So here is my ideal ending for season one of YOI.
After Yuuri wins Gold at the Grand Prix Finals and beyond, Victor surprises everyone by challenging him to a public Face Off.
It’s Victor’s return to skating that everyone’s been begging for. He has his motivation back that he was missing before—and he found it in Yuuri. Before Victor came into his life, competing against him was a huge goal of Yuuri’s, so of course he accepts the challenge. The competitiveness between them is sweet, friendly, and adorable. They banter about it like a married couple, then go make out.
The Face Off is held at the Ice Castle in Hasetsu. And it is a BIG DEAL. Two consecutive Gold Medalists battling it out. It brings in a load of tourism. Yuuri’s family and the Ice Castle profit greatly from it.
Yuuri and Victor set a wager for the friendly duel. The winner gets anything they ask for.
Victor goes first and skates his “Stay Close to Me” routine, but he changes the end into something hopeful. Like he’s asking a question. Yuuri skates to “Yuri on Ice” and dedicates it to Victor. Both performances are flawless.
Victor wins by only half a point.
Afterward, he gets on a microphone and tells the audience about the wager. That he gets to ask for anything he wants. He tells everyone about the meaning behind their performances. About how the past year hasn’t just been about Victor helping Yuuri blossom. He helped Victor find himself just as much.
And throughout this speech, Yuuri is nervous. Because even though the entire night has been a dream come true, he’s nervous about the wager. Part of him still fears losing Victor to Russia, and Yuuri thinks that’s what he’s going to ask for.
Instead, Victor gets down on one knee and asks Yuuri to marry him. That’s what he wants as his prize.
Complete chaos in the audience. Internet: broken.
Yuri says yes. The next year, they make their debut in couples skating with rings on their fingers.