The Girl in the Red Coat
Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.
Lady Gaga (via quiescently)
stunning moments in cirque du soleil
Listening to this speech, I couldn’t help but see the similarities to the capabilities of movement of pieces on a chessboard and the roles enacted by each of the primary characters established so far in season 9
- Knight - DeanThe knight is by far the most subversive piece on the board. While every other piece is limited to move in a straight line in one direction or another, the knight is committed to moving in a straight line for 2 paces and then going in a different direction for 1 pace. This season, Dean is particularly manipulative especially where Sam is concerned, but it could be argued that Dean’s speech to Kevin about family in 9x02 was a manipulative ploy to get Kevin to stay. In line with the movement patterns afforded to a knight on a chessboard, Dean is saying what is necessary to achieve his aims, and while the majority of it may be true, there is still an element of subterfuge. Unfortunately, he doesn’t seem to realize that, even though he might be going in a slightly different direction this year, the methods are the same as they’ve been in the past.
- Rook(s) - Sam, KevinRooks (also known as castles) are able to move as many paces as they want in a straight horizontal or vertical line. Both Sam and Kevin’s motives seem relatively straightforward this season, but this makes them no less powerful. Kevin giving in to Crowley’s taunts in 9x02 prove that his aims don’t go much further than finding his mother and doing what he has to do to get out of his entanglement with the Winchesters, but the damage he did to Crowley shows that he is not a player to be taken lightly.
- Bishop - Fallen angels (primarily Ezekiel)Religious connotations aside, a bishop is the true politician of the chessboard. They can move forward or backwards as far as they deem necessary, but they can only move diagonally, and are more powerful than they may seem at first glance, and tend to move in ways that the players do not expect We’ve already seen in season 9 that the fallen angels are not to be trusted. Hael was more clear in her intentions to use Castiel as a vessel, but her attempts at blackmail were far from above-board, and ultimately led to her downfall. On the other hand, Ezekiel was entirely duplicitous, luring Dean in to trust him by establishing himself as weak and by promising to restore Sam’s health. Yet when he asked Sam’s permission, he did it in such a way that Sam’s consent could not possibly be informed. Even still, he seems to be finding any way he can to manifest while he’s still in Sam’s body, and does it in the guise of offering protection.
- Pawn(s) - CastielPawns are the first line of defense, moving one (occasionally two) paces at a time, and incapable of retreat. They move one step at a time, but have the same - slightly duplicitous - method of attack that the bishops have, which often sets them on a slightly different path. Even still, they cannot go back. They can only move forward. Even though Castiel is human for all intents and purposes, he still fights like an angel. He might be limited but he is far from weak. Similarly, a pawn is not by nature expendable. They are just as capable of killing a bishop or queen as any other piece on the board. Castiel needs to realize that he is not expendable; powerlessness does not follow from limitations. He simply has to wait a little longer for the right opportunity to attack.
- Queen - AbaddonThe queen is able to move freely across the board and arguably possesses the most power. She can be killed by anyone and anything as long as they’re in the right position and possess enough foresight to catch her off guard. Abaddon has made it clear that she is going to do her level best to restore the powers of Hell to her hand, and even goes so far as to establish a sort of “guard” of demons that has not yet been seen within the show. However, it’s possible that her overinflated sense of security and power will be her tragic flaw, for she is as capable of being destroyed as any other piece on the board, as long as her attacker plans their attack well.
- King - CrowleyThe king is able to move in the same ways that the queen is, but with limited distance. He is comparably weak, but still capable of killing other players, though movement and influence is minimal. Still, he is capable of a certain amount of manipulation, as he can move in any direction as it suits him, and usually with the intent of getting out of a potentially dangerous situation. There is also a common tendency for the king to backtrack once he ventures out of the safety of his starting place. This screams “Crowley” to me, since most of what Crowley did in 9x02 was a feeble attempt to gain the upper hand with the Winchesters and with Kevin. Even at the end of the episode, though, when he gives in and lists the names that the Winchesters wanted, it is still in the interest of his own safety and well-being.
Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games (via larmoyante)