Also, I know we all joke about Delphine being a top and making sexual innuendos regarding that one clip from S2E2 where Delphine backs Cosima up against the table, but after watching S2E1 I can already see how this part of her manipulation.
While I still believe that Delphine genuinely has Cosima’s best interest at mind, she’s sort of desperate to get Cosima to believe it as well. And after the fallout from her betrayal last season, Delphine is desperate to win back Cosima’s favor, and it seems to be manifesting in her body language as well.
When she sees “Cosima” at the party, she immediately goes up to kiss her. It’s a bold move. She admits to never having been with a woman before in the last season, which I believe is true, because its obvious Delphine wasn’t supposed to seduce Cosima which she accidentally ended up doing, not knowing that Cosima was bisexual (has that been explicitly stated yet? I’m going with ‘bi’ until the show corrects me).
So in the first season, Delphine probably allows Cosima to take the lead (regarding sex) because she wants Cosima to feel in control of the situation (what better way to disguise the fact that she’s being manipulated, than to give her a position of control?). However in this season, you already see Delphine being a lot more forward, and proactive in displays of affection.
She’s trying to show Cosima that she’s invested. That she’s attracted to her, that she cares about her, that she’s willing to be together with her, privately, and publicly. In a way she’s trying to woo her. This is her second chance after all, she can’t afford to blow it by being too passive.
I think Delphine’s extremely forward behavior, all the touches and kisses, are Delphine trying A) win back Cosima’s trust B) win back Cosima’s affection. The former she needs in order to get Cosima to work with Leekie (which Delphine firmly believes is the solution to this problem) and the latter is just her desperate, pathological need for love and attention. We can see clear as day that Cosima is still very much in love with Delphine, but Cosima fucking kicked her out of her house last season and called her bad in bed. Whatever apologies she may have made since then would do little to soothe all the heartache and paranoia Delphine probably feels now.
# COPHINE # ANALYSIS # COMMENTARY # ..SORT OF # I JUST THINK DELPHINE’S FORWARD BEHAVIOR IS ACTUALLY KIND OF STRANGE # THEN AGAIN # MAYBE IT WAS HER BEHAVIOR LAST SEASON THAT WAS ANOMALOUS # AND HER ACTUAL PERSONALITY IS MORE UNRESTRAINED AND VIBRANT THAN SHY AND SUBDUED # UGHHH # OB WRITERS MESSING WITH MY BRAIN