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Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Elizabeth Henstridge, Iain de Caestecker, and BJ Britt at the Guardians of the Galaxy Hollywood World Premiere

Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Elizabeth Henstridge, Iain de Caestecker, and BJ Britt at the Guardians of the Galaxy Hollywood World Premiere

"We have plans to bring her in and see her,” “We love Cobie, we love the character, she’s so great.” “She fits really nicely on the show and has good chemistry with Coulson and the others."
 Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, Jeffrey Bell talking about the return of Agent Maria Hill (via jennieconvertible)
Quick question: I have several friends who are die hard Ward & Skyeward fans and think what AoS did with Ward was an absolute mistake. They even go as far as to bash the awesome creators and writers for doing that and saying they'll ruin season 2 too. I for one don't agree at all (and get yell at or get into arguments regarding that decision). For the first time in TV there's reality of abuse & conditioning & brainwashing. I think AoS made the best move (I learned more too). What do you think?

vesperass-anuna:

I waited to write up a proper reply until I was on computer. Let’s see. 

I don’t have too much experience with Whedon(s). However what my friends tell me is 98% of praise, especially regarding character arcs and continuity. That’s one thing. The other one is, this show has been done in a way too intelligent way for anything to be left to chance. Meaning, these guys have a plan for every character, maybe not for every detail, but the groundwork, the a to B to C, that’s planned. You can see it when you look back at Ward for example - go back and you’ll find at least dozen of red flags, clear signs that indicate he was abused, however without a proper context we and the team didn’t recognize those signs. Now when we, the audience, do have that context, we do see them. 

You’re right, AoS did serve us with reality of abuse&brainwashing&conditioning. When people go “but Ward had a chance! Had a choice! Team was giving him choices!” they fail to understand that reality. And the reality is, 15+ years of brainwashing don’t go away because someone you met few months ago tells you that you have a choice. There is no choice for you if you don’t believe in it, and Ward didn’t believe in it. Victims need to be removed from their abusers to even start healing, and once they do, it doesn’t go smoothly. They make mistakes. They relapse into unhealthy behavioral patterns. It’s common and it’s hard and I’m willing to bet we’re gonna see that too. I’m almost certain Ward’s path is going to be painful, he’s going to slip, he’s going to make mistakes before he learns how not to make them. And that’s going to be hard to watch and haters will hate and will tell us things like “see, he’s no worth he keeps screwing up”. As abuse victims do. Healing is a hard work. 

When it comes to Skyeward, I think they will be done when they start feeling indifferently towards each other. At the time being Skye is convinced in the worst things about Ward, but we’ve been shown things about his past for a reason. You don’t put in that kind of information into narrative not to use it later (if you do, you’re simply a bad writer who wastes their own writing). Things Skye said to Ward - those hurtful things - that he’s a Nazi, a mass murderer, a monster, that he’s not controlled - are all incorrect. canonically incorrect. And it would be stupid not to capitalize on that, on the fact that we, the viewers who like the pairing (and that’s a majority) are craving a solution to this, and to see them reconciled. Skye first has to realize her mistake. Personally, I would like to see her in a situation where her world view can’t be binary good VS bad any more. I want to see her being aware that she has to choose lesser evil and feel awful about it. I want her to take a long, hard walk in Ward’s shoes and realize what kind of decisions and hard calls he was talking about, you know the “one day you’ll understand”. Because you don’t put in a line like that to drop it - if they do, they’re bad writers. So far I’m not convinced they are. Anyway- once the reality hits Skye over her head, once she faces something she really can’t deal with on her own, or possibly without Ward, she’ll be singing a different tune. They’re characters who are custom tailored for each other - two sides of a coin, two people who make each other react in the most profound way since their first scene together. I don’t see how that is supposed to go away. As Chloe often says, they’re soulmates; and I think their challenge is to learn how to respect and accept each other as they both really are - Ward has yet to learn who he truly is, and let’s not forget we don’t know all that much about Skye and where she comes from, and it seems she comes from a very scary place. She might look down upon him from a high moral ground now, but I wouldn’t bet that won’t change. Because it most probably will. Tables will turn. Long story short, they’re not done, their story isn’t done and regarding the assumption that the writers made a mistake - I’ll hold my judgement until I see what season 2 brings. Entire season, not just the beginning. 

Harvey Specter eating crow and Donna Paulsen’s small victories in 1x12 and 4x01

Well, well. Guess what. ANOTHER RED FLAG.

standwithward:

1x09. Looking for a ‘ghost’, in the dark. Already scary mood.

They open the door and a mop (put there by Fitz - one of his stupid pranks) falls over them.

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And they are scared to death. Just like every normal person would do.

Notice how frightened they all are. They all scream loud. Even Coulson. That prank scared the shit out of everyone.

Except for Ward…

I don’t know how to gif the scene, but please someone do it. Because it’s remarkable how calm he looks. As if he doesn’t even blink.

And it got me thinking…

How much his older brother used to scare the shit out of him… So much that Ward got used to it. Fear has become a habit to him. He lived through such terror and abuse that nothing can ever make him more frightened than his childhood did.

Go, watch the scene.

Arghhh this man is so damaged…

— submitted by hi-everyone-this-is-anna

Added by agentskyward:

Tumblr post with gif of the said scene:

http://agentskyward.tumblr.com/post/86401162032

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