|sarah walker bartowski. (blondespy) wrote,|
@ 2014-02-25 21:25:00
E-MAIL: cleverishly @ gmail
METHOD OF CONTACT: anything!
NAME: Sarah Walker Bartowski, though she's been reverted to pre-Chuck so she doesn't really know she's married.
AGE: early thirties
SPECIES: human bamf spy
CANON POINT: Right near the end of the series + PH memories.
PERSONALITY:Sarah Walker is always a surprise. Meeting her, one might find a variety of first impressions, depending on the circumstances. None of them are true. She never gives off exactly who she is at first, and really keeps her personal life and the information surrounding it very quiet even to those who “know” her well. The fact of the matter is that Sarah lived a lie long before becoming a CIA agent, and that secrecy and constant need to hide herself have become so ingrained in her being that she can scarcely be anything else. Sarah is exceptionally good at her job, and has given up a great deal to maintain it. She is driven by her obligations, primarily to the CIA and to her country, and she takes her work very seriously. Her primary mission, above anything else, is to protect Chuck, and she does so even when it means stepping beyond the guidelines set for her by her superior.
Though Sarah is highly trained and comes with an incredibly impressive skillset, she is not a robot. Unlike her partner John Casey, she is less successful in hiding her emotions. Beneath the surface of the exceptionally gifted spy lies a great deal of emotional baggage left from growing up with a con-man for a father. She is also driven more by compassion than she ought to be, and that compassion and capacity for emotionality are what occasionally lead her to misstep.
Sarah and Casey are the yin and yang to each other in terms of protecting Chuck. Sarah is far more empathetic and concerned with Chuck’s well-being. She looks out for him as more than just the Intersect, but as a person as well, and she strives to build his confidence and protect him even from those who pose more of a threat to his emotional well-being (such as Lou and Jill). She doesn’t hesitate to spend time with the people he loves and cares for them as well. With all of this warmth and kindness comes a fierce sense of protectiveness (and love) for Chuck, and she can be ruthless in his defense.
HISTORY:Being raised by a con artist meant many, many things. It meant a skewed sense of morality, based on the assistance in various cons and manipulations. It meant a great deal of moving around (and therefore a severe lack of real connection to other people). Mostly, it meant a great deal of lying. Sarah Walker did not actually become “Sarah Walker” until 1998, just before her graduation. She was born Sam Lisa, surname unknown, and then went through a series of aliases as a child – Rebecca Franco in Cleveland, Katie O’Donell in Wisconsin, and Jennifer Burton in high school, to name a few. The way she was raised made Sarah a formidable liar and con artist herself, though she was too young for much of it to realize that she was doing wrong. She actively participated in many of them, such as aiding her father in posing as a struggling German investor to con businessmen into paying for inventions that didn’t exist. She even spent Christmases scamming the Salvation Army.
When her father was arrested and put into protective custody after a scam went awry, Sarah was approached by CIA Director Graham. Instead of arresting her for her part in the scams, he saw her potential and took her under his wing. It was he who dubbed her “Sarah Walker,” and she suddenly found herself recruited into the CIA. She finished high school in spite of her new position, and it was not a pleasant experience for her from then on. She was openly mocked for being the “jailbird’s daughter,” and retained a great deal of bitterness from this time in her life.
Much of what transpired between 1998 and meeting Chuck Bartowski is a closely guarded secret. She spent time with her grandmother. She trained and picked up a variety of skills. She spent a year with the Secret Service, worked on the Clandestine Attack Team, and finally settled into the CIA. In 2005, she was partnered with Bryce Larkin. They were a stellar partnership, and that ability to work well together prompted an intimate relationship to form as well. Sarah fell in love with Bryce, and their intimacy only made it easier to accomplish their missions. When he ‘went rogue,’ Sarah felt utterly betrayed. She was assigned by Director Graham to recover the Intersect.
And it was that assignment that led her to the Buy More and into Chuck Bartowski’s life.
Together with NSA agent John Casey, Sarah took on a role as Chuck’s handler. To establish themselves in Chuck’s life, they each took on covers that wouldn’t be suspicious. For Sarah’s part, she took on the role of Chuck’s girlfriend. She took a job at a shop near the Buy More (the totally classy Weinerlicious) and the two established a fake relationship. She refused to acknowledge that their relationship meant anything more to her than simply work, but she very quickly came to feel more genuine feelings. Of course, after her experience with Bryce, she was determined to admit nothing, to herself or anyone else.
Sarah and Casey followed Chuck’s flashes, engaging in a variety of missions of varying levels of danger. In addition to the usual trade complications, Sarah and Chuck also dealt with a roller coaster of emotions to do with their fake relationship. She distanced herself as much as she could, which meant watching (in staunchly unacknowledged jealousy) Chuck engage in two separate relationships with other women. Of course, the jealousy was a mutually felt emotion. Sarah’s history with (and love for) Bryce resurfaced when he was discovered to be alive and not, in fact, a traitor. It provided a very complicating series of emotions, given her growing feelings for Chuck. She also felt a very strong connection to MI6 agent Cole Barker, which culminated in him asking her to follow him as well. Ultimately, she continued to choose Chuck.
She encountered individuals from her past, such as high school companions and her father, which put her devotion to secrecy into question. Through both experiences, she came to rely on Chuck more than she’d ever expected. Truly, a turning point for her was offering Chuck an opportunity to ask a question and having it refused. It meant so much to her that he would respect her value of privacy.
Sarah’s feelings for Chuck amounted in an investigation when her ability to protect him in spite of them came into question. Another agent was brought in to assess her work and she was briefly taken off of the case. However, she could not keep from doing whatever was necessary to protect him. That ultimately got her back into her proper position as his handler, and she continued to fight for him by any means necessary.
She aided Chuck in tracking down Orion, one of the only who was committed to helping Chuck remove the Intersect from his brain. When the mission took a turn and Orion was captured, she went AWOL with Chuck to track him down. With her help, Chuck was reunited with his father and able to remove the Intersect from his brain. With the Operation complete, she was assigned a new position with Bryce but knew she couldn’t take it because of her feelings for Chuck. She was prepared to leave everything and be with him when the new mission with Bryce was discovered to be a trap. Reeling in the (apparent actual) death of Bryce and the fact that Chuck was once again the Intersect with some rather overwhelming powers, Sarah felt overwhelmed with the idea of losing the chance for a real life.
She asked Chuck to run away with her, and the two made plans to meet in Prague and disappear. She was hopeful and in love, and had made all of the arrangements they could've possible needed, but when Chuck arrived, everything changed. He chose his work over a real life with her, and she was heartbroken. In the aftermath, she traveled the world and worked with some of the greatest spies alive (though none were as talented as Chuck). When she came back to help tie up the loose ends, she somehow found herself wrapped up in Team Bartowski all over again, and was dedicated once more to heartbrokenly shutting herself off from emotion.
Annnnd whabam, Hawaii.
NEW: After some months in Hawaii and a wide variety of strange events while there, Sarah was returned to her timeline.
Sarah attempted to request a transfer to get away from Chuck, too heartbroken to feel that she could actually be a useful part of the mission, but was denied. Over the next little while, she gradually began to warm to Chuck again, and the two seemingly began to move on with their lives. Sarah began dating another agent named Daniel Shaw, though that ended when he discovered that Sarah had inadvertently killed his wife during her red test. He began plotting revenge against her, which began by showing her what she’d done in the past. He seemed to forgive her, but it soon became apparent that such wasn’t the case. He kidnapped Sarah in Paris and tried to kill her, but Chuck arrived in time to shoot and (seemingly) kill Shaw. Finally, the pair of them began a proper relationship again.
They tried to run away to be together and forsake the spy life, but realized fairly quickly that neither of them really wanted to be civilians. They faced more than a few obstacles when trying to work through this new type of relationship, but always managed to come out stronger in the end. Sarah’s focus turned to trying to help Chuck with the deteriorating mental condition caused by his faulty Intersect.
She fought to keep Chuck from blindly trusting his mother when it was revealed that she was working with arms dealer Alexei Volkoff, not trusting her double agent status since it’d been so long since the mission had started. However, in order to bring down the dealer and reunite Chuck and his mother, Sarah went undercover as a double agent as well.
Sarah and Chuck became engaged, which posed an entirely new set of obstacles, including Sarah’s desire to elope and Chuck interfering by inviting her old squad. She and Chuck were conned out of their wedding money and inadvertently got every branch of the US government involved in tracking down the planner, which got them suspended. During her rehearsal dinner, Sarah was attacked and sent into a coma, and Chuck went rogue to get the antidote. The entire team assisted in his endeavor, and they were all ultimately fired, but the antidote was successful and Chuck and Sarah married.
Chuck and Sarah purchased the Buy More and re-established themselves as an independent freelance spy agency, using Castle as their base. This work proved not to be quite as easy as they thought, especially without Chuck’s Intersect, and they struggled to gain a foothold in the industry. In addition, they were forced to deal with Morgan after he accidentally uploaded a faulty version of the Intersect which began to destroy his memories and changed his personality. They managed to remove it before too much damage was done, thankfully.
In a final mission against Nicholas Quinn, Sarah was forced to upload the Intersect once more in order to rescue Chuck from Nicholas Quinn. During the mission, it was revealed that each flash she had was sapping her memories away, starting with the more recent ones. While Ellie worked hard back home to try to come up with a solution, Chuck fought not to make Sarah flash. Casey, meanwhile, was dealing with a crisis of his own because Quinn was holding his daughter hostage in exchange for the Intersect.
Ultimately, Sarah was kidnapped by Quinn, who then introduced her to Intersect images over and over until her memory of anything related to Chuck or Team Bartowski was gone. Reverted to her pre-series self and unconscious from the pain in her head, Sarah was plopped right back into Hawaii juuuust before Quinn could effectively remove the faulty Intersect from her brain. So there’s that to deal with.
Basically, she’s coming in all fired up and in total spy-mode, but will immediately get hit with her memories of being here before, which will (understandably) be completely and utterly confusing.
SPECIAL ABILITIES:Sarah is highly skilled in espionage techniques, having gone through more than her fair share of training exercises. She is adept at undercover work, and is capable of improvising total transformations at the drop of a hat. She is skilled in the art of using seduction to achieve her objectives, and doesn’t hesitate to use her appearance as a distraction and an angle when necessary. She is highly skilled at hand-to-hand combat, sharpshooting, and knife-work (she is always heavily armed). She is a capable pilot and cook, and she speaks fluent Polish, Russian, and German and is capable of a variety of convincing accents.
Sarah also has an admittedly faulty Intersect in her brain. It doesn't really work like it should, but when it does work, she gets flashes of information, be it languages or skills or general information. At the moment, all of the flashes impact her negatively and steal memory bits from her. For the sake of ease until it's figured out, though, it won't actually have any impact on her PH memories.
WRITING SAMPLE:It was amazing how much a person could value trust when nearly the entirety of her life had been built on lies. Sarah knew it was hypocritical of her to demand honesty and good faith when there wasn’t a person alive who knew more than bits or pieces of her real life. Still, she couldn’t help the feelings of betrayal that came with having information withheld or actions take place behind her back. She felt a helpless sense of loss when she realized that Chuck was holding information from her, something that she knew came off as terribly ironic when she said it out loud. Still, it was the way this situation was meant to work. She could not effectively protect him if he did not trust her with everything in his life more than she was capable of trusting him. She knew, though, that this was no way to build anything real. As time had passed, it’d struck her with clarity that there wasn’t much in the world she wanted more than something real with Chuck. To have all of that so close and then see it snatched away before her eyes as he flashed once again was damn near unbearable.
PB: Yvonne Strahovski
HOUSING PREFERENCE: Nope!
WAS THIS CHARACTER HELD FOR YOU? I didn't hold her this time around!