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[Spoilers E65] Liam O'Brien AMA : criticalrole
I also want to touch on the chatter I see now and again claiming Vax leads Gilmore on. While I understand the audience’s love of their relationship, and I am just as fond of Matt’s performance as Gilmore as the rest of you are, I simply don’t agree.

I have seen people online say “Vax is always doing stuff like kissing him after ending things, or flying him into the air. As far as I can tell, those are the ONLY two things to point to. That’s it. There is never any other example. And while those are both bitter sweet moments in the story, I have my reasons for both.

The kiss. When closing the book on a possible romantic relationship with Gilmore, it was very important to Vax that the man know he was never faking anything, and that his affections were real. The kiss was meant to prove that, as well as say goodbye to what might have been. Again, maybe you disagree, but for Vax, very important.

Now. The flying. Everyone fixates on what Vax did, but no one pays much attention to what Gilmore did. When Vax went with the armor asking questions, Gilmore didn’t offer a simple explanation and tell him he could use the Deathwalker’s Ward to fly. If that had happened, that moment would never have occurred. But it didn’t. Vax got shoved off a cliff.

Go on a little thought experiment with me here. If someone pushed you off a cliff (not your D&D character, YOU), and you plummeted 500, 1000, 1500 feet to certain death, you mind screaming in terror in a span of 3 seconds…. And 50 feet from smashing into the ground, you sprouted a pair of wings, and then flew 1000, 1500, 3000 feet in the air- full of relief, adrenaline, dopamine(?), hysteria, and the sheer wonder of flight… do you honestly think it makes no sense to fly toward the person who knowingly caused that 8 seconds of insanity and impulsively snatch them into the sky?

Ideal? Probably not. But I would argue its understandable, given the circumstances. It’s nothing Vax would have ever calmly decided to do. But after Gilmore's shock and awe flying lesson?

Afterward, Vax was very aware of how Gilmore took it. And has been careful with his friend.

The reason I spent so much time on this one, is because I am very fond of the threads of story between Gilmore and Vax, and the moments Matt and I have improvised together. I love that this relationship exists in our game of dice and fantasy. And it is as important to me as it is to the audience, if not more so.
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