Would you be happy if Amy found a partner, set…

Would you be happy if Amy found a partner, settled down, had kids and was happy, but he never was on screen? Possibly with the implication that she keeps this part of her life separate from her professional life?

I don’t think so, no.

Not because I think Amy has to be with Dan above all others – I’ve always thought it was possible for her to move on and find someone else in a way it isn’t really for him.

But because we have three years of Amy being rejected and dismissed by everyone she’s on screen with, and in particular, the two people she cares about the most. To tack on a “she’s totally happy with some other guy who we won’t show you” ending to that feels like a cheat, a way for the show to avoid engaging with just how disgusting they’ve made Dan and Selina this year.

If they brought in a character, show why Amy fell for him (which means he has to be actually attractive – not a Buddy or an Ed), and showed her explicitly choosing him over Dan…then maybe. Because I don’t see how you make that ending remotely believable if they don’t show her making that choice – their partnership has been so all-consuming, that I find it very, very hard to believe Amy could have a happy, successful marriage AND maintain her friendship with Dan. There just wouldn’t be enough emotional space – Dan sucks up too much of her attention, her energy, and he has shown absolutely no ability to compromise and give up any of the space he’s taken up in her life. (Which I think is what Reid Scott was referring to when he said Dan had held her back).

I should not be watching Dan and thinking he reminds me of Dominic de Villepin – I should not be thinking Selina is every bit as vile as Jonah. It’s like the writers have missed the fact that these characters used to have charm – it was plausible that someone would fall in love with Dan, despite his…everything, it was plausible that people could be hoodwinked into thinking Selina was a politician with beliefs, because they both knew how to perform. To misquote Terry Prachett “like many people with no actual morals, they had standards, and Jonah repelled them.”