Even If It Was Not Love: Guy After Marian’s Death

[Tick tock.]

I still haven’t seen Captain America yet.

Armitage speculation: I’m wondering if he dies in CA since it’s mandatory for minor comic book villains. And that submarine situation does not look safe.

It seems like there are so many Armitage deaths.

I previously blogged about this delicious Armitage + Rihanna video and when I went back to look through mccpepper’s other videos, I found this devastating Guy of Gisborne video featuring the song “Pieces” by the band Red.

I love the song’s slow build: first the piano, then strings, then the guitar with the singer as the memories of Marian begin to play.

The song’s repeated line of “Then I see your face/I know I’m finally yours” is so crushing when applied to the Guy + Marian narrative because we know that the silent beloved is not in love with the speaker. And how enduring Guy’s devotion was, until the very end.

As a tonic, here’s a sassy Guy moment that makes me crack up (courtesy of rococostyle tumblr). Take that, Marian.

And there’s always the Rihanna video.

By My Sword: Armitage on Marian’s Death

From a Richard Armitage interview in the “Farewell to Marian” featurette, Robin Hood, Season 2 DVD extras (note: Netflix doesn’t stream bonus features)

– on unmasking the Night Watchman

I can’t believe that Guy never realized (laugh) that Marian wasn’t the Night Watchman or some female person wasn’t the Night Watchman.

– on killing Marian

It was probably one of the most difficult scenes for me because I didn’t really sleep for a couple of nights before shooting it and Lucy [Griffiths] and I had endless conversations because there was so much that they needed to say to each other and [Dominic Minghella] had deliberately not written it.

. . .Because from my point of view, in order to do that to somebody, it has to come out of a moment which isn’t rational.

. . .I don’t think he intended to put a sword through her stomach. I think he grabbed her in a clinch—which is probably the closest they’ve ever come—and the fact that he had a sword in his hand meant that the sword went through her stomach. I don’t think he thought that in that moment: “I’m going to kill you .” I don’t think he intended to kill her at all.


I love how Armitage doesn’t assign malicious intent to the characters he portrays (see his Total Film remarks on playing Nazi Heinz Kruger in Captain America). He wants to explore how overwhelming emotion leads to instinctual reactions in a given situation.

Armitage’s staggering devastation and Griffiths’s swaggering confidence made that final confrontation scene great.

I wish Griffths had given Marian a little more of that type of energy throughout the series.

More Armitage Tumblr Gold

From deeply diving into the FYRA tumblr archives:


Hermione Norris and Richard Armitage dress the part in Russia off-camera. CUTE. (courtesy of: http://thechantshavecycled.tumblr.com/post/813088121)


Hilarious Guy of Gisborne take on the Old Spice commercials.

Lucy Griffiths totally has a crush on Richard—check out cheeky commentary transcript here.


Ooh la la in North and South. (courtesy of: http://escapethenest.tumblr.com/post/3093362112)

Stunning photos of RA.

Interview with these key quotes:

Interviewer: . . .Your aquiline profile helps.

That’s a euphemism for “big nose”!

Interviewer: You’re the one with the internet fan ring called the Armitage Army. Does that please you?

It fills me with confidence to know that if I ever have to go to war, I have an army of women behind me.

Interviewer: Put a handsome bloke in a period costume and his popularity rating goes off the scale. What’s that about?

Suppression. Not being able to touch someone, or say what you feel, because it’s inappropriate. It tightens the sexual tension. You want to metaphorically rip off their corset!

Metaphorically—yeah right, John Thornton.