Huh ok I’ve been having some thoughts just now that are partly academic, partly ship-related (and hoo boy is it gonna be fun to negotiate THAT boundary ethically).
So I know that some Critters seemed to be making the argument that they were displeased with Taliesin’s rather dramatic ending to Episode 72, because they thought he might have just been doing it to pander to the crowd.
I’ve been on board this ship for a very long time now, so obviously when people say there was no buildup to Percy’s actions, I’m inclined to disagree. (I mean, that would make this a little nonsensical, wouldn’t it?). The past fifteen or so episodes, in particular, seemed to draw the characters together quite clearly and naturally in a way that I thought most people, not just us hardcore all-aboard Perc’ahlia shippers, would be able to see. I don’t think it can all be chalked up to pandering.
But even if it could, here’s a question worth asking - what is inherently wrong with the idea of pandering to a fanbase?
As a pansexual woman married to a bisexual man, let me assure you we can still be gay as hell sometimes and I’m really tired of the perc’ahlia hate because a “bisexual” character fell into a “straight” relationship.
Let me assure you, you can be married and still have gay thoughts, feelings and flavors. I check out ladies and appreciate them still. I still read w/w stuff. My husband still has a nice little crush on Pedro Pascal/Oberyn Martell and I don’t think that’s going away for a long ass time.
Being in a “straight” relationship doesn’t fucking mean you’re straight or that you’ve settled. I’m still hella gay for plenty hours of the day.
but i legit love how literally most of us perc’ahlia shippers were like “even if it doesn’t end with a confession or a kiss, i’m GOOD coz that convo was EVERYTHING just now, holy shit vex that was beautiful thank you you both needed that didn’t you”
and then literaLLY TWO MINUTES LATER TALIESIN’S LIKE “LOL >:D I KISS HER”
like gaize thANKS. we were just. NOT PREPARED. we thought we were, but we really weren’t.
Because I DID end up getting my Perc’ahlia ice kisses (sort of):
He was always so calm about things.
Or at least maintained the veneer of calm. Neutrality, she was once tutored, was all in the lack of hurry. Sudden movement meant you were nervous, exposed to the eyes that pinned and the words that curled around you and stung. It meant you were ill-prepared. So long as you could keep your voice steady, your hands folded, no one would be the wiser.
considering how sam literally cried during her kissing him and how travis nearly ate an entire soda can to stop himself from smiling and giggling when he kissed her, i would consider those two guys to be part of the perc’ahlia fandom.