But whilst that’s a nice sentiment, it outlines the fundamental problem with Camelot and why we don’t have a Golden Age; in this kingdom those with magic can’t earn respect. Magic is still illegal. How exactly was her father supposed to go about earning respect when it was punishable for him to even be in Camelot still?
And how does Gwen think she or Arthur will ever earn the respect of the magical community - or even earn the right to be treated as fellow human beings - when she answers by killing this young girl. This girl and her father have been hunted all their lives. Hunted. They are human beings who once helped the people of Camelot. Now they are just hunted because of who they are. Sefa was probably born after the purge. Meaning that she has never known a world where it hasn’t been a hanging offense to be who she is.
If this show were from the perspective of the magical community and they were our heroes, then maybe this line would be seen for what it is. Sefa and her father are freedom fighters. They are fighting for equality. They cannot do it peacefully because they don’t just not have equal rights, they don’t even just have no rights, they are to be killed on sight. That is how disgusting they are being told they are. That is there situation.
And this brave young girl makes a stand by leaking one piece of information to her father as to how Arthur’s army is to attack their kind. And Gwen sentences her to death. And says this line.
Yes Gwen, respect is to be earned. But how can they earn respect when you will spill every drop of their blood just for existing. Sentiments like this are exactly why the magical community have to fight back and why they don’t respect you.
^ Gwen chose to marry a mass murderer. So what she has to do is stand in front of people that are Traitors because they oppose that particular man and then execute them. Gwen can absolutely do that. But then Gwen officially threw her lot in with Arthur’s. She sealed the deal with that idiotic comment above. “The witches must earn our respect. Our previous King chose to start killing them out of guilt because of a mistake he made, and my husband carries on that lovely tradition. Your people, who must live in secret on pain of death, must convince us to not kill you for no reason and to treat you nicely.” Notice she does not explain how that is supposed to happen on account of that is the stupidest shit any character has said in several seasons. Possibly ever on this show, tbh. Magical people can’t earn respect because the moment they are outed as magical people they are tied to a stake and burned to death. Gwen just comes off like she hasn’t been paying attention to what has been going on in Camelot her whole life.
I mean, hey. Marry a killer and protect his back, sure, fine. But have some fucking self-awareness and don’t say dumb things like this.
When does Morgana set Camelot on fire this season? Soon, I hope?
(Source: brightporclain, via mwestenra)