I am obsessed with this one image right here. Mel's painting, her "fuck you" to her mother and her family's bloody legacy.
Mel's character is all about control. She's never seen with a hair out of place, always calm, controlled movements. We saw her painstakingly paint each red sails with calm precision.
But the golden smear here is a full body movement. It's physically digging a rag into the paint and dragging it across the canvas. You can practically see the physicality of it and picture her doing it in your mind but it's never shown. It's never shown!! Was she screaming/snarling? Or was she even doing this with perfect control?
Instead, she's shown taking off her ring right before this. A subtle movement befitting of her character.
"Love and legacy are what we sacrifice for progress," an originally ominous quote from Singed that couldn't be more true for Mel. She's abandoning the love and acceptance she had always wanted for the family that casted her out. She's giving up their bloody legacy of war. Because she's a councillor of Piltover, the City of Progress, and this city is hers.
Consistently, Mel pushed for progress. Progress in technology, progress away from war. It's the belief that they can do better, that they will have to do better.
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