this is how you write your female characters

aka a list of things I want to read, some of which I can’t be bothered to write because I have too many projects already

disclaimer because i know someone is going to complain: this is my personal wishlist that i’m sharing to help inspire some story ideas so if something you want is absent from this list then make your own damn list and remind yourself that i am not a robot servant who caters to your every want

  1. An accurate portrayal of a banshee
  2. Gay and bi male characters who have strong friendships and emotional connections with other men without being attracted to them/in love with them (half of this is dependent on how fans (especially female fans) interpret the relationship)
  3. Medieval fantasy inspired by the Gaels, i.e. the actual Gaels, not the crap you see in the “Celtic” tag on tumblr
  4. Slavic-inspired medieval fantasy
  5. Related to #3, I’d like to see tanistry in medieval fantasy because I’m sick of primogeniture-based conflicts
  6. Something with ancient Carthage
  7. A hunter-gatherer population with ascribed status, i.e. people are born into different social classes (this is uncommon for nomadic, foraging populations)
  8. More detailed world building, e.g. people choosing the more expensive yet less functional/weaker material to build their house because it reflects that they have money, or gardens in a dry/desert environment being a sign of status and wealth
  9. Masculine gay male characters who don’t [insert super-feminine thing here] in one scene so that the writer can introduce some comic relief/prove to the audience that he really is gay 
  10. Straight male characters who are feminine
  11. Lgbt+ characters who are apathetic about being lgbt+
  12. Gay/bi male characters who don’t have any love interests/romantic subplots
  13. Welsh-based names in a fantasy that are actually Welsh-based and not just English names or keyboard smashes with excess Ys and DDs and Ws and Fs.
  14. A male witch in a contemporary setting who isn’t dark and mysterious and who doesn’t have to be feminine to believably engage in something typically associated with women
  15. True gray morality. I want to be fighting myself over which side I agree with. Every side should have really good and really bad reasons for doing what they’re going. They should have both positive and negative consequences if they reach their goal. All sides should have characters we love and characters we hate. No character should be wholly or mostly “good” or “evil”. All of their reasons, their goals, their actions, and their consequences should differ and should have both negative and positive effects.
  16. I want the “chosen one” to lose. Badly. I want them to get their ass kicked and I don’t want them to have a comeback.
  17. A fight to the death where the reader desperately wants both characters to live. And none of this “oh, we found a way for both of them to live!” crap. I want someone dead.
  18. I need some antagonists that I actually hate. Like Umbridge. Or Delilah (Dishonored). Or Joffrey.
  19. Overweight male characters WHO AREN’T SUPER TALL.
  20. I want the Hagrids and the McGonagalls and the Mr and Mrs Weasleys of the world to betray the protagonist. Give me that character who is obviously trustworthy and rip my heart out.
  21. I need fantasy worlds to give actual names to places. “The Great Sea” and “The Dark Forest” and “The Central River” and “West Plains” and “Southwestia” are crap names. I know that there are some places in our world that are actually called stuff like this, but when you’re writing fantasy you have every chance in the world to come up with something better.
  22. Why is everyone always late to something at the start of a story? Stop being late. Wake up earlier. If your little brother is holding you back then say “sucks for you” and go on without him.
  23. Your grandfather’s sword is rusty and dull and the pommel fell off. Just let it die. Just get a new sword. A better sword.
  24. I want a protagonist who has already left home. They’re not on an adventure yet or anything. They’re just “in between” places right now. Or maybe they just like to always be on the move. Or maybe they’re a hunter and only have temporary homes.
  25. Dwarves without beards and elves without pointy ears.
  26. I want the protagonist to upgrade as they get better at whatever it is they do. Sure, there’s sentimental value in The First Sword or The First Horse, but there are better things out there. Longer-lasting things. Play some video games and take a damn hint.
  27. Good, detailed world building. I want the world to feel real yet unfamiliar.
  28. Worlds that exist with little context. They just are. They’re just magical, nonsensical places that still seem to make sense by themselves.
  29. Put the magic back in fantasy. I want rare magical plants with glowing sap within the stem that hardens and shatters into a few precious gems. I want these gems to have a 10% chance of granting a small wish before turning into a rainbow diamond and a 90% chance of exploding into a pinch of orange dust that, once you’ve gathered enough, can be used in a healing cream.
  30. Happy sci-fi.
  31. Fat characters who aren’t dumb/evil/killed off immediately/portrayed as pathetic losers.
  32. I want things to change within the story. I don’t want them to be magically resurrected.restored because the author can’t seem to let go.
  33. YA that takes place during a long school break, like summer break or winter break, so that nothing takes place during school.
  34. Flip the trend: male characters use stealth/non-violence to settle conflicts, women use violence.

isabelsummer27  asked:

Hi Cassandra! My name is Isabel and I'm a feminist. I love your books so much and I absolutely love how strong the female characters you write about are, they've shaped me so much as a person while I grow up. In TDA you have some amazing female characters like Emma and Christina but I was wondering if you could share if there will be any more powerful woman that we will meet in Lord of Shadows?

Hi! There are a few new female characters in Lord of Shadows, but what we really do there is expand on and get to know more about the characters we’ve already met but not explored. We’re going to see a lot more of Diana, who has a strong POV in the book. She’s one of my favorite characters. We’ll see a lot more of Dru and Livvy and dig into more of who they are. And Emma and Cristina continue to be their badass selves, with both of them having lots of POV and kicking ass. :)

arielslion replied to your post “why are women treated as symbols in writing and not………people..”

what do you mean? this isn’t meant as rude i just don’t understand ;u;

fictional female characters just constantly kick the bucket either sacrificing themselves for male protagonists or are murdered to shake up the protag (women in refrigerators) for the manpain. so what you get is them just like,,being martys symbolic of innocence/purity to ‘reflect on’ how ‘deep’ it is

and type 2 of woman is the sinful non-virgin, bonus points if she too becomes ‘good’ and later dies a martyr for it.

essentially so many are just written as selfless plot tools as opposed to a fleshed out character who has their own goals and ambitions

Giving shit to creators and authors about the direction episodes/chapters went is what causes the stop of content flow and abruptly ends stories.  

You attack them for no real reasons anymore too. You do it because your fictional ship didn’t become canon and another one did, or because a certain character wasn’t pure and innocent and perfect and has actual flaws, makes awful choices and does awful shit, or how the creator is female or male, is heterosexual or homosexual, and shouldn’t be writing/creating certain things because of that– like, really? 

You get upset when mentally ill people aren’t portrayed as cute and adorable and endearing all the fucking time, where creators try to accurately portray that we struggle to meet society’s social interaction norms and mannerisms, that we don’t always make the correct choices when it comes to ourselves and those around us, we can break and lose it, and impulsively let our emotions, pain, and illness control us, that we don’t always seek out the best company(this is specific on how tumblr fucking romanticizes and forces the idea mental illnesses are cute and easy to handle, when no the fuck they aren’t and can be devastating) and a long list of other shit that many people like to ignore or not acknowledge about mental illnesses and how difficult is it to handle them. It does not demonize mentally ill people when shows or stories do this, portray a mentally ill person mentally ill as accurately as they can, it’s bringing to light to what it really is and how badly it can affect us.

You whine and bully over anything, instead of being grateful that the authors and creators fucking pay attention to you, the fans, and try to be kind and answer questions and interact with you.

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Recipient: @rebel-author-chick

Prompt: ‘robins’, fluff/smut

Pairings/Characters: Clint x Reader, Natasha, Tony, Steve, Bucky, Sam

Words: 3377

Warnings: Language, smut, female receiving oral, unprotected sex.

A/N: First time writing a Clint fic which was interesting. Gotta hand it to @imhereforbvcky and @thenightmarebeforebucky for your help in figuring out how to characterise this. It worked wonders, thank you. It was fun to do this, though, thank you @oneshot-shit @marvel-ash

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Attention male writers, if it really scares you, the thought that fangirls may write gay porn of your TOTALLY HETEROSEXUAL MALE PROTAGONIST (who is secretly your wish fulfillment stand in) then never fear

I have a recipe that’ll just force the fangirls not to do it, are you ready?

-have more than like two female characters

-have them SAY things, ooooh

-have them have interesting and complex things to say, both explicitly and implicitly

-have them go through their own trials and develop like real people ALONGSIDE rather than because of, the male characters

-stop putting so much fucking emphasis on how important male friendships are unless you’re going to accept that that kind of dynamic is just irresistible to fangirls AND says something rather nasty about how guys aren’t complicated and girls just naturally are, so a guy’s “homies” just are so much more important than that chick you’re boning

-ALTERNATIVELY, let female characters be just friends and not just love interests/romantic sideplots. Seriously. Women aren’t just walking sex appeal? Wooooah, maybe real women will actually like them.

-and if none of the above things work, I have a backup, maybe a gay couple CANON. then maybe those devious insidious fangirls just might hone in on THAT, and leave your main character alone.

-that’s all I got, let me know how it goes.

Making Your Characters Stronger

A lot of people confuse character strength with physical strength. It’s awesome if your female character can beat up 30 people in a room, but what does that actually tell us about her? There needs to be something more than just that.

So, how do you make your characters legitimately stronger? Here are a few tips to get your started:

Give them a goal

All characters should want something. It can be something small, like getting a good grade on a test, or it can be something big, like saving the world. Know your characters and what their goals are. This should help you shape the plot and prevent writer’s block.

Let them grow

Character growth is something that makes your story fascinating. Each character should make a change or grow, especially if you want your readers to root for them. This is usually the case with protagonists because common antagonist traits are that they are stubborn and they might not grow very much. Let us see your protagonist learn and become a stronger hero.

Define their character traits

You can make a character more relatable if you know what their traits are. Is your protagonist cautious? Are they afraid of failure? Are they lazy? Knowing specific details about your characters can help your story feel more real. You’ll actually get to know who your characters are and why they’d react a certain way.

Build relationships

Let your characters love or hate or have great friendships. Your character’s connection to other people in the story will help make them stronger. They’ll have more motivation to fight til the end and they’ll have something they care about. Don’t neglect these relationships.

Let them fail

A strong character doesn’t mean they do everything perfectly and lack struggle. Your characters need to fail. Most of us don’t get stronger by constantly succeeding. We fail, we pick ourselves back up, and we keep going. This will help keep your protagonist relatable and your readers will continue to root for their success.

-Kris Noel

Fell In Love (Sherlock X Fem!Reader)

Characters: Sherlock X Fem!Reader

Universe: Sherlock

Warnings: None

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Request: Sherlock meets his new flatmate after John and he’s in love with her but not sure how to process that?


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You saw the ad in the paper while looking for somewhere to live which was closer to your workplace.

221B Baker Street, looking for a roommate. High functioning Sociopath, private Detective, expect to be dragged into cases and guns and body parts. Landlord is Mrs Hudson who is rather nice.

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  • Straight male writer: I can't write gay characters, I don't know how
  • Me: you write straight female characters who like dick and straight male characters who like pussy
  • Me: do that
  • Me: but switch their genders.
  • Me: bam.
  • Me: gays.
  • Straight male writer:
  • Straight male writer: but a guy wouldn't act like-
  • Me: if every single trait and characteristic of your characters are completely and utterly centered around the set of genitals they possess then you've got a real problem, George, you need to get better at that writing thing
Happy Anniversary (T’Challa X Wife!Reader)

Characters: T’Challa X Wife!Reader

Universe: Marvel, Avengers

Warnings: None

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Request: Being T'Challa’s princess? Hey - about T'Challa. I meant his queen sorry and it’s up to you about how it should be. Whatever inspires you :-) sorry it was a but vague


Originally posted by allthingsblackwidowed

You woke up to the smell of fresh flowers. You opened your eyes and looked outside the large window to see the beautiful forest of Wakanda. You heard a groan and looked down and saw your husband, T’Challa. You smiled, remembering what day it was. It was your Anniversary!

You and T’Challa had now officially being married for 8 years. 8 years of happy marriage. You had known each other since you were little, and you had started dating when you were teenagers, being childhood sweethearts. In the beginning his father didn’t approve, but after seeing you in a relationship for the whole of your school life and seeing how happy you made his son, he gave his blessing and when you were 21, T’Challa asked for you hand in marriage. A year later, you were married.

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Pro tip to male writers who has no idea how to write female characters : we don’t spend our times comparing the size of our chest, putting the others down for not being as curvy or saying how ‘jealous’ we are of someone with a bigger chest. This is only happening in your obsessed-with-boobs-mind, sorry ( not sorry ).

Now if you want realistic discussion about it, complaining about backpain and how irritating a bra can be is something we do. Just throwing it there.

Okay Vikings, I’m getting really fucking tired of you killing off the majority of your female characters just to create an opportunity for man-pain retribution for your male characters.  

Helga’s death served no purpose. If you can’t figure out how to write good female character and keep them in canon and alive DON’T FUCKING WRITE THEM

Sincerely, 

A better fucking writer

Annabel  - Part One

Requested by anon (I changed it a bit, but I still think it works with what you asked for)

Summary: Your sister asks you to look after her daughter while she’s away, and you realise how good Dean is with children.
Words: 932
Dean x Reader
Warnings: None

Your name: submit What is this?

“Of course!” you said into your phone, “No, it’s not a problem… No, I’ll come to yours… That’s fine… No, don’t come here… Because you don’t know where here is!”

You rolled your eyes at Sam’s frown.

“Honestly, it’s fine… Wait, how long?! No, no that’s fine… No need… Lizzy, will you please stop fussing! It’ll be fine… I’ll be there in half an hour… You can text me when you’re in town and I’ll bring her back then… No you will not come here… Because I’m not going to tell you where I live… Yes… I’m not bringing you’re child into a sex den… Lizzy, just hang up. I’ll be there soon… Whatever,” you yawned, trudging up the steps to the garage, “See you in a bit… You too.”

You grumbled angrily something about ‘stupid sisters with stupid babies’ as you got into your car and drove away from the bunker.

“What was all that about?” Dean asked around a mouthful of pie.

“I think she’s gone to pick up the baby,” Sam told him, “Something about a sex den.”

Dean just shrugged and went back to eating.


You returned to the bunker arms full of your niece and the fifty-thousand accessories that seemed to come with babies these days.

“Do you need a hand?” Dean asked helpfully, coming up the stairs to relieve you of her travel cot and two of the three rucksacks filled with God knows what.

“Thanks,” you mumbled, rearranging the sleeping child into a more comfortable position.

“How long have we got her for?” he asked, smiling as she gurgled in her sleep.

“Two weeks,” you told him, giving him an apologetic look.

He nodded, reaching the bottom of the staircase.

“Is she staying in your room?”

Your eyes widened in realisation, “I’m gonna have to get up to feed her.”

“Yeah,” he laughed, “That’s sorta how babies work, Y/N.”

“Balls,” you groaned, “Yeah, I guess so.”

“She could stay in mine?” he offered, “I’ve done it before. Y’know, with Sammy and all, after Mom.”

“If that’s alright? I mean, I know nothing, like, really nothing, about looking after a kid.”

“It’s fine,” he smiled, putting the cot and bags down and reaching out to take her from you, “But I am going to want to know her name.”

“Oh yeah,” you laughed, “Annie. Annabel. But Annie.”

“She’s a cutie,” he smiled, rubbing small circles on her back with his pointer finger.

“She get’s it from her favourite auntie,” you teased.

“She sure does,” he looked at you, and then away again as colour began to creep up his cheeks at the realisation of what he had said.

You grinned, setting up the cot so that your niece could finally get some proper rest.

“Do you mind if I go to sleep now?” you asked him, “I’m still burnt out from that Wendigo.”

“That’s fine, I’ll take care of the little one,” he assured you, “And you really need to get some rest. You were thrown about pretty bad on that one.”

You rolled your eyes as you yawned, “Thanks for reminding me, asshole.”

“You’re welcome,” he winked as you left his room for your own.


You woke up at 3am to the sound of a crying child.

“Fucking kids,” you groaned, rolling out of the bed and going to check on your niece.

You opened the door to Dean’s room as the crying died down.

Dean was standing by the cot, Annie rocking gently in his arms.

“Shh,” he whispered, “It’s okay, Belly. Uncle Dean’s here.”

You let out a soft laugh, “I didn’t realise we were married.”

He spun around to face you, mindful to watch the baby’s neck during the fast movement.

“Sorry,” he whispered, and the same colour was coming through on his cheeks again, “I just meant… you know… looking after her. Like an uncle.”

“It’s okay,” you smiled, “I know what you mean. I was just messing with you.”

“Oh,” he sighed, still bouncing Annie in his arms, “I think she’s sleeping again now.”

You nodded, then frowned, “Did you call her ‘Belly’?”

He laughed, putting her down to sleep again, “Yeah. It’s sort of like Annabel, and she’s got a cute little baby belly. I figured she wouldn’t mind.”

“I’m sure she doesn’t,” you told him, “I think she just loves the attention.”

“Just like her auntie,” he teased, stretching as he got back into his bed, “I’ll see you in the morning, Y/N.”

You nodded, going to close his door, “The real morning,” you added, shooting a pointed look towards your niece.

You could hear Dean laugh as you made your way back to your room, grateful that you had woken up to witness that.

He was great with kids, just like he had claimed to be. You couldn’t help but picture him as a father, raising your kids right. Looking after them. Stitching them up when they got cuts, hugging them and kissing their ouchies better.

You had to stop yourself before you romanticised him any further. You weren’t even together, and now you were picturing the two of you as a family. That wasn’t normal.

You tried to put the image out of your head as you crawled beneath the sheets again, but it kept coming back into your head.

Dean was rocking your baby niece to sleep.

Dean was smiling at her, looking after her like a parent.

Dean referred to himself as ‘Uncle Dean’.

Just as you drifted off to sleep, you allowed yourself to think that maybe, just maybe, Dean wanted this too.

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Secrets

Characters: Female Reader x James March
Word Count: 1325
Anon asked for: Could u write a full one shot based off of your gif imagine “James March comforting you after you see him kill someone”
Warnings: Blood, death of an innocent
Notes: I couldn’t decide on how to end it, so enjoy an open ending. Also I didn’t reread it, so sorry if it’s shite.

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Expensive Flowers (Jim Moriarty X Reader)

Characters: James Moriarty X Reader

Universe: Sherlock

Warnings: A tad of swearing

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Request:Jim Moriarty stealing flowers for the reader?


Originally posted by aphgeneralhux

You were at work and since it was your break, you went on your phone, talking to your boyfriend, Moriarty and went on your social media. You saw how one of your favourite florists had posted a picture of a beautiful bouquet of your favourite flowers which they would now be selling. The catch? The price was horrendous. Three grand for a bunch of flowers that will die in about a week was a waste of time and money. You put a comment saying you’d love them but they’re too expensive for flowers.

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Okay, feminists of Tumblr. I need your help. I’m begging you.

So I’ve been in this writing group for almost a year now, and there’s this guy who keeps insisting on writing female characters, but he just f*cking can’t do it. It always ends up misogynistic. NO MATTER WHAT!!! I don’t know how he does it! It has to be internalized misogyny. Like for this week he is writing about a police officer who has a female colleague, and here is what I know about her after reading a whole chapter:

-She is a woman
-She has long blond hair
-She is a mom
-She is single
-She has “accepted” that the guy is her senior even though she has worked there two years longer

Whereas the other male partner were described with his interests and personality and funny anecdotes about their time together

There’s also a male character who is described as weak by the other officers because he does what his wife says….

AND DON*T EVEN get me STARTED on the time he did lesbians! I was SO fucking offended! (I wanted to wring his neck.)

So anyways. I am trying to educate this dude, and I thought I’d make him a reading list with strong female character with DEPTH written by women. Problem is I mostly do YA, and he doesn’t like to read that. Anyone have any good books to recommend? Please. I am desperate. If i have to read ONE MORE poorly written female I might kill myself.  

Prompt Challenge: Day 67

So this prompt falls on International Women’s Day! Let’s take a look at common female characters. List 5 tropes or stereotypes that are common for characters that identify as female. Look up examples of these tropes and list characters you recognize. Write about how this changes your view of the story. This is a great chance to think about how women are written and what that says about society’s view on women! 500 word minimum.

View the competition FAQ, here!
Submit to the March submission page, here!
For competition rules and information, visit the original post here.
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Originally posted by thedis4design

This prompt is for March 8th and the deadline for submissions is April 1, 2017.

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anonymous asked:

Ushijima Wakatoshi angst, if possible, please. “Quit trying to fix me when you need to just fix yourself.” Have a great day/night!

Just a note for the future! I automatically go to female pronouns if none is stated! I try to be as gender neutral as possible but I might slip up sometimes and use a female pronouns!

Ushijima is out of character, i’m still learning on how to write for characters better so please excuse me! i’m dissapointed on how this turned out

Ah, yet another day of watching Ushijima at volleyball practice. Sighing quietly, you slouched into your seat as you watched the team practice intensely like every other day you’ve seen. They were great of course, but Ushijima would continue to practice even outside of school. 

“Toshi-kun?” You asked one night as he was walking you home after volleyball practice, “Hmm?” Looking at him from the corner of your eye, you focused back on the road ahead with a small hum. “Don’t you think you’re practicing a bit much sometimes?” It took you a while to find the correct words to phrase the sentence, you wanted to be cautious. He looked over at you, a little puzzled with your words.

“You know, I just feel like you’re practicing a lot and putting all your focus into volleyball. Maybe you could focus on other things too? Like school or your health, a break once in a while would be nice.” You say quietly and Ushijima stops walking. “Toshi?” 

Looking up at him and the way he looked down at you made you hold your breath, it was almost as if he was glaring at you. “Worrying about other things is just going to get in my way, I’ll leave you here.”

“Toshi!” You called out as Ushijima began jogging away towards his house. Frowning, you walked away to your house, still bothered by Ushijima’s stare at you. “I just want to help you..”

-

Day after day, Ushijima was slowly getting frustrated with you. He was tired of you always trying to tell him what he should or should not do. “Toshi, can you skip your evening run and focus on your studies?” 

“Toshi, for that spike you could try jumping faster. Maybe you could’ve gotten that spike.”

“Toshi, you should-”

“(Name),” With his loud voice that boomed in the gym, you stopped mid sentence and looked at him wide-eyed. “Quit trying to fix me when you need to just fix yourself.” 

“W-What?” 

“Hey, Ushijima-” Reon tried but Ushijima stopped him. Your body shook out of embarrassment and from his harsh words. You could feel your face redden as the whole team had their eyes on you. “I just wanted to help you..”

“Don’t try to tell me to focus on my studies when yours are still worse, or on my volleyball tactics when you can’t even play. I know my place.” Your eyes look up at him in horror and pain as tears welled up. Clenching your teeth tightly, you balled your fist, “Fine, I’ll leave you alone then.” Brushing past Ushijima, you exit the building heading towards your house in the chilly evening.

“Did you really have to say that? She’s just looking out for you.” Reon states walking up to him. Ushijima sighs before finally looking over at the doors you left from. 

“Nobody asked her to.”

Falling In Love (Mycroft X Fem!Reader)

Characters: Mycroft X Fem!Reader

Universe: Sherlock

Warnings: None

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Request: Mycroft falling in love with Sherlock’s new lady flatmate please?


Originally posted by imaginemycroftholmes

You signed up to be Sherlock’s flatmate, knowing exactly what it meant for you: Running around, pissing off the police, breaking into areas, and Sherlock asking you how women take on certain scenarios. You had to be quick on your feet, witty and smart, and luckily you were all of those things.

Also a strong stomach for the often appearing experiments using human remains.

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I Love Martin Gero He is the Best Showrunner for A Supercouple

And I do not say that lightly. His words you can *trust* because he doesn’t lie to his viewers-EVER.

Case in point: as I wrote in my recap, Gero is on point with this article. (GMTA)

At this point, did Borden have to die?

Yeah, I think so. The second we realized he was the mole early into season 1, we realized — especially if we were going to get him together with Patterson — he had to go. [K IF YOU ARE A BLACKLIST FAN, this is THE SAME FORMAT WITH LIZ/TOMKEEN. Gero keeps it real and KILLS HIS DARLING]
“I don’t know how you redeem a character like that.”


[YOU CAN’T YOU ENDANGER YOUR FEMALE PROTAGONIST ANY TIME YOU COMPROMISE THEIR ETHICS TO PLOT WRITE A CHARACTER. IT NEVER WORKS. I SAID THIS MONTHS AGO PATTERSON MUST STAY TRUE TO HER PRINCIPLES AND BY DOING SO, SHES NOW A GRAY CHARACTER. PLOT DOESNT GROW. CHARACTERS ACTIONS DO. PLOT IS A DEVICE TO KEEP STATUS QUO, OR SHIFT LEAD POV. PATTERSON SURVIVING BORDEN’s BETRAYAL IS WHAT ENRICHES AND GROWS HER CHARACTER.]

“I think we also wanted a death of a major character that still didn’t necessarily feel like a major victory. It’s a real mixed emotion for everybody because obviously it’s a character we love so much. He went from being a shining star on our show to being truly vile. Ukweli really played that transition so beautifully and spectacularly. It, unfortunately, continues our long line of killing off these really tremendous performers in service of story and nothing else. He’s fantastic and we’ll be very sorry to see him go.

[HARDEST PART FOR A WRITER IS KILLING YOUR DARLINGS-BUT GOOD WRITERS UNDERSTAND IF YOU DON’t, YOU RUN THE RISK OF LOSING THE THEME OF YOUR SHOW. YOU CANNOT WRITE A CHARACTER WITH ETHICS, TO ACCEPT A MURDERER, A TERRORIST, ONE WHO GASLIGHTED YOUR HEROINE. A FEMALE LEAD CANNOT WITHSTAND AS A STRONG CHARACTER IF COMPROMISED. GERO DID THE RIGHT THING]

How will Shepherd react to not only losing her bug within the FBI but also losing Borden?
What’s nice is that after a run of six episodes where we couldn’t get a win with these guys, the noose, we feel like, is finally starting to tighten around them. We’re pushing toward a really satisfying ending for the season. We finally have turned the tide a bit in this episode.
Phase 2 is going to result in a lot of loss of life. What can you tease of the build up to this? How difficult will this be for the team to stop?
It’s going to take everything. It’s going to be the hardest thing the team has ever done. The good news is, they’re the most united they’ve been all season in a lot of ways toward the end of the season. They’re scattered now, but the second part of the season is bringing the team back to the good old team. When our team is intact, there’s nothing they can’t handle. The steps that we do to get there to get to the end are [surprising] as well. I’m insanely proud of this last half of the season, especially because there are payoffs in there that we’ve been setting up since episode 2 or 3 that finally you’ll be like, “Oh sh—, that’s what that was about?” These last run of episodes are going to be the most fulfilling for even the most casual viewer of the show.