thinking about simon’s empathizing as a means of bringing people into the ULA with hauntedmusain
simon is a great speaker and he’s good at relating to people– so far as it gets him what he wants. what really gets me is when he showed kieren his scars. it didn’t feel like a genuine moment of vulnerability and connection. it was to get kieren to see that simon was like him, so kieren would change his mind about the ULA and make it easier for simon to figure out who was the first risen. we see a vulnerable simon later in the series– and that wasn’t it.
he leads amy on not because he doesn’t want to hurt her, but because a hurt amy is less useful to him than an amy who hangs on his every word. and then when he’s actually interested in someone (kieren) he moves like a predator catching prey, kisses kieren to convince him to be with him (you can check out a gifset here).
what’s great about kieren is that he shuts him down immediately because kieren sees through all of his bullshit. kieren sees through the charm and cadence of the missionary simon’s trying to be. kieren calls simon out on brainwashing, and while you might think simon’s right, kieren isn’t wrong.
simon doesn’t empathize– he evangelizes. simon plays with a motive up until the last episode, when he decides that while “there’s what he believes, and then there’s kieren,” the latter may be more important to him.