character development alert

“I’m no victim.”

Can we talk about this line? Mick Rory had possibly the worst life of anyone on the team.

He was abused as a child, like Snart, but he didn’t have a Lisa. He didn’t have a sister who loved him and doted on him.

We haven’t heard much about his mother, but I think it’s safe to say he experienced the least amount of love of anyone on the team.

He’s been the most alone.

His only friend was Snart, and as amazing as that friendship was, they were fighting half the time, and frequently trying to kill each other.

Plus, the pyromania-the uncontrollable obsession with fire-messed with his head.

He has lived most of his life with his parents’ deaths on his shoulders.

He, more than anyone, could use his past as an excuse for who he’s become.

We’ve seen others try it. Snart, especially, comes to mind. I love Snart as much as the next person, but for most of the show, he was blaming his every life choice on his father.

But Mick? Mick doesn’t.

He’s done bad stuff. He’s hurt people, and he’s robbed them, and he’s killed them. He destroys things, he burns things, and he betrayed the very people who took him in.

And he OWNS that.

He still has to learn not to let it define him, but the very fact that he’s willing to accept that part of him… So many times, with redemption arcs, we see characters blaming their choices on a rough childhood, or people letting them down, or other outside forces. The fact that he isn’t, that he’s willing to accept that HE made his choices, and no one else “gave him no choice”….

I’m so proud of my precious, murderous pyro baby. That’s all.

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