There are many mysteries in life. Why are we here? Is there life after death? And why do Paige haters keep banging on with their mindless drivel when it no longer makes any difference whatsoever? The first two are pretty easy (no reason and no), but the third is a bit tougher.
Here’s my take - Paige haters keep hating because that’s all they’ve got left.
For years now, ever since Alison reappeared, they’ve been telling us how Ali was going to swoop in a ‘take’ Emily, how she was going to ‘bury’ Paige. We were going to see Emily never really loved Paige, and had only settled for her. As soon as Alison was back Emily would see the light, and would take her place as Ali’s lapdog.
But they kept being wrong, over and over again, and the haters couldn’t understand why. They knew Emily and Alison were destined to be together, that the whole thing was only ever a setup for their ship, but time was running out.
So they kept insisting that Paige was evil, a psycho, a bitch. For them, it wasn’t enough for Alison to ‘win’, Paige had to ‘lose’. This was the only way the narrative they constructed could be validated.
But Paige didn’t lose. Paige kept on being awesome, and Emily kept on caring for her. Even at the end, we got loving scenes of Emily and Paige happy together. Meanwhile, they got the kind of ending you get when you put a gun to someone’s head.
(And don’t get me wrong, the writers could have and should have done better. If Emily and Alison were going to be together, they could have, you know, sat down and talked about their feelings. Radical, I know. The story we got instead is not only gross, it’s completely unnecessary.)
Anyway, the point is Paige is a fantastic character, and Paily was a beautiful story. They got a substantial, meaningful relationship back when the show was watchable, and it has been shown time and time again that they really loved each other, cared for each other and were happy together. And no amount of childish foot stomping is going to change that.
“Look, thank you. Thank you. Knowing you, it… it’s been the best part of my life. And the things that… the things we’ve shared together, they have changed me. You’re my family. I love you. I love all of you. Just please… please, don’t make my last moments be spent watching you die. Just run. Save yourselves.”