Good Morning and Happy Monday! What did
everyone think of last night’s episode? I liked it a lot. I’ll admit that, as
an episode, I liked it less than 7x09, which surprised me because I thought I’d
like it more. But in terms of what it means moving forward, I’m super excited. Let
me start by saying that there is a gazillion (totally a number) callbacks to S4
in this episode. Let’s dive right in, shall we?
We begin with the Kingdom meeting
the Saviors for a pickup. A walker shows up and Diane kills it.
is suspicious to me. I’m not entirely sure what it means yet, but I’m
side-eying it. I’ve already talked about (I think) how the Greek goddess Diana would
be an apt template for Beth, especially where owls are concerned. And in this
scene, she refers to her sister several times. I will also say that in some
ways, the goddess Diana equates better with Maggie than Beth, because she is
the patron of pregnant women. But again, there’s that sister reference, and
Diane in the show has a bow. I also noticed that she spoke of her sister and
Richard said, “Don’t think about it.” Then the Saviors arrived. Then,
as soon as they left, Diane returned to her sister again.
Just kind of bizarre,
but I’m sure it’s purposeful. Will have to think about it some more. Oh, I also
googled to try and find out if the Greek goddess Diana has a sister. She
doesn’t. She has a twin brother, but that’s a theme we’ve seen before too. Twin
bridges. Plus, Denise had a twin brother, so it’s obviously all connected.
Next, this isn’t specific to this
episode, but I think I’ve had ten people ask me in the last week if I’d noticed
the blue feather in Ezekiel’s hair and what it meant.
I still think blue is the
color of imprisonment (Beth wore blue scrubs constantly at Grady). So I’d say
it’s a symbol that Ezekiel is imprisoned to the Saviors through his deal. It
will be interesting to see if the feather changes color or disappears once
that’s no longer the case.
The leader of this Savior group
foreshadowed his own death. He threatened Ezekiel and specifically Richard:
“This has got to stop. Things might need to get a little visceral.”
But I think he’s the one that will die.
And Morgan lost his stick, just
like Daryl lost his bow, and Rick lost is gun before. Definite theme going on
there as well.
Then we move on to Daryl and
Morgan. Their scenes together are gold. The air crackles with angst and emotion
when they glare at one another. Loving it! I thought it was interesting that
when Morgan said Carol had left specifically because she didn’t want to kill
anyone, Daryl gives this little disbelieving laugh.
If anyone had told my 14 year old self that I’d be using Pussycat Dolls lyrics to title SVU fanfiction, I probably would have been speechless. And yet, here we are.
You heard a sigh as your boyfriend tossed another tissue at
the trash can and missed. After putting the last of the ingredients in the
green chili, you walked back into the living room and saw him sprawled out on
the couch, case files splayed across the coffee table, and used tissues
circling the temporarily relocated garbage can.
“How’re you doing?” you asked with a knowing smirk. He had tried
to convince you he could go to work, only relenting when he stood up and
complained of feeling lightheaded, nearly passing out.
“Life sucks, the world sucks, everything sucks” he replied,
the stuffy nose still apparent in his voice. Surely, he must be feeling
somewhat decent since he was giving you one liners.
“You have a cold, you’re not dying” you answer with the same
deadpan snark he gave everyone else.
“I’m not so sure about that” he said facetiously.
“Seriously, grow up” you retort. “You act like I haven’t
been taking care of you, making sure to get the best cold medicine, your
favorite orange juice, and the lotion infused tissues. Not to mention the fact
that there is currently a pot of green chili simmering on the stove that is
guaranteed to clear your sinuses. Now, I believe it’s time for your next dose
of cough syrup, which you will take without complaining.”
You see him swallow and nod, like a small child getting a
“And then, you are going to march yourself to bed and take a
nap until the chili is done. And don’t even try to tell me that you have work
to do, because you and I both know that you can’t actually make sense of the
words on the page.”
“Yes ma’am,” he guiltily replied, taking his medicine and
shuffling off to bed.
Within moments, you hear chainsaw-like snores coming from
the bedroom. You decide to take this opportunity to clean up, organizing his
folders, throwing away the tissues, and wiping everything down with
After a few hours, the smell of the simmering chili is too
delightful to ignore. Rafael wonders into the kitchen as you ladle the
stew-like substance, eagerly sitting down to eat his helping.
“Feeling better?” you ask.
“Much, thanks to you” he said, leaning over to give you a
“Uh-uh. Nope. Not until you’re no longer contagious” you
reply, pushing him away. “Now eat your chili and start clearing your sinuses
You eat in silence for a few minutes, with Rafael doing some
“You know I’m doing this because I love you, right?” you
finally ask, breaking the silence.
“Yes, but I want to let you know that I appreciate your
efforts” he countered, with complete sincerity in his eyes. That’s when you
knew you couldn’t resist him. One kiss couldn’t hurt, right?
“Fine,” you say, slightly exasperated. “But you had better
take care of me if I catch whatever unholy bug you have.”
“Deal,” he replies, and gives you a gentle kiss.
And he holds up his end of the bargain, making sure you stay
home from work, making you soup, and never once objecting to the multitude of
swear words and name calling you launched his way. Sure, he was a bit dramatic
sometimes. And maybe you were a bit bossy sometimes. But at the end of the day,
you knew that the two of you would always take care of each other.
“I wanna hear you! I want everyone here to yell as loud as they can, because I want fucking Donald Trump to hear everyone in Polska, everyone in Europe, everyone in Africa, everyone everywhere to tell this motherfucker to fuck off! I WILL NOT OBEY ANYTHING THAT THAT MAN SAYS! I believe in equality! I don’t believe in fucking racism, I don’t believe in fucking sexism, I DON’T BELIEVE IN FUCKING ALL THE BULLSHIT THAT HIS CAMPAIGN FUCKING REPRESENTS! FUCK THAT MOTHERFUCKER! NOT MY PRESIDENT! NOT MY PRESIDENT! NOT MY PRESIDENT!”
(21st January 2017)
(I was going to gif this but fuck that, you need the full experience, you need to hear and see him say it.)
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ok but at their show in turin last night billie’s mic stopped working so he had to use mike’s but it was TOO TALL for him so he had to stand on his tippy toes while singing and then he went back to his mic and said “mike, you’re so tall” IDK IT WAS SO CUTE