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At times I get really down about my height and build—being 6 foot 3 and all—feeling that I can never truly be the girl I feel I am inside. When this thought plagues my mind, I do my best to keep telling myself “Girl, you’re gonna be the best goddamn Samus ever. Now shut the hell up and be your pretty self!” and after that, I start to feel a little bit better about myself.
What are your thoughts on Maekar's killing of Baelor? My impression has always been that it was an accident but I've seen it argued that Maekar was aiming at Baelor's head to land a fatal blow because he was angry that Baelor took Dunk's side and because he was jealous of his brother and the glory heaped upon him and his sons.
…. that’s a thing? Because it’s pretty obvious that it was an accident. I don’t think GRRM could have made it any plainer if he tried. Unlike some plots where GRRM drops hints that something nefarious is going on or that he leaves completely ambiguous, he has given us all we need to determine that it was a mishap. Dunk, our POV of that period, believes that Maekar did not mean to kill Baelor, and the incident was marked repeatedly as a mishap by Maester Yandel in the World book.
From Maekar’s immediate reaction to slaying his brother to the reported effect this incident had on him, it’s quite obvious that Baelor’s death deeply affected Maekar. Yandel tells us that “it is written that Prince Maekar always bitterly regretted Baelor’s passing and marked its anniversary every year”, and reports that Maekar had grown stern after his brother’s death at his hand - growing stern being the same wording used to describe Viserys II’s response to Larra Rogare’s abandonment, denoting a trauma response. This is further supported by what Maester Aemon tells Sam of his father.
[Maester Aemon] tightened his grip on Sam’s arm. “I will be with my brothers soon. Some were bound to me by vows and some by blood, but they were all my brothers. And my father … he never thought the throne would pass to him, and yet it did. He used to say that was his punishment for the blow that slew his brother.
I pray he found the peace in death that he never knew in life. [..]”
This is a man who is haunted by his brother’s death and who has never stopped blaming and punishing himself for it; depressed to the point of having no peace and hating his throne because of how guilty he feels sitting in his brother’s place. Think of Jon Snow and his pained guilt at the idea of having Robb’s place and multiply it by a thousand in Maekar’s case. Actually let’s talk about Jon Snow’s dynamic with Robb and how it parallels Maekar’s with Baelor. Jon grew up in Robb’s shadow and was jealous of him but he also loved Robb deeply. This is Maekar’s dynamic with Baelor, I believe. It’s true that he was jealous of Baelor and resented that Baelor got all the recognition and credit while Maekar’s own accomplishments went unrecognized but his reaction to Baelor’s death speak of how he felt about his brother. Egg vouches for his father’s feelings towards his uncle and while his opinion isn’t the most objective, the kid isn’t a bad judge of character.
Jealousy and anger could be good incentives for murder but they are not in this case. Maekar punishes his sons in the wake of the trial and continues to beat himself up over it till the day he dies. Sending Aerion into exile in particular is huge for Maekar considering that he had pinned all his hopes on his second son after his heir Daeron disappointed him. Maekar trusts a lowly hedge knight with his son’s life and training in a way that parallels Baelor’s own trust and esteem for Ser Duncan. We’ve seen Maekar’s reaction to Baelor’s death at Ashford Meadow. A subdued man who struck me as someone who is trying to find any sense in what has happened.
He was resigned to the fact that he’d be accused of purposely killing his brother and needed to tell someone, anyone, he did not. The man we saw at the end of the Hedge Knight is weighed down by guilt and trying, in his own way, to make amends.
As for the part about Maekar aiming at Baelor’s head, note that this was in the midst of a huge fight where Maekar noticed that Dunk had his son pinned down… and was preparing to kill him for all Maekar knew. Dunk noted that Maekar was trying to reach Aerion but Baelor was holding him off. Considering the circumstances, I sincerely doubt Maekar had any time to register anything beyond needing to get past Baelor to save Aerion. He was outnumbered at one point when Lyonel Baratheon joined Baelor against him resulting in a mad trade of blows in which Maekar took three for every one he landed. It’s not at all surprising that Maekar had no memory of the blow that broke his brother’s skull in that mayhem.
-too many songs that fit this ship, many of which are some of my favorites
-i could literally write a fucking essay on 2doc
-they’re both consenting adults who aren’t either one’s parental figure
-THERE ARE SO MANY CANON THINGS THAT IMPLY IT I’M SORRY
** “Murdoc: I saved your life, you owe me your soul. 2D: Awwww! I love you Murdoc!” **
“Er…. I don’t want to scare you Murdoc, but I’m locked in here with you. I do have a key somewhere but I can’t find it. I’ve been watching you…. sleeping and…. you’re quite…. beautiful…. when you’re quiet….** (forum)
Murdoc: When he stood up…wooow. What an image. Tall, pretty, blue spiky hair…. 2D: No eyeballs Murdoc: No eyeballs…. ** (Interview)
** “Murdoc: I love New York. 2D: Why is ‘dat? Murdoc: Ermm…. I dunno, it’s just really tall, I’m in love with tall things, ya know? (followed by Murdoc staring at 2D, and 2D staring back ** (New York interview)
** I don’t remember the exact quote, but that entire swan shaped scones thing from the New York interview was pretty gay **
** Murdoc: This is tomorrow comes today. Heh, hey! 2D, why don’t you come on and join me? It will be fun!2D: You sure?Murdoc:Yeaaah, come on, mate, I haven’t seen you properly for ages. Hop on up.2D: You’re not gonna hit me, are you?Murdoc: Nooo, mate, nooo. Look, you and me need to stick together, remember? You know, you’re thick…. i’m hard, eh?” **
** I don’t quite remember this quote either, but when asked about how he keeps himself from getting lonely on plastic beach, without ladies, alone with 2D, he says something along the lines of “I’ve got a special thing to help with that…. won’t go into any detail, though.” which is pretty damn suggestive **
** MURDOC CONSTANTLY CALLS HIM “PRETTY”, “BEAUTIFUL”, “SUNSHINE”, ETC.”
2D’s the only one he’s ever called a god other than himself and that’s saying something
2D goes to Murdoc to help him tie his shoes?? That’s so cute shit
Murdoc scares away/does other things to all of 2D’s girlfriends. Despite being fucked up, this could certainly be seen as him being jealous.
The comic in DoYaThing
MURDOC WROTE PLASTIC BEACH?
THERE ARE A LOT OF SONGS THAT IMPLY SHIT THERE!
Keep in mind he probably ran out of alcohol at some point while writing songs.
This has gotta be the song that implies it the most.
It’s literally a song about being hopelessly in love with a drug addict- and it’s a well know fact that 2D’s addicted to painkillers.
There are some lyrics i need to bring up:
“I’ll wait to be forgiven Maybe I never will My star has left me To take the bitter pill That shattered feeling Well the cause of it’s a lesson learned”
Oh boy. This implies Murdoc feels bad for what he puts 2D through. “My star has left me to take the bitter pill” ….Hmm. Pills. “that shattered feeling well the cause of it’s a lesson learned” that again could very well be Murdoc feeling genuinely sorry? And heartbroken? Poor dude.
“I’m caught again in the mystery You’re by my side, but are you still with me?”
That references how when someone’s addicted to a drug they may not really seem all there? Like they’re physically there, but their mind’s in a far away place. It’s really common with addiction.
“The answer’s somewhere deep in it, I’m sorry but you’re feeling it But I just have to tell that I love you so much these days Have to tell you that I love you so much these days, it’s true”
…. Okay wow
Onto another song!
On Melancholy Hill-
sweet, cheesy love song right here.
“Up on melancholy hill There’s a plastic tree Are you here with me? Just looking out on the day of another dream”
Again with that “are you really here” theme
“Well, you can’t get what you want but you can get me”
That’s awful suspicious
“So let’s set out to sea, love ‘Cause you are my medicine When you’re close to me When you’re close to me”
1) That’s cute and really gay 2) brings up medication? While pills are a thing with 2D??
Let’s move on
It’s?? About?? Broken?? Love????
“There’s nothing you can say to him He is an outer heart And the space has been broken”
That’s pretty abstract but “There’s nothing you can say to him” got me
“Broken Our love Broken”
Sure is pal
You could also interpret Empire Ants as 2doc depending on the way you think about it
I’m a little burnt out but let all that sink in annd i might do more on this if i think of more? Yeah
Thanks man this was fun i love doing ship analysis type stuff