ETA: To be clear, my opinions stated here are in direct context to Floki within the show Vikings regarding what Floki did to Athelstan, and in no way reflect my opinions on anyone outside of a fictional space.
What really gets me, on this website, is where everyone pretends to have all this awareness for mental illness or whatever, and then Floki does something “wrong” pretty much directly related to his own mental illness and everyone turns their backs on him.
It’s been clear as day that Floki has had some sort of mental illness from the start, and even if he hadn’t, mental illness is what is sometimes called “an invisible illness” so even if you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there.
Is it because he’s not a “cute and quirky character on the Autism spectrum who always only does cute and quirky things?” (which is BULLSHIT, but that is a whoooooole other discussion). Or is it because he’s wiped out everyone’s favourite pretty boy?
Floki’s decisions, the way he’s been acting, it’s not appropriate. It’s not appropriate when he hurts of frightens Helga, and it wasn’t appropriate what he did to Athelstan. I’m not saying having a mental illness gives you a reason or an excuse to kill somebody or hurt somebody. But then, everybody in this show has killed somebody okay? Them’s the times. Ragnar just killed a totally innocent farmer for the safety of his plans. Not for his own safety, not for his family’s safety, not even for the safety of his boys. Ragnar killed him because Ragnar wants to be on top. Floki killed Athelstan because Floki though that Athelstan was the cause of his extreme mental distress. Floki doesn’t have books to tell him what’s going on inside his head. He doesn’t have doctors or medication any of the things we are lucky to have today. Floki was wrong, but he needed an outlet and he had almost no support system. Kind of like the support system tumblr is giving him right now.
What I am saying is that sometimes people with mental illnesses fuck up, and the things Floki did afterwards: The blaming of the wrong people, the tucking himself away during the battle at the Paris walls, that wasn’t Floki being a twat, that was Floki coping. Did he look happy to you after killing Athelstan? Have you seen anyone in this show more agonised than when Helga left him there in the water? Floki is hurting inside pretty much all the time. And for all your mental illness awareness, the majority of you turned your backs on him. The majority of you wished he was dead, and were disappointed when he survived. That is not fucking on, to put it very lightly. I think some of you need to reassess.