect is pushing their own boundaries in how they interact with each other and the kind of content they put on dapg. this is further evidenced by, imo, the most interesting part of this video: the pretty positive inclusion and discussion of fan art of themselves as yuuma/susankun. this was ALSO wild to me,,, like. such progress from the tumblr tag in 2015 when they were viewing phan art and still seemed pretty uncomfortable about the whole thing. i related this progress back to dan’s tumblr/twitter likes recently, in which he’s shown his support for some blatant phan art (the one just today .. i think .. where he squishes his face up against phil’s, the piece that refers to him and phil as a power couple, the one of him gazing at phil beneath the new year’s eve fireworks, the one where he’s saying ‘it’s my turn to dazzle you’ or something like that at the boncas, the photo that fan took of him and phil at the boncas inside a heart, etc.) all of it seems to suggest they’ve reached a point where they just aren’t bothered anymore about the audience’s perception of them as romantically involved. while the phan art in this video was perhaps less blatantly romantic than these examples from dan’s likes, it was still a way for them to show to the very large mainstream audience of dapg (much larger than the audience of people who would consistently check dan’s twitter/tumblr likes) that they acknowledge and don’t mind at all that many people see them and interpret them as being romantically/sexually involved, and that they are even amused/impressed by the art that people are creating around that notion. that’s pretty dope. 

so overall,,,, not like the most groundbreaking video in and of itself, not my favorite at all and if this story doesn’t get more interesting anytime soon i’m going to be salty,,,, but STILL. there are so many larger things that this video and this series point to in terms of dnp’s shifting boundaries (especially phil’s!!!) and all of that is completely exciting to me. 

(my horse prince #2)

anonymous asked:

So I've been busy this February and ended up off tumblr for the month. I come back and the entire fandom is in uproar about ARG. Would you please explain what the hell is going on? I left for a month and everything went to hell. Can't believe I missed all the action. Thanks in advance! :)

Wow! Okay Nonny I don’t know how I am gonna explain this much without turning this into a long-ass post. (it will probably be) I’ll tell you in chronological order.

  • We think Derren Brown is involved in this at some point, as he knows how human mind works and is friends with Mark. Here you can see a bit about his “tricks”
  • Then we got, just because, the S1 scrips, they were uploaded to the BBC page. We read them and found out they were even gayer than the actual episodes. But we found some fucky things.
  • Then a day after, or so, someone found HLV scrip on the Emmy’s page. But of course, it was strange, like everything! It has a ton of changes and it was stated on it that the Holmes brother was in fact a sister, and we wonder how it was not leaked if that script was supposedly uploaded on 2014 >> More information here You can see more about the scripts in my “scripts” tag
  • The Lost Special web apparently turned out to be fake, here you can see it, but to me is still kind of fucky because it led us to find The Lost Special Instagram, which no one knew about.
  • The Lost Special Twitter seems to be made by the same person who did the web.
  • The Sherlock’s Facebook page released a bunch of 360º pics, some quite strange, you can see them on their page, and we were wondering if we had to find something in them, it seemed strange that they released that many pics if S4 is over.
  • Rachel Talalay posted this pic, which is weird tbh, and then she replied to a comment saying that: she is just a pawn. (can’t find the link sorry) so we linked it to the chess pic that was a huge spoiler (we still don’t know why *sigh*)
  • Some people saw in their tumblr adds a page called Vivala.me, which apparently lets you send posthumous archives to the trustees you choose. (reminds you of someone’s DVD’s?) It was advertised with a really weird creepy video. We still don’t know if this is part of the ARG or not. I am quite sceptical.
  • Then we started to really pay attention to ContactSH & ContactJHW twitters. They’ve been lately providing us email addresses (we don’t know if we must use them in that vivala.me, as you need an email for the trustees)
  • Here you can see the level of Johnlock in those twitter accounts and why we love them (official or not)
  • Contact SH posted a pic taken from the BBC building, which is now closed for tours. I talked about it here.
  •  ContactSH uploaded a pic of some handwriten stuff which I analysed here. His handwriting looks suspiciously similar to Mark’s handwriting.
  • Here you can read more reasons why whe think these twitters might be official.
  • ContactJHW posted an screenshot of a email in which there was an address written  >> here.
  • And finally we found some parody accounts in Twitter  which led us to some weird ass fics, the style reminded us to the Mofftiss one.
  • Buuut today we discovered it was just a fake (some people are still sceptical about it.), and that it was just a fan, who also wrote a whole script (?) you can read about all that here and here.

So here ends our wild ride in the depths of Hell! I am afraid to discover what awaits us ahead D:
Hope it helped ;)

Exclusive: The Walking Dead’s Melissa McBride on the Season 7 finale

“It looks like war is coming. And it looks like people are heading to the front lines and we just have to wait and see what happens,” actress Melissa McBride, who plays Carol on AMC’s The Walking Dead, said in an exclusive interview with Syfy Wire.

With war looming between Rick’s troupes and Negan’s Saviors on Sunday’s Season 7 finale (judging by the previews and clips that have aired), even Carol appears to have been drawn back into the fight. While Carol’s had her issues about killing, so much so that she left both Alexandria and the Kingdom to get away from people, Negan may just discover that you don’t mess with Carol’s friends.

McBride (The Mist, American Gothic) chatted with Syfy Wire about Carol’s return to the fight, which character she’s most worried about as a viewer and those Walking Dead death dinners.

I’m excited for the season finale and sad all at the same time.

Melissa McBride: I can’t believe it’s here already. It’s really weird. The first half is a little slow, even while we’re shooting it. It’s like when do we get to mid-season. And then after the mid-season it just flies. It’s crazy.

You weren’t on a lot of episodes during the first eight.

Yeah, that was real slow (laughs).

It was especially slow for you and Lennie (aka Morgan). But I think things have picked up since then.

But it is weird though. I mean no matter how many episodes, it seems like that first half is always … I guess it’s just because we were starting out. It’s grueling and it’s hot and it’s horrible. And in the second half of the season, [it goes by so quickly]. It’s done, and you’ve got to say goodbye to people.

What’s it like for you when you are not on episodes? Do you have any clue what’s going on with the show?

I still get the script, so I know what’s happening.

Do you know before you get the script if you’re going to be in an episode?

Vaguely. But you take it with a grain of salt because things can always change. They say you may or may not be in this episode.

It’s really interesting that Carol has had an evolution over the years, and now she’s having a re-evolution, almost. From being an abused wife to losing her child to becoming a protector of those around her. And then she left both Alexandria and the Kingdom in an attempt to go it alone.

I know. It’s her pattern. But this one is less superficial. It’s not just putting on a sweater … This one she was just at her end. Like she said there is just nothing left. Going through the days knowing what you’ve done, and what you’re capable of doing if you had to, there was just nothing left. I mean if that is what you have to do, just the death and destruction, [losing your] humanity, everything, not knowing who to trust, knowing that maybe you’re just like these people that you’re fighting, and trying to protect yourself … You become the monster. All of that stuff. She just had to go to either save herself or just do away with herself.

But apparently she didn’t move far enough away from the Kingdom. For some reason she’s been surprised when everybody keeps showing up.

It was kind of funny I thought, for somebody who just really wants some solace and time to sort through and think about things. And ding dong. Ding dong.

What area your thoughts about the Kingdom?

I like the Kingdom. It’s a beautiful place. Just hitting that against the darkness of the world. Going from point A to point B is just so dark, and then all these other groups are infiltrating your space. And then going and killing people in their sleep. The Kingdom is just a paradise.

It did appear that the initial attack on the Savior facility and Carol’s efforts to save Maggie when they were captured, might have been the breaking point for her. Why wouldn’t Carol want to stay in the Kingdom? I think of all the places you could live if I was in that world, the Kingdom is the one I would want to live in.

There’s this colorful king and there is music and there are children laughing and running around and that’s really beautiful. I don’t even think Carol thought she was even worthy of a place like that. Anyway she had work to do on herself.

Now she’s back in the fold it looks like. In the previews, we see Carol with the Kingdom group holding a gun and looking ready to go after Negan. I know you can’t say much but can you tease us about the finale?

Well, there is certainly the culmination, as you could see in the preview.

Looks like a war is coming.

They have what looks to be like procured guns now for the Alexandrians and Hill Top. It looks like the Kingdom is on board.

And they’ve got the people from the dump. It appears Rick’s got everything lined up now, but we’ll see.

What scares me as a viewer is that Eugene is over there in the naughty camp.

Yes he is, that bad boy. I just talked to Josh McDermitt.

You did? What’s he doing over there?

He’s like why is everybody beating down on Eugene? He’s just trying to survive.

I get it. I understand.

Not that Carol has gotten any criticism for her actions.

Exactly. But he’s over there directing traffic and moving things along.

If Carol does not survive, what do you want to say to fans?

Thank you for watching (laughs) … I love you … Thank you for the support. Thank you for rooting for Carol like I did.

And if she does survive, what are your hopes for Carol?

I would say the same things to the fans as well if she did survive (laughs).

It would be nice if she found some peace.

That’s my hope for everybody.

Not too soon though. It looks like Carol’s got another battle to fight.

You don’t have a show if everything’s all peaceful. And then something awesome happens and it’s all done. And that just can’t happen … It’s just so strange to think of a world like that. You’ve just become so totally immersed. It’s everything that Carol was fighting herself against becoming that thing that feels so awful. But it has to be done the one way. Is there really another way? If she’s just going to come to the realization that is the only way. And is that some sense of peace? I don’t know. All of them sort of carry that battle, that this is the worst humanly thing possible. But there has got to be some beautiful things to make it all worthwhile. There has to be. And I want them to experience that beautiful thing. And that’s what keeps them going and going and going.

What has been your biggest challenge this season as an actress?

My biggest challenge this season? I think it certainly would be that you get a momentum going when you’re shooting and then it’s cut off. And then you wait a couple of episodes and you go back. That’s kind of challenging doing that stop and go. But then it’s exciting too because there’s a lot more story to tell and you have an expanded cast.

It’s a big cast now.

You get to go to the set and watch people shooting and stuff, those things that you’re not in.

There are basically six communities interacting.

I know. One of the things that was fun was going to set on a day off where you can just mosey around and check out the sets and things like that, and some sets are just monumental. That whole heap set was incredible. That was seriously just mounds and mounds of trash.

The garbage set?

The Heapsters.

Oh, the scavenger garbage people.

The trash people (laughs). The Trashsters? I don’t know what it’s called. Yes, the heaps of the trash. I mean the set is just wondrous to stand there and behold the piles of trash that’s on the lot where we shoot. Like where did they get it? Who piled it up? How did they make it so cool and how did they keep it up? It’s crazy.

You’ve got the Heapsters, the Oceanside women. And you’ve got Negan’s Saviors, as well as the Kingdom, Hill Top and Alexandria.

Yes. That’s a lot of people. That’s a lot of sets, and a lot to shoot. A lot of stories to uncover.

What has surprised you this season, the thing you weren’t expecting?

The trash people. They were a surprised. The fact that Eugene’s selling into Negan’s camp over there.

He drank Negan’s Kool-Aid.

Yeah, that’s a surprise. It’s hard since we’ve been out of production on the season and I’m trying to remember a lot about it. Even in the finale there’s several surprises in this finale coming up. This script, just reading through it, I found myself saying, “What!!! No, no way!!!”

It appears likely we’ll lose some characters this week in the finale. When characters die, what’s it like for you? There has to be some emotion attached to the deaths.

It has a lot of emotion attached to it. And then also we’ll usually get notified ahead of time when that happens. But it always makes just reading the script … you want it to be good. This better be good. But to lose a cast member and to think that they’re not going to be around in that capacity anymore, anyway it’s sad. And there’s mourning and there’s also celebration, personal celebration among us for the one moving on. It’s just a celebration that they were with us the whole time that they were and that they’re undoubtedly going to do well moving forward with what they do.

I heard that there’s a death dinner.

Yeah. It started off in a restaurant and then I think the walls were too thin for the amount of crying that we wanted to do. So we moved it to a safe place where we can emote and we wouldn’t have to hold back, and we could really just be able to celebrate that person.

When is Carol’s time? What thoughts do you have about her dying?

Well, I kind of don’t. I mean it’s become part of the water. It’s not just a bubble in a water. It’s just become part of the water that that’s going to happen. So I don’t necessarily go there. I just don’t think about it as much. It’s an inevitability, I suppose. My overall general thought is, like everybody else, this just better be good. I don’t want to fall through a crack and drop twenty feet to my death. That wouldn’t be fine.  

It’s got to be a worthy death. A chance to save everybody or something.

Yeah. I just hope she doesn’t trip and fall. That’s all. She saves somebody and she’s all happy and then something happens, but she didn’t have her eyes open.

I hope at some point Carol finds happiness. In some ways I think she’s had the toughest road of all of them.

If everybody were happy this would just be a totally different show.

Yes, it would.

I kind of like the show.

It would be nice if she could be have a little peace though.

What I want is hard, tough, horrifying challenges ahead. That makes it interesting. With something beautiful in-between. That makes it all worthwhile.

Do you have anything else coming up you wanted to talk about?

Nope (laughs). I may take a nap in about five minutes. We can talk about that.

bee-utiful - ut!sans x reader

You are going to hate me for this, but can I get a Sans x reader starting with “According to all known laws of aviation, there is no way a bee should be able to fly." 

Summary: sans won’t stop bringing memes into the relationship.you want to stop him. and you do.

Pairing: Sans x Reader

Notes: i just rly wanted fluff ok. 

"according to all known laws of aviation, there is no way a bee should be able to fly.”

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it’s too fucking hard.

It’s so fucking hard to love you.

You’re hardly even here. I can’t wake up next to you, kiss you good morning, wake you up by making you come. There are times when I want to tell you something that isn’t very important, like that I had the most amazing kale smoothie or discovered a new organic coffee place in New York. I can’t buy you a bunch of roses or bar of dark chocolate just because I love you. I only can call you in the evening and tell you how much I miss you. If I’m desperate, I’ll even buy a ticket to London. But it’s so hard loving you when you’re not around.

But when you are around, it’s not easy, either. I have to share you with the whole world. You’re always somewhere while I want you all to myself. When we’re together, you have the book signing, I have the interview. We’re missing each other and then yet again, the evenings are ours to say how we feel, what we did and how much we miss each other. I fucking hate this situation. I want to scream from the rooftops, I want the whole world to know that I love you and I don’t want to share you that much. You’re mine and everyone should know it.

I hate everything about you.

I hate the fact you wake up every day on your own. You’re so cold in the mornings and there’s no one there to hold you close, to warm you up.

I hate how your eyes are tired from reading all those scripts and working with the computer. You have tears in your eyes, they are red and puffy. It hurts you.

I hate when you’re taking lonely walks in the park late in the evening. I’m always worried about you and though I’m so far away, I could jump in the plane and fly to you only to make sure you’re safe.

I hate when you have to attend all those events and parties where you are asked uncomfortable questions about your private life, about me, instead of your amazing work. It’s unfair.

I hate many things about you. But I love you to death.

I love how your nose wrinkles when someone says something funny. How you laugh out loud. How your eyes smile when you look at me.

I love the way you say my name.

I love the fact that you count the days until we see each other again. How every day you send me a short text saying how many days are left.  Today it’s 13.

I love how you sing my songs in the shower and when you say that you’re proud of my work, although I know that honestly you’re not a fan of it.

“I’m your biggest fan”, you tell me.

I love every little thing about you and the fact that I can’t have you every second of every minute and every day of forever drives me crazy.

But you know what?

One day I will be spending every second of every minute, every minute of every hour, every hour of every day, every day of every week, every week of every month, every month of every year and every year of eternity by your side. Now I have to miss you. I have to hate all those things. It has to be hard loving you, but don’t worry.

You’re worth it.