Scipio’s last line was Phil’s addition, and I think he refined the rest.

Even though E-Merl’s getting some gentle hazing here, Byron’s point has some larger implications behind it: don’t characterize the one you love with some narrow assumptions based on a single descriptor. Even if you’re trying to anticipate their response to something you’re not ready to ask them yet, get to know their complexities before you try.

I’m proud of our whole team for not resorting too much to the “fighting destroys clothing to the delight of the male gaze” trope, after we made such a thing about putting Frigg in armor. But I am prepared to make an exception for uncovering Rachel’s head the way we’ve gradually done through this battle. Done like this, I think it adds to the scene’s impact rather than distracting from it.