but can you imagine them planning out this scene

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A subtle reminder that Rob is the father in real life [for added effect]

Totally respect Jon Steinberg’s vision for Black Sails. And I actually love where he left Silver and Madi in the finale. It felt right, you know? The two of them on that bluff facing each other, neither quite ready to close the distance between them. It made sense. And I loved it. But. This notion of Steinberg’s …this head canon that he’s expressed in recent interviews (because lbr if we didn’t see it unfold on screen, then his ideas are personal headcanon - and no more or less valid than yours or mine) that has Madi marrying Silver despite feeling that their relationship is irrevocably broken? It just doesn’t bear out. “itsjustnotrealistic.gif.

Because unlike Silver, Madi has options. She is a free woman with a home, a family, and a fucking royal lineage and legacy. Without love, there is no reason for her to bind herself to a man that describes himself as a wretch, “a no one from nowhere, belonging to nothing.”

So why would she do it? Why would Madi not only forgive a man with whom, according to Steinberg, she could never again connect emotionally, but actually MARRY him?

It doesn’t make sense for someone as surefooted and self aware as Madi is. now, I get that this break between Silver and Madi, this irreparable damage, is central to the sense of loss and tragedy that Steinberg has tried to imbue into the finale. But I just don’t buy it lol. And obviously I reject Steinberg’s headcanon because I love Silver and Madi and want nothing but happiness for them, but I also reject it because it doesn’t map to the way he’s built either character - Madi, especially

In the finale, Madi cast Silver out of her life, but in the end, she sought HIM out–ostensibly to grant her forgiveness. Given how surefooted and self aware Madi was written to be, I don’t believe that she would do that unless she understood on some level what Silver did–-and wanted to make peace with it. And maybe the distance between her and Silver on that bluff speaks to that. She sought him out having arrived at a point where she was ready to make peace with what he had done. And though she wasn’t quite there yet, she wanted to be, and, perhaps most significantly, she KNEW she was capable of getting there.

You could argue that her disappointment in Silver is just too great - that she would resent him forever for cheating her out of her war. I disagree. Yes, Madi’s anger at being lied to and undermined was justified, but I’m certain that she would inevitably see the wisdom in choosing that peace treaty. Remember Madi’s commitment to her people. Remember when she told Silver that: “No one has greater cause to swear England an enemy and desire vengeance against her as we do. Yet I believe if we were offered…a chance to be made free in the eyes of the law, it would not have been so roundly rejected.” I imagine that Silver returned to those those words often as he was setting his covert plans into motion. In the end, all of his behind-the-scenes wrangling led to her people being offered that choice–and they took it. They did. Can you imagine Madi lashing out at them for making that choice? I can’t. I cannot imagine Madi NOT understanding why the people of Maroon Island and the other camps chose peace and freedom over carnage and ideology. And if she could understand and empathize with their view, than she could do the same for Silver. Tl;dr - Madi climbed up to that bluff because her anger over Silver’s betrayal was outmatched by her love for him. And while their marriage - like ALL marriages - is flawed, the love that they share is deep, abiding and worth the effort.

Can’t Put Story Into Words

     Have you ever tried to write a story in which everything is planned and you can imagine every scene in your mind perfectly, but you can’t write the intro no matter how hard you try?  Those first chapters are how you capture the reader and lead them to the action or drama filled center.  

     My best tip for this is to write all the scenes you can imagine, even if it’s some random two page description of a room, write it.  It can be the ending, the climax, any part.  Just write it.  Eventually, when you have enough scenes written down, you can figure out what order they go in.  Then you can add in the filler chapters between and edit accordingly.  Don’t feel pressured to write a story the ‘conventional’ way.  There is no correct way to write.

~Trinity

more fee&kee larping headcanons

Anon: oh man i know you haven’t read the silmarillion but if you’ve got all the profs playing you gotta have them start their own campaign that’s like the backstory. and sauron’s hubby morgoth joins and wants to join and be partners in crime with sauron except he’s a bit more outgoing and ends up being the antagonist with sauron as his lieutenant and then the fee&kee gang find out and they’re like “YOU’RE PLAYING WITHOUT US” and so the teachers are like, “fine fine you can join”, and suddenly they have so many characters that it’s hard to keep track and somehow they drag thorin in again and he’s mahal, god of the dwarves, and bilbo is yavanna, goddess of nature (he wanted to mix it up with the genders they needed more ladies) and aragorn and arwen make beren and luthien and “yOU GUYS CAN’t BE THE EXACT SAME CHARACTERS OMG!” and somehow fee and kee become a joint team as eru who is god of everything

Anon: But BEFORE they start LARPin the major plot of lotr, there will be a brief larp prologue of the Last Alliance, and idk who will be Isildur but then Bad Ass Elrond XD and everybody will be like whoah ok. Ahh, also take your time with the doodles, im sorry if we overwhelmed you too much!

silentunicornspeaks: LOTR LARPing: Everyone’s super into the storyline and things are getting exciting but poor Boromir is a double major business and economics and a couple of big tests/projects come up and he can’t spend hours LARPing with the others, so he tells them he can play one more session and then has to get to work, so imagine his surprise when they all conspire and plan out the most dramatic death scene they could imagine for him to send him out in style.

Anon: Prof LARP-ing: OMG YES to Saruman being PD/Chemistry teacher. Like basically they got dragged into it by Gandalf (who no really knows how they got invited in the first place (he invited himself obv.)) and only agreed because he got a chance to kick Professor Gandalfs ass - they have a big silly rivalry going on at the college, bacically what is better/ more necessary, natural sciences/math or societal sciences/ languages. It’s super ridiculous and childish, kind of “my subject is better than your subject” level and Professor Elrond always gets these huge facepalm-Marks in his face and migraines when they really get going.

Anon: Fee and Kee wanted to be Treebeard (Fili, so he could carry Merry and Pip on his shoulders and talk really slowly and annoy everyone so much but they couldn’t say anything about it because hello, authenticity) and the nazgul/orcs (Kili, so he could pretend to stab everyone), so they say they died along with Thorin.