So it appears people were unsatisfied with Jacques’ death in RWBY V8 at the hands of Ironwood. Now I’m going to be honest, I wasn’t sure how he’d go out, if at all, and I personally just didn’t care. But many people did apparently.
Now from what I’ve seen, RWBY doesn’t portray killing as something cathartic or triumphant, it’s the opposite actually. It’s quick, scary, and as we’ve seen so far traumatizing for the hero characters. The prime example is Adam. When he was killed by Blake and Yang, not only was Blake in tears but they both still wonder if what they did was the right thing to do.
The main characters aren’t out for blood, and when they had to kill they weren’t happy about it.
Jacques is Weiss’s personal antagonist, at least V4 onwards, and some just didn’t like the fact that she wasn’t involved with his demise. But the simple fact is: She wasn’t going to kill him. Neither was Winter nor Whitley. Winter may hate him, but it wouldn’t have helped her from a character standpoint if she did. For Whitley, I doubt he’d kill Jacques, at best he would’ve gone off on him for pitting him against his sisters. He was probably the biggest victim of Jacques’s abuse along with Willow, and honestly he’s the only character who’d get the most out of it.
Now I would’ve liked to see all three of the Schneeblings beat down on Jacques, but there probably wasn’t any time for that as they needed to evacuate people from Atlas/Mantle and there wasn’t any time for that.
There’s only one character besides Ironwood that would’ve benefited from killing Jacques….and that would’ve been Cinder yep found a way to put her in this post bitches!!! .
As we all know, Cinder hates Atlesians, for good reason too. She had the perfect opportunity to kill one of Atlas’s most influential people, the one person who represents everything she hates, and is yet another wealthy Atlesian who thought they could get away with everything they’ve done to people who Cinder could identify with. She’d probably do it for her own satisfaction, but it would’ve been great for her character. She hates people who hoard power thinking they’ll have it forever, it would’ve been the perfect time to do that. Now I’m not saying her character should’ve turned into “Kill the rich!!” but I think it could’ve worked.
With all that said, I still think Ironwood killing Jacques was the right decision.
It shows how petty and far gone Ironwood was at that point. Earlier he said he didn’t give a damn about Jacques Schnee, yet he kills him the first chance he got. And it’s not portrayed as something cathartic or heroic, it’s just an ending to a character who basically doomed an entire kingdom due to his own greed and recklessness. He played right into Salem’s hands. Due to his death and the ensuing destruction of Atlas, the SDC as it was at that point no longer exists.
So I think this would be the perfect opportunity for Weiss, Whitley, and/or Winter to restart the company anew and live up to Nicholas Schnee’s legacy instead of the one Jacques laid out for them. One of Weiss’s main goals was to improve the reputation of the Schnee family name after Jacques ran it into the ground. Was it not? Now they can do so without Jacques’s interference or dividing them. None of them will become his puppet any longer, they’re free from his brand of the SDC. Once Salem is defeated, they can start a new SDC legacy.
“If Ironwood was so bad why didn’t Winter object to him or try to reason with him? See, a man’s actions are really the fault of a woman!!!1!”
This would not be so hilarious if it wasn’t for the fact that when someone objected to Ironwood, Winter had to intervene to keep Ironwood from murdering said person.
(about you headcannon with winter) But can we get winter and blake starting public their works? Different stories and maybe some smut with male mc being blatantly inspired by Jaune and female mc by them in their respective fanfiction. And reaction of other and Jaune to this ?
After watching Jaune perform in a battle against Cinder and others, Winter writes her story of a white-haired fair maiden that makes a suspiciously familiar blonde knight feel better after suffering great tragedy, such as losing those close to him, by raunchy, poorly-worded sexual antics.
A knight that plays romantic songs on a guitar for her, inspired by her sisters' tales of some doofus trying the same thing.
All on a burner computer that she's ready to destroy at a moment's notice.
Winter: *stares in horror at her own creation after hours of passionate work* "No one must ever know..."
Blake meanwhile falls into a void and realizes with horror that her story about an amber-eyed faunus rogue being ravished by a blonde pirate human while sailing through a stormy sea is still in her Atlas dorm somewhere, and someone is guaranteed to find it soon.
Blake, hands on her head: "NOOO!"
Ruby: "Blake it's okay. We'll figure our way out of this."
Blake: "No it is not okay!"
Jaune: "What's not okay?"
Blake: "Nothing! Everything! Shut up!"
That ask is worthy of a fic or an AU in and of itself. I'd be happy to consider more specific asks related to it, sounds fun.
Maybe later they decide to join an online group for getting better at writing and start to put their work out there for the teams to find.
[After a fight and during a car chase.]
Qrow: I never told you, but I was married once before.
Winter, slams on the brakes:
Qrow, hits his head on the dashboard: Ow! What's wrong with you?!
Winter, hitting Qrow: You are what is wrong with me!
Qrow: It was just a drunken Mantle thing.
Winter: Oh, that is better. That is much better… What is her name and identification number?
Qrow: No, you're not gonna kill her.
Wow I can’t believe that’s the worst thing that happened this episode. Definitely nothing else heartwrenching
At the jails Jaune gives Jacques a salad of poison ivy.
Winter, Weiss, Ren, Nora react react
Winter reads more romance novels and writes just as much, if not more fanfiction than even Blake does.
she has many questions! none of which she wants the answers to