Top 5 Shipping Moments of 2013
2013 was apparently the year of TV weddings, because it dropped everything on our heads from weddings of long-time ships to a certain wedding involving regards being sent and maybe some Lannisters being involved. But we’re here for shipping, so lets dive right in.
#5. FRY AND LEELA GET MARRIED
Fry and Leela, after having spent 14 years being ship teased and dating on and off again on Futurama, finally got married in the show’s series finale. A la Ross and Rachel, these two met in the series’ first episode, Space Pilot 3000, aired all the way back in 1999, and proceeded to go through years and years of will they/won’t they sexual tension. The show was cancelled in 2003, leaving on a hopeful note for the two but not with definite confirmation. It wasn’t until the end of the fourth movie, released in 2010, that the two kissed and said they loved each other. And for the series’ revival, they got together for real and became an item. And as you can see, their wedding was a centerpiece of the series finale. Long time coming, huh?
#4. MEET HANNIGRAM
2013 introduced the first season of the bizarro gothic romance crime series Hannibal, and with it came the start of the Hannigram romance; a canon slash love story between hero and villain. They start off by eating dinner together in Episode 1; the infamous ‘did you just smell me?’ line from episode 5; the subtexty two parter Sorbet and Fromage, which has Hannibal essentially choosing between a serial killer admirer and Will. And of course he chooses Will. Season 1 was just a taste of the subtext to come, of course, but it still introduced the world to this bizarre yet intriguing ship.
#3. ROBIN AND BARNEY’S WEDDING
OK, Swarkles do take up a lot of time getting together, and their wedding was stretched to last a whole season. But hey, 2013 is all about TV weddings, and Swarkles spent the whole year being a couple and showing how they were good to go. For How I Met Your Mother fans, this year made it look like it was in the bag; Ted would meet the Mother, Marshall and Lily were good, and Robin and Barney’s wedding inched a little closer every episode. And then they totally got married and were happy and awesome and there was no series finale that destroyed it all, WHAT series finale that destroyed it all, I see nothing! You must be those same people who insist Spider Man and Mary Jane sold their marriage to Mephisto!
#2. LESLIE AND BEN’S WEDDING
Anyone who loves Parks and Rec has to give a nod to Leslie and Ben finally getting hitched, and managing to do a wedding episode while avoiding many of the cliches of the genre. Wedding episodes don’t have to be stupid or overstretched. Basically, the two are engaged and decide to spontaneously throw their wedding together over a weekend. Which is stressful, but perfectly in character. And fans got to see them tie the knot and stick it out - maybe not as fast as Andy and April, but still nice and early without too much dragging it out (take notes, Ross and Rachel).
#1. TYRION AND SANSA’S WEDDING
What 2013 shipping list would be complete without the season that brought us the Red Wedding? But for me, the wedding of them all was for one of my OTP, Tyrion Lannister and Sansa Stark. A personal favorite, where shall we start by counting the highlights? Sansa being kind enough to kneel for Tyrion after Joffrey takes the stool away, Tyrion telling Joffrey to go fuck himself when Joffrey tries to attack her, and Tyrion refusing to take advantage of her when they’re married, instead waiting until she’s ready, and generally treating Sansa better than anyone has for a long time. Lucky gal.