Can I just say how much I love this stupid screencap because of how much it tells us about Hermann?
Basically I notice three things:
- Newt has been given a glass of water.
- Newt has been seated in a chair.
- Newt’s glasses have been carefully folded and placed in his pocket (you can see that they fell off after he drifted).
See, Hermann is in a truly awful position here. Imagine coming in to see that your partner has already done something incredibly dangerous/life threatening and now you don’t know what to do. Hermann is not a doctor of medicine, certainly not one specializing in drift effects (I read another lovely meta noting that he tries to take Newt’s pulse and basically fails at it). Hermann should seek medical aid. He should retrieve Stacker… as he eventually does. This is potentially a moment of crisis where time is most definitely of the essence.
But what does Hermann actually do? He takes his time. Newt is very shaky (watch how he lifts the water glass - another reason I don’t think he retrieved the water himself) so how easy do you think it was for someone using a cane to get him off the floor and into a wheeled chair? How long did that take? Before doing that he picked up Newt’s fallen glasses and carefully put them where they wouldn’t be crushed. After both these things he retrieved Newt a glass of water and no doubt admonished him to drink (soothing, but not medically helpful in the grand scheme of things).
So how long did all this actually take? Probably not that long. It is, however, too much time spent on frivolities when Newt is potentially seriously injured and/or dying.
Which basically says to me that Hermann–the poor baby–is desperate for control. Newt has already done the deed. Hermann can’t provide adequate support for the fallout… but hell if he’s not going to try. He’ll get Newt to a safe and comfortable spot, he’ll make sure his glasses aren’t damaged, he’ll retrieve his friend some water, he’ll do all the little, stupid things he possibly can… and only then will he run to the one person who can possibly do more–Stacker.