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[apparently Gimli was the equivalent of 14 during The Hobbit timeline
who writes these lines?? who is the smartass fucker that writes these?? it makes me sick
The only headcanon for GOTG that I am absolutely sure of is that Rhomann Dey (John C. Reilly) was the one who suggested potting Groot after he “died.”
Rocket already knows that Groot can regrow his arms and that he can generate little flowers and stems whenever he feels like it. But that’s all working with the assumption that he’s not a pile of dust and splinters. He’s never seen Groot need to take in nutrients from an outside source in order to put himself back together. So, of course he can’t grow himself back if there’s nothing innately Groot left.
But we see two shots in the movie of Rhomann Dey’s home, and in both of them, there are a ton of plants on every wall and window, and there’s so much natural light in his house that it seems like gardening is an active hobby of his. It makes sense that he would suggest that Rocket try to replant a fragment of Groot because that’s how plants grow, dummy.
And Rocket’s not too hopeful, but at the very least, it’s a way to honor Groot’s sacrifice, so he agrees. And Dey seems so confident about it that it calms Rocket down and helps him at least have something to work toward.
So when Groot first yawns back to life in Rocket’s lap, he’s prepared for it, and his surprise is less of a “OMG YOU’RE BACK WHAT HOW DID THIS HAPPEN” and more of a “Dey was right, he’s gonna be okay, my little friend is back :’) ahhhhh”
Rocket is the heart of the movie in a lot of ways. - James Gunn