I've been thinking a bit about third life scar and grian and I've been trying to quantify the vibes of the relationship. Father/son, brothers, old married couple. None of them feel like they fit. You know what does fit?
Because that's what it is, it's a blood debt. Not the kind extorted and guilted from someone, but a blood debt given willingly. Literally 'I wronged you, here's how I'll repay you in kind.' And then it's just. Too late to back out. Because by then it's end game, and you trust this person with your few remaining lives and you can't not stay.
And I really like that because we don't get that kind of dynamic in a lot of media. It's a sort of medieval romanticism that's normally portrayed as very toxic with a very skewed power dynamic. And it's kinda nice to see this very old used to be idealized dynamic pop up by accident in a very new medium. And because of the nature of the medium and the creators, we don't get a cynical dark 'uwu isn't old thing more interesting when it's toxic?' We get a genuinely wholesome and compelling narrative with a dynamic that entranced thousands of people.
I get sad when a villain dies, but I force myself to act happy about it to prove I’m a good person. I sometimes wonder if maybe I’m not ruthless enough. Truth be known, I even feel bad about Scar being killed by hyenas even though he systematically murdered Mufasa.