Alright, So I'm Finally Butting in on the Fandom Discussion Here...
I’m finally posting in the tag for the first time. Because as tame and lovely as this fandom can be for the most part, I haven’t actually posted anything until now. I say it just because I believe that the viewers of this show are a multitude of genuinely intelligent people who enjoy the show not just for the entertainment value but the meat of the story therein.
I don’t think anyone has claimed that Wickham is a good guy. But actually, though, can we step back for just a second and look at something?
For the most part, impressions of this show are controlled and steered by the knowledge of P&P, since it’s the show’s inspiration. However, I think that it needs to be kept in mind that this is an adaptation but still a work in its own right.
If the series followed the book to a t, we wouldn’t feel the way we (I say we because I think it’s pretty collective) wouldn’t be so sympathetic to Lydia. There is a depth and dimensionality to Lydia in this instance that Austen didn’t give her, but it exists in droves within the context of LBD.
(I apologize for how incredibly long this is. I suppose read at your own risk)