#FanstRA: Stayin’ alive

Today’s Tag Teams: It’s almost over, oh noes! In fandom, Phylly3 celebrates her second blogiversary! • Avalon considers her favorite fandom moments (includes interview with Jeannie Gisborne)! •  In the Hobbit chain, Antonia Romera compares trailers for An Unexpected Journey in three languages • CDoart‘s the King Richard Armitage blogger, writing on the relevance of the character in times of questionable justice • In fanfic, Jo Ann finishes her story • fedoralady traces the evolution of her “sloth fic” series • In freeform, Gratiana Lovelace rescreens her Armitage birthday vid • Fabo casts Armitage in Hollywood musical remakes • C.S. Winchester takes on Armitage in period costumes from N&S and Miss Marie Lloyd • Links to all FanstRA 3 posts appear here at the end of each day.


This post is inspired, but not exactly based on, Richard Armitage’s character in The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: In Divine Proportion.

I freely admit the reason I’m not going to review this episode is because I wasn’t paying attention to it when I saw it. It was back in January, when I visited my parents in Sweden. They love British crime drama, and were watching The Inspector Lynley Mysteries. I was on my laptop or something at the time, and wasn’t paying much attention, until I heard a familiar voice – OMG, it was the episode with HIM in!! But we were already almost half an hour into the episode, so I had no idea what was going on, and it failed to grab me – aside from the few glimpses of Richard Armitage here and there. Not until the final scenes, I was paying full attention … but then, what I saw, did not surprise me.

If someone points a gun at a character played by Richard Armitage, what do you expect to happen? My first thought was “he’s going to get shot, obviously, because his character always bloody dies in the end!” Let’s see what might have led me to believe such a thing …

Well, there’s Guy of Gisborne … John Bateman/Lucas North … John Porter … Thorin Oakenshield (apologies if you’ve not read the book, but I’m assuming most of us will have by now) … Heinz Kruger … and I can’t remember whether or not he dies as Peter Macduff, I haven’t yet seen Malice Aforethought and haven’t seen disc two of Ultimate Force series two yet, but I’m sure I’ve heard Ian Macalwain gets what’s coming to him. Ricky Deeming was very nearly killed. So, when a gun was pointed at Philip Turner, I knew what was going to happen – it was inevitable. I’m not sure if he actually died, though, but still.

What’s with the character deathwish?

Maybe it’s Richard Armitage’s acting trope. A lot of actors have them, meaning a particular kind of roles they’re drawn to. Try watching through Sam Neill’s filmography and tell me what his success rate of “getting the girl” on screen is. Go on, I’ll wait. 😀

…Okay, to save time: No matter how handsome or charming Sam Neill’s character is, someone else tends to snatch the girl from him, poor man. So that would be his recurring theme as an actor, and I daresay dying is Richard Armitage’s. Why is that?

Is it from some murky backwaters of his mind, an unconscious fear of dying? It’s one of the most fundamental fears around, so it wouldn’t come as a surprise if it were true. Maybe it’s his way of trying to get over a very real fear that most of us carry with us every day?

What do you think? Why are so many of Richard Armitage’s characters so hell-bent on getting killed?

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