George and Annie.
(full spoilers ahead)
As a relationship, it’s never as valued as the show’s romances or male/male friendships or the also underrated female bond between Annie and Nina. And that’s too bad, because George and Annie had something special, something fans claim is almost non-existent in popular media: The male/female friendship. Two unrelated people of aligning sexualities who love each other — really love each other — without a hint of sex. They were “just friends,” but they were more than that: They were a force of nature.
In the beginning, George wasn’t thrilled to learn that the house was occupied by a ghost, least of all a bubbly, talkative, tea-making ghost. He wanted control over his situation, and, at first, she threw that off. Then things started happening. It was Annie who (involuntarily) brought Tully’s true nature to light. George was a dick about it, but afterward, when he realized he was wrong, he knew that he needed to be on Annie’s side — no one should come between them. When Nina entered the picture, not only did she not come between George and Annie, she would make them stronger. It was George who got Annie off the couch when she was in deep despair, telling her she was needed, giving her the strength to fight the vampires with him (albeit awkwardly). When Annie’s door appeared, it was George who begged her to stay.
In Series 2, when the trio started to fall apart, George and Annie didn’t. Sure, George found a new girlfriend and she was no Nina (Sam did unintentionally threaten to come between them), but he always found time for her. They spent more time alone together. They bonded. When Saul’s ghost was ordered to force her through the door, it was George who tried desperately to help her. When Annie wanted to make it up to Hugh for “disappearing” on him, George helped her reunite him with Kirsten. And, of course, when Mitchell came home blood-drunk and made sexual advances toward her, George put Annie’s well-being above all else, and removed her from him and from the home, not knowing if he’d ever see Mitchell again. (This was highly traumatic for Annie, and it unfortunately brought her right to Kemp, but it was one time — the first time — George refused to look the other way.)
George wasn’t willing to put Mitchell’s life on the line for much, but, difficult as it was, he was willing to do it for Annie when she was trapped in Purgatory. In the end, George and Annie had to be a force strong enough to accept what had to be done. Annie would have stayed — she did stay — by him until his dying day. She never would have chosen to lose him and Nina, but through their tragic losses she became the one thing she thought she’d never be: a mother.
Some people question whether Mitchell was waiting for Annie on the other side of her final door. But whatever fans think about vampire souls and the afterlife, everyone knows one thing for sure: George was there waiting.
Thanks to psmith73 for the gifs and caps!