man when we talk about brendan’s character development there’s one thing that is so important that i’ve never seen brought up
in 2011 when he finds out rae is planning on having an abortion, he loses it. he’s pissed at cheryl for supporting her, yells at ste for not actively stopping her and best of all makes rae herself feel guilty about considering it, going on and on about how wrong it is and against his beliefs even though he honestly has absolutely no fucking say in it
fast forward to 2013 and mitzeee confides in brendan that she’s having an abortion. his immediate response: “okay”. i wouldn’t be surprised if his gut reaction was still negative (those internalized catholic beliefs don’t just disappear in thin air) but he simply says “you do what you gotta do to get through”. by this point he’s matured enough to realize that whatever his personal beliefs, there is simply no way he can understand what mitzeee or any other pregnant woman is going through and its entirely their decision.
and that honestly means the world to me, because with the exception of when he hits ste, there is no moment that i hate brendan more than this point in early 2011 when he gets all self-righteous on rae.