Okay, I kinda lied in the previous post about Baso struggling with his decision. Well, I’m sure he struggled a little bit, but probably not nearly as much as he should have.
I’ve been wanting to do a scene like this for a loonnnnggg time. It’s something that really irks me every time I see it in some other story when a character is seduced to the dark side and goes all evil, only to be talked back to the side of good with a few choice words about “soul searching.” That always seems to snap the character back, and in doing so, it kinda lessens the hold and power of the evil in my eyes. I don’t know. It just seems like a bit of a cop out to me.
For me, the biggest offender was Buffy the Vampire Slayer, season 6, in which (spoiler alert!) the season builds to Willow going all evil witch, only to be talked down in the end by Xander. Overall, I really loved the entire Buffy series and when I say “biggest offender,” it’s only because the bar was set so high for that show in general. The writers almost always did something unexpected and certainly weren’t afraid to defy expectations and go the unconventional route. So I was fairly disappointed when they resolved that particular storyline in that particular way.
So Baso shooting Goshen is my deliberate attempt to “go the other way.”
As an additional note, I think Goshen’s death is especially tragic in that he dies thinking he’s lost Keyla as well. It’s just a misunderstanding on his part, but I like that it doesn’t get resolved and there isn’t time to straighten things out before he dies. It just makes his death that much sadder for me.