As an Olitz shipper, I really can’t decide if I feel optimistic or pessimistic after last night’s episode.
On the one hand, Jake’s speech about doing the same thing expecting a different outcome made me pessimistic, because Shonda often uses Jake as a way to voice Liv’s inner thoughts. That, combined with how distant she seemed from Fitz, makes me wonder if she is thinking that sleeping with Fitz was just a slip up, a step backward. I really hope that’s not the case, especially after the buildup of the last few episodes. I am also concerned because now that she is going to be White House chief of staff, especially for Mellie, she may feel she is unable to fit Fitz into her life. When she kissed him, she did not think she would have a role in Mellie’s administration, and thus was no longer “tethered to power” and was free to love again (see speech to Quinn in 602). Also, the 100th episode gave me a lot of hope because she was able to see that they could have worked out if not for Defiance, which was followed by her attempt to put back on the white hat and let go of her quest for power. But it didn’t work, and now she is taking power out of obligation, realizing that, as Mellie said, they are still dealing with the fallout from Defiance. So I am worried that the moral of the story may be that in this world, where she did agree to Defiance, she and Fitz can never be together.
On the other hand, when looked at in the context of this interview Shonda did in November 2015, after 509, last night’s episode seems a little better, because she is saying that what went down in 509 “doesn’t mean that she doesn’t love Fitz”, but that it was never going to work under the circumstances and that they both had to grow. I think they have both grown now, Fitz especially, and his speech to David about headband women versus tornadoes was indicative of that. In season 5, he wanted Liv to be his First Lady, a “headband wearer”, and failed to understand why she would be so unhappy in that role. Now he gets it. He gets her and he knows she loves him and he wouldn’t have her any other way. So that gives me a lot of hope.
Argh, why do I have to care so much? I binge-watched this show to distract myself after the real election, but now it’s taking over my brain!