Supporting an on-screen couple is hard work, guys. From the very first hint of romance (you know, when two characters hate on each other) you’re right there with them, rallying for that first kiss, that marriage proposal, the pregnancy that ends up being twins… So, what are we supposed to do with all our feels when our perfect TV couple doesn’t end up together?
To reminisce about what could have been, we’ve put together a list of our favourite TV couples that should have ended up together, but didn’t. Because the world is a cruel, unforgiving place.
1. Barney and Robin, How I Met Your Mother
This damn show. For a whole season we waited for Barney and Robin to get married; it had been on the cards for episode after episode. And then, 30 seconds into the finale they just announce they got divorced? After all that? And, in case that wasn’t bad enough, Ted ends up with Robin, basically saying he loved her all along. So, the entire drawn-out story about his kids’ mom was what? A tale of Second Best Sally? No, man.
2. Will and Alicia, The Good Wife
Was this destined to fail from the start? It was just a case of wrong place, wrong time, every single time. And we’re still replaying the situation in our heads to see how it could have been different. No, we can’t let it go.
3. Dan and Blair, Gossip Girl
Ok ok, just calm down. We know you’re getting ready to attack, Chair fans. But, let’s be honest; Dan and Blair were just better suited to each other. They complimented each other. They made each other better. We don’t always have to place the most importance on the high-school love, ok?
4. Mark and Lexie, Grey’s Anatomy
We actually can’t even. We thought that maybe, just maybe, one couple on Grey’s would pull it together and actually come out smiling. They were so close to getting back together and being happy. And then? They die after a plane crash. Of course. Because Shonda Rhymes is not here to baby us.
5. While we’re on topic, Burke and Christina, Grey’s Anatomy
We love you Owen, we do. But these two just matched. They were the Bonnie and Clyde of surgeons (with less killing and more switching surgeries). And now that Christina as working at his hospital, there’s a chance they could end up together after all.
6. Nick and Jess, The New Girl
We were never a hundred sure they’d stay together, so the break-up wasn’t exactly shocking. But we did think they’d make it work, you know? That they’d stick it out. Then bam, they break up and we all move on so fast? Give us time!
6. Brody and Carrie, Homeland
Alright, look, we realise this was probably not a good idea, what with her being all C.I.A and him being all terroristy, but their heated discussions pretty much got us through the lonely nights better than Fifty Shades.
7. Dawson and Joey, Dawson’s Creek
Just kidding. #Paceyforlife. May all future TV makers use Joey and Pacey as a benchmark for how TV couples should end up.