Could we talk about this for a bit, please?
This scene pains me deeply. Why? Well, Hans is being a total douche in the name of power, Elsa has completely up on life and is totally okay with Mr. Douchey Pans sending a sword through her, and then, well, then there’s Anna. Out of the three, her participation hurts the most.
In the outtake song “Life’s Too Short (Reprise),” Anna regrets being “so desperate to be loved I only ever thought of me.” This song was supposed to take place a few minutes preceding this GIF, as she froze, alone, in that cold room after having been betrayed by the only person she was convinced still loved her.
At that point her words are a bitter realization, and they sting even more accompanied by Elsa’s lyrics: “I’ve frozen out the only friend I’ll ever know…I wish that I had been there for her long ago.” The girls in this scene are both thoroughly convinced the other could never forgive them It’s all over, and they’ll die never getting the chance to reconcile.
Then, Anna spots something in the distance. She sees the man that betrayed and left her for dead, bringing down his sword on a hopeless, better-off-dead queen. Soon Anna will freeze over and die. Her only hope is still a good ten meters off.
At this point, Anna could a) wait for true love’s kiss to save her from the curse, or b) jump in front of that sword. Except, Anna has no idea when she’ll freeze. She could freeze before Kristoff makes it, she could freeze before she makes it to Elsa, or she could jump in front of that sword and still not freeze—making the last sensation that of a sword halving her, and the last thought, I love you.
In that split second, Anna was forced to choose who she loved more. Elsa, or herself.
What hurts more is the Hans probably saw Anna jump in front of him in time to stop himself, but he kept the momentum. He would kill both of the sisters to get what he wanted.
*duns sunglasses* Word.
*throws phone across the room* I AM DONE
Any one who has actually had martial arts exp would know that stopping would be nearly impossible for Hans at that point.
If you have time to pull your attacks up short then you are not attacking with full strength or full intent.
Hans is a prince. And 13th in line for his kingdoms throne. Other than marrying into royalty like his original plan, his only option available to him would be military service. He would be trained in exactly how to use a sword. And when using a sword to kill it is better to use full force and over swing than to hold back and risk only injuring the opponent.
Even if his brain was fast enough to register that Anna had stepped in front of his swing (and he actually attempted to stop) he would’ve still, at the very least, cleaved Anna’s arm in two to the middle of her forearm.
Dangit who let the smart people into the fandom