out. /cracks knuckles.
first of all, we don’t know that wells doesn’t know shit about fighting. in fact, we saw wells counter one of murphy’s attack and turn the tables. he had knife to murphy’s throat. if that’s “not knowing shit about fighting”, then damn. i’ve had it all wrong for a while.
but considering this is about murphy not being ‘that tough’, i would like to point out that john murphy at one point during that fight had charged into wells with enough force to knock him down. i’m not sure how many fights you’ve been in, but in my experience, knocking someone who is the same size as you ( or bigger ) off their feet isn’t easy. also, wells had a little bit more muscle on him than murphy — and yet, wells only got the upper hand towards the end. murphy held his own. ( s1ep2 )
i feel like i should also point out that his thing with wells was a knife fight and not just a physical fight — and in the same vein, we need to keep in mind that murphy taught himself how to throw those knives with at least relative accuracy. he’s not a professional. he wasn’t trained. it was all self-taught and for a seventeen year old who had only been practicing for a day … well, you see where this is going. ( s1ep3 )
our next piece of concrete evidence is the time he punched jasper square in the nose without losing his equilibrium ( after hitting bellamy over the head with a log ). let me also clarify this point really quick: fighting requires a certain amount of strength and stamina; granted, adrenaline plays a huge role in someone’s ability to fend for themselves, but you can’t tell me that murphy swinging around and throwing punches right after hitting someone over the head with enough force to actually knock them unconscious for a couple of seconds is considered ‘not being all that tough’. ( s1ep4 )
the last example i wanted to talk about was john murphy punching a grounder in the face. yes, chaos ensued after the fact. no, we didn’t see much of murphy during the whole fiasco aside from his stupid hair flopping about at the side of the frame, but you would think that someone who ‘isn’t that tough’ wouldn’t be brave enough to pick a fight with a man who was at least twice his size and much stronger. ( s2ep10 )
never mind the fact he’s often armed, be it a knife or a gun, and even the weakest person can be dangerous with weapons. i’m not saying that john murphy is incapable of being beaten ( as we’ve seen by how many times bellamy has smashed his fucking face in ), but i don’t think it’s fair to say he isn’t that tough?? like, we’ve seen him fight a handful of times and it doesn’t look like he’s that inexperienced.
this probably could’ve been articulated better and i encourage bygoness to add more to this post or correct anything i might have explained wrong
basically what i’m trying to say here is — john murphy isn’t an untouchable badass. he’s been beaten down many times. he’s started fights he couldn’t finish. he kind of lets madness drive him and gets a little arrogant when he brawls, but he isn’t someone you should get into a fight with and expect to go down within seconds. i mean, unless you’re bellamy blake.