the things i do for the potential apocalypse

anonymous asked:

can you say something positive about this show bc i truly feel horrible and all i see are negative comments

sure thing fam! I’ve got a million and one great things to say about shadowhunters! 

the cast

  • let’s start with the cast…..oh man the cast, have you ever seen or heard of a lovelier group of people? a sweet and perfect redheaded angel? a cow-loving  farmer sunflower man? a sexy british rapscallion? a latina goddess who is the sweetest angel in the world? a hilarious but also very profound and extremely talent soft brooklyn hipster? the most talented dancer/human to ever grace the world who is also a complete wondeful dork? the sweetest and funniest and most wonderful person who ever did wear an ascot? they’re perfect 
  • nothing makes me happier than their friendships with each other and just their general sweetness :))))
  • i mean every dynamic of theirs is adorable and hilarious? kat and alberto’s friendship, domberto’s antics, the parabatri feels, dom’s lil crush on matthew, the esther/shelby/shumdario friendship! em being an older sister to kat!! how lovely are they all!!
  • and of course, of course, how earnest they are towards the show because they know how important it is to all of us, and it’s heartwarming to see all the effort that they put into the show, as well as the amount of respect and compassion they have while interacting with fans is the most wonderful thing 
  • and of course, the fact that the people behind the show always listen to and respond to fan feedback, positive or negative! they really care about us, and it’s lovely to see :) 

the show 

  • personally, i think the writing of the show has gotten amazing! season 1 was fantastic, but all of the sort of cringey dialogue and ‘wow, nobody would actually say those words’ is gone and everything is much more textured and real, and it’s really really really living up to the potential of its premise! 
  • it’s got a gritty NYC setting and its about badass angelic soldiers fighting a demon apocalypse, all while battling these insidious problems inside their own society as well, with no real moral high ground to be achieved, but really just a scramble for survival and trying to do the right thing,  and the tone of the new season is JUST PERFECT for that 
  •  i think the show has such amazing and dimensionalized relationships like i haven’t seen in a lot of much more highbrow fiction - the romantic stuff too, but i love how important and well-written platonic and family relationships are in the show! 
  • you look at a family like the lightwoods, and they’re so real - not just the love that they have for each other, but also the issues that they face, and the struggles between parents and children and siblings. amazing. well-written AS FUCK 
  • the bonds between alec and izzy and jace!! are so well-written, so well-acted!! the relationships between luke and clary/simon/maia!! astonishingly good
  • there’s so much texture and richness to all of them it’s crazy 
  • but not JUST those super close familial relationships - every single interaction has me floored with how great it is, including ‘rare’ ones like jace and magnus, or clary and alec, or clary and magnus, or magnus and izzy
  • every character has such great acting chemistry with one another, and so every relationship just comes across as rich and real in a way that a lot of lesser shows can’t accomplish 
  • let’s talk about acting! how amazingly has every cast member improved over the course of the show? even if they didn’t start off the first season as amazing, can you believe how great everyone is? how beautifully kat captured the grief of losing jocelyn in 2x05? how amazingly dom is portraying jace’s inner struggles and suffering about valentine and his identity? how much dimension and depth harry can give us in just one glance? how matt perfectly portrays the inner conflicts of a man who was never allowed to show his true feelings on his face? how beautifully alberto shows the struggle of not belonging anywhere that you used to call home? with what grace emeraude brings us izzy’s trials and suffering? how perfectly isaiah depicted not only the grief over losing everything - his world, his parabatai, the woman he loves, but also the struggles of having to get up from the pain and be there for his children? amazing. hats off to all and emmys all around 
  • every character also has so much - so much - dimension?
  • like, not a single one of the characters is the type of YA-fantasy caricature than you see so much in this genre - each of them is fully fleshed out with flaws and strengths, and each character interacts and copes with the horrible events of their lives in completely different ways, and it’s just lovely to see that kind of commitment to character even on a fantasy/action-driven show, and that not all of it has to be directly addressed and shoved in your face, but can be communicated through subtleties of acting and writing 
  • and each of them has their own critical/crucial role to play in the story? none of them are incidental or disposable and i love it! 
  • the special effects in season two are SO! damn!! good!! holy hell did you see the warlock fight this episode? beautiful! astonishing! 
  • i love the mythology of the show! it’s so crazy interesting to explore this world, because it’s not the type of world you see in a typical YA-low-fantasy type of setting - the shadowhunters’ society is such a new and refreshing mythology, with all of their customs and their ceremonies and their laws and myths and angels and runes - i love seeing them unveil more and more of it, because it’s honestly so original and interesting 
  • like did you see the rune ceremony in this ep? it was almost haunting b/c i just love thinking about this ancient order of angelic warriors and of course all of the complications of the societal hierarchies in relation to the other types of magical races
  • and don’t get me started on the other types of mythologies, especially warlocks! i love the idea of all these esoteric spells and potions and crap that shadowhunters don’t even know about and can’t even imagine the power of - it’s so interesting and i love how they’re fleshing it all out bit by bit 
  • and i love the merging of the regular urban NYC setting with the shadow word, in locales like the jade wolf, the hotel dumort, and even the insitute - how interesting and seamless it seems sometimes? it just gives the world so much texture
  • and of course, the romance is great! like i said, every actor has fantastic chemistry with each other - even if they’re not endgames like simon/maia or climon, they’re so well-acted and well portrayed 
  • malec is fantastic - i’ve almost never seen a relationship on a show portrayed with such gravitas and realness! i love how they didn’t let either character get subsumed by the relationship, but they’re also not ignoring the existence of it to give the character their own storylines independent of it 
  • and of course it’s so darn cute :) and harry and matthew put so much time and effort into it and im so thankful for them 
A Ribbon at a Time - Chapter 3

The sound of knocking wakes her, and Kara aims bleary x-ray vision at the door. Lena Luthor is fidgeting in her hallway.

“What….” Kara checks her phone. It’s 3:38 in the morning. The prior day comes tumbling back into her consciousness, clumsy and unwanted. She groans, and rolls off her mattress. Did Lena notice the broken wire in her prototype and show up with accusations? It’s possible the game is up. Abruptly woken in the middle of the night, Kara can’t find it within herself to be frantic. If Lena has found out the truth, then Kara will deal with it however she has to.

She rolls to her feet, flips the light switch, and pulls the chain out of the lock, opening the door.

“Hey,” she mutters. Lena promptly goes pink under the dim hallway light.

“Uh…. do you know, this is actually the first time I’ve seen you without pants?” she says, which is when Kara remembers that she’s been sleeping in her underwear. “That’s a little bit funny, considering…” she trails off, realizing she is venturing too close to forbidden conversational territory

“Hang on,” Kara says, and she leaves the door open for Lena to follow her as she pulls a pair of sweatpants out of the Clean Enough To Still Wear pile and shoves her bare legs into them. She’s wearing a tank top, but this is going to be awkward enough without excessive cleavage, so she digs for a sweatshirt as well. Behind her, she hears the door click shut, and when she turns back around fully dressed, Lena is leaning awkwardly against it looking around.

This is potentially an apocalypse-level moment, but Kara still finds room to be a little embarrassed at having a millionaire in her studio apartment.

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  • Legitimately concerned settler: Do you have a Geiger counter?
  • Sole Survivor: Mine is in the shop.
  • Legitimately concerned settler: What the fuck then? Where is this shop? Literally everyone I've spoken to has said that same fucking thing. Where is this mysterious shop that houses all these alleged Geiger counters?!?! You know what, fine. I'll just go in to that potentially heavily irradiated building without one and if I grow a third arm out of my left asscheek, that's on you. Oh and I <i>will</i> find you if it happens just so I can slap you in the face with my asshand. *storms off*
  • Deacon (from behind a bush): Yikes.
Why I Defend Chris Manawa

Okay so there is a lot of hate in this tag so I’m just going to do one master post of all my thoughts. Ever since S02E05 when Chris shot Reed I have been seeing an inordinate amount of anti-Chris posts. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and free to think whatever they want, by the same token so am I. It is rude to hijack other people’s posts to make your own point so here I am making my own post to express my own thoughts. Potential spoilers ahead.

First off Chris has done problematic things. I am not going to sit here and say he is a saint who never did anything wrong ever. This child has been traumatized by his surroundings and God forbid shows emotion. The internet claims we want poc characters with interesting story arcs, and dynamic personalities dealing with real life struggles but when we are given that all of a sudden —“oh no here is just some man-pain wow watch him be upset over his mother’s death and not handle the apocalypse!!! Boy I would do so much better, and oh we can’t let men show emotion like this and break down “just get it together and be a man”.

 If you want vanilla shows where no one ever does anything wrong you might as well turn off your TV, because even Nick Jr allows their characters to make mistakes and atone. So here are some reactions I have seen on tumblr that I have to say something about as I love this character.

1) People love to compare the fact that while Chris only physically lost one parent and Ofelia “lost” both parents they are having completely different reactions. While both are extremely tragic there are some important distinctions between the two.

·         Ofelia is described as being in her late 20s early 30s while Chris is 16 years old. Age is an important factor! Ofelia knows who she is, what she believes and has been making life decisions for herself for at least a decade. She may have lived with her parents but that was by her own choosing. Ofelia is also grounded in her faith and it gives her direction. Chris is just in the beginning of finding out who he is and what he believes. More than anything he fears that no one wants him there and that he will always be an outsider. While not “family”, Madison and Nick have gone out of their way to make Ofelia feel welcome while they gave Chris the space they always have despite the fact that he desperately wants to be included but doesn’t know how to interact.

·         Ofelia was raised in a two parent household where she was always priority number 1. Ofelia knows where she stands with both of her parents. While she may not always agree with Daniel’s methods, Ofelia knows that everything Daniel does /did  he did for her and her mother. Chris does not have this stability. It was obvious from S01E01 that Chris did not take Liza & Travis’ divorce well as many kids don’t. Chris already felt abandoned by his father before the end of the world and now being in forced close confinement with Travis and his new wife and kids of course wouldn’t be easy. Travis was a working man with responsibilities and he had to prove himself to Madison and both her kids thusly he only saw Chris once every other weekend surrounded by his new family. Liza in an attempt to save people’s lives and mayhaps be able to keep an eye on Nick, left Chris alone, in the last place he wanted to be. Liza even rode in the back of the truck with Ofelia and Daniel on the way to Strand’s house which only left her precious minutes with her son. Chris may have only physically lost his mother but he feels he emotionally lost his father years ago.

2) Chris is a psycho who loves to kill

I hate this so much, but I’ll try and keep my bitterness brief. 

·         walkers at the fence (S02E02)- For some bizarre reason people are upset about Chris’ behavior during this episode in regards to helping Seth clear the fence. After the loss of his mother, Chris works toward empowering himself and tries to become less afraid of the monsters around him. While not these infected in particular, walkers are what “killed” Liza and this in my opinion is an attempt at self-help. This action is also a way he can learn to fight back against the infected since Travis has prevented him from holding a weapon at every opportunity (remember Travis becoming upset that Daniel had a gun remotely near Chris at Madison’s house?). If the survivors do not actively kill walkers on a regular basis in the TWD universe the fandom considers them overall useless, but here a youth is trying to take control and its considered uncouth.

·         an act of mercy (S02E03) - People are calling Chris the new Shane and it’s uncalled for. I first saw this after Chris mercifully killed the plane crash survivor with the only weapon he had. Shane murdered Otis, who, though accidentally, shot Carl, did everything he could to make up for it. He could have made it with Otis had he wanted to but he chose not to. Chris put a dying man out of his pain! It’s reminiscent of what Daryl did for Dale, only Chris did it for a complete stranger.  

·         death of Reed (S02E05)- Chris killed Reed. Whether or not Reed would have died eventually, his death was not immediately coming (though I doubt he would have lived very long after the rod was removed). Whether or not it was for the best, or if he deserved it- yes Chris killed Reed. While Chris committed the deed there are other factors at play here. Arguably the two people he is closest too, Travis and Alicia, have been kidnapped and as far as the people on board the Abigail know could be dead. Reed has been taunting Chris in particular ever since he came onscreen and zeroes in on all of his insecurities. Everything Chris is most afraid of, a complete stranger speaks out loud and has realized in less than 24 hours while his own family is oblivious after weeks, and years of knowing/being around him.

This sin is not original to Chris however! For example: the deaths of Karen and David committed by Carol while at the prison (S04E02). These people (unlike the relationship between Reed & Chris) were Carol’s friends. Though most likely going to die, they were killed by Carol without consent and lit on fire in an attempt to contain the virus raging through the prison. Both were nearly immobile, defenseless, and incapable of spreading the virus further. Rick considered this so terrible an action he exiled Carol from the group. Carol did what she deemed best for the group, without asking for the group’s permission or even discussing the matter. A lack of communication and a desire to eliminate a threat to your family—the motives are exactly the same. Carol wanted to stop a disease, and Chris didn’t want to give a killer any opportunity to hurt his family any further.

Another example would be Carl’s shooting of Jody when the Governor comes to the prison (S03E16). Jody was surrendering and no longer a threat to Carl. Regardless Carl shot him in the face. Mere loose association with the Governor, the potential that he could do damage in the future, in addition to Carl’s anger at the situation was good enough for Jody to die. I don’t blame Carl for this reaction and lot of the internet didn’t either. Team Family in TWD murdered a bunch of sleeping men and women because they would be a future threat and no one cried over it.

This episode (S02E05) was a new rendition of “Carl’s not in the house oh well whatever mischief he causes is all solely his fault.” Chris may have pulled the trigger but the adults should have been there. Ofelia and Daniel were not included in any discussion of the prisoner exchange (that I recall until after it had been decided) but for some reason they in addition to the other adults knowingly left a troubled youth in charge of a vital prisoner unsupervised.  On a side note, while unintended his actions were in my opinion precisely how both Travis and Alicia were reunited with everyone since Alicia’s hiding made unavailable to be traded. In the mid-season finale (S02E07), Madison is praised for murdering an unarmed woman who did her family no physical harm in a very painful way, while Chris is demonized for killing a man who was actively antagonistic and physically threatened every person aboard The Abigail.. 

·         not helping Madison (S02E06)- Madison and Chris reached the epitome of their bond when she says he believes him (regardless of how she really felt) about Reed’s death. Chris finally feels like Madison really is his step-mom and that she will look out for him. TRAVIS destroys all of this. Travis took a parent to parent conversation between him and Madison, chose the worst parts and basically told Chris his family called him a liar. In an instant TRAVIS broke all the trust that Madison tried so hard to build!

During the fight with the infected in front of the Church Chris stood there when Madison needed him. It wasn’t a long hesitation, only seconds, but they were vital seconds and Alicia saw it. A clouded mind and insecurities about where they stood nearly cost Madison her life. I truly don’t believe he wanted Madison to die, but his inability to act nearly caused it anyway.

—let me move into the fallout from this—

·         Alicia double threat (S02E06) - Let me start with this, Alicia has every right to be upset and scared! Chris’ intentions about why he didn’t help don’t matter to Alicia because her mother could have died. This is a perfectly normal and acceptable reaction. If you hadn’t noticed Chris is not the best communicator and in a desperate attempt to hold onto what little bit of happiness and security he has, he physically holds Alicia when she does not wish to be held. In an attempt to explain himself and give Alicia a different point of view he makes everything worse. Chris shouldn’t have grabbed her, that’s not up for debate. However I bet if you or I counted how many times we grabbed our siblings when we wanted them to listen to us growing up…we’d see this as a very typical reaction of young people! Doesn’t mean it was the right thing to do, but it doesn’t make him abusive.

The knife in the bedroom scene is something discussed here that really boils my blood. Madison and Alicia’s reactions are expected and natural however the fans continued demonization of this action is just wow.

Lorenzo Henrie (Chris Manawa) on his twitter account and the producers of FTWD have both stated he DID NOT go to Alicia’s room with the intent to harm her but to apologize. The shock of seeing a knife to be used as protection against him is the cause of his continued standing in the room even after the girls wake up. Initial reactions are all fine and dandy however when the show itself tells you that you misinterpreted the actions and motivations or their characters and you blatantly choose to ignore it in favor of your own head canon the problem lays with you not the character you are attacking. If you want to view the situation from Alicia and Madison’s pov that’s fine but saying you “know” Chris’ motivations when your words directly contradict the show is not factual.

If there was any hope of an amicable reconciliation with the Clark family, Chris unintentionally ruined it and ran because even he knew how this action must look to them.

·         running away & hostages (S02E07) – After the complete failure of his apology (which he never got to give)Chris runs. And if you had any sense, you’d run from Madison too. Travis even calls out to Chris to return and he refuses. Chris could have run to his father for protection, but he doesn’t even consider himself worthy of it. He legitimately believes that Travis, the Salazar’s, and the Clarks will be better off without him there. He willingly casts himself into hell alone so that his family can stay in Eden as unburdened as he can make it. Despite trying to lose his dad, Chris knows that Travis will eventually catch up with him. The only way to prevent Travis from being burdened by his presence is to misdirect him to where after an exhaustive and empty search Travis could return the Abigail residence. Chris does not know that they are being evicted after Thomas’ death and that he is jeopardizing his father’s well-being by continuing to run. As far as Chris knows Travis has a safe place he can go back to where he will be surrounded by his new family. In desperation to make an escape Chris takes a hostage. Frightening the boy and his father is a serious matter and if Chris could have seen any other way out he would have taken it. If the man had managed to misdirect Travis, Chris simply would have let the family alone and continued running. If the stranger fails, Chris is legitimately giving his father every reason to leave him behind. This is the worst thing Chris has ever done, and if this won’t make Travis leave nothing will. This was/will never be the moral thing to do but *surprise* desperate people will do ridiculously terrible things.

3) Travis & Madison have both done everything they could to emotionally defend all of their children equally and Chris is solely to blame for actions.

·         WRONG. When two people with children come together you are now JOINTLY responsible for all offspring. We have seen both Travis and Madison work jointly together in regards to searching and caring for Nick before and after the walker invasion. Alicia never gets mixed messages from Travis and Madison as they speak to her with the authority and coordination to be expected of parents. With Chris however all of their interactions are a tag-team effort. They have had zero joint parent interactions with Chris. Madison is doing her best to make Chris as comfortable with Liza’s death as possible and so is Travis but they did not work together on a matter of vital importance. You would think that Reed’s death would have been cause for the three of them to sit down together and talk but nope once again it’s a solo parent responsibility. Madison and Chris were on the best terms they had ever been before that conversation so it makes zero sense that she would not have been included.

Madison has every right to be upset about what she perceives as a threat to her daughter. Moving on.

How Chris made Alicia feel (intended or not) is unacceptable in a family unit. Madison had all right to want to sleep with her daughter and make sure she feels safe. However what I have a problem with is that her actions and words do not befit someone who worked as a guidance counselor for troubled teens. Why does a guidance counselor who counseled troubled youth not go counsel the troubled youth. Alicia could have been sat with Nick and Ofelia after the initial “hey are you alright? Here sit with your brother while I go take care of the actual problem which is your other brother’s behavior”. For the first time, Travis makes a concerted effort for him and Madison to finally handle Chris’ breakdown together and she says no. Madison is in a flurry of emotion at this point and while her reaction was predictable, the last opportunity for the parents of these three children to work together was thrown away.

Madison values her daughter’s opinion, and that is a wonderful thing. But what I don’t understand is the way she went about protecting Alicia. If they felt threatened enough to steal a weapon from the kitchen that is their prerogative; however if you were worried about being attacked why did you not do the simplest things to secure the perimeter!!!!! Despite being “in fear for Alicia’s life”, Madison and Alicia not only left the door to Alicia’s room unlocked but WIDE OPEN. Their self-defense plan was one of the worst “I’m going to protect myself” attempts I have ever seen.

Before Liza died she asked for two things- Travis not to be the one who had to kill her, and for Madison & Travis to work together protecting Chris. Neither was granted. Madison was aware of Chris’ decline and did her best on her own while Travis didn’t even notice his son was drowning.

4) Chris is unhinged. Once people break down you should kill them before the backlash.

·         This is one of the biggest double standards I have seen in any TV series. My apologies if you don’t watch TWD but it will be referenced here as they are created by the same network and have an inter-related fan base. The fans and producers of this universe treat different sects of their characters drastically different. Despite being logically the most susceptible to mental and emotional breakdowns due to their age, Children/Youth are not allowed to have any sort of mental or emotional instability whereas the adults are given a pass. Grown adult fans are/have actively petitioned to have these young characters suffering from trauma to be killed while with the other hand offering words of encouragement to adult characters that just need some time. Don’t believe me? There are plenty of examples, such as: Rick, Sasha, Carol, Daniel, Lizzie, Ron, Sam, Carl and Chris.

The Adults

·         Rick Grimes literally disconnected with reality after Lori’s death. It was the only way he could cope. He was the group’s leader and his mental breakdown (intentionally or not) put every single person at the prison at risk. Team Family looked to him for guidance and leadership and he was rightfully so too grieved to do anything for them. Fans however were rooting for him to recover!! “No worries Rick will be back and as badass as ever”! Rick then once again had a breakdown once in Alexandria. His paranoia, reckless/violent actions, and beginning of a relationship that was unhealthy for him and Jessie nearly got him exiled and endangered Team Family again as I’m sure that if push came to shove many would have left with Rick has they been forced.

·         Poor Sasha Williams can’t have anything nice. The deaths of Tyreese and Bob broke her. Her PTSD is evident and her grief causes her to place herself in danger, deviate from group plans (remember the bridge), seek death and wander away from her family as she doesn’t know how to communicate with them and feels they wouldn’t understand even if she could. Sonequa Martin-Green gives one of the best performances TWD has ever had as a grieving Sasha and fans sympathized with her.

·         Carol Peletier during Season 6 also had an emotional breakdown causing fans all over the internet including myself to cry over her emotional trauma. Every child Carol bonds with the exception of Carl and Judith has died. Watching Melissa McBride through this season after Sam’s death, tallying up the number of people she’s killed was heartbreaking to watch. Carol literally wanted and actively tried to get herself killed after she left Alexandria and fans were screaming hallelujah when Morgan saved her life.

·         Daniel is literally hearing voices. Years of being a child soldier scared him and the death of his wife, his rock, broke him. When he “died” onscreen despite his mental breakdown, I personally know many people who said they would no longer watch the show as they considered him the most useful character and wanted to see him overcome his struggle.

The Children

·         Carol’s killing of Lizzie Samuels is one of the most iconic and heartbreaking moments in TWD universe (and the in acting in “The Grove” is superb). Lizzie never fit in with the other children at the prison. Even her own sister Mika knew that something wasn’t quite right about her. Carol recognized that these girls needed looking after and did everything she could to protect them. Despite this Lizzie’s way of coping with the walkers and her mental state/ personal beliefs (similar to Celia in FTWD) led to the fence at prison falling because she feed the walkers and to the death of her sister Mika. Carol gave Lizzie a quick and painless death because she feared for Judith’s safety. This is heartbreaking writing and it made me cry. People cheered for her death. Adults cheered for the death of a 12 yr old girl. She was classified as nothing more than a psychotic devil child.

·         Ron Anderson was the son of an emotionally and physically abusive father. Rick and Jessie’s own emotional breakdowns in which they sought comfort in each other literally caused Ron’s world to crash down around him. Ron and his family weren’t what I would classify as happy but at least Ron knew what to expect—better the hell you know. Though not in any way intentional (the wolves, the walker hoard, or the saviors would have done Alexandria in eventually) the arrival of Team Family coincided with worst time of Ron’s short life. His mother began an affair- with the man that would antagonize and kill his father, his father (who yes deserved it) was killed and not given a burial where Ron could visit and deal with his grief, and Enid pulled away from him drawing closer to Carl. Is it any surprise that a child who was taught by his father that the only answer is violence would resort to violence when he lost all control of his surroundings? No it wasn’t. Ron tried to kill both Carl and Rick yes, but instead of mourning his loss and the tragedy of what a parent can turn a child into, hardly anyone cared that he died at all. In fact a lot of people rejoiced.

·         Sam Anderson is the subject of so many jokes and none of them are funny. The brother of Ron, Sam had to endure the same familial environment. Rather than resort to anger and violence however, Sam’s gentler nature only allowed him to feel fear. Sam is told to hide in his room and cover his eyes and ears every time something went wrong at home and I’m not sure every felt truly safe. Carol’s conversation with Sam to scare him into not telling that he saw her in the armory played over and over again in his terrified mind. Even his own mother tells him to pretend to be brave. Jessie has always been the person Sam has turned to when he’s scared and though a lethal decision, he calls out to her when he’s scared. The internet trolls laughed at him. A child so terrified that fear overcame any survival instinct he had.

·         Many people didn’t care for the struggles these children went through and were glad when they died. “Hey if you couldn’t cut it, you don’t deserve to be here.”

·         Carl & Chris have both referred to themselves as Monsters. For a child to refer to themselves as a monster is one of the saddest things I have ever heard. Chris and Carl are more constantly aware and critical of their actions than the majority of the adults. For seasons fans bashed Carl as being useless and nothing more than a child who makes everything worse by trying to help. The difficult decisions Carl has made and the situations he has found himself in culminate in him telling Michonne- his new mother- that he is just another monster. Chris tries his hardest to adjust and blend in with his new family and circumstances and his own insecurities ensure it didn’t happen. The difference is Carl saw himself as a monster while his family and the media (for the most part) only saw a traumatized child. Chris sees himself as someone who needs help and his family (sans Travis) and (most of) the media sees him as a monster.

5) Chris is/always been cold-hearted and is being difficult just to be difficult!

·         I would argue that Chris is the most compassionate person in the group. Chris has always been concerned for the well-being of everyone including strangers and is desperate to receive some form of physical and emotional assurance that he is okay!

·         went to a rally protesting police violence because it was the right thing to do and couldn’t stand the thought of others being hurt

·         pulled Alicia away from her walker neighbor disregarding his own safety because he cares about her and was rewarded with a bloody nose and dirty looks. He took a second beating protecting Alicia from the military deserters in the end of season 1 and had a gun pointed at his head for daring to defy Reed particularly concerning Alicia’s well-being. 

·         told his dad immediately when he was sure he saw an S.O.S from inside the safe zone and wanted something done to help them.

·         Taught himself self-defense and tried to gain resolution dealing with the walkers on the fence when his family didn’t come together to help him

·         put a dying man out of his misery because he begged to be killed and not turn into a walker

·         did not shoot a pregnant woman and co out of humanity and want of adult approval

·         though being extremely upset about all the taunts and jeers made at his expense by Reed he maintains his composure until the time is right to take him down not endangering any of the other hostage’s lives

·         the thought that Madison and Travis believed he was a liar who couldn’t be trusted was enough to break him

·         The discussion with Travis made him admit that Alicia deserved an apology and he committed to giving her one even though it would most likely not be readily accepted, he “manned” up and was going to apologize for scaring his sister

·         Would rather wander alone and most likely die than burden those he loves with his presence

Chris has literally risked more than anyone else in regards to putting himself out there emotionally and has gotten stark little in return.

  • me the first 90% of x-men apocalypse: oh my god. oh my god. hands down no question if oscar isaac as apocalypse teleported into my kitchen and did that seductive whisper thing where he told me about all my hidden potential and gave me better super-powers i'd hand over anything. legit anything. he could ask me for my sweet potato fries and i would hand them over. those of you who know me know how much i love sweet potato fries but i'd do it, if oscar isaac as apocalypse asked
  • me the last 10% of x-men apocalypse: oh my god. oh my god. hands down no question if sophie turner as jean grey kool-aid man-ed down the wall of my kitchen with her epic telekinetic fiery phoenix aura i'd hand over anything. legit anything. she could ask me for my sweet potato fries and i would hand them over. those of you who know me know how much i love sweet potato fries but i'd do it, if sophie turner as jean grey asked

anonymous asked:

Do you think this push of independent Louis has anything to do with Dan Wootton's article in the Sun tmrw? (The 10th?) I mean it's pretty obvious things are changing and I'm so here for it so do you expect a seeding article of a potential "breakup" to come out or do you think they'll ignore El altogether?

Honestly I really doubt The Sun’s article is going to be about them. But I do think this new independent Louis is about changing his image and boosting his public profile for some larger purpose down the line. And maybe they’ll use it for a breakup too but it’s too early to tell. Last year everyone thought it was a sign of the apocalypse when we got solo Louis pap photos or even photos of him offstage for that matter. Now, I almost expect it.

khaleesa  asked:

I'd love to hear your take on Mary and Edith's relationship in s5, particularly with regard to Mary's attitude to Edith in 5x06.

This is a great question, and I’m honored you want my opinion. However, I’m not certain just how popular it will be or how much you will agree/disagree with me. You have been forewarned. ;)

Ok. Here goes.

I think Mary is tired of Edith. And Edith resents Mary. 

Mary is direct and bites back. Edith pouts and is passive aggressive. Mary has taken charge of her life and built it back from the ashes. Edith wants someone else to take charge of her life so she won’t be held responsible if her mistakes implode in her face. I think Mary sees Edith as a whiny manipulator, and Edith sees Mary as the person who has always gotten everything she has always wanted while she has gotten nothing. 

As for 5x6 in particular, I think Mary’s lack of compassion towards Edith’s pain was based on the fact that in Mary’s mind, Gregson was a boyfriend of Edith’s who has been dead a year. She knows nothing of their affair or of Marigold. Edith wants her family to treat her as they did Mary after Matthew’s death, but none of them besides Violet and Rosamund realize the truth of her situation. So Edith continues to resent Mary and the rest of her family and tries to make everyone feel sorry for her. Mary cannot stomach pity and will not offer it to her sister.

In fact, she’ll give her just the opposite.

Do I think Mary could have been more compassionate? Absolutely. She can be downright bitchy at times, and that’s always been a part of her nature. But Mary’s kindness is genuine and very intensely personal. She gives it in abundance to those she truly loves: Anna, Robert, Tom, Carson, Violet. 

Edith won’t dish out snark as Mary does, and she does offer more platitudes of kindness and perhaps more politeness in general. Yet she was the one who had issues with Jack Ross, not Mary. She was fairly ugly with Rose, while Mary took her under wing. We never see Edith interacting on a personal level with servants as Mary does. And her behavior with Marigold—don’t even get me started. I lost all sympathy for her when she took that child away from the family who has raised her. I wish Mrs. Drew had smacked the fire out of her right then and there. 

I’m not certain how much Edith actually loved Gregson, tbh. I think she loved the idea of someone loving her, (she is love starved) and I believe she held on to the fantasy that he would come back and rescue her, help her reclaim their child and whisk her back to an ideal life in London. She could have the family she has always wanted then, and perhaps for once look down on Mary rather than feeling that Mary is looking down on her. But that blew up in her face with the finality of Gregson’s death, and she reacted by reclaiming a child she has given away twice and has now taken away from two adoptive mothers. Two. And she stated, “It’s ok. She got another child.”

I’m not an adoptive parent. But I have family members who are adopted and many friends who are adoptive parents. That scene last night was one of the hardest I have ever watched on Downton, following Sybil’s death and Anna’s rape. 

So perhaps my opinion is not the one you should seek at the moment. And I do digress. Forgive me.

I see both Mary and Edith as self-absorbed on some levels, yet Mary can be very outwardly focused, as well. She sees individuals around her, whereas I don’t think Edith can see past her own misery and her need to be the victim to honestly take hold of her life and live it as she should. Mary has found her niche in helping to run Downton. Edith needs her own identity. The best thing in the world for her would be to leave Downton and strike out on her own—America, perhaps. She has such potential if she would just take charge of her own life and stop looking for someone else to blame.

But she’ll never do it. She won’t make a full break from Downton. Unless perhaps it happens by a miracle at the end of the series or it’s written in as a sign of the Apocalypse. 

I’ve now probably frightened you away from ever asking me anything ever again, lol!  Please know how much I appreciate that you sought my opinion, and you’re welcome in my inbox anytime. :)