Even if Cosima did come to her senses and realised everything Delphine did was for her, even is she apologised, it still doesn’t change the fact that Delphine was ultimately alone and hurting for the entire season. It doesn’t change the bitterness, the blame, the lack of trust, the crushing loneliness and crippling sadness – it doesn’t change the way Delphine was portrayed and perceived as the creepy stalker-ex.
This is why I desperately want them to bring her back in season 4, to do her character justice. Delphine deserves to get the girl in the end. Delphine deserves to be appreciated. Delphine deserves a storyline like season 3 in its relevance to the main plot, but one with, I don’t know, more happiness. The writers should know what they’ve created, and the importance of this character, they should know that she’s irreplaceable.
I understand that OB is more than Delphine Cormier and the Cophine relationship. Sure, I’m here for the science, for the drama, for the hilarity of Alison Hendrix. But I’m also here for the beautifully complex relationship between two women who fell in love in the strangest condition. I’m here for Delphine Cormier, a woman who probably never thought she could fall in love with another woman but did so anyway, fell so in love that she’d willingly sacrifice her own life for her. I’m here for Cosima Niehaus and her passion for science, her love for Delphine which ultimately brought her back to life. I’m here for the intricate coalescence of these two people, and the undeniably strong love between them.
Because you see, OB, to sweep Delphine aside–which I fear you will do next season–to introduce a “new love interest” for Cosima, implies that the love between Delphine and Cosima was not good enough, not important enough. And I find it difficult to imagine any other relationship that could rival theirs. I know you’re striving for drama and tragedy, and these elements are beautiful and painfully effective if executed correctly. But given the suddenness of the Shaysima relationship this season (and I’m willing to bet this is where it’s headed once more for season 4), it can’t be said that you’re handling this in the best possible way. Sure, there may be some extraneous factors at play. But to completely disregard Delphine and the Cophine relationship is not only a contradiction of what you’ve created, but disrespectful to us; the people invested in a humanely complex character, in her relationship with Cosima, and ultimately, in your show.
Your move, writers. Do what you will, but do it right.