Posted 20 August 2011 - 08:49 AM
You know, the more I think about this, the more I think Surreal's hunch that Kramer has plans to grab Neal, and his mind and talents, for his own success/purposes, might just be spot on. (And I think there was someone else who made that argument, too -- I forget who it was and I find I lack the ambition ot re-read all the posts to look for it, but consider yourself credited, as well). I wonder if he's going to pull some strings and get Neal transfered into his custody. It would certainly make Kramer's parting comment -- "I don't know if he's reformed, but he definitely wants to be here" -- all that much more meaningful. It would be an emotional punch to the kidneys, for the viewers *and* for Neal and Peter, if just as they were repairing their relationship, Kramer marches in and breaks them up. And it would have to make for an ugly situation in terms of how Neal gets treated and how he's utilized on cases; I don't believe for a second Kramer would have the same consideration for Neal's safety that Peter does. Plus, it would really book-end the season powerfully, if S3 started out with Neal faced with this big choice of whether to stay or go, and after he's battled through and made that choice, something beyond his or Peter's control comes along that overrules it, and he's taken unwillingly from that situation.
And it serves multiple agendas for Kramer, assuming he's the underhanded bastard I believe him to be: he gets Neal's expertise, which he clearly recognizes the value of, as he acknowledges Peter's success, and with it, probably figures he'll get the feathers in the cap of his career that Peter has right now (and that I suspect Kramer thinks he doesn't deserve, despite all his supporting talk), he gets to put Neal right where he wants him (and if he feels Neal humiliated and evaded him previously, you better believe that'll be a dangerous thing), *and* he gets to stick it to Peter persoanlly by taking away his partner and friend.
“Oh, my sweet summer child, what do you know of fear?
Fear is for the winter, my little lord, when the snows fall a hundred feet
deep and the ice wind comes howling out of the north. Fear is for the long
night, when the sun hides its face for years at a time, and little children
are born and live and die all in darkness while the direwolves grow gaunt and
hungry, and the white walkers move through the woods”