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Teen Wolf Series Finale Thoughts: About Theo's Growth

I went into this already disappointed and with my expectations in the negative, and I’ve seen so many posts of people being disappointed and really sad that this was the finale we got but surprisingly, I absolutely loved it. I thought it was a fitting end to the season and to the series and even though some things didn’t play out the way we expected it to, I thought they did it justice and in the end they wrapped everything up as well as we could have hoped.

About Theo and Thiam. The early review promised 9/10 on the Thiam scale, but even though it really didn’t reach that point, I would still give it a solid 7/10 because of the elevator scene and the fact that Theo did go back to save Liam and inevitably, Liam did officially accept Theo as part of his pack especially.

On the other hand, I’d rate Theo’s personal character development a sold 9/10. This episode wasn’t going to be Theo heavy, I knew that, inevitably that’s what happens with cast ensemble shows like this and especially because Theo isn’t a main. But having said that, I thought that for guest starring role in a show this big, Jeff, the writers and Cody did such a good job writing and portraying Theo’s growth as a person, his character development and his compassion.

Sure we all wanted Theo to heal Liam and get that last bit of Thiam in before the end, but I feel like Theo healing Gabe was important to Theo’s story, as opposed to the ship, because it showed his growth not just to Liam or concerning Liam, but also to Melissa and Corey and especially Mason who said those words to him in the first place. Having it be Gabe was just a way to move the story forward just so that everyone could be there to see that Theo has changed, he did become a better person and it was done is such a beautiful and touching manner too. It wasn’t about Gabe then, it was about Theo seeing a dying boy in pain and he cared because he understood what it was like to be used and manipulated into doing terrible things and then slowly dying a horrible painful death - as he did in hell with his sister. 

In the end, it showed that Theo does care, he has compassion and not necessarily only when the situation is beneficial to him, because obviously, he doesn’t benefit at all from this and Gabe died anyway. But at the end, he wasn’t in pain, and that was all because of Theo.

Sure my shipper heart would have soared if Theo had healed Liam instead, but I feel like him healing a person other than Liam, not just that, an enemy who had just tried to kill them both, that made him even stronger as character and it showed that he didn’t just do things for and because of Liam or because he cared about only Liam. It showed that he’s a strong character all on his own. He cares because he grew as a character and he became someone who genuinely wanted to be a better person, if not someone who is genuinely good

Ultimately did I expect something different? Yes. Would I have liked to see something different? Yes. But was i disappointed by what I got? I wasn’t. I genuinely loved it and I thought Jeff and Cody did an absolutely great job showing Theo’s growth as a person and I truly am sad that we won’t be seeing more of it.

I’ll get to a more general thought post after this because this Theo one got slightly out of hand.

I have always been the alpha!

So, TW series has come and gone, and ngl, I <3 it muchly.  Just because it simultaneously wrapped a crapton of storylines … but also opened/left open a lot more.  Which is amazing potential for a spinoff and fanfic.

But the one thing ultimately that struck me about this epi was … how it wrapped around to the beginning and tied every.fucking.thing together. 

So if you look at the entire series with a 30,000 ft lens, you’ll notice that history has come full circle but just slightly shifted.  

Peter Hale was always up in Talia’s business about protecting the pack, about getting stronger, building an army and taking the fight to the hunters. 

She didn’t.  And they all pretty much died. 

Enter s1, and Peter bites Scott McCall. 

Who at the end of s6b, has created an army and is taking the fight to the hunters.  

He has literally become what Peter Hale was demanding and spent coma-crazed time ranting about Talia to do/become to protect BH and the supernatural kind. 

He has always been the alpha. 

No, but really.  He is the ‘alpha’ that tried and failed against Talia but tried and succeeded with Scott. 

I fucking love this storytelling. 

After knowing the finale, I feel like Stiles and Lydia broke up between 6A and 6B. It matches the quiet way that Stiles and Malia broke up and stayed friends. Stiles and Lydia hold hands while everyone else kissed. They never once call each other boyfriend/girlfriend. And they keep a friendly distance when they walk together.

I am here for platonic Stydia. A part of me wants a fic that explores Stiles realizing he made a mistake when he won Lydia in s6A. He got what he always wanted and it turns out to not be what he’s built up in his head since the third grade. But he still likes Lydia as a friend, so that’s what they return to being.

Mieczyslaw “Stiles” Stilinski looked the Anuk-Ite dead in the eyes and didn’t show a single sign of turning to stone before slamming that jar of mountain ash on the ground to kill it dead

anonymous asked:

Hey Rachel, all this talk about SILVERCLAW ugh the potential....BTW has anyone ever question the origin of hunters? like if supernatural has always been about secrecy and all how hunters came to be?what if hunters once upon a time were the humans born in the supernaturals families?I mean they sure had to train to defend them self and learn all about whats good or what can kill one of your family member...your thoughts???

Oh wow ok THIS would make an amazing spinoff. This is such an amazing idea, hunters originating from human pack members, their knowledge and prowess in fighting the supernatural being originally used to help defend their supernatural families… but what was the fallout then? What trigger would have turned the first hunters from seeing wolves as family to the enemy?

I need people to expand upon this. I need a whole series on this.

And can you imagine if it was specifically the Argents, centuries ago, and they split off from the Hales?

FBI Story

There are 3 things about this that I want to point out.

1) Yes, Stiles’ version of the story is assumed to be incorrect because of Derek objecting to it, but that doesn’t mean that Derek’s version is accurate either.  If anything, the exaggerated nature of the way Derek’s story is shown suggests that it isn’t completely accurate either.  

The truth would assumedly fall somewhere in between.  Stiles says that he was limping and that sounds pretty sincere, yet we only see Derek carrying Stiles. This means that more than likely, Stiles’ reaction to getting injured wasn’t as extreme as the one in Derek’s version, supporting the idea that the truth was between the 2 versions.

While we see the flashes of what happened as they give their versions, we don’t actually hear them describe what either of the flashes is showing.  For all we know, the things we’re seeing are from the imagination of any of Malia, Scott, or Lydia as Stiles and Derek are speaking.  Basically, what we’re seeing doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with the truth of the matter.

2) I highly doubt that Stiles would react that way to getting shot considering how he’s reacted to getting injured in the past.  He’s been beaten to a pulp and ignored the physical pain in order to focus on emotional pain.  He’s gotten up from a car crash, bleeding from the head, and brushed it off to save his family and friends.  He’s ignored shit-tons of pain as the nogitsune tried to slowly drain his life energy.  He got a huge shard of glass to the chest and didn’t freak out about it, just asking after the battle was done if someone could take him to the hospital.  

There’s really nothing to suggest that in the middle of a delicate situation- like Derek and the FBI who were hunting him being in the same place- he would react in such an attention-grabbing manner.

3) I can’t remember any other time when Stiles exaggerated in order to make himself look better.  In fact, Stiles has let many of his significant contributions go unsung.  

Any time he has brought up things, they’ve all been accurate.  He corrected Ethan that he’d been the one to save Ethan from dying in the motel and that was accurate, especially since the person he was crediting (Scott) wasn’t even around at the time. Stiles told Scott that he’s called the bad guys multiple times and that he tried to warn them about Matt and that was also true.  Stiles told Aiden and Ethan that he taught Scott how to control himself and that was also true.  At no point can I remember Stiles trying to take credit for anything significant that wasn’t actually something he deserved credit for.

This being the case, Stiles altering his story so much that it went from Derek having to carry him out to Stiles supporting Derek out isn’t very consistent.  If my suggestion in point 1 that we’re seeing someone else’s imagination of their stories is true, that would fix the inconsistency.  

All Stiles really says is that he has to save Derek and all Derek really says is that he had to carry Stiles.  Neither of those things is mutually exclusive, so the idea that Stiles saved Derek and then Derek carried Stiles out afterwards because he saw Stiles limping would work just fine.  The two stories are compatible as long as you assume the words are the only things coming from Derek and Stiles and the visuals are from someone else imagining and embellishing the stories.

TLDR;

1) Neither story is the truth.  The truth is in between.

2) The visuals aren’t from Stiles and Derek but from a 3rd party hearing them talk and embellishing on it in his/her imagination.

3) Stiles has never reacted to being injured in an over-the-top manner before, so that supports the idea that the visual from Derek’s story isn’t reality.

Marvin’s Clothes in Falsettos: An Analysis

The thing that I always think about when I watch Falsettos is that Marvin in Act 1 and Act 2 are so different. I mean, yeah, we all know he went through a whole lot of character development, but he just FEELS so so different, and I was thinking about how they did it, how they showed Marvin’s character development not just through what he’s saying and doing, but what he looks like, and the vibe he gives off.

And I came to the conclusion that it has to do with the costumes. Obviously, it also has a lot to do with Christian Borle’s amazing acting, his expressions, tone, etc, but for now I want to talk about the relevance of Marvin’s clothes.

For most of Act 1, Marvin wears the blue plaid shirt, the red tie and the green jacket, or some combination of the three. Button-up, tie, and jacket are the typical clothes of a working man, the breadwinner of the family, showing Marvin’s “masculinity” and “manliness”. He feels–––hard, I guess. Closed-off? Solid. Tough.

Then at the end of Act 1, from Marvin Hits Trina through I Never Wanted to Love You and Father to Son, he changes for the first time into the red hoodie. This is around when he’s starting change–––starting to realize his mistakes and his flaws. (by which I mean, those last two songs are the best character development songs of all time)

And then from Act 2, his wardrobe is all made up of the purple sweater, the red hoodie, jeans, a grey hoodie, etc. It’s all casual and homely and domestic. It makes him feel softer. He has stripped himself of the forced role of the working masculine man, and has become comfortable with his sexuality and his identity as a gay man. Finally being able to accept himself leads to Marvin becoming a better, kinder person, and this change is reflected in his wardrobe choices.

Bonus: I’ve seen a lot of people talking about it, but Marvin’s rainbow shorts in a day in falsettoland is literally the cutest and it probably symbolizes Marvin finally accepting his sexuality and being more comfortable and open about it.

Today marks what is absolutely the strangest significant event of my life.

A show that I haven’t watched in three years is ending.

Characters I know more from fandom than TV won’t be getting anymore screentime.

For all intents and purposes, nothing is really changing.

(Except that I won’t be frustrated anymore, hearing about shaky plotlines.)

…But today still feels significant.

Teen Wolf is ending, guys.

Stiles’ Trauma

You’re going to tell me that after:

  • his mother forgot him and suspected his 10-year-old self of trying to kill her
  • his mother died
  • his father flirted with alcoholism
  • he felt like a burden to his father
  • he was kidnapped and beaten while helpless
  • he was possessed by an evil spirit that killed dozens and one of his good friends
  • he saw several of his friends die due to the supernatural
  • he unintentionally killed someone in self defense and was absolutely torn up over it
  • he was the target of an isolating smear campaign that worked thanks to Theo
  • he was essentially betrayed by his best friend who thought he was capable of cold-blooded murder and didn’t even ask for his side of the story
  • his father nearly died
  • and he was forgotten by everyone he cared about

You’re telling me after all that Stiles’ worst fear is being blind?  Hell no.  That is straight up 100% a lie.  He was never affected by the Anuk-Ite, so there’s no proof that it wasn’t a lie.

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stydia week 2017: day 1, #when it all began

This was the second episode of Teen Wolf I ever watched (after giving up on the pilot) and I fell in love with these two instantaneously. It’s such a perfect moment that demonstrates both characters so perfectly and the way they see each other. Lydia; intelligent, strong, masking her vulnerability and Stiles, tender, seeing right through it, and speaking genuinely from the heart - words that are exactly what Lydia needs to here. Lydia melts instantly, and gazes with bewildered, hopeful eyes in the way she only does at Stiles. When they link arms, it’s a physical representation of how well they work together, how naturally they fit. How could I not fall in love with them??  

  • White character: *murders an innocent person for power*
  • Fandom: He had no choice!
  • Character of color: *shows mercy*
  • Fandom: How weak, he never did anything!
  • White character: *stalks, harasses, and exploits vulnerable characters, in large part for their own gain*
  • Fandom: He's doing the best he can!
  • Character of color: *hurts someone in the process of saving their life, with the only other option being to let them die*
  • Fandom: He's no better than a rapist!
  • White character: *lies frequently, lashes out at loved ones in anger, and hurts an innocent person just because they are feeling hurt*
  • Fandom: He's been through a lot!
  • Character of color: *takes a while to recover from trauma and assault and needs time to feel safe around a person who tried to kill him*
  • Fandom: He's emotionally abusive! He's manipulative!
  • White character: *manipulates and lies to others*
  • Fandom: He's practical! He's getting things done!
  • Character of color: *manipulates and lies to others*
  • Fandom: HOW DARE HE?!
  • White character: *makes a plan we don't see the entirety of until after it happens*
  • Fandom: How clever!
  • Character of color: *makes a plan we don't see the entirety of until after it happens*
  • Fandom: How manipulative!
  • White character: *murders an innocent member of their family for power*
  • Fandom: He's just trying to preserve the rest of his family and help the community!
  • Character of color: *actually tries to help his family*
  • Fandom: He's selfish for helping his own family instead of everyone else's families!
  • White character: *is actually seen hurting someone in the canon material*
  • Fandom: The show is distorting events to make the hero of the show look like a hero!
  • Character of color: *actually goes through harm and trauma*
  • Fandom: It's made up/exaggerated! They should be able to recover right away!
  • White character: *does something shitty*
  • Fandom: He's traumatized! He has a mental illness!
  • Character of color: *makes a mistake they tried to avoid before it happened and try to rectify after*
  • Fandom: Trauma/mental illness is no excuse for anything!
  • White character: *background or recurring character with a simple/superficial story*
  • Fandom: Here's a million and one headcanons and AUs that we'll perpetuate so far that people don't realize they never actually happened in the show!
  • Character of color: *main character of the show, engaging story line, and deep narrative*
  • Fandom: This character is so boring! Nothing ever happens, he never changes, and he never does anything!

Jon chuckled. “Perhaps you should do the same thing, little sister. Wed Tully to Stark in your arms.”

A wolf with a fish in its mouth?” It made her laugh. “That would look silly.” (Arya I, AGoT)

This started out as a joke between Jon and Arya. In this chapter Jon notes that Joffery has equalised the sigils of House Lannister, his mother’s house, and House Baratheon, his royal father’s house, on his surcoat. Arya doesn’t see the problem with it declaring that “The woman is important too!” after which this little jest happens. 

It seems like a fairly innocuous moment, nothing more than a jest between siblings, that is until ASoS. After Catelyn Tully is killed at the Red Wedding, she is stripped and thrown into the river. A cruel mockery of Tully funeral rights. House Tully whose sigil is a leaping, silver trout are burned on a small boat on the river after they die. 

The Tullys drew their strength from the river, and it was to the river they returned when their lives had run their course. (Catelyn IV, ASoS)

In the confusion of what she saw and what she didn’t see at the Twins, Arya is uncertain of her mother’s death and she wants to go look for her and save her. Though her requests to return to the Twins to find her mother are rebuffed, Arya falls asleep thinking of Catelyn, still wanting to find her and save her. As she sleeps she enters the mind of her direwolf who is roaming the Riverlands. 

She splashed noisily through the shallows and threw herself into the deeper water, her legs churning. The current was strong but she was stronger. She swam, following her nose. The river smells were rich and wet, but those were not the smells that pulled her. She paddled after the sharp red whisper of cold blood, the sweet cloying stench of death. She chased them as she had often chased a red deer through the trees, and in the end she ran them down, and her jaw closed around a pale white arm. She shook it to make it move, but there was only death and blood in her mouth. By now she was tiring, and it was all she could do to pull the body back to shore. (…) The white thing lay facedown in the mud, her dead flesh wrinkled and pale, cold blood trickling from her throat. Rise, she thought. Rise and eat and run with us.  (Arya XII, ASoS)

Arya, in the body of her direwolf, dragging the body of her dead mother, a Tully of Riverrun, from the river onto the bank turned this somewhat silly joke into a devastating reality. From homelessness, starvation and poverty, to life as a “lowborn” prisoner of war, to the crushing realities of war and the sad plight of the life of a child soldier, Arya’s story grows increasingly darker as it moves along and this chilling scene is only one example of that.

Catelyn Tully’s resurrection and transformation into the cold and revenge driven Lady Stoneheart also takes this mother down a much darker path as she leads the Brotherhood Without Banners in her quest for vengeance.

This story may not even be at its end. When Arya returns to Westeros a meeting with Nymeria, who is in the Riverlands, will be imminent. Lady Stoneheart, who is with the Brotherhood Without Banners; a group of outlaws who played a part in her daughter’s story, is delivering her vengeance in the Riverlands now. 

Arya has wanted the stability and the warmth of her mother’s love since her family’s downfall and may very well be reunited with her mother soon. Only time will tell what will be the conclusion of this story or how a wolf with a fish in its mouth will come full circle.

Scott and Malia

This is the separate post I was talking about. So Scott and Malia is happening and honestly, I’m ok with it. My only problem with the ship is that it feels like a case of “pair the spares”. Other than that, I feel like this could actually be one one the best outcomes for both of them and here’s why.

Scott’s only been with two people that we know of, Allison and Kira. Both relationships were filled with love and meaning but I don’t think they were meant to last. With Allison, it boiled down to they were too different. She was human and he’s a werewolf. Scott always had to hold back with her, yeah that was great with him controlling himself but he never really could let go with her. When he became an Alpha, this got worse. He’d have to take extra care not to accidentally scratch or bite her, he’d have to hold back even more.

With Kira, I think it’s because they were too similar. They’re both pretty meek when the situation doesn’t call for action, and they’re both hilariously awkward. Honestly, a lot of their personality traits can be transferred over and they’d be the same person. They were too much alike for them to grow. (Teen wolf still did her and Arden dirty. Will never let that go.)

With Malia it’s different. Unlike Allison and Kira, she wasn’t meant to be a love interest. It wasn’t made painfully obvious that they were gonna be together within the first few episodes of them being on the show. This meant we got to see their friendship form first. We got to see them develop a bond before becoming romantic. This is especially true in the last 2 seasons. In 5b and 6a, Malia practically became Scott’s second in command, especially in 6a.

Another thing is that they balance each other out well. They’re different but not too different. Similar but not the same. Scott’s composed, restrained, diplomatic. Malia’s wild, unrestrained, direct. Malia can push him forward, Scott can pull her back. She can help him cut loose, he can help her keep calm. They don’t have to hold back with each other. They add more levels to each other. Honestly, that’s part of why I always wanted him to be with a werewolf like Erica or Cora. (Scott and Cora are my crack otp).

But in conclusion, Scott and Malia are actually really good for each other and I’m looking forward to where they go together.

so we got some new info about the wolf 359 alternate timeline from jacobi’s spite-fueled cooperation:

  • solar power has been in widespread use since the 60s. and goddard futuristics got big by investing in it, specifically for space travel.
    • we know the wolfverse (yes i’m calling it that) is much more technologically advanced than ours (complex artificial intelligence, space stations light-years away from earth, etc.). goddard’s energy revolution (???) was probably the point where the wolfverse split off.
    • also space stations were established in deep space by the late 70s, given that the tiamat mission was in 1978, and it was one of the early ones.
  • in the fifty years since goddard adopted solar power, coal has apparently become a dying industry or even obsolete, which suggests that there’s a wide reliance on green or nuclear energy instead.
  • and goddard is apparently doing good in the world?? jacobi talks about “water purification, eco-friendly fertilizers, global internet access".

we don’t really have hard evidence about anything else from the wolfverse earth, although it does seem like history and pop culture proceeded much like ours. but the tech stuff is pretty interesting on its own. here’s a world with clean energy and clean water (both from the purification and the better fertilizers). there’s global connectivity. robots do dangerous jobs for us (although some of them are ai people and then that’s a different story).

so here’s my conclusion: in some ways, the wolfverse might actually be the best version of our timeline. and that’s because of goddard futuristics.

which is a terrifying thought.

((and secondary conclusion: goddard only looks horrific from the inside. because of all its green power/tech development/public welfare projects, its public image is more benign, even beneficial. and of course it has enough power to maintain that image. so maybe nobody’s ever publicly questioned all the disasters and disappearances in its space program.))

Some thoughts on Cutter aka Wtf How Old Is This Guy

Okay so. Idk if the fandom talked about this before, but I’ve been listening to the mini episodes again, and I’m specifically referring to “Rebranding”.

This takes place in 1989!

Cutter was working for Goddard in 1989!! And he was already enough high-up then to recruit Hilbert personally, meaning, he probably already had the whole division under himself?

I was under the impression Wolf 359 takes place around our time. 2016/2017. If not that, some time in the near future. Certainly not the past.

Now, let’s think about this. If we assume Cutter was in his mid to late twenties back when he recruited Hilbert (and lbr being that high-ranking with that age is quite impressive), that would mean he has to be…

Guys. Cutter has to be in his 50ies now???

He … does not sound that old. And I doubt this is a coincidence, the creators seem to have things planned out too well for that.

Like, how is that possible? I’ve been talking to @muldrakereynard and… Is he an alien too? Like, one of the duplicates sent back by the dear listeners? Or what’s up with that?

(It’s also very interesting that back then, he still went by William Carter. When and why did he decide to change his name?)

Just. I’ve been thinking a lot about Cutter anywau bc how the hell did his ass end up on the Heaphestus, and like. Something’s up with this guy. I feel like something’s seriously wrong here.

knives78  asked:

You get this shot of Dany reaching for Jon but Jon does not take it her hand. Instead he chooses to go after the NK all on his own. This is significant because it tells you that if Jon could end this without the help of Dany he would, Beric showed him a different way and he really tried but failed. This if anything reinforced the notion in his mind that he can't do it without Dany.

Hi there! Thanks for the ask!

I apologize I’m just replying now. Thought I’d hold off on judging this shot until the finale aired so I could discuss it in full. Because it is a super interesting thought!

D@ny reaching for Jon was one of those 706 details I missed the first time around but it is curious upon rewatch. I don’t particularly think they telegraphed WHY Jon turned around all that well. It’s pretty chaotic with a lot happening all at once. My original assumption was that Jon realized the team needed him to provide cover to support the mission and in the process of fighting, just got cut off from them. If they wanted to telegraph that Jon intended to fight the NK, IMO, they needed more shots of closeup NK and Jon a la Jon vs Ramsey in BotB.

But thematically, it’s an interesting shot right? That D@ny offers her extended hand and Jon reaches up with clenched knuckles but then decides against taking it. That he turns away, goes in the opposite direction to be a hero on his own, still denying her help even after she flies in there with those colossal war machines. That says a whole lot. It also is another breadcrumb pointing to Viserion’s death as the gamechanger for Jon because he knows what the NK will do with a dead dragon. So fastforward to the boat, Jon realizes they are fucked without her dragons, that there is no time to waste, and he does the very un-Jon-like move of grabbing D@ny’s hand. 

For D@ny, there’s also a potent tragic metaphor in this shot: Jon Snow always just out of her reach. She extends her hand whole heartedly to him. Jon reaches half-heartedly with a clenched fist before turning away to protect others. 

The finale underscored this metaphor IMO. I believe we’re seeing undercover!Jon, so it makes me feel for her in a way. She really does spend most of the episode being influenced by him. Despite riding into the pit on a dragon (and that visual itself is its own doozy of a metaphor, flying into a dragon trap?!), she really lacks agency the whole hour. She offers her personal thoughts and feelings to Jon. He offers up nothing personal in return but she doesn’t seem to notice. When he lays out a travel plan that threatens her safety and makes her advisors nervous, she doesn’t question his motives in the plan. She buys his flimpsy excuse of sending “a better message” as Tyrion and Jorah watch Jon’s growing influence with worry. And then boatbang, she doesn’t notice Jon all weirdly stressed and panic-y on top of her? I’m honestly lowkey concerned for her lack of self-awareness and judgment of others. It makes me want to go all girlfriend on her and take her aside like, GIRL OPEN UP YOUR EYES. 

But this isn’t an out of nowhere trait. D@ny has had a long history of trusting people that are playing her. Off the top of my head, Mirri Maz, Doreah, and Jorah had all played her with varying degrees of malice, before the second book/season closed. And she was clueless until evidence came out proving their treachery. I guess the argument could be made that she’s learned since…but I’m not sure she has? She became less trusting but nothing showed us she ever worked to correct this weakness or ever got better at reading people’s intentions. She states in ACOK that she is “neither deaf nor blind”. Stannis also proclaims “I am not blind”. Both state so with lack of self-awareness to their own actual blindness.

D@ny does have a moment of realization in ADWD:

If I look back, I am doomed, D@ny told herself … but how could she not look back? I should have seen it coming. Was I so blind, or did I close my eyes willfully, so I would not have to see the price of power?

— Daenerys II, ADWD

But it is short-lived. She basically buries this, deciding to be a conqueror and leave Meeren for Westeros.

I’m particularly fascinated by that “if I look back” part because she repeats it over and over across the years. She fears looking back and feeling lost. But that’s exactly what she needs to do to gain some self-awareness and grow some discernment skills. She resists it and thus goes down a path that wasn’t her own. One that will most likely end in tragedy.

This counters Jon pretty sharply, who does nothing but observe. That’s a specific Jon talent GRRM highlights from the very beginning of the series. Bran’s climbing habit seems to be an extension of wanting to, like Jon, see things others did not.

Bran’s first chapter compares Jon’s discernment skills with Robb’s:

The deserter died bravely,” Robb said. He was big and broad and growing every day, with his mother’s coloring, the fair skin, red-brown hair, and blue eyes of the Tullys of Riverrun. “He had courage, at the least.”

“No,” Jon Snow said quietly. “It was not courage. This one was dead of fear. You could see it in his eyes, Stark.” Jon’s eyes were a grey so dark they seemed almost black, but there was little they did not see.

— Bran I, AGOT

This awareness is underscored a couple pages later when Jon discovers Ghost:

Halfway across the bridge, Jon pulled up suddenly. 

“What is it, Jon?” their lord father asked. 

“Can’t you hear it?” 

Bran could hear the wind in the trees, the clatter of their hooves on the ironwood planks, the whimpering of his hungry pup, but Jon was listening to something else. 

“There,” Jon said. He swung his horse around and galloped back across the bridge. They watched him dismount where the direwolf lay dead in the snow, watched him kneel. A moment later he was riding back to them, smiling. 

“He must have crawled away from the others,” Jon said. 

“Or been driven away,” their father said, looking at the sixth pup. His fur was white, where the rest of the litter was grey. His eyes were as red as the blood of the ragged man who had died that morning. Bran thought it curious that this pup alone would have opened his eyes while the others were still blind.

— Bran I, AGOT

Jon hears what neither Ned nor Robb nor Bran nor Theon can hear. As a consequence, he finds Ghost, the only pup of the litter with his eyes wide open.

This is barely 13 pages in. It’s akin to an establishing shot for the character.

There’s been some good takes lately on Jon physically losing his sight (at least partially) in the future. Ever since I learned Jonnel Stark (who married Sansa Stark) was a One-Eyed Lord of Winterfell, I’ve joked about a plot twist that Jon loses an eye in the war against the Dead. 

So it’s worth noting that Sam explains how Maester Aemon, though physically blind, “sees things no one else sees” (Jon VIII, AGOT). 

Arya learns through actually losing her sight that one can become hyperaware of surroundings by relying on other senses, gaining skills of discernment that others with sight ignore.

And because this is a Jonsa blog, I cannot resist adding this passage of Ned’s about Sansa:

It was queer how sometimes a child’s innocent eyes can see things that grown men are blind to. Someday, when Sansa was grown, he would have to tell her how she had made it all come clear for him.

— Eddard XII, AGOT

Of course, here, Sansa had no idea she was helping Ned. And in fact, helping him piece together the puzzle of Joffrey’s parentage actually contributed to his death. She’s still a child and her skills of discernment take some time to evolve—most notably, while she poses as a bastard in the Vale. But it’s a curious connection nonetheless.

The only other people who are said to “see things” in the series have magical connections, Thoros and Melisandre. They both are said to “see things in the flames”. In the case of Melisandre, what she saw was ultimately misleading. Thoros explains to Arya that although the flames do not lie, he can misinterpret them (“sometimes I read them wrongly, blind fool that I am”; Arya VIII, ASOS).

At the heart of the Undercover!Jon theory is the narrative need for Jon to do better than Ned and avoid his mistakes. I’ve been reviewing Ned’s chapters since S7. His words as he sits in the KL dungeon for treason are relevant:

He damned them all: Littlefinger, Janos Slynt and his gold cloaks, the queen, the Kingslayer, Pycelle and Varys and Ser Barristan, even Lord Renly, Robert’s own blood, who had run when he was needed most. Yet in the end he blamed himself. 

“Fool,” he cried to the darkness, “thrice-damned blind fool.” 

Cersei Lannister’s face seemed to float before him in the darkness. Her hair was full of sunlight, but there was mockery in her smile. “When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die,” she whispered. 

Ned had played and lost, and his men had paid the price of his folly with their life’s blood.

— Eddard XV, AGOT

This is Ned taking full stock of the consequences of his actions and owning up to them fully.

He calls himself out as a fool. A blind fool.

That connects pretty nicely with Jon up on that cliff in 703 lamenting being a Northern fool.

But if it was Ned’s blindness that made him foolish, trusting LF and underestimating Cersei, causing his death—then Jon should be uniquely positioned to prevent history from repeating itself. Indeed, if the finale is any indication, he’ll get back to Winterfell. He’ll succeed were Ned and Brandon and Rickon failed. And he’s returning having completed his original goal: to secure powerful allies and their resources to take on the NK.

So I do feel bad for D@ny. If S7 is any indication, Jon will always be just out of her reach. She has her years long resistance to looking back and fear of being lost to thank for it. No boatbangs will change that. But I can see Kit’s satisfaction with Jon this season. If the Undercover!Jon theory is correct, it’s a character move six years in the making with a hell of a potential payoff. It would pair with the R+L=J reveal, that Ned played everyone for 18+ years, spectatularly.