can we just talk about the character development in arms outstretched for a second?
first there’s merle, the failed cleric and deadbeat dad, who is canonically jealous of every competent person gets close to his team. who sees his two boys leave him - one possessed, one unconscious. but merle doesn’t give up, because he knows he can save them. he has faith in himself, that he can get them back. he summons up a sixth level spell - which was, i think, the highest spell slot he had at the time - and pulls both magnus and taako back from death.
then magnus, the steadfast warrior, who has lived for love so many times and had it ripped away from him just as often. he’s dying, and he knows that if he dies he’ll get to see julia, and that’s all he’s ever wanted for years - to be reunited with his beloved wife. but he doesn’t go quietly. he says i want to get back to my body, i have to help my friends, and with the family he’s found in merle and taako, decides to live.
and taako. taako, who doesn’t even have a heart. he looks at a clearly-possessed magnus, a terrified merle, and throws his soul out of his body. not only is he not sure whether he’ll be able to get magnus back, but there is no guarantee that he’ll have a body to return to - edward and lydia could easily destroy it while he’s gone. and then he’d be dead, just like magnus may well be. but he does it anyway. he puts himself in danger on the slight chance he can save magnus. even though he professes to trust no one, even though he doesn’t remember his own heart, he makes a desperate grab for the person he’s come to call a friend.
arms outstretched really was a defining moment of this podcast. not only did it set the tone for the finale - this is the ending you earned - but it showed how our boys react in dire situations. when things look bleakest, they turn to each other.