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Reveling in Richonne

#88: The “You Led Me Here” (7x12)

Ok y'all I promise this is the last breakdown of this scene lol. 😋 This whole scene had been sort of heavy but it ends with this moment that makes me so happy. 👏🏽

I’ve been adoring and talking a lot about R&M’s playfulness in this episode, but this couple is also one of a kind because of how very grown and mature their relationship is as well.

And this is one of those moments that really hits home how mature and adult these two are to be able to take time out to really have a serious conversation about what happens next and what the plan should be if the outcome of the war ends in a way they don’t want it too.

So the last bit of this is Rick saying, “It’s not about us anymore. It’s about a future.” Which is interesting cuz that’s very similar to what Michonne felt in the cell, but she needed this reminder because there was a part of her that she didn’t even realize was unprepared to lose Rick.

It’s interesting Rick says this isn’t about us anymore. Cuz one; It really cements that when Rick didn’t want to fight it was about keeping her and his kids alive and having them with him but now he’s accepted that having them while serving Negan would just be the illusion of being okay, so now it’s about working towards a better and freer future even if he doesn’t get to live to enjoy that future.

And two; It makes me feel like maybe deep down part of fighting back was about the two of them. Cuz I know Rick and Michonne were motivated to fight back for everyone but I think they were also both rightfully motivated to fight back due to it meaning fighting for more time with the love of their life. 

And while that’s still a good motivator, they now have to be surrendered to the fact that even if they don’t get to hold on to the one thing they want just for themselves, the fight is still worth it.

It’s extremely selfless of them. But still so heartbreaking that this is them deciding to put the best thing they’ve ever experienced at risk for the others. But that’s what real leaders do and it’s public knowledge that Rick and Michonne are the realest of ones. 💯😋

And then Rick says “And if it’s me who doesn’t make it, you’re gonna have to lead the others forward because you’re the one who can.” First; my heart breaks any and every time Rick talks about how he’s not going to live forever. I know that’s reality but I just never want to imagine the end of Rick Grimes. 😥

Second; I adore that Rick wants Michonne to lead because he knows she’s the one who can. Like he fully understands this is his equal and that she’s something special. The fierce belief these two have in each other is every last thing. 🙌🏾

And third; Y'all Rick’s been thinking about this. He’s clearly been thinking for a while about what life might have to look like if he doesn’t make it and he’s come to the conclusion that the person most fit to lead their entire group is his woman. 👌🏽😭

And then Michonne asks through tears (I love that she can let herself be genuinely emotional with him) “But how do you know?”

It’s so interesting that she asks this. I feel like just like how in the candlelit dinner Rick said he wouldn’t necessarily want to be the leader of the new world this is Michonne’s own way of revealing she too doesn’t see herself as just this automatic leader.

Like it would be easy to assume that since their apocalyptic all-stars they would just gravitate towards and go after being the leader but in this episode we learn that no this is just a man and woman who are super capable and stepped up because it’s what everyone needed but at the end of the day they are just as human as the rest of them.

My respect for them grew immensely to know that they both don’t see themselves as these grand leaders and yet they’ve chosen to lead anyway despite that being the harder path to take.

And then the scene ends with Rick literally attempting to slay us all one last time for good measure when he tells Michonne that he knows she could be the leader, “Because you led me here”. 

Yes, yes, and yes. It’s so good. 👏🏽👏 🏽I love when the show gives us verbal confirmation of things we’ve been feeling. I think we had all been feeling like Michonne was Rick’s leader up until this point and so I love love love that Rick confirms this. He knows she’s his leader too. 😊

It’s such an accurate statement too. And I love that Rick tells her this directly. He’s reminding her that every major decision he’s made for a long while has been due to and motivated by her and her wisdom. Like he’s saying, “You led me so that I could lead them.”

In this moment Michonne now knows that she’s been leading everyone’s leader. That’s big. Those five words said so so much and it was beautiful. 

I realized that there’s kind of three beats in the arc of this episode for them. Like the candlelit dinner was them expressing how much they want to be together. The emotional carnival moment was them realizing how much they aren’t ready to lose each other. And this van moment is them understanding they have to keep going even if they lose what they want. 😥

I appreicate that they’re taking this time to really talk this all out. It’s an extremely mature thing to do and it really feels like ASZ’s parents are talking about what to do if the community loses one of their leaders. 

And I love how Rick has this answer right away cuz he’s been feeling like she leads him for a while. Like when she asks how he knows, he immediately smiles because he knows she’s the one who has shown him the way time and time again. 👌🏽

I also love how close Rick is to her when he says this. Like he really wants her to hear this and know that he means it. And the way he looks at her, y’all it’s more than the sun/moon/stars look, he’s looking at her like she is Mrs. Grimes. 🙌🏾😊❤️

here’s a thought

so I was reading a bunch of YOI metas, discussing the unexplained turnaround in Victor’s decision to go back to skating in episode 12, instead of the retirement his whole plot arc was leading up to,

and i had this weird little idea

what if victor intends to go back to skating…and lose?

bear with bear with

(and this is more of a detailed hc than a meta, but i hope that the imagining comforts you, if you like me are feeling terrified about the writing and plot arc of yoi s2.)  

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Ok so everyone’s already covered the “Not Alone” scene left right upside-down & sideways, so I scrapped that idea for myself. Honestly there are a LOT of really memorable scenes, pieces in the story that really took me and put me IN the world of FFIX, that pulled at my heartstrings and everything else, even amusing ones that put me into laughing fits. I really  do NOT have an easy time picking favorites on this one. But today, I’m going with a very— very OBSCURE scene.

With Dagger & Steiner, when I visited Treno for the first time ever, I did NOT expect “ALLEYWAY JACK” to show up again. I also didn’t expect to have to REACT in an ATE. When I first started playing FFIX, before this scene, I thought ATEs were just scenes to be selected just for the sake of character, world & story development. And while I was right that they were there for that, I didn’t realize until THIS scene that they built on interactions with COMPLETELY OBSOLETE, UNIMPORTANT CHARACTERS. (No I didn’t even realize that in Dali with the innkeeper. It just didn’t click for some reason.) This was really freaking SWEET to me. I also didn’t realize until that moment that ATEs had consequences and branching scenarios depending on the player’s actions. So it was a real treat realizing that I could get two different outcomes from Dagger’s run-in with the Four-Armed Man.

Doubly so, I realized in that series of scenes that I was going to get MORE of that guy. How pleased was I. I was very pleased.
All-in-all, I choose Treno Tradition (and the following subsequent ATEs & scenes) as my CURRENT favorite, because it was so well-executed and involving and it helped me to love love LOVE a character that just did not matter to the overall plot.

You like theories, right? This is super long and I’m so sorry.

*Ahem* ANYWAY. One thing that always bothered me abt the game was that whenever the 4th wall was broken down and resets were mentioned, the characters always blame frisk? like “Frisk y did u reset” “frisk stop resetting” and the player themselves is practically never mentioned, it’s always either Chara or Frisk.

For example, when flowey begs you not to reset after a true pacifist and says ‘let Frisk be happy’, at the very end he says ‘Chara’ which implies that he thinks he’s talking to Chara. You could say that ‘Chara’ is the only name the player has to go by, and as such, Flowey just calls you Chara cuz he has nothing else to call you, but if you remember the Asriel fight, he clearly thinks Frisk is Chara at that point before realizing that it’s not, but who’s to say that he doesn’t realize that while Frisk isn’t Chara, Chara IS there somewhere, watching. And it’s true, right? If not for the narrator chara theory, then because we know for sure that Chara comes at the end of genocide, right? So Flowey thinks Chara is the one resetting.

Next, when chara talks to you post genocide, they say ‘this soul. this determination. it is not mine but yours’. And then after they erase the world, they ask for your soul. And THEN, if you do another genocide, they say ‘this soul resonates with a perverted sentimentality’. This proves that there is indeed a soul being bartered. Chara can feel this soul and tell what it’s feeling. But it can’t be the player’s soul because you still keep your soul and all right? So it must be Frisks soul because obviously there’s no other soul to barter.

So, the soul belongs to Frisk right? Ok. Now, I want to point out that Chara is clearly only addressing one person. They use 'you’ for both the one with the soul (Frisk) and the one with the determination, or the save reset reload powers (the player) and treat these two forces as one single person. But why would Chara lump both player and Frisk into one person when you are both different entities? Maybe because Chara doesn’t realize that Frisk isn’t necessarily the one doing the resets? Maybe Chara thinks that Firsk, the one with the soul is the one doing the resets and doesn’t even realize that the player is there? If they knew the player was there, they would have made a distinction between Frisk and the player because the one who chose to do the genocide run and the one who can reset is the player, so clearly, the player is worth addressing. But they don’t. They just talk to one person, and that can only be Frisk.

In addition, when Flowey is telling you his story in the castle in the genocide run, he says something along the lines of 'we’re better than the ones who wish they could do it but just watch it instead. in fact, there’s someone like that watching right now, isn’t there?’ This could be referring to the player, but you’d think there’d be more instances like these where Flowey clearly and certainly acknowledges the player, wouldn’t you? unless he’s talking about Frisk. And if you remember at the beginning of a genocide run after you kill Toriel, Flowey says 'i have a plan to become stronger than you and your stolen soul’. Whose soul? The players real soul is no where near the game, so it has to be Frisk, right?

This might be the part where someone would say, 'but maybe it IS chara/frisk that’s resetting and the player isn’t actually part of the story/plot.’ But then why is there so much confusion? At the end of a pacifist run, Frisk is with their friends back in above the ground all happy etc with the picture or in their new room asleep, right? They’re not about to reset that anytime soon, are they? They’re living their life and they’re nowhere near a reset button. So it must be Chara who resets that, right? But then, Chara themselves said, 'it’s not my determination but yours’. They straight up admit that they aren’t the one resetting. As I said earlier, they think it’s Frisk doing it.

So then who is it really? Frisk or Chara? It’s neither. It’s the player. All the other characters are WRONG. Chara is WRONG. Flowey was WRONG. WRONG WRONG WRONG, it’s actually the PLAYER, lmao bet u didn see that coming ayyy.

And that’s kinda sad, isn’t it? Despite going through and making all these friends, despite being there every step of the way and influencing outcomes and doing everything Frisk does, nobody realizes you’re there. Nobody acknowledges you. No one has any idea that you exist. It wasn’t you they came to love, it was Frisk. And if you go genocide, it’s not you they all hated, it was Chara/Frisk. I mean, they WOULD hate you if they knew you were there. Especially if they knew you reset their happy ending just to do the whole thing over. But they don’t. (but nobody came).


There’s something else interesting about the player’s part in this story. The player. They influence the story by choosing its direction, even though they can’t change the story (the script) themselves. They are always there. They are always watching. They are always listening.

Know anyone else like that?


In this sense, Gaster has a lot of parallels with the player. Gaster is surrounded with dark mystery, his theme is kinda creepy and he could seem like a villain, but at the same time, he seemed pretty happy to be finally found in that white room and we don’t know who he is so he could just be an absolute sweetheart! Likewise, the player could be the villain because you can reset everyone’s happy ending anytime you want and do a genocide. But wouldn’t it be nice for the characters to actually recognize you instead of Frisk for once? Also, there are those people who play through one pacifist ending once and then never touch the game again. Those ppl would be the sweethearts of the fandom (lmao not me tho).

There is also that post that talks about Wing Ding Aster -> asterisks, which are at the beginning of every sentence in the game except for some (Papyrus). Likewise, what’s at the END of almost every sentence in the game? That’s right. Our 'Z’ button (or the ctrl button). To progress dialogue, the player presses Z or CTRL, right? The only exceptions for these is that Papyrus has no asterisks and that there are some auto timed dialogues that change without pressing Z (for example the text that appears before you fight asgore 'something something You are filled with DETERMINATION’).

Anyway, that’s how I feel abt it. Wow this was long. My blog is sht so I’d rather have submitted this to a nice theory blog and you seemed happy enough to take it >.< Have a nice day!

(by anonymous)

((Yeah, you bring up a lot of good points concerning “The Player” and their existence in regards to the game meta.))
((Sans for example, is the most meta aware character of the game. In the intro he winks at the “camera” he always defaults to staring at “the screen.” But even then he doesn’t seem to quite understand the full scope of their existence or Frisk’s power/nature, otherwise I think he’d be less focused on fighting Frisk and more focused on cutting the connection between 'the player’ and Frisk.))

((Then there is the fact that Frisk’s name is something we can not touch, but we can name Chara? And it’s not like we named this child at their birth like a proper human being, no we name them after they fall into the underground. Does our meddling with their name affect them adversely? When we name them Chara the game will respond with “ah, the true name.” does that mean Chara is their birth-name? When we name or re-name them are we thereby exercising power over them and by extension over Frisk?))

((It’s quite the rigmarole trying to figure all this out.))
((Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this, you have a nice day too!))