If Simon isn't dead Wasn't it better to have a main character injured instead of Simon?
Personally, if they have no intention of Simon dying then yes, I think it should have been Connor.
They laid out every, albeit cliché, pointer to it being Connor. Finally finding happiness, reluctantly participating, wanting everyone to be safe… They hastily tried to cram in some context for Simon, some way of everyone feeling pity or empathy for him, yet we already have that with Connor.
I think it would have added an interesting dynamic too. Yes, we’ve had Annalise injured due to her own plan, and Wes killed at the hands of someone else, but we’ve never had one of the K4 come to harm as a direct result of their own meddling, and I’d have loved to see that dynamic come into play. Would Laurel have felt guilty, would Michaela have started to question who shed become… It just would have given so much for them to work with in the second half of the season, rather than an inconsequential character being shoehorned into proceedings.
“I serve my queen because I want to serve my queen. Because I believe in her. All of us who came with her from Essos, we believe in her. She’s not our queen because she’s the daughter of some king we never knew. She’s the queen we chose.“