“From the beginning you and the dragon had been one. You are becoming, and the dragon is your higher self.”
The way this show is currently paralleling Will Graham and Francis Dolarhyde is absolutely brilliant. The above conversation is even more significant when you consider Bedelia telling Will that he is capable of righteous violence because he is compassionate, and that extreme acts of cruelty require high levels of empathy, certainly something Will is in no short supply of.
Dolarhyde is not killing his victims because he wants to inflict pain upon them. In his madness he believes he is helping them. He believes he is elevating them to their higher selves by giving them to the darkness within himself that he calls the dragon. This is righteous violence. This is his compassion. But Hannibal knows that this darkness is something that has been inside him all along, and this harkens back to Will at the end of season 2. As he attempted to trick and trap Hannibal, Will unlocked a part of his nature that has always been present, and is just as natural to him as being sweet and good and kind, which he undoubtedly is. But as he said earlier this season, he never knew himself more than he did when he was with Hannibal.
And speaking of which, as soon as Dolarhyde said this:
I was immediately reminded of this:
Molly is to Will as Reba is to Dolarhyde. Through her he has found an escape from the darker side of himself. He consumed the Blake painting because he wanted to desperately to be someone else for her. He wants to step away from the darkness and into the light, but to do so would be to deny half of his true self, and Hannibal is dependent on him embracing that darkness at this point.
Hannibal’s ethics and motivations are fascinating. He is undeniably capable of experiencing love, but the nature of that love and the nature of who he is twists it and turns it into a truly destructive force. He likes testing people, he likes placing them in situations where they have a choice to do right or wrong to see which they will choose, and he is no stranger to a good old game of cat and mouse. But his motivations with Dolarhyde go a bit deeper than that… I believe he thinks if he can help Dolarhyde become his higher self, if he can help him become the dragon, then he can help Will come around again too. He can pull him away from his family (the family that he believes is a poor replacement for the family they were creating together) and back into his orbit.
A striking difference between the canon of the books and what took place on the show is that Hannibal did not send Dolarhyde after Will AND his family… he only sent him after Molly and Walter. Hannibal doesn’t want Dolarhyde to kill Will in this universe, but he is unbelievably jealous and wants Will’s new family out of the picture as soon as possible. This isn’t simply about playing a game out of boredom for him. In the end it all comes down to his deep and twisted love for Will Graham.
Will and Molly love one another, there is no doubt about that, but we are being shown through visual subtext and absolutely blatant and heavy handed dialogue that Will and Hannibal belong together. They are two sides of the same coin, but Will’s true destiny to be with Hannibal cannot be realized until he learns to, once again, give in to his own becoming.
Will wanted to run away with Hannibal not only because they were friends, or because they truly do love one another on a deep and profound level, but because through Hannibal, Will found his freedom. His transformation at the end of season 2 also felt very deliberate, it began as a premeditated plan to capture Hannibal after all, but it resulted in Will discovering the true nature of the beast residing in his own belly. A part of him will always want to be with Hannibal, will always wish they had run away together all those years ago, and I guess only time (aka the final two episodes) will tell if that part of himself will be victorious in the end.
I’ve become interested in Royals after Madeleine’s wedding when I saw this precious cupcake Estelle and she’s been my favourite royal child ever since. I’ve especially like this photo of her because she’s just too precious and cute for my heart to get over it.
He seemed as he moved perfectly, his muscles tight and bulging. His perfectly sculpted body was glazed over with sweat. His hair sticking to around his face, framing it. I never thought there could be anything so alluring in any of the galaxies.
I averted my eyes from him. I knew it was wrong, I shouldn’t be watching the Jedi having his early practice. I also wasn’t suppose to be up this early. I just wanted to sneak away to the beautiful waters to take a early morning swim, just as the sun goes up. I do this almost everyday. It was my only get away.
Every since I was a young child, my mother and I were taken away to Naboo to work for the royal family. And ever since then, I was stuck here on Naboo, never getting to see anything more than the palace walls. I hated working for the queen, I wasn’t one to take orders. I was stubborn and had too many thoughts to control.
alright !! either "Come home with me." or "You don't need to protect me." with Hoperai x3
Lightning had lived in the kingdom of Eden for her entire life. Even so, she’d never given much thought to the royal family. Sometimes they’d catch her eye when she passed by a newsstand or caught a headline online, but it pretty much went one eye and out the other
At least, this was so…until the fateful day when she was told she was the heir to the throne.
The party to welcome Lila this time was themed as Simply Adorable which meant costumes had to be Cutesyfied.
I didn’t know what cute was. Also, there was a part of me that wanted it to be a mature type of cute.
When I made up my mind, I told Mila that I wanted to try the non-royal tailors. Ever since the incident, she had been too embarrassed to return.
She said she would take me if I wouldn’t fuck things up again. I promised, and we left 30 minutes later.
After asking much forgiveness and requesting the undercut stylist, I tried again. After the survey and measurements, I was faced with the same view. It wasn’t Prince JJ. Barry was not gonna rape me.
We talked about the event and how I wanted to look. Then I remembered an outfit from a video game I watched Michele play in the village. It would be perfect.
I asked Mila if she liked it, and she squealed so loudly.
“That means she likes it.” Barry said.
Once I told her about the counterpart outfit, she got it made for herself. The two of us left knowing our costumes would be done in two days.
Once I got back to the Palace, I spent the rest of the day tending to Yuri. He was grounded since one of his cats pooped in the hallway.
So he wanted to see what “the magic of a Natural” could do. I asked if there was an empty room that I could use. He took me to a bare room within the Palace, and I did everything I learned.
Ice man, all sorts of sculptures, and snow. Then we looked at each other as if we got the same idea. Even though it was not the time for frozen lakes, we could still ice skate in our own way.
The two of us put on multiple pairs of socks. I froze the floor, and we slid around. It made him smile, and it was just fun!
Music played from the speakers and he showed me things he had learned from living in a place where snow was normal.
Yuri really liked bossing older people around. In this case, it was ok since I had no idea how to do it in socks. There were few times that I used my ice for fun until now.
He would never admit we had this moment together. Who knows how long he’d remember this for?
In the end, Cat Tamer Yuri fell asleep at the dinner table. I took him to bed after changing him into his pajamas. When I returned, everyone was talking about how I had tamed the Cat Tamer. Michele asked me, and I just laughed. I just laughed.
The Braganza Tiara, often called the Brazilian Tiara was made in France with diamonds from Brazil in 1829 for the new Empress of Brazil, Amelie. The name Braganza comes from the name of a duchy in Brazil, the Emperor was also known as the Duke of Braganza.
Amelie had this tiara reworked several times to suit her best ending up with the design we see now.
When Amelie passed away in 1873 her sister, Queen Josephine of Sweden inherited the tiara. The tiara has been apart of the Swedish Royal Jewel Collection ever since.
This tiara is one of the tiaras in the Swedish Jewel Vault that is only ever worn by the current Queen.
Since coming to Sweden the Braganza Tiara has only left Sweden twice; the first time it was worn by Queen Louise of Sweden who wore it to the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1936 in Great Britain.
The last time it was taken out of Sweden was when Queen Silvia of Sweden wore it in on a state visit in 2007. Silvia made this exception because Denmark is so close to Sweden, both geographically and family wise. She thought “Queen to Queen it would be nice to wear it [for Margrethe]“ since Margrethe is also interested in the histories of the Swedish Royals Jewels. According to Silvia she will never taken it out of the country again.
Silvia has made a lot of use of this tiara as Queen, it holds a very special place in her heart because of her own Brazilian roots (her mother was Brazilian). Silvia famously wore this tiara for her first official portrait as Queen of Sweden in 1976 (shown above).
Silvia states that this tiara is reserved for “only very very special occassions" ; as a young Queen Silvia wore it to almost every state visit, however she has never worn it to the Nobel Prize Awards.
However lately Silvia has opted to wear other tiaras for special occasions, this is probably due to the heavy and uncomfortable nature of this tiara. Silvia has said that this tiara is "complicated to wear… it moves [as you wear it] and is not easy to fix.” It has also been said that is is very heavy to wear and hard on the wearer’s neck.
The last time Silvia wore this big gun tiara was at her daughter, Crown Princess Victoria’s wedding in 2010 (shown above).
Ever since the Paragons released the letter saying they couldn’t go home following the weddings, Katerina had been restless. She hadn’t spoken to her parents since arriving and she was stuck in an unfamiliar place with very few people she knew. Some people she had never even met. Katerina sat cross-legged on her bed, some lame bridal magazine sprawled out and open on her comforter. None of the dresses were all that pretty, none of them suited her. Atticus had given her free reign of the wedding.
Her own parents and her sister wouldn’t be at her wedding. The Paragons wouldn’t let them.
The thought made her chest clench and she was torn out of her thoughts when she heard a knock on the door. Atticus was busy, Pippa was with her betrothed or with her family. Curiously, Katerina made her way to the door, fingers curling around her stake.
In one move, the door was open and she was face to face with the face identical to hers. “Tatiana!” she breathed, the stake clattering to the floor. She threw her arms around her older sister, breathing her in. “You’re here.”
What the frickle frackle is the point of "the Darkness"?
Is there something we can derive from 10x23 that makes sense?
Sam and Dean were created by an angel breeding programme to be the vessels of archangels, one “good” and one “evil”. They defied that destiny and saved the world, but (in conjunction with Cas) have been royally screwing up ever since.
We see a trail of dead innocents as a consequence of the decisions and mistakes our three “heroes” have made (Cas, Sam and Dean) since S8.
Ellie, and no doubt many others like her, who were duped into selling their souls to Crowley and who would have been saved if the Winchesters had closed the gates of Hell
The angels have fallen, Metatron has the demon tablet, and the Darkness is loose.
Really, at this point, the audience is left to wonder whether perhaps the Michael vs Lucifer apocalypse wouldn’t have been preferable.
The questions the writers seem to be asking are:
What is the nature of good and evil?
We have an angel antagonist (Metatron) a witch antagonist (Rowena) and a partial demon ally for the Winchesters in Crowley, along with their steadfast fallen angel ally, Castiel. Good and evil are mixed up right here. Moreover, Sam and Cas have just participated in a human blood sacrifice to remove the Mark of Cain, whilst Dean slew an innocent child (Cyrus Stein) and Death himself. Our “heroes” cannot be said to be heroes at this point. They have committed evil actions for the sake of “saving” one another, and in so doing they have damned the world.
What is the psychological damage between Sam and Dean, thanks to their shitty childhood?
It was because the Winchester brothers loved each other, but were prepared to let go, that Sam and Dean were able to overcome Lucifer and Michael and save the world in Swan Song at the end of S5. It is because the Winchester brothers love each other, but were not prepared to let go, that they unleashed the Darkness at the end of S10.
That inability to let go stems from Dean, psychologically. We saw what it cost Dean to have allowed Sam to jump into the Pit, the year he spent struggling with PTSD living with Lisa. It is as if, after that terrible year, he has not been able to contemplate letting go ever again. Sam on the other hand, did let go again, during S8 when Dean was in Purgatory. Sam was lost and grief stricken but he didn’t try to undo the natural order of the world to find his brother. He attempted to move on with Amelia. And Dean was so pissed at him when he got back, that since then, Sam has taken on Dean’s brother-saviour complex and mirrored it back to him.
Now, we know Dean acquired that brother-saviour complex way back when. His Dad made him his brother’s keeper when he thrust young Sammy into his arms and told him to run out of that burning building. Dean has been a substitute parent for Sam from then on, particularly as their Dad was often away on “hunting trips” and when around, frequently drunk. But that responsibility, thrust upon a child for another child, has warped the Winchesters’ relationship. The consequences of that warping we have seen in “Brother’s Keeper” 10x23. The brother-saviour complex has unleashed the Darkness upon the world.
S11 therefore, has two key tasks which come together:
1. In the further contemplation of the nature of good and evil, our “heroes”, Sam and Dean need to come to a place where they understand that the brother-saviour complex is toxic.
2. In the struggle to rid the world of the Darkness, Sam and Dean will have to discover how to be heroes again, no doubt by working both with their angel (Cas) and demon (Crowley) allies against their angel (Metatron) and witch (Rowena) antagonists.
It’s not, perhaps, the most interesting story on the board, and Chuck knows it has cost us dearly in terms of loved characters (Kevin and Charlie in particular) and the hope of a more ensemble cast, but it is the one the writers are telling.
The brother-saviour complex is the darkness within and the “evil before creation” is the Darkness without. The psychological darkness within is now directly responsible for unleashing the Darkness without. “The Darkness” is in fact a giant metaphor for the brother-saviour complex. The title of the episode 10x23, “Brother’s Keeper”, is the clue to this. This is how melodrama works - external dark forces are reflections of internal ones. Both must be vanquished, and one cannot be so without the other.
I think why people are concerned isn't that Hook and CS will be benched next season. I don't personally see that happening at all. It's that CS are moving at a snails pace and for all we know next season they may not start living together until the next season finale and that moving in will be revisited then. They feel like they took steps back because all we got was an ILY again. I hope I make sense, don't be mad at me just trying to understand why people are upset.
I’m not mad at you, LOL. I’m not mad at anyone. But I’ve also given up trying to understand why people are upset b/c they’re ALWAYS upset. I’ve been in fandom for like 4 years now and it was never like this – not until the CS movie where we were royally spoiled and ever since then, everyone has expected the same level of CS in every episode. Up until then people were so appreciative of the moments we got, whatever they were. CS is the main couple of the show…of course they’re moving slower. But I don’t agree with the “snail’s pace” thing. They have excellent development and it all makes perfect sense to me. I’m sorry if it’s an unpopular opinion but I cannot stand this “they owe us for this and that” mentality. Do you really think they’re going to make us wait until the end of S6 to move in together, when, for all we know S6 could be the last season? And THAT’S how they’re going to end the CS story and the show, yeah? Like YAY look they moved in together, the end!? Come on, guys. That’s so freaking dramatic and it’s NOT gonna happen. Of COURSE they’re going to be living together in S6.
OQ basically had a grenade thrown at them and they were obliterated this season. Rumple & Belle are well… I think we all know where they’re at. And Snowing is lucky these days to get 2-3 really good touching scenes per season. CS is the MAIN ongoing couple of the show. They ended the season safe, alive and happy as hell after an entire season of enormous focus, development, epic moments, a true love confirmation, escaping death & darkness and being blessed by the freaking gods. Emma is now in a place where she’s 100% open with him emotionally and honestly? Speaking from experience? You NEED to be comfortable with that level of emotional intimacy before you move in with someone or it’s never going to work.
“They feel like they took steps back b/c all we got was an ILY again” – If you’re looking at that moment as “just an ILY” – that’s your problem. It wasn’t JUST an I love you. It was a testament to how much Emma loves him that she wanted him to know it’s not just when either of them are in danger, it’s a testament to how much she’s grown and opened herself up to him this season and how he’s helped her to do that by helping her to stop being so afraid of loss and abandoment. How on earth does an ILY = taking steps back?? I mean WTF. THIS is why I’ve given up trying to understand. I’ve just accepted that I’m over this shipping thing. All it is anymore is just people making a list of everything they want and checking a box whenever they get it and crying foul when they don’t.
I love this fandom, I love CS – but there is only 1 maybe 2 seasons left in this show and I intend to enjoy it. People are allowed to have their disappointments and complaints – I mean, I had things in the finale that weren’t my fav but, I’ve always been the type to focus on what I did love instead of what I didn’t. I’ve accepted that this isn’t my story and I can either tune in or tune out. And I just refuse to perpetuate the negativity in fandom by complaining about everything I didn’t like b/c it just snowballs and becomes a very overwhelming and depressing environment to be a part of.
summary: Based on the CW show ‘Reign’. Camila is the princess and the future queen of France, she will be marrying the king of scots and she knows exactly what the future holds for her. Lauren lives with her mother in one of the villages in the kingdom in a small hut. One day, Camila gets send by her Mother, the queen of France to visit the peasants and the people in the village in which Lauren lives. The visit doesn’t go well and Camila finds herself in Lauren’s doorway.
Royal Tiara Challenge: Day 15 - Tiara I’d like to see Princess Sofia wear
The Napoleonic Amethyst Parure Tiara
The tiara actually didn’t start out as a tiara at all; in fact, it’s only been a tiara for a few decades. Instead, the piece was original a necklace made of diamonds surrounding fifteen large amethysts. The demi-parure also included drop earrings, two bracelets, and a devant de corsage. The dark purple amethysts are set in gold, while the diamonds are set in silver.
The original owner of the jewels is said to have been Joséphine de Beauharnais, the first wife of Napoleon I. Lots of royal jewels are said to have belonged to the empress, but this suite apparently actually did. Joséphine gave the amethyst parure to her daughter-in-law, Princess Augusta of Bavaria, who had married Eugène de Beauharnais in 1806. (Augusta’s father, King Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria, later made the couple the Duke and Duchess of Leuchtenberg.) In turn, Augusta passed the suite along to her own daughter, Joséphine of Leuchtenberg, when she married the future King Oscar I of Sweden and Norway in 1823.
The amethysts have been in the Swedish royal collection ever since; today they are a part of the Bernadotte family jewel foundation, and so they cannot be sold. But it wasn’t until after Silvia Sommerlath married King Carl XVI Gustaf in 1976 that the parure was transformed to its current state. Silvia decided that the amethyst set really needed a tiara, and because the necklace was heavy and difficult to wear in its original state, she chose to have it set on a tiara frame. (One amethyst and diamond element was removed from the necklace in the process, and it’s able to be worn separately as a brooch or a hair ornament.)
Silvia also had the bracelets from the parure altered so that they could be worn together as a single-stranded necklace, with the pendant from the devant de corsage suspended from it. But none of these transformations are permanent. The tiara can be taken off its frame, and the extra amethyst can be reattached, meaning that the set can still take on its original form.