I feel like Sasuke was paired up with Sakura as a 'reward' for her devotion to him, while he did nothing to show that he even cares about her and it pisses me off to no end. With all her development in shippuden I think they should let go of her 'love' and then maybe have them build something on more equal footing. Sorry about this, the last anon just reminded me how the ending for Sakura angers me
Tbh I think a lot of the pairings in Naruto would written that way - rather than building on character development, it was all for the idea that the girls’ love was ‘real’ and the boys were just too, like, broken or misguided or stupid to see it. And when they finally “saw the light” or whatever, there was no real development on their side either. Just - fuck the idea that childhood crushes are the be-all and end-all of romance and love. I loathe that trope.