Okay so I know that a lot of people don’t like Jaha, but can we talk about the fact that Jaha remembers the exact number of the people from each specific sector who died in the culling, as well as their names?
And tell me again that he doesn’t have a soul? That he doesn’t care about the death of his people? Tell me one more time
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Over the last 30 years Link’s partners have included at least five different fairies, a talking ship possessed by the ghost of the king, a robotic spirit that lives inside his sword, a flying bear, and a sentient version of his own hat, yet somehow people seem to feel the strangest and most illogical idea we have been presented with is Link going on his journey alone
Today’s Queer Headcanon of the Day is: Hunter Gathers is genderfluid, fluctuating between feeling bigender and entirely female. Sometimes Hunter does feel more male than female, but never entirely male. Most often, she feels more feminine and uses female pronouns in social situations, and feels more masculine and uses male pronouns in professional ones, though that is more of a guideline than a strict rule. Hunter is non-conforming and feels most physically comfortable with a mixture of traits traditionally associated with ‘men’ or ‘women’. However, Hunter grew up in time when finding support and resources was much more difficult than today, and does not understand these things fully, instead being stuck on the idea of the binary and feeling a need to “pick a side”. Since both “sides” left Hunter feeling incomplete, he’s largely given up trying, and could really use someone to tell her it’s both possible and okay to break the binary and embrace every part of himself/herself.
So, this may just be me, but the new promo pics seem to spark a question for me. Why is Alec wearing white? In the mortal instruments, we’re given the children’s rhyme–
Black for hunting through the night
For death and mourning the color’s white
Gold for a bride in her wedding gown
And red to call enchantment down.
White silk when our bodies burn,
Blue banners when the lost return.
Flame for the birth of a Nephilim,
And to wash away our sins.
etc. (there’s more, but it’s not really necessary to the post tbh). And we see that they’re being lovely and holding to that in this scene, with Izzy in a gorgeous gold dress and Lydia has enough gold on her to make it seem just about right– although, if you notice, the main color of her dress is rather ivory than gold. The same goes for Alec’s clothing; his jacket may be vaguely yellow tinted, but his shirt is certainly white and I would more accurately assess his entire outfit as ivory, complimenting Lydia’s dress. Here’s the best picture to make the case that I’m about to:
That’s…an awful lot of white for a Shadowhunter wedding, isn’t it? White roses, white candelabra, even a predominance of white in the stained glass in the background. Sure, all the guests are in black, but they blend quite neatly into the background. There’s no way that this choice wasn’t a purposeful one on the behalf of the writers. White is a mourning color for nephilim. The writers know that old fans are watching this show, and they’ve made conscious choices throughout to relate back to the books. I’d bet that this is one of those occasions.
From the outside, it looks like a slightly color devoid wedding. But knowing that white is for funerals, is for mourning, what does this scene say?
Alec is burying himself under his families expectations. He and Lydia are both in mourning for the lives that they could have lead and had until very recently. She is walking down the aisle, not to ‘here comes the bride’, but a funeral dirge. This is a moment for them of sadness, departure, the ‘letting go’ of a funeral. They’ve accepted the deaths of what they lived before, and are now laying them, finally, to rest.
Both of them are nominally holding to the dress code in their gold-accents, meaning that although they make a statement by wearing white, they aren’t breaking away from tradition entirely, which is important to the interpretation of their characters. After all, the point of this whole affair is that they’re folding to expectations. Even in a final act of private (or maybe not so private?) rebellion, they’re still not going the whole way. They’re still wearing gold on top of it, trying to cover it up their pain with tradition.
This choice of white seems a bit odd in light of that, but maybe it’s a last hurrah their rebelliousness? After all, that’s what they’re putting down right now. Their dreams, for a life that involved love that transcended duty, their freedom, the ability to make choices regarding their futures, their aspiration to not make the same mistakes as their parents– they’re burying it all under honor. Pride. Duty.
White is no color for a wedding day.
“White for Shadowhunters is the color of funerals,“ Luke explained. “ But for mundanes, Jace, it’s the color of weddings. Brides wear white to symbolize their purity.” (City of Fallen Angels)
It’s all about misconception. To a mundane, to an outsider, this might look like a normal wedding. It’s the happiest day of their lives, when the two commit to each other for the rest of their lives. That’s how it looks from far away, and that’s the point of it. When you look closer, however, you see the real meaning in the scene and the meaning it holds for its characters. They maintain images, the both of them, for the outside. They are in mourning for the lives they’ll never get to lead, for the love’s they’ll never get to live, but only those who understand and bother to look deeper can see that.
And! It’s not just crazy over analysis! Because Izzy is wearing gold, and so is the presiding silent brother. They’ve read the rhyme and they know the series.
White is not a symbol of purity in the Shadowhunter world. But this is the purest, subtlest expression of character we’ve gotten in this series.