1.)There were treatment options that he could have taken that were added to the game through Cerberus Network articles (Eupolmus Device "Medi-Gel for Lungs") and the Lair of the Shadow Broker DLC (Lung Transplant). BioWare also opened a FaceBook account to promote a Cure for Kepral's Campaign that gained thousands of followers and was closed as soon as the game came out.
Thane's survival was always up to debate because BioWare itself debated on it.
Just because it does not fit the ablesit ideal does not mean that every media representation of an ill/disabled person must die during the storyline if it's not magically cured.
There was TREATMENT. Treatment =/= Cure. He does NOT need to die within the timeframe of the game, but he does not need to be cured of his disease either. Believe it or not, sick, ill, and disabled people can live with disease the best they can, and have all the right to seek treatment and extend their lives.
His life expectancy was RETCONNED. When he joined Shepard he told us that he had 8-12 movements before becoming unable to participate in physical activity. Reading and listening comprehension dictates that physical incapacity is NOT the same as Death. It would take more months than that, after he becomes no longer in top shape to be a soldier working for Shepard, to actually become close to death. However when we meet him again in ME3 he says that his diagnosis was he had 3 months to live 9 months ago. This completely contradicts what he says in ME2.
The writers did not write Kepral's to be a quick killer. Thane himself says this too. However, as BioWare wanted to force a character death to draw in more "feels", they RETCONNED the disease from its own nature to its behavior and to how long it took to kill Thane to make Thane's death more realistic and acceptable within the timeframe of the ME3 game.
Also he was NOT killed by Kepral's. He was killed by leaping into a sword. His life was shortened on purpose to fulfill the "get cured or die" TROPE.
2.) Why do people honestly think that the moment someone has a terminal disease that they must be seen dying within the timeframe of the story? To teach you able-bodied health privileged people important life lessons?
I'm sorry, but this really gets me. Why would Thane's story be trivial and contrived if had been given the chance to take TREATMENT (not cure) to live longer and more comfortably with his disease?
The media continuously uses ill and disabled people as tools to make the healthy character look better. To make people with health privilege realize that "life is unfair", "that it could be worse", and "death happens".
The purpose of ill and disabled people is not to teach healthy people "important life lessons". But that is how the media constantly portrays us. The media constantly perpetuates this idea that if we cannot be cured, we are better off dead. It completely ignores the REALITY that ill and disabled people everyday find ways to survive or live longer with their disease. It ignores the ill and disabled people that manage to live relatively NORMAL lives with their disease.
The problem with the lack of an option to give Thane treatment so he can live longer and not die during the war is that this is exactly how people view and treat their sick and disabled.
As being less than people. How? Because unlike healthy people we are not portrayed having options. We are not portrayed having the power to decide how to go about our own health. Just as there are no options in this game is exactly how media thinks disabled and ill people are in real life. Railroaded into these "unfortunate fates" and having no power in it.
I'm not saying that killing Thane was wrong. I'm not saying he shouldn't ever die. What I'm saying is that neither Thane nor those who loved him were given any alternate options on how to handle his disease. He could have taken treatment and added more months -even years. Had he taken the LUNG TRANSPLANT and the EUPOLMUS MEDI-GEL FOR LUNGS DEVICE he could have. Have BioWare not RETCONNED HIS LIFE EXPECTANCY, EVEN BETTER.
This belief that terminally sick people must die within the timeline of the story is nothing more than the ableist reflection of what media has taught us. Instead of believing that sick people have treatment alternatives like they do in REALITY, people are taught to believe that it is either cure or death. And since Thane could not be cured, you reasoned that the only "realistic" possibility for Thane is death. You went so far as to IGNORE treatment options presented in the game to fixate on the belief that his death from disease was never up to debate.
Everything about that train of thought is ableism. To ignore reality in pro of a TROPE. To not even think that Thane could have taken treatment because of the incorrect perception that the only options are cure or death.
Thane's disease was retconned. And BioWare was so lazy that they couldn't even be half bothered to realistically portray someone "close to death from disease". He was able to skillfully fight KaiLeng, then irrationally leap towards the sword while having a long range weapon in his hand. How is that reasonable? He could have taken treatment that BioWare itself added to the game, but BioWare took those treatment options away.
Everything about Thane's death was just as contrived as the end of the game itself. The only difference is that people's ableist mentalities allow them to accept without a second thought the contradictions behind how Thane's disease and death was handled. When contrivances affect the healthy super soldier hero, suddenly it's wrong. But when it affects someone you already expected to die for no other reason than because "he was about to die anyways", it's suddenly ok.
In short, surviving Kai Leng's attack does not equal a spontaneous survival of his disease. I am not advocating for a cure. I am advocating for a TREATMENT.
TREATMENT =/= CURE.
So saying that Thane's fate was never up to debate is false. To say it is means to ignore treatment options that are normally open to people in real life. However, as ablesit media continuously portrays ill and disabled people as mere tools to teach the healthy character "important life lessons", these options to have more power and control over the fate of their own lives is rarely ever considered.
Good for you, you got what you wanted. But would it upset you if you were told that people could choose to have a different outcome?
Giving people options doesn't hurt anyone except for those that want to shove their preferences down other people's throats. I'm sorry if this sounds harsh, but seriously I'm already sick of seeing so many put down comments across pro-Save Thane contributions on DA. Yes, we get it, a lot of people are ok with Thane's death, but is it so bad to support the desire to have the o.p.t.i.on. of a happier ending?
It's not about which ending it should be, but rather, the options to have different outcomes that satisfy the most varied amount of preferences in a game whose one of its main selling points was supposed to be OPTIONS.
Again, I apologize for the tone, but its 4:38 in the morning, and my mind can't find a better way to express this. So hopefully, no feelings harmed.
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