Stuart/Vince Signs: They’re Sleeping Together, Okay?
DISCLAIMER: This post is entirely self-indulgent and probably preaching to the choir. But whatever. Without further ado, here’s are 15 pieces of “evidence” that make me think Vince and Stuart are sleeping together by the time the QAF epilogue scene occurs.
- Vince, who has NEVER TOLD ANYONE ALOUD HE FANCIES STUART (even though everyone knows, it’s not like it’s hard to see), TELLS STUART THAT HE HAS HISTORICALLY FANCIED HIM IN THEIR “GOODBYE” CLUB SCENE. I can’t overstate how important it is that Vince expresses what he has wanted aloud. Stuart’s known Vince is attracted to him, but he’s never had that clear/explicit an indication, and we know he’s constantly trying to get Vince to own up to shit on his own. So I think that would spur Stuart to act, combined with…
- Stuart effectively listed one of them sleeping together as one of his conditions for them leaving together (and they do leave together)
- The fact that the epilogue is preceded basically by them driving off into the sunset together; classic rom-com trope
- RTD has said that to him, driving off into the background in a jeep was a formative moment when he knew that two queer characters in a previous TV show were sexually active
- Vince taking Stuart’s hand, when Vince has previously never initiated physical contact unless Stuart was already in a bad mood–also Vince is both initiating SUPER-couple-y physical contact (which Stuart is fine with!!) and also starting a fight against someone homophobic–meaning they’re on more equal terms, to the extent that VINCE is now taking the lead. Something major has changed in their relationship/dynamic
- Their matching outfits (button down t-shirts and glasses); they’re in sync
- The colors of those matching outfits mean they support each other
- Stuart tells Vince “blood,” which both means he’s threatening the homophobic man who’s just insulted them, but ALSO that he’s calling back to his worry from the wedding scene with Hazel that he isn’t attracted to Vince (”If you fancy him, there’s blood, there’s a hard-on”). RTD doesn’t mince words, and he’s certainly not implying that Stuart has a hard-on for this jerk who’s calling them names. So, even though the timing and circumstances are odd, what’s TOTALLY also happening here is that Vince says “What do you think?” and Stuart responds: “*code word that means I’m aware I’m attracted to you*”
- This ties into the gun imagery that’s coded as sexual during the slow dance in this episode. (Not surprising; guns are often a phallic metaphor.)
- Stuart LETS VINCE TALK HIM DOWN. They’ve got a good cop/bad cop routine and they’re both thrilled with it. Please note that this answers Stuart’s s1 rhetorical question he asks before getting into the shower with Nathan in the pilot: “Why does nobody stop me?”
- That little hip-twitch Stuart does in Vince’s direction when Vince teases him “maybe next time” and Vince’s totally nonplussed reaction. Like it’s more cute than sexual, but it betrays a level of physical comfort together I don’t think they’ve had before when they were both sober.
- THEIR COORDINATED TURN AWAY FROM THE CAMERA like that had to be timed and choreographed so it happened in perfect unison; that’s meant to show us that they’re perfectly comfortable, that they’re physically coordinated together; that is a Thing.
- The open sky in the background indicates that Vince feels free and happy; Stuart sleeping with him would certainly help boost his self-esteem and lower his inhibitions (which we see evidence of in his behavior).
- Those rumors about Vince and Stuart? “All of them true.”
- RTD knows whether or not they’re sleeping together, even though he never says it in the show. But LOOK AT ALL THE WAYS HE INDICATES YES.
AKA They’re sexually active; fight me.