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Magnus: Is the equipment secure? Taako: Check. Magnus: Weapon loaded? Taako: Check. Magnus: Did you have breakfast? Taako: What? That’s not on the checklist. Magnus: I added it because I care about you. Taako: No, I did not have breakfast. Magnus: Unacceptable. Look in your pocket. [Taako finds a breakfast bar in his pocket] Taako: Hey, there’s little chocolate chips in this. Magnus: Yeah, I’m not an idiot. I know how to trick my best friend into eating his fiber.
Did Mad Sweeney put the coin back in Laura because she didn't give it over willingly?
I’M GOING TO ANSWER THIS REAL QUICK BECAUSE THE LAST EPISODE OF AMERICAN GODS MEANT A LOT TO ME. it’s probably one of my favorite episodes of television that exists.
AHEAD LIES MAJOR AG SPOILERS FOR THE SHOW
what has happened in the show WAS NOT REVEALED IN THE BOOK
so we find out sweeney is the reason laura died. everything has been a setup for shadow up to this point. but this entire episode followed the old tale of a woman who he showed great mercy, and wild peril, towards. but in the end, he showed her the softest, kindest part of a leprechaun and saw her to the afterlife with a gentle hand. she was devoted until the end, and he recognized that with everything he was.
so finding out what wednesday had him do, the coin resonated and screamed to him, and while he could’ve taken it, he then yells to the skies in Old Irish:
Créd as co tarlaid an cac-sa dam?
Nach lór rofhulangas?
Is lór chena, ní am olc! Ní am!
which translates to:
What is it that has brought this shit to me? Is it not enough that I have suffered? It is enough indeed, I’m not evil! I’m not!
he brought laura back to life because he couldn’t give up who he is, which is, in the end
an inherently good being that gives back tenfold of what he receives, which is more often than not a few breadcrumbs from those who still believe in his magic ;n;
Gentle reminder that yes, Riku was able to conquer his darkness in contrast to Terra, but while Riku has been forced to use his darkness to fight his friends, Terra was forced to use it to save his friends.
Riku grew into his darkness and embraced it willingly, in that way he had way more control over it. Terra on the other hand struggled with it, having been told all his life that darkness is bad and then suddenly it’s the only thing he can use to save Ven, and later on, Aqua. This internal struggle is exactly what Xehanort used to get into Terra. So by no means does that mean that Riku is better or stronger, their situations are simply fundamentally different.
Remember, our line has always ruled with wisdom and strength. And I know you will show restraint when exercising your great power. But the truest victory, my son, is stirring the hearts of your people. I tell you this, for when my days have come to an end, you shall be King