A few things:
(1) Since when did Maya “want to be Riley?” I mean yeah, she has that brief moment of “Riley Matthews is the best person I can be” in GMYB, but by the end she whips off the wig and very, very clearly does NOT want to “be Riley” anymore. Even during the whole “you turned into me!” thing leading up to the Ski Lodge episodes, it’s made pretty clear that Maya never actively set out to “become Riley.” This tall tale has to be twisted soooo many times before it morphs into something that “solves” the triangle. And while yeah, it ends the holding pattern and solves things in that sense…in no way has anyone actually resolved their feelings, because they’ve pretty much never talked about them.
(2) Y'all all caught how Maya essentially says that she “became Riley”/“wanted to be her” AFTER they started high school, right? So if Maya’s saying she “became Riley” after high school started…then how exactly does that explain away the events of eighth grade? 👀
(3) Also notable is how Riley kicks the conversation off with what Josh just planted in her head: “what are you protecting me from?!” Maya tries to answer Riley’s questions and her answer is essentially, “we started high school and I needed to make sure what you were feeling because I can’t just ask you because you don’t even know what you’re feeling and what if Lucas isn’t good enough for you?” (And since when has Maya ever questioned whether Lucas was “good enough” for Riley? Did his piss-poor treatment of Riley in GMHS give Maya concerns on that front, so she “became Riley” to test him after that? Or is this just an explanation Maya’s coming up with on the fly because none of the others have stuck? 🤔)
I don’t think I even need to catalog the ways this ever-morphing “explanation” doesn’t work at this point. And here’s the thing about it, you can believe that…
(A) It’s just plain bad writing, or…
(B) It’s written the way it is because you’re meant to think critically about the things these poor confused kids are saying and whether or not their words actually match up with the story so far. And when you recognize that, nope, it doesn’t add up, you’re meant to wonder once again “wait, what’s REALLY going on here?” and then try to figure it out. There’s a reason we’ve had so many episodes over the course of the series about what things look like on the surface vs what’s really going on when you dig deeper, folks.
Obviously I’m in the (B) camp, but everyone else’s mileage may vary.