I don’t believe that happened.
No, really. I don’t believe that happened. I can’t even cry, I’m just so stunned. Of all the senseless, stupid, wasteful things a show could do to fans who spent 5 fricking years invested in these relationships, in a show that seemed to root, from the beginning, for – God, I don’t even know what. I’m not coherent. It’s just, they threw away the foundation of the show.
Now, okay. The show is about Alicia and not simply the love triangle. Her life isn’t about whether she was going to choose Will or Peter. But oh my God. Maybe I’m not as much of a feminist as I thought I was, because I cannot imagine this show anymore. You took her choice away, damn it! We’ve been waiting for five damn years for her to pick somebody for real and you bastards took her choice away! How could you freaking DO that?
I was just writing in the comments for last week’s episode about how I never know where this show is going, and how I love that about it. Well. I was right about one thing. I had absolutely no idea this was what tonight’s shocking event was. Not even the teeniest tiniest little clue.
And I hate it so much.
Honestly, I don’t think I can recap this episode. Maybe I owe it to the show and character, but I’m just too furious right now. News seems to be coming out that Josh Charles wanted off the show. And I guess the collective weight of millions of viewers can’t decide how to live his life for him. I suppose I am over invested.
So of course this is all over the web and social media right now. Some people, they think this is brave, killing off a main character. Others are impressed that the writers had the balls to murder a lead character when clearly they could so easily have sent him to jail for refusing to break attorney/client privilege instead.
But I’m sorry. What it feels like to me is cheap dramatics, to borrow a term from the title. Cheap and easy and rotten and mean. Maybe there’s nothing that could be done – maybe they’d only have gotten Josh for the rest of this season and lost him for the sixth. But this?
BUT OH MY GOD. Didn’t they always say the show had a five year plan? Stick with the five fricking years, then! You couldn’t have gone out on top? You couldn’t have just left it at five years? You couldn’t have talked Josh into finishing out this season, per his contract, and just ended it there?
Because you spent five damn years – alright, correction, four and a half – on that damned love triangle, and now we will never have closure. Now whether she stays with Peter or leaves him, we will never feel like she got to make her choice. You stole her decision! This isn’t Game of Thrones. This isn’t a medieval war zone. You don’t have a cast of thousands. What you’ve destroyed tonight can never be replaced. It can never be undone. Whatever cool thing happens next, it will be a new show. It will not be the show I fell in love with.
Even posting this feels very – emotional, private, unprofessional. Maybe tomorrow I will be embarrassed that I spent so much time flailing my tiny ineffectual fists at the uncaring universe, and I will take this down, and find a way to write something else. But right at this moment, I can’t pretend that this was okay.
I don’t think I want a sixth season at this price.