(i guess feel free to snip my commentary if you like, but this turian right here…)
here’s the thing i love about the scars joke, and how much garrus grows between the two games when it comes to his relationship with shepard…it’s not just a simple thing to reassure himself that shepard might still care for him. i mean it IS that, and it’s superbly cute and well done on all fronts (not the least of which is Keener’s amazing delivery).
hey, there’s this guy you wanted, once upon a time in an impossible mission far far away. do i still look like that guy to you, now that the smoke has cleared?
like, the way it goes is that garrus doesn’t know this, this romance, this crazy love (and yes i figure he nails that part pretty quickly), is even a possibility until shepard sort of bulldozes her way into his blind spot. and i think, even more than shepard, garrus is able to see their battlefield for what it truly is this time. endgame. full stop.
and he knows who he is and what he wants out of what’s sure to be the short remainder of his life. trouble is…he’s NOT the guy standing in front of the aquarium any more. he’s just a whole damn lot MORE now. so is shepard, even in their brief time apart.
so it’s a legitimate concern right here, in the stupid main battery with a big gun that’s maybe more metaphor than he’d like to admit…how you’re never done working on a thing you care about. when lives are at stake. when it’s yours tangled with someone else’s.
garrus isn’t sure if scars, squirmy little metaphors in their own right, are what drove them together…but he knows they’re due for more. bigger and badder. and that’s fine. he wouldn’t be the soldier we love without that grit. it’d just be a helluva lot better with shepard to land hard against at the end of the line.
and this is him asking (a skill that’s as hard won as any, in romance or in life) as plainly as a bad turian knows how : live or die, bruised and broken, i’m all in…are you with me?