"Also, you are awful. I hate your policies, I hate your politics, I hate your bitch wife, I hate your creepy murdering backwash-drinking son, I hate your friends except for that cowboy guy, I hate your clothes and I hate your White Guy Activities and I hate golf. And I hate that you have ever been in a position to shape the country that I loved so much I was willing to die for it. I hate that you have poisoned that for me. I hate that you took that away and that I'll never get it back. I hate you for making me a crazy broken tainted ugly animal who will never be clean again."
Walden: "But... my... medical needs!"
Brody: "No, sir. That's just a bad ticker you got there. You broke my heart."
Walden: "Medical... Attention... What is even happening right now..."
Brody: "Right now? I'm killing you, bro. I am looking you in the eye while I fucking kill you."
I can't... the best thing about this show, most shows, the thing critical theory has been excited about since like The Sopranos, is the idea that you don't have to love the leads anymore. That we've moved beyond -- shippers aside -- that need to identify, we've matured past that in our television and can now watch TV about people who are either complex and gray or just straight-up awful.
And for Guy Shows especially I find that difficult, like, I don't watch shows about meth or biker gangs or cops, because A) I wouldn't want those people in my house so why would I invite them in through the TV screen and B) I don't actually believe people are shitty, so it's not that fun to watch imaginary people be shitty, because what are you learning? An untrue thing that feels like a true thing and also feels terrible. But I feel like I'm worth more than that, like, if I'm going to take the time to have the experience, it should not be one that makes me feel less human or that other people are less human. I don't talk about this a whole lot, but I'll watch those Syfy dramas all damn day rather than whatever -- Haven and Being Human and Alphas and Warehouse 13, those ones -- because they ring truer than these kinds of shows to me, as I have experienced life so far. They do things that are not realistic, but what they say is much closer to the truth, to me.