…and then probably hug if they were comfortable with it, because I think that for various reasons, they all sort of need hugs. If they’re willing. Nobody should have hugs forced on them, but all of these women bring out my urge to hug someone in their ways.
10. Jess Day (Zooey Deschanel, New Girl)
Or in this case I just shamelessly want to befriend her because I think she is adorable and lovely. Sure, she actually has a decent support system (which is rare on this list). But I would just want to have a dinner party with her because she’s fun and give her a hug because I bet she gives good hugs. I just get that good hugger vibe from her.
9. Beth Greene (Emily Kinney, The Walking Dead)
(I figure Maggie [Lauren Cohan] already has Glenn [Steven Yeun] to hug, so.) I spent a lot of the season feeling sad for Beth, sad because her life is just so sheltered and effed up and a lot of the people she loves have died and she doesn’t know what to do about it. It wouldn’t be a pity hug, though. I mean, none of these are, but I would have to make sure with Beth. It wouldn’t be a pity hug, it wouldn’t even a “hey, things are going to get better, I promise” hug because I couldn’t promise that. But it would be something she may need. Comfort in times of zombie apocalypse hug.
8. Margaret Schroeder Thompson (Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire)
Well, I think she could do with a party where nobody was trying to kill anybody else or dealing with any such underworld tension. And I just want to tell her that she is pretty neat and underappreciated and good company, probably. She is a strong lady, and that is awesome, but I just want to let her relax for a bit.
7. Tara Knowles (Maggie Siff, Sons of Anarchy)
This would be the “oh, darling, I know it all seems messed up, and it may well continue to be that, but hold on” hug. Since poor craycray Tara doesn’t really have someone to talk to, she’s got the club members and Jax (Charlie Hunnam) but I doubt that really helps. I wouldn’t make her talk it out, because that’s not good, but I want to just let her sit down, not have to deal with her life for a while, talk about things that make her happy, and know that someone is listening.
6. Winona Hawkins (Natalie Zea, Justified)
And speaking of stressful lives. All of these women have those, it’s a common theme. I imagine she could probably stand to have someone to hang out with that isn’t her sister, and I imagine she would make good dinner party conversation, interesting but not too morbid but definitely not dull but polite but not too polite.
5. Pam De Beaufort (Kristin Bauer van Straten)
4. Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner, Game of Thrones)
I know that a lot of my people IRL are frustrated by Sansa, and I sort of understand why at first. But then I remember: she is barely even a teenager. She does not make good decisions at the start (lying about that whole business with Arya [Maisie Williams] and Joffrey [Jack Gleeson], being temporarily all yay Joffrey period) but seriously, she is barely even a teenager. She does not by any means deserve the disaster that her life has become, and really, I just want to give her a hug and tell her it’s going to get better (it has to, at least a little) and remind her that she is strong and she can do it. Something like that.
3. Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones)
Actually, I want to give most of the Game of Thrones women a hug for various reasons. But Dany is another where I just want to let her relax and enjoy the company of people who have no demands of her and who she doesn’t have to posture for. I think I’ve mentioned my Dany-could-use-more-good-friends-always theory before, and it still stands.
2. Peggy Olsen (Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men)
Sure, she is happy in her relationship right now, and that’s awesome for her, but there are these moments where I just see her seem so sad, because really, these people at work do not understand her. She isn’t just doing it to kill time before real life and careers happen, she’s doing it because she loves it and it makes her sad that nobody else loves it either. I want to invite her to a dinner party and then suggest that she spend howeverlong she wants talking about why she loves her job, because I want to listen to that and I think she would benefit from having a recreationally appreciative audience.
1. Joan Holloway Harris (Christina Hendricks, Mad Men)
Surpriiise surprise. I have always wished that my Joanie had someone, anyone that she could talk to about serious things, that she didn’t feel like she had to get all brush-off-my-problemsy with. I have been loving the increase in Joan and Peggy friendtimes this season, I really have, but I still worry that Joan is just lonely and won’t articulate it and poor baby let me love you. Essentially.
Would all of these women be at the same dinner party? Well, I… don’t know. That could potentially be disastrous, but could potentially be useful. Like some weird television women supper club or some other weird cliche like that. Smaller gatherings might be better (Beth and Sansa perhaps, Margaret and Winona and Joan, etcetera). But provided they were willing and, you know, real, I would very much want to lend them the listening ear and chance to chill out that they probably need.
–your fangirl heroine.