brasca wrote:I think Helen knows, but she seems to have some impulse control problems.
Agreed. Even at this juncture in her life, when she's actively in aggressive, "It's everyone else's fault" denial mode, there's some part of her that still shows self-awareness. As we see in her sheepish dialogue in the last couple of panels in the latest strip.
Since she's alive and seemingly well in the not too distant future Randy can't kill her. He can make her relapse a few times before he's done with her story, but ultimately she will grow up.
Yes, that's what makes reading her ongoing S*P
arc, for me (and, I imagine, many readers), a basically pleasant experience as opposed to a "God, what a train wreck; I can't look" experience: that we know she'll turn out okay six years later.
Also, although I should know better by now than to second-guess T, I can't help but wonder whether part of his reason for writing Helen a brighter future in "Six Septembers Later" was as a favour to Randy, who as we know has had to deal with so
much shit from a small but disgustingly vocal and persistent contingent over his handling of Helen. That is, I wonder whether this was, in part, T's way of saying, "Look, Helen's going to turn out fine in the end, so lay off Randy kthx."