First, one of the reasons I fell in love with Broadchurch was because of the lack of manufactured sexual tension between MIller and Hardy. It was the main reason I had gone off police procedurals in the first place.
Miller and Hardy are a boon to non-shippers everywhere - I was able to concentrate on the story, without being derailed by longing gazes and will-they-or-wont-they tropes…until season two. Chibnall had quite a laugh, but I didn’t lose hope. And I wasn’t disappointed.
I’m glad they have reached a place of tentative peace in their own lives. They are obviously friends, although Hardy remains prickly to the end. Perhaps something will develop down the line. Perhaps no.
And I like it that way.
On to the bigger point:
Fan fiction writers, REJOICE!
You can write whatever your merry heart desires - it can be canon to you. Wanna write Miller and Hardy being together 4EVA? Do it. Miller and Hardy being buddies in crime solving into perpetuity? DO EET.
It’s all good.
My only quibble is that there is no exposition about Hardy’s past. What happened to his father, and his sister? Why is he so afraid of water?
More importantly, why did Chibnall drop all those subtle hints about these things, and give us no closure? Considering how specific they were in the writing and cinematography, I find it hard to believe it was a pointless plot bunny, a dead end.