I refuse to believe that Ian has thought about Mickey ‘a lot’.
When Ian went to the army, we were clearly shown that Mickey missed him: he jerked off at his photo, asked around where the redheaded Gallager was, was telling he likes carrot tops when drunk. This leads the viewer to the thought that yes apparently he thinks about Ian and misses him. That is what I call good writing.
Ian on the contrary remembered Mickey only when badmouthing him to his boyfriends. He once told Mandy that he missed Mickey but in the light of all the shit he said about him it’s highly unlikely. Can a person think about another person without talking about him or looking at his photo? Yes. Can a character? No, because he leaves in his screen time and if he does something beyond, something we know from his words only, he might as well be lying. If they wanted us to believe he did think about Mickey, they should have shown us. They didn’t. This is what I call bad writing.
Ian doesn’t know what ‘health and sickness and all that shit’ means because he never supported Mickey in times of need. When Mickey got in trouble, when he got in prison, Ian turned away. Later he tells that it was hard to look at Mickey through that glass. Well, what an excuse. This is why I don’t accept the beautiful theory that Ian left Mickey for Mickey’s own good. He’s too selfish. In my eyes.
When you get so emotionally attached to characters, it’s easy to lose the difference between what he actually does and what we think he would have done (especially when Cameron’s acting is so good). We may be right a thousand times. Or we may be not. Be it as it may, we don’t write this story. Ian could have been a good character but the writers fucked him up. They wrote a shitty canon, but it’s still a canon. That is why I detest him since long ago. That is why I’ll never accept any theory that justifies his behavior. There is no good canon Ian. Bye.