alex is so used to luke and reggie’s casual affection that he just... doesn’t realize willie likes him back
willie: i’m in love with you
alex: you’re wHAT
willie: you seriously didn’t know? we’ve cuddled several times
alex: and??? I cuddled with luke like an hour ago, what’s your point???
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nothing will ever be funnier to me than julie not knowing who willie is and not being able to see him (as far as we know) but him constantly hearing about her and also being the reason she and the band got to perform at the orpheum
julie's like "oh yeah so what DID happen to the opening band we replaced" and the guys are like "oh willie stranded their van in the desert remember" and she's like
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But yeah, it genuinely would make sense for Caleb to focus on getting Alex to join the club. And that’s coz by getting Alex, he’d get Willie back too. Caleb would know that Willie’s loyalty is waning - he spends most of their time skateboarding instead of being in the club, they didn’t tell Alex about the club when he found out about the boys’ abilities, and he repeatedly went to check on him after the stamp, going against direct orders.
Within a matter of days, Willie cared about Alex more than he feared Caleb, and Caleb would absolutely know that. It’s why I think he kept them as separated as possible after giving the boys the invite: so Alex had fewer chances to tell Willie about the deal. Alex is the one person Willie would betray him for. So if he was under Caleb’s control too, not only would Willie have no connections outside the club, he would also have to consider Alex’s safety as well as their own if they ever wanted to rebel.
While the boys are all powerful, Alex has the added benefit of having a connection to Willie. He’s literally a two for one for Caleb: he’d get a strong ghost in his command while simultaneously reining in the most rebellious and defiant ghost he already controls. If Caleb destroyed Luke and Reggie, he wouldn’t gain anything but he also wouldn’t lose anything. But if Alex was destroyed by the jolts, Willie probably wouldn’t obey Caleb ever again.
And from what we’ve seen, Willie isn’t exactly weak. They have no problem moving things in the lifer plane, he has some control over electricity, and says that “speaking to lifers is even out of [his] league”. Suggesting that they’re stronger than the average ghost, and especially stronger than the boys are. I don’t think Caleb would exactly be eager to lose someone that powerful.
Tl;dr, Alex’s relationship to Willie means that, by getting him to take the deal, Caleb wouldn’t just gain one powerful ghost, he’d likely get Willie back in line too. And that would make him a vital part of Caleb’s planning
His only problem was that he didn’t realise Alex cares enough about Willie that he would turn down the deal to honour the sacrifices Willie had made for him
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Let's talk about this gif too please
(gif from @madeline-kahn used with permission)
It's time for my favourite activity: analysing shit into Owen's acting
We start with Alex just contently listening to Willie talk. They're explaining something about the club, Alex listens.
Willie just turned to him, saying something while directly looking at Alex, and they do this little eyebrow flick thing, before turning aways. It's ✨flirty✨
And Alex face grows from 'hm, yes, important' to 'hmmm boy pretty' in like a second.
Like he gets this dumb little smile that tells us his brain completely shut off, he's just appreciating Willie's beauty, no think, words enter one side of his brain, leave the other.
He's 💕in love💕 your honour
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