i talk a lot of shit for someone who can’t choose rude dialogue options in games because i’m scared of hurting a characters feelings
So I just made this post on Reddit, with the intention of adding it here since it did deal with Finn’s progress as a growing boy and hero. Enjoy!
I don’t know about you guys, but I for one am tired of hearing people whining about how Finn got his arm back to early, or that it’s “unfair” that he didn’t get a robot arm, or some crap about how the show had the chance to give kids with amputations a role model.
This is my theory on what’s going on with the whole grass sword thing.
When Finn obtains the blade, the Grassy Wizard tells him that it will be with him “for all eternity”, making it an eternal curse. When Finn accepts that, the sword gives him full control. The thing is tied to his emotions.
This is pretty much confirmed when Finn kills the Fear Feaster, the embodiment of his fear of the ocean. Watch the scene again in which Finn slays the Feaster, and analyze its order of events carefully. When he begins to panic after waking up, his sword arm pretty much goes on autopilot; it slaps Finn across the face, forcing him out of panic, and the Feaster says probably the most important line in all of season 5:
"No mortal blade can harm me!"
The sword cuts the Feaster in half, killing him and extinguishing Finn’s fear of the ocean. He then asks the sword, “Was that you, or me?” Further implication that its tied to his emotions, or at least very much a sentient item, which is just as likely
Once again, this is further supported in ‘Escape From the Citadel’ when the sword tries helping Finn from letting Martin escape by growing into a giant hulk of an arm. This sadly isn’t enough, and we all know what happens there. When Finn falls into the water…melted…crystal stuff…the Guardian blood covers his stump, but instead of regrowing flesh and bone a flower grows. There’s a number of theories as to why this happened. Mine is that either the curse has overtaken his entire appendage now (due to how it took full control of his arm before), or the plant DNA from the giant arm was still covering his stump.
In the episode the Tower, we see Finn desiring to take vengeance upon Martin. When his need grows so great, a literal “phantom limb” appears and telepathically brings him the items necessary to carry out his revenge. We still don’t know why for sure this happened, but the most logically guess was that this is the grass sword’s curse helping out its master with another psychological issue. Which brings me to the prosthetic arms he got:
The arms all blew up in his face because he got mad, since the curse is tied to his emotions. If Finn DID get a robot arm or whatever the petty little kids were hoping for, it would just explode too. Because he still has the curse.
The arm vanishes when Finn accepts that revenge will not solve anything, and that it just wouldn’t be worth it. Assumedly, this could also be the show’s clever way of telling us that Finn doesn’t care about Martin at all, and why should he? He’s a father in blood only, one that he only knew for several minutes and in those several minutes resulted in the worst experience of his life. And now he’s off in space, somewhere. Why should he really give a modicum of attention to a deadbeat like Martin?
And then we get to the universally loathed ‘Breezy’.
Whether it’s linked to his emotions, or its some kind of strange guardian angel-symbiote, the thing is connected to Finn on a deeper level regardless. And Finn is still depressed about where his life is right now: whether he cares about Martin or not, the only other human he has ever known, who was his own blood, was a complete bastard -the guy can’t find love, and he lost his favorite arm.
Thus, all this negative energy is killing the flower. According to Doctor Princess, it feeds off of “good vibes”. But because Finn is so deep in his depression, he doesn’t know what to do with himself and he can’t feel anything. Then there’s the whole kissing marathon, which has no emotion in it whatsoever and only makes the flower feel worse.
Then the song. Read the lyrics really carefully guys, because this is actually important, and I’m not just referring to the bit with Bubblegum. The very first stanza of the song:
Breezy: My love will not fade, I see love beyond reason Finn: What do I hear, oh so beautiful?
Music is a very important tool in storytelling. It can serve as a piece of entertainment, a clever way of giving character depth/progression, and at the same time can hold very powerful symbolism. This song does all of those things.
What those first lines establish is that Breezy, no matter what happens to her, will always let her emotions guide her actions and give direction, even if it doesn’t always make sense. Finn is subconsciously, meaning he’s still half asleep, seeing the wisdom in these words.
Breezy: Blooming, this voiceless singing Finn: Is this a dream? Oh so magical
I believe that by “voiceless singing”, Breezy is referring to her heart, love, emotions in general etc. Finn is still trying to grasp what her words mean. I think when he asks if this is a dream, he’s feeling something he hasn’t felt in such a long time that it almost feels like a dream. This is kind of a stretch, I know, but I’m confident in this because of his next line:
Breezy: My chest is full to burst Finn: This memory of feeling
If you’re having trouble understanding, this will clear it up: think of the song as a type of “A, B, A, B” style of organization, with Breezy as “A” and Finn as “B”. If you join all of their lines together, this is what you get:
Breezy: My love will not fade. I see love beyond reason. Blooming, this voiceless singing. My chest is full to burst.
Finn: What do I hear? Oh so beautiful. Is this a dream? Oh so magical…this memory of feeling. Who calls to my heart?
And when he asks this Finn mistakes Breezy for Princess Bubblegum, who says the well-known verse “My hero arise, let love be your guide.”
This is, in essence, Finn coming to grips with what’s happened. He is a HERO. He is no use to anybody moping around like he has since the middle of season 5. He belongs serving Princess Bubblegum, and efforts to pursue her was what primarily drove him in the past, and it could again. For if you’ll noticed, in all of the episodes taking place after Flame Princess broke up with him that involved his relationship with PB (i.e. Too Old, Rattleballs), he was more of a nuisance to her than anything, not really being himself and not going on quests for the thrill of the adventure and helping out a friend but trying to woo the princess.
Do I think Finn is totally okay with what happened at the Citadel? No, not really. But he’s known to be a pretty reserved guy in regards to the deeper stuff, but with ‘The Tower’ resolving a chunk of his conflict with Martin, he only really wanted his arm and a concrete purpose.
This song made him realize that purpose, and it gave him the good vibe needed for the flower to fully grow into a new arm. You see, I’m positive that the flower would have grown into an arm immediately if Finn wasn’t so depressed by what happened with Martin (for if you were to watch that scene again, the kid looks pretty much ready to drown himself if Jake didn’t grab him).
So no, basically. We wouldn’t have had a happy Finn with a stump for an arm. It’s just not possible in context of the curse and how it’s tied to his being/emotions. It makes perfect sense in my eyes.
And then there’s the thorn, which leads me to believe that the arm is made out of a plant matter made to look like human skin. You could argue that the thorn is gone when he cleans the sap off his arm, but to be honest, I think the animators included that so no one would cry about how Finn got his arm back too quickly, and how the whole subplot that’s been a part of the series since season fucking two got supposedly dropped so quickly.
Look at how well that turned out. We’ve got one of the best story-based episodes in the series and all everybody talks about was how Finn didn’t get a robot arm and LSP apparently “raping” him.
The whole grass sword curse in general is very interesting to me, and I can’t wait to see where it goes. My guess as to why the arm hasn’t molded into like a sword or anything is simple: Finn hasn’t had a need for it.
Think about it: he needed it when confronted by the Feaster. He needed it to stop Martin from escaping. He needed it to get revenge on Martin.
Right now, Finn is in his comfort zone. He’s laughing again, he’s hanging out with Jake, he’s chilling out and relaxing and just generally being a good guy again, which I can’t say he’s been really doing since before the break up with FP.
But in the end, that is just a theory. Though I’m POSITIVE this is what the show was going for. The clues are obvious, and this show has been subtle in its storytelling in the past (Too Old, anybody? His Hero?).
But still, until the arm actually does SOMETHING, everything I said about it being made of grass is just a theory.
Just like how all the whiners about it being over are just theorizing as well.
I hope I enlightened you guys and made you appreciate Breezy a bit more. Thanks for reading, if you stuck through all this! I had a lot of fun writing it.
so today my dad helped me move everything up to the apartment. once i got everything settled in and he made sure the windows lock to his satisfaction, he left me to my own devices. like a normal parent. i appreciated it.
i told him about craig. he expressed a desire to resort to violence, but this whole thing is long gone, physically. he told me not to talk about this stuff with new people. he said i had to sucker them into being my friends first and then drop the depressing garbage out where they could see it. i’m bad at not being morbid though unless i don’t do a lot of talking. but not talking is a problem i also have. making friends is hard and awkward.
anyway, i made myself lunch and dinner and hung out on skype all night which made me feel a lot better. being stuck in the apartment by myself reminded me of when i would live at the dorm by myself over the summer or during breaks. i get cabin fever or something real fast. tomorrow i’ll break out my books and movies and dig into them once i get acquainted with the campus. since i registered for my last two classes today i might be able to sort out my meal plan and stuff tomorrow.
i was going to reflect on being lonely but i’m not really feeling it right now. i guess that’s a good sign. great, really, all things considered. i haven’t been drinking as much water as i need to is all. but i took care of myself, i got almost fully unpacked, i accomplished everything that was required today, and i sprayed air freshener all over the place. that’s got to count for something, right?