23-year-old Katarzyna Zowada lived with her mother in Krakow, Poland. She studied religion at the Jagiellonian University and spent much of her time alone. After the death of her father in 1996, she fell into a deep depression and started to see a psychologist. On the 12th of November, 1998, her mother became concerned when she didn’t show up for one of these sessions. She was reported missing.
It was a cold winter morning on the 7th of January, 1999, when the propellor of a barge became stuck. As the operator opened the hatch to remove what had become intertwined, assuming it was a tree branch, he was horrified to find something much more gruesome: human skin, in fact, a human skin suit. It was determined that the skin suit had been in the water for two or three weeks. It was also determined that the skin suit was that of Katarzyna Zowada. She had been decapitated and dismembered before her killer cruelly fashioned a suit out of her flayed skin. Other than her leg, no other body parts were ever uncovered. The pathologist determined that Katarzyna had also been tortured before her death.
Despite an extensive manhunt and a re-examination years later, the killer was never identified.
1. Ben Solo never got to exist. Snoke has been around too long for Ben to really develop himself without that toxic super galactic hag.
2. Kylo Ren was a name designated by Snoke to be used by the first order.
3. Post redemption, “Kylo Ren” may not be a socially acceptable title.
4. Leia hasn’t been able to see her son BEN in years.
5. Han Solo didn’t die for Kylo- he died for Ben.
Keep in mind:
1. Kylo won’t accept Ben again because he wouldn’t think he’d deserve it. Making the choice to be “good” would make him deserving imho.
2. Kylo has been conditioned to hate and resent “Ben Solo”. That’s what Snoke has always wanted.
3. Most people won’t accept his change of heart anyway, not knowing his induction to the dark side. So I’m even if he’d take up his birth name, people might still sneer Kylo as he walks by.
1. Leia not being able to call him Ben, even after he defects, because he’d say “he’s dead”. She literally just got him back… Or Leia saying Ben for the first time with the happiest tears she’s ever shed.
2. Imagine Rey only ever associating Kylo with the FO and the monster in the mask.
3. Finn only remembering the menacing Commander who scared the living hell out of the storm troopers- who literally flayed him!
On he other hand:
1. Leia accepting Kylo’s need to own his own identity after choosing for himself his own destiny.
2. Rey learning to accept his redemption and calling him Kylo in an endearing way. Breathless.
3. Finn calling him Commander in a mocking/teasing tone, because now Kylo is delegated to maintancing the Falcon whenever Rey orders him to.
I mean tbh, I see it being poetic either way. I’m not entirely precious about it. But to me Kylo is the mask, Ben is the person inside dying to get out.
Also: I hope they don’t mind but @frozenmusings commented on another post i put my thoughts in and this is what she said:
To which I 100% agree! I will say they might not agree with me 100% but yeah… sorry if I overstepped lemme know and I’ll delete the pic and mention.
When the Knight of Flowers had spoken up, she’d been sure she was about to see one of Old Nan’s stories come to life. Ser Gregor was the monster and Ser Loras the true hero who would slay him. –Sansa, AGOT
“Lord Roose never says a word, he only looks at me, and all I can think of is that room they have in the Dreadfort, where the Boltons hang the skins of their enemies.“
"That’s just one of OldNan’sstories,” Bran said.
Hot Pie was kneeling too, before the tallest man Arya had ever seen, a monster from one ofOldNan’sstories. She never saw where the giant had come from. Three black dogs raced across his faded yellow surcoat, and his face looked as hard as if it had been cut from stone. –Arya, ACOK
Jon remembered OldNan’stales of the savage folk who drank blood from human skulls. –Jon, ACOK
She remembered OldNan’sstories of the castle built on fear. Harren the Black had mixed human blood in the mortar, Nan used to say, dropping her voice so the children would need to lean close to hear, but Aegon’s dragons had roasted Harren and all his sons within their great walls of stone. –Arya, ACOK
The Nightfort had figured in some of OldNan’sscariest stories. It was here that Night’s King had reigned, before his name was wiped from the memory of man. This was where the Rat Cook had served the Andal king his prince-and-bacon pie, where the seventy-nine sentinels stood their watch, where brave young Danny Flint had been raped and murdered. This was the castle where King Sherrit had called down his curse on the Andals of old, where the ‘prentice boys had faced the thing that came in the night, where blind Symeon Star-Eyes had seen the hellhounds fighting. Mad Axe had once walked these yards and climbed these towers, butchering his brothers in the dark. –Bran, ASOS
Don’t ever let anyone tell you the Starks aren’t hardcore, they literally had a babysitter in their employment who frequently told several generations of little kids stories of rape, murder, cannibalism, kinslaying, immolation, human sacrifice, flaying, and other atrocities. The Starks are the people the rest of the Seven Kingdoms used to live in fear of, because they would send their winter armies down raiding and murdering into the rest of Westeros on suicide missions rather than sit and starve during especially harsh winters
So yesterday the Westallen fandom was blessed with glorious pics of our babies having what I imagine is their first kiss. Now today the Westallen fandom died and came back to life after seeing pictures of Barry in his Flash costume to reveal himself to Iris RIGHT AFTER HE KISSED HER (this is what the source says not me). Right now my mind is blown. EVERY SINGLE EXPECTATION I HAVE EVER HAD FOR THE SHOW HAS ALWAYS BEEN MET AND HAS ACTUALLY BEEN EVEN BETTER THAN I COULD HAVE EVER IMAGINED.
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, most shows do not have a character close to the main character find out about his HUGE secret from the very first episode. Most shows do not have the leading man confess his love for the leading lady nine episodes into the first season of the show. Most shows DO NOT have the main couple (when it’s a slowburn and they’re endgame) kiss in the first season of the show (unless it’s a dream sequence or an AU). Most (superhero) shows DEFINITELY DO NOT HAVE THE SUPERHERO REVEAL HIS SECRET IDENTITY TO HIS LADY LOVE IN THE FIRST SEASON OF THE SHOW.
Of course there are Westallen detractors who are trying to soothe themselves about the release of these pictures that are actual pieces of heaven by using the things that I just mentioned to say that, “Oh, well because this is all happening so soon (right ‘soon’, when Barry’s been in love with Iris for at least a decade, 'soon’ my ass), Westallen are not endgame.” Well maybe they’re on to something.
Now before you go, “WHATT??? HOW CAN YOU SAY THAT?” Allow me to explain (I’m going to get slightly philosophical here so bear with me). The term 'endgame’, in my opinion, usually means that the ship you want to be together will be together by the 'end’ of the show. It also tends to mean that when your ship gets together that’s it. That’s the end. I think most writers and showrunners find it incredibly difficult to keep the story going and keep the chemistry between their actors once the main couple gets together which is why they don’t put the characters in a relationship until several years into the show (see Bones, Castle, Gilmore Girls, Smallville etc…oh and just to be clear I am fully aware of the restrictions that were on Lois/Clois when she came on the show). It is terribly hard to find married couples that are together from the beginning of a series, that stay together throughout the course of the series, that are well written and don’t deal with any third party garbage (yes Naley got together early on AND I LOVE THEM, don’t get me wrong, BUT REALLY MARK SCHWANN? REALLY? They were a married couple for 8 out of 9 seasons on the show and they had at least four third party storylines, which averages to one every other year. Can you say LATHER, RINSE, REPEAT AS NEEDED? Okay I’m getting off topic.)
BUT…maybe, just maybe, the writers and the showrunners for The Flash are altering the definition of 'endgame’ so it doesn’t inherently mean the fans have to wait til the end (or close to the end) of the show for their couple to become a couple. Maybe TPTB on The Flash are saying that the story doesn’t end when the couple gets together. Maybe the best stories are yet to come. Maybe a show can be successful and have a long healthy run without sticking their main couple in the 'will they/won’t they’ circle of hell. Maybe a show can thrive without a love triangle birthed from the depths of Tartarus (The love triangles on LOST and OTH drove me to the brink of insanity, I swear to God). Maybe a superhero show can work better with the leading lady in the know, instead of keeping her in the dark just for the sake of drama or a good laugh. Maybe Westallen are the exception to the rule and TPTB are telling us that Westallen getting together is not the end of the show-it’s only the beginning.
To those of you who kindly took the time to read this whole post, I leave you with this: