In my other venues, so far user voting has fallen squarely on the "he's not tempted by this at all" side. Any disagreements out there?
I have to say it's almost a little insulting, when I have her trying so hard.
I think if she gave him back his sword he may - MAY - consider listening. Maybe?
Or he just wants to cut her head off.
I just can't help thinking any straight male would at least struggle a LITTLE bit, even knowing she's a liar, which he does.
And see, he's too much of a golden boy to cut her head off, even if he could and should. He'd go all Superman on her and "I can't kill you because you might redeem yourself."
I think I'm annoyed by his moral invulnerability.
Well, that last panel certainly looks like he's all out of patience, tempted or no.
He's probably just pissed that she's getting fingerprints all over his sword hilt.
SPOILERS DON'T READ SPOILERS No, Gwydion knows Achren far too well to fall for her tricks. I think if he could survive Oeth-Anoeth without giving in, he's probably just fine when it comes to simple interrogation.
*sigh* Yes, yes, Gwydion, the god among men, enters O-A in moral perfection and exits in even perfecter moral perfection.
I can't be the only one this irritates just a little bit. I hope they make him a little more...well, human, in the film.
Well, *I'm* certainly tempted. So there's that.
;) Then my work is done.
I just ran across this recently and can I say I'm absolutely delighted to find it?
As for his temptation... I think he's not tempted, but he's not unaffected. I always got the feeling in the books there *is* a mutual attraction, there is a connection there. He just knows, with absolute certainty, this isn't going anywhere good.
I always got the feeling he ends up believing in her redemption because he really wants to.
That's a good way to put it, I think. Certainly it would lend a welcome complexity to both their characters. I can imagine, were Achren not what she is, there being a certain mutual respect and attraction, and Gwydion is far more gracious to her later than he is in this scene. Perhaps a greater compassion and sympathy for her gained from his time unlocking the mysteries of the universe in Oeth-Anoeth? I smell the vague outlines of a fanfic in here somewhere...
I really like the idea he actually grows more sympathetic to her over the course of this experience. He had to understand her to break Spiral Castle's power, and in understanding her, softens.