I think what worries me most about the Jax and Rip thing is that, in my experience, a lot of fans really don’t care about nuance.
We all tend to take a very white or black view of any sort of conflict that involves our favorite characters. It’s very easy to oversimplify in favor of our favorites, and demonize the other side.
In this situation, I think Jax has every right to not be okay with the events that transpired when Rip was under the Legion’s control. The man hunted him, murdered Sara, and Jax shouldn’t be expected to just get over it.
At the same time, that wasn’t Rip. That was a creation of Eobard Thawne that wore Rip’s face while Rip himself was reduced to a cowering fragment trapped and tortured within his own mind.
It’s very possible that the show can explore this dynamic with nuance: acknowledging Jax’s feelings without turning victim into perpetrator.
But I don’t know if I trust the general fanbase to consider that. This is the sort of situation that could easily lead to backlash against either character.
Rip is pretty commonly a fandom scapegoat already. And I don’t forget that backlash that Jax got for his ill-timed quip in Invasion or his reactions in Fellowship. It would be very easy for folks in fandom to demonize either character in this situation.
I don’t want to see that. I don’t want to see Jax demonized for having feelings and trauma based on the things he’s seen and experienced from evil!Rip. I don’t want to see Rip demonized for being the victim of a terrible violation.
And sadly, I think one or both is probably unavoidable.