damn he was fine in season 2

For that other anon.

Voltron season 2 spoilers ahead.

“Who are you?” Keith demanded, voice broken up by pants from fighting off the bacteria. Hunk was off to the side, glancing around the intestines of the beast- Keith couldn’t for the life of him remember what the damn thing was called. “You helped us, we deserve to know.”

The Galra leveled him with a gaze, body stiffening. Hunk peered over at the duo, eyebrows raising in a question at Keith, but Keith gave him a wave. He was fine for now. They did have a mission, but Hunk knew what he was doing far better than Keith did. “Come on. Clearly you’re not working for either side. You’re…what, a freelancer?”

The Galra shrugged, hand curling around their weapon tentatively. Keith sighed. “Fine. Don’t tell me then. I just wanted to thank you properly.”

He twisted towards Hunk, ready to ask if he needed help, when a hand latched around his wrist. He flinched and Hunk straightened, fingers flexing over his bayard protectively. The Galra looked up over Keith’s shoulder at him, and the red paladin swallowed. “I’m fine, Hunk.”

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after-the-ellipsis reblogged your post and added:

Great exegesis of one of my fave moments in S1. I love how ambiguous it is. The Hannibal equivalent of a Mona Lisa smile: you can infer almost anything in Will’s expression, as it is both carefully blank while still teeming with some deep layer emotion. It’s a moment where Will, if he possessed an impartial perspective, could finally connect all the clues to expose Hannibal. But instead he latches desperately on to the wrong interpretation and falls ever deeper under Hannibal’s influence.

I’d love to hear your take on this scene from Hannibal’s perspective, Bear. A sister meta to this one. Though God knows you have enough writing to do!

Thank you! I especially appreciate the endorsement from someone who’s opinion I respect so much! :) I wrote most of my season 1 metas (and now season 2) without the benefit of having the scripts to look back on at the time of writing them, so it didn’t occur to me until just now to check and see if there’s some direction in the script about what Will was thinking. But as it turns out, the script describes Will’s expression as “inscrutable” and that’s all it says, so I guess I can’t go wrong, lol. Hugh Dancy does a damn fine inscrutable.

I don’t know if I have as much to say about Hannibal at that moment, really. He clearly notices Will watching him, and–like us!–he’s definitely in the know, so he’s got to be thinking about the same thing: that Will has “all the elements of epiphany…present in [his] head,” to quote Harris’s Hannibal. But there’s nothing to do but wait it out and look innocent, and count to Will’s fondness for him and associations about him to allow the moment to pass. He definitely is prepared to say words that will cement his place in Will’s imagination in the world of life and healing, when Will asks about it in the subsequent scene. He’s even the one to bring it up. He makes sure they talk about it.

The other Mona Lisa moment I’ve always wondered about in this episode is actually Hannibal’s in that kitchen scene. When Will tells him there’s no connection between Devon Silvestri and the other Ripper murders, Hannibal casually says, “Jack must be devastated,” and Will responds, “I imagine he is." 

Hannibal’s gaze comes up as if this answer captures him somehow, even though logically he shouldn’t be surprised either that Jack would be devastated (he was probably sadistically hoping for that, after all) or that Will would imagine it, implying both that Jack wouldn’t talk about it and that Will knows exactly how Jack feels anyway. All of this is well within Hannibal’s past experience of both men. But he still looks arrested by these words. 

I guess if, while in the ambulance, it did occur to Hannibal to wonder whether Will would connect the dots, he’d probably know that Will’s attachment to him was at least part of why Will didn’t make that connection, and that knowledge would have to warm and gratify him–especially after his recent reflections on loneliness and friendlessness.  I suppose, in that episode, he’d been almost constantly forced to consider that Will might not actually care much about him, after Bedelia was so firm with him about the boundary between psychiatrist and patient, when Will (albeit inadvertently) stood him up, when Will scoffed at the idea of the Ripper having friends, and even by comparison with his own disinterest in Franklyn.

So I’ve wondered if that’s why Hannibal appears so taken in that moment when Will uses that word: imagine. He’s seeing a confirmation in the knowledge that Will would care deeply and intrinsically enough to impede his own lightning-fast connections. Those insights are as good as confirmed fact for everyone else on the planet (except, perhaps, Abigail). Thus Will might actually reciprocate some of Hannibal’s own feelings, enough to unconsciously fool himself. And those feelings are reflected in Will’s awkward smile at Hannibal just before he leaves.

Like Will’s Mona Lisa moment, this is mostly just guessing on my part, trying to fill in the blanks about a part of an actor’s performance that the narrative itself doesn’t really explain. But if it’s true, I guess it’s no wonder Hannibal seems both so heartened and so contemplative at the end of that scene in his kitchen.

anonymous asked:

In the grave scene, do you think maybe Oliver isn’t just upset by the death? Other things could be going on that make him want to break his no kill rule on top of whoever’s death(probably not Felicity). Maybe Felicity is missing? Kidnapped? In the hospital? Would also explain why she is not there comforting him. The same incident could be the cause of the death and Felicity to be taken or injured. Maybe they are just leading us to believe that the death is super important. What do you think?

I think that’s incredibly possible, anon. 

Look, here’s the thing. I’ve been thinking about this a lot - too much - and the more I think about it the more convinced I am that it’s not Felicity who dies. HOWEVER, will bad things still happen to Felicity? Almost certainly. Let’s look at this from a couple of directions… 

Felicity isn’t dead. There’s a lot of reasons it can’t be her. Here are a few off of the top of my head.

  • As a brilliant anon pointed out on @olicityalamode‘s page, “Story wise Felicity dying will make Zero sense. Marc said that in S4, we will see how Oliver will find a balance between his 2 lives- as a man & a hero. So if Felicity dies, the moral of the story is “Oliver can never find a balance between his 2 lives because the girl he loves will eventually die in the hands of big bad of the particular season”. For Oliver to be both hero and a man, Felicity should live.” That’s a damned fine point that makes me want to slow clap because it’s 100% true. If the EPs have been straight with us about what story they want to tell - and overall, I think they have - it makes no sense for Felicity to die.
  • Everything about the way 4x01 was cut screamed that Felicity was going to be the death. Now, you tell me, when has Arrow ever done that before? Did we have an inkling that Moira was going to be gutted? That Sara was going to be shot? That Tommy was going to be impaled? They’ve already given up that someone will be dying. I find it hard to believe that they’d heavily imply who it is to get the ax. That’s not their style at all.
  • Stephen Amell is a surprisingly fantastic dramatic actor. His grief at Thea’s apparent death last season was gutting as was his goodbye to Felicity in Nanda Parbat. Now, maybe Amell doesn’t know who is in the grave, maybe the writers aren’t even set on that, but if it were Felicity or Thea - the woman he wants to marry or his last living relative that he knows of - don’t you think they’d have directed him differently? Oliver wasn’t torn apart. He was mournful but not shattered. He was regretful but not devastated. That’s important because that’s not an emotional punch you pull for any reason. And Amell? He’s more than nuanced enough to pull that off. You can count on him expressing exactly what his character feels. And what he was feeling there? That was not the death of his lover or his sister. 
  • There has been a lot of talk for a long time about Felicity’s father. To date, the EPs still say they haven’t figured out how to fit his story in, but that they want to. Now, that in itself could be a misdirect, but it’s come up consistently for a long time. If they haven’t even planned out how to use him yet but still want to, would it really make sense to kill off Felicity before they do? What would be the point? 
  • There are loads of other great points I’ve seen. Things about syndication and storyline symmetry, the fact that Oliver couldn’t get himself to go to his own mother’s funeral because it hurt too much, the fact that this has been touted as Felicity and Diggle’s year. But all of it boils down to this - Felicity is just about the last person I’d expect to find out is in that grave. And that’s not even my obvious bias talking. 

Then we have the core of your question - and damned if it isn’t a good one. What if the death is a misdirect? I think it is. I think you’re right. I think it’s important but it’s not the most important thing going on. We’re all so distracted by who-is-in-the-grave that we’re missing other things. 

  • Like @olicity-balcony-kisses said… who is it that Oliver’s vowing to kill? The ‘I’m going to kill him’ is incredibly vague. Her theory was Oliver was talking about Digg - which is interesting and engaging, if terribly gut-wrenching. My first thought is Anarky because the writers have already said him becoming a villain is Oliver and to some extent Thea’s faults. I think Oliver might be hesitant to kill him and regretful about that. Darhk? Not so much. I think he’s most of the way toward committed to killing him already. Then, who is the other big option here? Malcolm comes to mind as a viable option for sure.
  • Why is Oliver alone at the grave (before Barry gets there)? Obviously it’s because they want to keep us guessing as to who dies, but what if it’s more than that? What if Thea is hurt or Felicity is corrupted or Laurel is captured? 

Ultimately, it’s too soon to see exactly where all of this is headed. But I think you’re right. I stand by my theory that it’s Lance who dies, but I also think that’s only the tip of the iceberg. I think the more interesting elements are exactly what you said. Why is Oliver alone? Who killed the person in the grave? How did they die? Who is Oliver vowing to kill? Only time will tell, but I, for one, am going to try to stop obsessing over it quite as much as I have been and just enjoy the ride. Because really? This show isn’t about the end-point. It’s about the journey. And right now? Right now we’ve got Oliver and Felicity supporting each other and loving each other while they fight for the city and for each other and that’s a story I’m excited to see play out.