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Westallen: The Exception to the Rule

DO NOT READ IF YOU DON’T WANT TO BE SPOILED

So yesterday the Westallen fandom was blessed with glorious pics of our babies having what I imagine is their first kiss. Now today the Westallen fandom died and came back to life after seeing pictures of Barry in his Flash costume to reveal himself to Iris RIGHT AFTER HE KISSED HER (this is what the source says not me). Right now my mind is blown. EVERY SINGLE EXPECTATION I HAVE EVER HAD FOR THE SHOW HAS ALWAYS BEEN MET AND HAS ACTUALLY BEEN EVEN BETTER THAN I COULD HAVE EVER IMAGINED. 

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, most shows do not have a character close to the main character find out about his HUGE secret from the very first episode. Most shows do not have the leading man confess his love for the leading lady nine episodes into the first season of the show. Most shows DO NOT have the main couple (when it’s a slowburn and they’re endgame) kiss in the first season of the show (unless it’s a dream sequence or an AU). Most (superhero) shows DEFINITELY DO NOT HAVE THE SUPERHERO REVEAL HIS SECRET IDENTITY TO HIS LADY LOVE IN THE FIRST SEASON OF THE SHOW.

Of course there are Westallen detractors who are trying to soothe themselves about the release of these pictures that are actual pieces of heaven by using the things that I just mentioned to say that, “Oh, well because this is all happening so soon (right ‘soon’, when Barry’s been in love with Iris for at least a decade, 'soon’ my ass), Westallen are not endgame.” Well maybe they’re on to something.

Now before you go, “WHATT??? HOW CAN YOU SAY THAT?” Allow me to explain (I’m going to get slightly philosophical here so bear with me). The term 'endgame’, in my opinion, usually means that the ship you want to be together will be together by the 'end’ of the show. It also tends to mean that when your ship gets together that’s it. That’s the end. I think most writers and showrunners find it incredibly difficult to keep the story going and keep the chemistry between their actors once the main couple gets together which is why they don’t put the characters in a relationship until several years into the show (see Bones, Castle, Gilmore Girls, Smallville etc…oh and just to be clear I am fully aware of the restrictions that were on Lois/Clois when she came on the show). It is terribly hard to find married couples that are together from the beginning of a series, that stay together throughout the course of the series, that are well written and don’t deal with any third party garbage (yes Naley got together early on AND I LOVE THEM, don’t get me wrong, BUT REALLY MARK SCHWANN? REALLY? They were a married couple for 8 out of 9 seasons on the show and they had at least four third party storylines, which averages to one every other year. Can you say LATHER, RINSE, REPEAT AS NEEDED? Okay I’m getting off topic.) 

BUT…maybe, just maybe, the writers and the showrunners for The Flash are altering the definition of 'endgame’ so it doesn’t inherently mean the fans have to wait til the end (or close to the end) of the show for their couple to become a couple. Maybe TPTB on The Flash are saying that the story doesn’t end when the couple gets together. Maybe the best stories are yet to come. Maybe a show can be successful and have a long healthy run without sticking their main couple in the 'will they/won’t they’ circle of hell. Maybe a show can thrive without a love triangle birthed from the depths of Tartarus (The love triangles on LOST and OTH drove me to the brink of insanity, I swear to God). Maybe a superhero show can work better with the leading lady in the know, instead of keeping her in the dark just for the sake of drama or a good laugh. Maybe Westallen are the exception to the rule and TPTB are telling us that Westallen getting together is not the end of the show-it’s only the beginning.

To those of you who kindly took the time to read this whole post, I leave you with this:

  • notasleep: he suddenly finds himself at the gates to a great kingdom he only recognizes from descriptions
  • me: I THINK RAPUNZEL!THORIN WAS PROMPTED ALREADY ACTUALLY
  • notasleep: the doors are barred and he knows there's a dragon there so he won't go in
  • notasleep: but something dangles from one of the towers
  • me: A DICK?!
  • notasleep: he climbs the rope, hoping to sneak in for shelter and then leave again once the storm passes
  • me: GUESS NOT