anonymous asked:

I don't know if you answered this a while ago when it happened, but why do you think Lexa didn't disarm Clarke when she held a knife to her throat? We saw her do it to Jaha, and I get Clarke means more to her, but I think there's more to it

You’re right, there’s definitely a lot more to it, so I’m gonna try to break down what I personally feel are the two most prominent elements.

1) her knowledge that Clarke won’t actually kill her. 

While I don’t necessarily believe Lexa thinks Clarke’s feelings for her would prevent it, there’s no doubt in my mind that Lexa sees and recognizes Clarke’s feelings for herself in that moment and the moments leading up to it. In context, this scene is occurring shortly after a confrontation between them in which Clarke explicitly states “I’m done”. In the previous months, Clarke’s worked quite actively to distance herself from her leadership position, and the choices (and killing) that position demanded. She doesn’t want it anymore. She doesn’t want the title, the reputation, or the responsibility. The blood on her hands is what drove her from her people, as she’s fully aware that protecting them and leading them would continually put her in circumstances through which she’d have to take lives to save lives. Clarke wants to be done with death, especially death that would be ultimately unnecessary like killing Lexa out of vengeance would have been. Lexa obviously asserts that Clarke “can’t run away from who she is”, (“who she is” being a leader, no matter the consequences), but still she knows Clarke doesn’t want to kill anyone.

I also want to point out here that Lexa’s seen Clarke’s attempts to kill for vengeance before. In season 2, after TonDC, Clarke shoots the spotter responsible for the attack. When Lexa asks her if that made her feel better, Clarke says, tears in her eyes “No.” Lexa knows Clarke no longer sees the point in killing for vengeance, and she knows Clarke isn’t a killer. Clarke is a leader. Lexa knew her life was never in danger.

So then, what was the point of letting Clarke hold her in that position for so long? I’ll give you a hint: it ties to the fealty scene

2) Lexa’s submission of power

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but it’s something I’ve been ruminating over for quite a while. Many were surprised by Lexa’s vow, and that makes sense, the gesture being quite grand and Iconic and heartwarming. But looking back, 3x03 showcases a few moments in which Lexa either directly or indirectly submits varying degrees of power to Clarke. 

The first? When Lexa redirects Titus’s credit “everything you do elevates her”, and places it instead entirely in Clarke’s hands, “she elevates herself”. Lexa takes none of the offered recognition, an act absolutely odd for someone in her position (the ruler of thousands and a borderline religious figure), and this is made even more significant by the fact that Clarke isn’t even there to hear this. Lexa’s willingly acknowledging the power of an opposing political leader in front of her most trusted adviser. 

The second? The knife scene. Lexa is quite literally giving Clarke the opportunity to kill her. Her life is in Clarke’s hands. While she knows Clarke won’t end up doing it, the mere possibility that she could and in this moment Lexa seems to be willing to let that happen is huge. Lexa’s fully capable of disarming Clarke, but she doesn’t. She doesn’t even look tempted. Hell, she looks resigned to whatever Clarke decides. 

This is not the face of someone that has any inclination to resist. Mouth agape, eyes surprised and then sad and then accepting. Lips pressed together. Expression without challenge.

Teeth bared, jaw locked, eyes hardened. 

See the difference? In the confrontation with Jaha, Lexa’s demonstrating her power. She’s asserting her dominance, making it obvious that she is in charge in front of people that are perceived as enemies. 

There’s a marked difference in Lexa’s expressions with Clarke. She’s submitting. She’s giving Clarke the power to kill her. She’s pledging her life away, before she ever gets down on her knees.

Lexa’s been risking her life and her position for Clarke ever since she began her attempts to spare Wanheda’s life. Lexa’s known for a long time that Clarke’s decisions will directly influence her own survival, it’s only fitting that this moment embody Clarke’s power over her. Love is weakness, after all.

In sum, Lexa’s well aware that Clarke’s own personal relationship with killing and her disdain for doing it, especially with vengeance as the motivating factor, means she’s never in real danger. But Lexa’s willingness to let Clarke press the knife to her throat serves a symbolic purpose, very similar and in my opinion foreshadowing the fealty scene, both cases demonstrating Lexa’s willingness to live her life in service to Clarke’s needs.

Stop bitching about The Walking Dead

I’m tired of hearing about people quitting this show because of Sunday’s episode. You want to stop because you’re ignorant? Fine. Just don’t bother us who enjoyed the episode. Here is why 701 was so important, all gore and brutality aside.

It demonstrated how big of a threat Negan is. It showed that truly, no one is safe anymore. This adds for a lot of tension and suspense whenever he is on screen, because he will kill anyone.

It showed that Rick and the survivors are no longer on top. They have been broken down and shattered into a whole new group. We are going to see a very shaken, very different, very scared, very emotional group of characters this season. The characters we followed for 6 seasons are no more, and they are now a group of scarred and distressed and confused men and women. This adds the effect for the audience, that we are supposed to feel just like they do. 2 family members have been killed. We have been humiliated and embarrassed and shocked. We are a new audience now.

This sets up All Out War. Rick is NOT going to stand by as this all unfolds. For a while, he reluctantly will abide by Negan’s law. He will do as he says. He will offer up half of his shit. But he will not let his people be treated unjustly. Especially his son…

This episode was not about killing off our favorite characters. This was about setting up a new story. A new world. A new set of characters. This was to make us feel like the characters: hurt and lost and absolutely terrified. If you ask me, they did a great job. Hats off to the SFX team. Hats off to the production team, the director, and especially the actors for giving so much to this emotionally grueling episode. The actors had to reach within deep, dark places inside themselves in order to react the ways they did. So don’t disrespect their attempts of feeling absolute despair in order to deliver an absolutely heartbreaking episode.

As for the racial issue? Get over yourselves. I’m so damn sick of you people trying to find anything to get about. They killed an Asian? I’m done watching. They killed a gay? I’m done watching. They killed a trans? I’m done watching. NO ONE CARES. Glenn’s death had NOTHING to do with his race. His death shows that life is going to be a lot harder for our beloved characters from here on out.

Stop complaining. This episode was extremely well done. Congratulations to all of those who worked on it. I’m excited for what you have next.