Miranda wicker

1. It's an ensemble cast and good writing dictates that there be a lighter B-plot to take some of the weight and gravitas off the viewer during intense episodes/scenes. It's typically referred to as comic relief, but in most dramatic television shows, having a lighter B-plot like Mellie's run for Senator serves the same purpose. Viewers get emotional fatigue when the entire 45 minutes is heavy and dark. Maybe not all, but a majority. Writers have to consider the entire audience. 2. Mellie's political ambitions will be what bring Fitz and Olivia back together. Fitz will help Mellie take office, then they'll be able to separate and divorce, thus opening the door for Fitz and Olivia to be together. Whether or not Fitz and Mellie should be a romantic couple (no, they shouldn't) they're a team. She sacrificed a lot to get him to the Oval and he's repaying the favor. I rather like their acknowledgement that they're great friends who work well together when they're not trying to pretend to be a happily married couple all the time.

Miranda wicker

It is the first time HE has done it, but he did teach Caroline how to do it when Liz was unconscious.

Miranda wicker

I really think they'll get another cure, Damon will take one, and then the Heretics will kill Elena somehow, leaving her gone and Damon human.

Miranda wicker

Liz and Stefan had a conversation and she told him to take care of Caroline because she would need it, and she intimated that they should date, but I don't recall her ever coming out and smacking him in the face with a Date My Daughter anvil like she did last night.

Miranda wicker

And in this series, we're looking at an extended period of time during which Mellie will be Senator while Fitz is POTUS as opposed to 17 days at the end of Bill's term when the main order of business was to close up shop, sign whatever pardons he was going to sign, and pack up the Oval. Not the same in my mind.

Miranda wicker

I don't hate Fitz. I'm glad Jake didn't die because that's one less life Rowan Pope gets to claim and one less thing he gets to take from Olivia.

Miranda wicker

I...uh...they're not on the same show. I'm not sure what comparison you're trying to make here.

Miranda wicker

ACK! Jerry! Yes! I'm blaming that on exhaustion. As for Hillary, she ran in 2000, which is the year Bill left office after the end of his second term, so she wasn't a sitting Senator at the same time her husband was a sitting President. They bought their house in New York while he was President so that they could establish residence, but she wasn't a Senator while he was President.

Miranda wicker

He got a brain tumor. Huge arc for the character, one of the saddest deaths of the entire series. But not shocking.

Miranda wicker

Mark Green's death was sad and tragic, yes, but it wasn't shocking. We knew it was coming as that was the reason he went to Hawaii with his family. He wanted to make happy memories with Liz and his daughters before his passing.