You are entitled to live Gizzi, like everyone else | Tu as le droit de vivre Gizzi, comme tout le monde

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To celebrate this week’s Guyday, I’ve made a gifset for Tumblr on one of the few scenes that moved me in Robin Hood series 3. Tumblr’s layout being specific,  here’s the one gif showing the moment that interests me.

Guy of Gisborne, afraid to die in Robin Hood E11S03.

Let’s be honest, Robin Hood series 3 has little interest besides Guy’s makeover (new outfit + sexy mane = mmmmm ….). I’ve already discussed here the only episode that I enjoyed in this season, episode 9 and the too short presence of Meg. For those whose memory is a little rusty, this scene takes place after the attempted release of Archer by Robin and Guy. A failed attempt « thanks to » Archer,  needless to say! Our three friends find themselves incurring a death penalty by hanging, their hands tied and sitting on horses. Obviously Guy is first on the list.

This scene makes me want to scream and cry. Let me explain. With the diversion organized by Archer’s mistress, Friar Tuck and Kate (…) rush to free Robin and Archer. Be it. But why not do the same for Guy ? Why is this a problem to free him at the same time ? What this means to me is that Guy is not considered as a member of the gang, he’s dispensable and worthless, a man one can lose without much consequence. It’s so unfair and gratuitous, for the purpose of having an archer duel between Robin and Archer (!). Especially with the mess surrounding them (the crowd movement, the panic and smoke), Guy is still on a horse, his hands tied and with a fucking rope around his neck. Let’s be grateful to the horse for being so calm or our Dark Knight would have met one of the most stupid death !

The expression on his face is heartbreaking. No trace of his usual haughtiness. I feel like I’m in front of a child, head and shoulders down in an attitude of submission, so far from Guy’s arrogance and pride. His shoulders are shaking, his mouth slightly opened shudders, his jaw hanging. He is miserable and pitiful, at everyone’s mercy, a position of weakness he’s not used to. What strikes me even more is the fact that, despite the desire to destroy himself he has shown since the beginning of the season, he’s scared. He is terrified to die. He doesn’t want to die, despite his despair, despite his guilt, despite everything, he does NOT want to die. That’s what moved me beyond words.

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An Armitage kissing scene study (part 1)

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I’m back from my long weekend in London, I’ll probably share some details of my trip here in a next post 🙂

I finally found the time to stay in front of my pc more than 5 minutes to discuss a subject I’ve been willing to study since last week : Richard’s kissing scenes. Or more precisely, my favorite Armitage kissing scenes. The opinions and assumptions I’ll make in these posts are my own. I develop my personal opinion on these scenes, and how I perceive them, therefore I can understand that some people may have different views from mine, which I find also very interesting !

I will try to restrict myself to the kisses in themselves and not ramble on the whole scene, even if it may be difficult in some cases ^^

The first to be dissected is my number 3, the kiss exchanged between Guy and Meg in series 3 episode 9. Let’s be honest, the only interest of this season was Guy’s change of look and said episode (to this day I still haven’t seen the two episodes in which he’s not). The relationship that develops between Guy and Meg, and the evolution of these two characters feels right for once. I won’t talk about the fact that Meg had to die because Guy couldn’t be happy after killing Marian. Because of this act, he was condemned to die, not without suffering (again), as if his redemption could only be achieved  through death. You see? I’ve already deviated from my main subject !

As usual, spot the differences 😉

Back to the kiss. One thing that makes me particularly appreciate Meg as a character is that she brings out the good in Guy and it’s shown in his  behavior with her. When he strokes her hair, he shows tenderness and sweetness, hushing her in a whisper. He knows her wound is mortal since he examined it a few seconds before, yet his face is serene, open, his muscles relaxed. Guy doesn’t dare to touch her, he brushes her face and hair more than he caresses it, probably afraid of hurting her. His expression changes imperceptibly when he looks into her eyes, as if by confronting her gaze, he is troubled. Everything is in the detail: his eyes opening wider, his eyebrows arching up and his forehead slightly tensed, but it’s enough to make us understand his sorrow.

Change of point of view, this time the camera is on Meg. In a man, the first thing I look at aside his eyes is his hands, and Richard has beautiful hands. I particularly love Guy’s light and very gentle touch  while stroking her hair. I liken this action to that of a parent trying to reassure and soothe a child who had a nightmare. For me, the relationship Meg/Guy is closer to  a parent/child or big brother/little sister one than lovers, especially in this scene. There is something very pure and sexless in the way he behaves with her. Indeed, he makes a slight negative nod  followed by a slight smile just before Meg whispers “please”, as if he already knew what she was going to ask and refusing on principle. I think Guy sees her as a pure and fragile little thing he has to protect, not something/someone he wants to possess, unlike Marian.

Guy, making his decision.

Once Meg made her plea, the camera returns to Guy. As usual,  Richard expresses Guy’s decision in the details. The latter watches Meg for a while, apparently hesitant, jaw relaxed and mouth slightly open. As soon as he makes his decision, he lowers his eyes, his jaw contracts closing his mouth. It’s one thing I admire about Richard, his ability to convey to the viewer in a microsecond with a small change of expression the emotions of his character. He smiles and leans slowly toward her. Something strucks me, especially compared to the two other  kisses I’m going to study. It’s the fact that he never looks directly at her. From the moment Guy agrees to comply with her request until the end of the kiss, he looks at her mouth, her face, but not her eyes. Guy looks at her eyes only when he’s not involved physically with her in a romantic way.  To me this confirms once again that he doesn’t perceive her as a lover, his relationship with Meg is not a physical relationship. He kisses her because she wants him to and because she’s dying,  he can’t and won’t deny her her last will. He doesn’t desire her, not like John wants Margaret – gazing at her earnestly  for example (and you all see what I mean 😉 ) By the way, Guy is well known for his heavy glances and his smoulders.  One might think that the fact that he doesn’t look at Meg intensely right before kissing her is due to the character’s evolution but I don’t think so.

Guy approaching his prey…

And finally, the kiss! Indeed, it’s far more complicated than I thought to restrict myself to the kisses stricto sensu. The preliminaries are as important, if not more important than the kiss itself. The latter is extremely soft, it’s also more a peck than a real kiss. Guy’s lips brush against Meg’s, pressure almost nonexistent, their lips barely moving. For once, Richard doesn’t crush his nose against his partner’s face 🙂 ! A chaste kiss in short.

THE kiss

Why this kiss is one of my three favorite ? Because it shows us a side of Guy’s personality, if not nonexistent,  at least extremely rare. He’s caring, tender, sweet, considerate and mostly unselfish. He puts Meg’s needs and desires before his own. While in series 1, Guy is desperate to get Marian’s favors, for the simple purpose of possessing her, as he’d possess a horse, in this episode, he’s doing anything for Meg by pure altruism. For once, he is the good guy. And this evolution is not even forced on us. It’s the logical continuation of the character’s evolution which, for once,  doesn’t regress to his original state two episodes later. If we put aside Meg’s tragic death, this scene is totally adorable and cute.

Next one, Maya and Lucas/John’s kiss …. I can’t wait ! 🙂

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30 Day Richard Armitage Challenge

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Sheriff : Come on, I’ll give you a kiss. 30 Day Richard Armitage Challenge Day 19. Your favorite bromance : Gisborne/Nottingham I like the dynamic between these two. Yes, Nottingham is a bitch, but he’s an amazing bitch ! Obviously he takes advantage of Guy, he manipulates him to get what he wants. Guy is starving for love … Lire la suite

Hey ma belle, je n’arrive pas à croire que j’ai du mettre mettre de l’eyeliner pour ce rôle.  alwaysalwaysalwaysthesea: i remember thinking “adam ant” the whole time i was watching robin hood. (photo via RichardArmitageNet) Guy is such an emo kid 😀

♦ RecycledVinyl ♦: 30 day Richard Armitage challenge

  1. The first role you saw him in : Guy of Gisborne.

 I remember watching a few episodes of Robin Hood about a year ago, as there was a rerun of the show late at night on an obscur french channel. It became a game between my boyfriend and me to try to watch an entire episode coming back from a party around 2/3am (yes, the episodes were broadcasted quite late)  

Although Gisbourne – the tall tortured and saddistic bad guy with his leather suit – catched my attention, it wasn’t enough for me, because this low budget/aimed for children series wasn’t at all my cup of tea ! 🙂

  1. Le 1er rôle dans lequel vous l’avez vu : Guy de Guisbourne. 

Je me souviens avoir vu quelques épisode de Robin des Bois il y a environ un an, alors qu’il y avait une rediffusion de la série, tard le soir, sur une chaîne de la tnt. C’est devenu un jeu entre mon copain et moi d’essayer de regarder un épisode entier en rentrant de soirée vers 2/3h du matin (oui, les épisodes étaient diffusées très tard)

Même si Guy – le mauvais garçon sadique et torturé dans sa combinaison de cuir – a attiré mon attention, ce n’était pas suffisant pour moi, parce que cette série à petit budget visiblement destinée aux enfants n’était vraiment pas ma tasse de thé ! 🙂

J’ai sauté tout les épisodes de Robin des Bois où Richard n’apparaissait pas… Je suis un peu perdu dans l’histoire mais je m’en fiche.  richardarmitageconfessions: Wait. There was a plot? Hahaha, so damn true ! I didn’t watch those two episodes without Guy either. A Robin Hood episode without Gisborne isn’t a worthwile episode :D ! Attend… … Lire la suite