#winter soldier spoilers
you’re my mission
The thing is, Winter Soldier pauses even BEFORE Steve says the “end of the line” statement to trigger Bucky. There’s a look of confusion on his face just from Steve saying “then finish it”. Because he doesn’t know who Steve is, but Steve is SO convinced that the Winter Soldier is James Buchanan Barnes and that they were best friends that he’s willing to let the Winter Soldier kill him. And even THAT is enough to make the Winter Soldier pause for the first time. Because his fight style is relentless and doesn’t stop to think or regroup, yet here he pauses. This target is just SO convinced. This target just SAVED him. This target who hits hard and fights even with him refuses to FIGHT.
Even before the Winter Soldier puts together some connection that he knows Steve somehow, Steve saves him. By being Steve. That pause. That uncertainty. Even before the end of the line, the Winter Soldier had been cracked. This target didn’t FEEL right and even though his programming is telling him to follow through, he hesitates.
And then Steve says the trigger comment. And it’s Bucky looking at Steve’s beat up face like he must have all the time when they were kids. And Bucky is horrified because he might not remember completely or understand, but this is so WRONG to him. This scenario is so contrary to what he was that what’s left of the Winter Soldier just rolls back and the arm drops. Because the programming didn’t count on how much Bucky Barnes cared about Steve Rogers.
(Source: kirknspock, via beukeboom23)
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