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Okay, this one has probably been discussed up & down & sideways at the time somewhere else without me ever noticing, because I just wasn't very interested in Jack/Gwen other than not seeing it happen, but from Gwen's comment in Sleeper about Jack's manners in bed, with a hastily added 'Apparently, so I've heard,'did she ever sleep with Jack, or just talk to Ianto a lot while Jack was away? And if it's the former, when would that have happened?

I still find all the sudden Jack/Gwen not-even-subtext in S2 a bit odd, because as I saw it in S1 the sexual tension between them more or less evaporated after Ghost Machine when Jack let the silence stretch for a little too long after Gwen's 'Doesn't it get lonely at night?', and Gwen turned to Owen for comfort a couple of episodes later. But it's undeniably there in S2—and it's not even so much Jack, who may love her in whatever not-quite-platonic way he does, and may not be happy at the prospect of possibly losing her to her non-TW life, but I think has always been always realistic enough to know that he'll never be someone who'll make her happy; it's Gwen who does seem to be waiting for him to say something when she says 'Well, no one else will have me', only once again he doesn't. Or again when they talk about the wedding at the end of Sleeper. And Jack sends her home again—'Keep doing what we do', and in the looks exchanged between them there does seem to be a sort of understanding that it isn't going to happen, although it's definitely seems to be more his decision than hers.

Strange.

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eumelia
Oct. 26th, 2009 05:03 pm (UTC)
I think that's very important, and something reflected in CoE actually - how Ianto is fully Jack's, and Torchwood's (and pays the price), whereas Gwen, because she chooses Rhys, can escape. (Hope that makes sense, am in a hurry.)

That's probably the most concice and accurate description of the Trio's dynamic I've ever seen.
Brilliant! Thank you.
elisi
Oct. 26th, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
*beams*

Thank you! :)

ETA: If you want the longer version, you can find it here. *hides*

Edited at 2009-10-26 06:11 pm (UTC)

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