I’m not going to add much of my own opinion, just a dash. Like a hint of Thyme in a pasta sauce for flavor.
I studied psychology almost all of my life in an attempt to understand my abused mother; why she stayed, what it meant about her and how she viewed herself. On and on. Here nor there. I learned a lot about how people interact with each other. I learned a lot about what certain subtle hints or shifts in body language mean. I learned how to detect lies from people who didn’t even know they were lying.
All that said; Ryden has always fascinated me.
From a professional stand point, they acted like a couple. Not in words or time spent together, but in body language during the time spent together. Stage antics aside, because bands do that all the time. But when they were hanging out casually, as a band or as friends. When they would look at each other. There was more than friendship there - from a professional stand point.
With how accepting the fans would be of the relationship, and how both are advocates of gay rights, you would think they would be open about any potential relationship they had. Especially now that it’s so long in the past.
Much like with any other fan - I can’t help but wonder. It fascinates me, seeing the claims that fans make, seeing them interact with one another.
If they never had a real relationship, they are an anomaly to the human condition.
While I was working on my episode analysis for the S5 finale, the idea for this character study popped into my head. For the record, I actually do enjoy the releationship between Emma and Henry, but since I’m going to be discussing some negative Swan Believer moments, I tagged this as anti, just to be on the safe side.
Lol Arya dies and wargs Nymeria. Whoever suggested this theory, clearly doesn't know anything about story telling. If grrm wanted to kill her, he would kill her in Riverlands where she was lost. But instead of this, he sent her to FM. And what is she learning there? She is learning to speak several languages, poisons, how to detect lies, how to control her emotions. There is a reason she is learning all of this. But yeah ofc, while she is living in Nymeria, this skills will be so helpful to her.
Blame AltX and terrible reading comprehension. If Arya’s ultimate endgame is dying so her soul can be forever lost within Nymeria, then there was absolutely no point in her character past A Clash of Kings (maybe even A Storm of Swords if Stoneheart was that important). It would be a total waste of precious page space to give her 13 chapters - the highest count of all the characters - in A Storm of Swords where she does nothing to affect the two main plotlines, aka the north/Others and game of thrones/south.
Arya does a lot in A Storm of Swords obviously, from seeing the firsthand effects of R’hllor-style resurrection to meeting a child of the forest to being kidnapped by the Hound to almost making it back to her brother to finally using Jaqen’s coin to go to Braavos, but none of that is a direct part of the game of thrones or the Others. And GRRM has admitted that it’s difficult to scale back all that he wants to include with Arya and Braavos/Faceless Men (i.e. all the skills he’s using to hone her like a fine blade) - again, a plotline that doesn’t affect (yet) the two main conflicts.
Another interesting thing he mentioned: he mentioned the coming of age of Arya in Braavos in the context of how a writer had to discipline himself to write only as many chapters as were necessary to serve the story, saying that what Arya was dealing with in Braavos could make a worthy young adult novel in its own right. (x)
And then there’s the fact that she’s the only character to appear in every book. GRRM said this about breaking his own rule and including her in Feast:
“It broke down pretty well according to geography. I could have omitted Arya. I hesitated over her because she is on the other continent, but she had only three chapters. I was moving Jon Snow, Tyrion and Dany - three of my four most popular characters - into the other book. If I moved Arya too, it might not be a good idea. She’ll actually appear in both books.”
He considers her so important, so popular, that the idea of leaving her out while Jon, Tyrion, and Dany were moved spells trouble to him. And this isn’t even mentioning that she ranks higher in chapters than even Dany (who is universally considered important to the narrative), is third in chapters only to Jon and Tyrion, as well as all of the gushing GRRM does about her, and how he mentions her character with regards to every question about endgame, impact, or importance. Here’s a list. And another.
People are going to have their theories, and there are many stupid ones in this fandom that get more traction than they logically deserve (ex. Dany being Lyanna and Rhaegar’s daughter, Tyrion being a Targaryen prince, Mance is Rhaegar). None of them make much sense, and none are likely to ever happen. Arya dying and permanently warging Nymeria before the story’s end is one of them.
summary: My Neverland renaissance: we all are pretty sure that Killian threw the sword fight at Lake Nostos. So, the day before the big showdown with Pan to get Henry back, he finally confronts Emma with the fact that her sword fighting skills are not as good as she thought. Is she willing to take lessons from him?
rating: SP for swordplay and UST… well, you know what that stands for
late afternoon, the day before they’re about to confront Pan and get
Henry back; the ever-present, oppressive humidity hangs low between
the outlandish trees, making it hard to breathe. Emma is pacing back
and forth in and around the camp nervously, like a caged tigress.
After observing her for several minutes, Hook steps in her way.
a word.” He speaks quietly, not keen on anyone else to overhear
what he has to say. He throws a glance over her shoulder and sees
that her mother is still busy sharpening the points of her arrows
with a small edged stone. The prince is on patrol with the Queen, and
Bae – Neal, they call him – is asleep. Good.
a real reason, she glares at him. “I’m not in the mood,” she
tries to brush him off. Really, she doesn’t need any of his
meaningful talks and frightening confessions right now to confuse her
and throw her off track.
afraid this can’t wait,” he insists, firmly staying in her way.
This part focuses on visual direction. As an avid reader, I often notice references to eye movement and shape. (This includes stuff like long, sensual glances or furtive glares.) Some people believe that the eyes are the most revealing feature of a person that can connect to his or her innermost self - the window to the soul, if you will. In the case of lying, the eyes can indeed give everything away.
what would each signs superpower be? like mind control, strength, speed, fire, blah blah blah
Aries - Super speed. They are fast-paced, impulsive people and as their mind wanders and ideas take shape and are done extremely easily and quickly, their body does has to keep up with it.
Taurus - Super strength. This sign is extremely strong both physically and emotionally. There is nothing in this world that could break them or make them change.
Gemini - Shapeshifting, because they have the knack of being more than one person at once and can easily change to fit their environment. Another power would be extreme knowledge, being such a mental sign, and it would help them to work with every character they want to be.
Cancer - extreme empathy. Connecting to others and feeling the tiniest emotional move of their souls, and they can influence other’s emotions or steal them. they are very reflective and emotional people.
Leo - Fire. They are very explosive, flashy and stylish type of people with lots of flare and will with no doubt create any necessary explosion in order to protect the ones they love.
Virgo - Invisibility. Usually introverts, they like to disappear and be alone. they are very evasive and adaptable people, and most of the times are very shy. invisibility is great when they want to hide and wait for the precise moment to strike.
Libra - Agility and perception. They have quick reflexes and can easily act upon how they see others, as they can detect danger and lies. They are terribly charming and fair people, and use this only for general good.
Scorpio - Mental manipulation. they can always read what you are thinking and knows your next move. all sorts of mind control go with this sign. they are dark, mysterious secretive and seductive people, and know precisely when someone is being dishonest.
Sagittarius - To master any power but specialize in none. They are mutable, changeable people that can do virtually anything, but must find their own way as they want more than anything to define themselves in life. They are active, resourceful people with an adventurous spirit.
Capricorn - Boxing and Martial Arts. Being Earth signs, they are more in touch with the abilities of their bodies than anybody else and as they are extremely practical and disciplined, they can master basically anything and with extreme patience can beat anyone.
Aquarius - Water. Despite not being a water sign, the water bearer can manipulate water into various forms and can use it for healing abilities, as they are detached, honest and independent people who are in touch with the universe and want to contribute back.
Pisces- Psychic powers. Can see the future, and even beyond that, they can see what others are feeling and thinking, as they are very dreamy, sensitive and escapist type of people. They can even enter and manipulate other’s memories and dreams.