Oh man, I miss this asshole Blaine.
I miss him so much, I will probably always want to write him.
Was this all a persona? I really want the narrative behind the changes, to be honest. I know in reality it was probably that they had no idea what to do with the character and his popularity blew up and blew them away, but he really is so very different now and I want to know WHY he was so confident before and where did it all go? That’s probably too much to ask, though …
And here’s my disconnect with the Blaine fandom. He’s still confident. He claimed that New Rachel spot. He forced his faculty advisor to wear a superhero costume. He was called to account by the NND for being a bossy little snit. He soaks up attention and thrives on it. He felt out of place in the loft so he staked out some space in it, and he Broadway Babied with panache.
Is it just that we’re also seeing his insecurities that makes the confidence seem to disappear for some viewers? Is it that human tendency to focus on the negative rather than the positive? Blaine sometimes gets lost in his own headspace, but who doesn’t? I don’t think he’s lost that outer confidence at all. We just see all sides of him, not just the bravado.
That’s interesting commentary. I would say that there is much less bravado from him than we saw in season 2. Between talking himself into cheating on Kurt (“I thought we were done. I thought you’d already moved on.”) and the tendency we’ve seen of his to get stuck in his own head, he seems to have lost that inner confidence that shone out of him when we first met him. Even the bossiness feels different, more strident, less leading and more pushing. That’s just my read on it, but I really wonder if there was discussion about it BTS or if the character just evolved that way without forethought.
For me, it’s that nearly *all* we saw of Blaine in Season 2 was the bravado, so yes, that certainly stood out as a character trait. But now we’ve seen so many more sides of Blaine’s personality that his confidence doesn’t necessarily stand out, but I think it’s still there in spades. You bring up Blaine’s cheating, which is absolutely a failure of confidence for him, but even afterward, when he was in the depths of despair, he still readily suggested the spotlight male role in Grease for himself. And he had wanted Danny or he wouldn’t have auditioned at all. Not to mention that he *still* performed with enough confidence to make that audition committee want him in the main role; Blaine just knew that he wasn’t up for it emotionally right then.
As I’m typing, I’m also realizing that even in Season 2, Kurt brought out Blaine’s more sensitive side. It was to Kurt that he confessed his fears about Jeremiah’s serenade, for instance, and it was with Kurt that he spilled the beans about his past history with school dances and except for when he asked Kurt to dance at the end of Prom, Blaine was pretty darn vulnerable that episode. So it makes sense to me that as his relationship with Kurt has progressed, we’ve seen more of that vulnerability. Which perhaps has taken screen time away from Bravado Blaine, but I think he’s still easy to find if you look. He’s the guy who got his closest friends to dress up as super heroes for their lock-in at the school for no reason whatsoever. He hatched a secret plan to take down Sue that I really wish we’d seen actually happen. He didn’t offer to give up the valedictorian speech once he got it, just to include Tina and Artie in helping prepare for it. And there are more examples, but I’ve got to get back to work!
To sum up, I don’t think Blaine’s had personality shifts so much as we’ve been given more insight into how that personality works. I think that makes us engage differently with his confidence/bravado, but it’s still there when I go looking for it.
Good thoughts. Different opinions make the world a more interesting place. Thanks for sharing.