After mourning the season 2 finale with my fellow Texy shippers, I just had a few thoughts I wanted to share. While we’re certainly unhappy with how things turned out, especially considering we don’t know if season 3 will happen, we didn’t “lose”. I genuinely think that if season 3 happens, Tess/Lexy are the endgame. Let me share why:
1) Sam is exactly Lexy’s type. And as we’ve gleaned from Lexy and Declan’s conversations, Lexy’s “find someone broken, fix them, move on” cycle hasn’t been working.
Now, in television (and books, and movies) writers like to show characters embarking on new journeys, forming new relationships, discovering new parts of themselves. This is how characters grow. How would a Sam/Lexy relationship develop Lexy’s character, when their situation is identical to every other romantic situation Lexy has been in? Why would Sam/Lexy suddenly work, when it never has for Lexy before?
For the sake of character development, a Tess/Lexy relationship is the obvious choice. It’s simply more interesting to write.
2) It’s kind of a rule in television that both sides of a love triangle must be fulfilled. Sam/Cat/Frankie, Lauren/Bo/Dyson, The L Word triangles, you name it. And more often than not, the side of the triangle that “loses” is the one that happens first. While we’ve had some cute Tess/Lexy scenes, it hasn’t actually happened.
Now, it is very possible that the writers gave us episodes like 2x05 just to get our hopes up, but I don’t really think that is the case.
Tess makes Lexy happy. Comparing the smiles Lexy has given Tess and the smiles Lexy has given Sam, the ones towardsTess have been… brighter, happier. New. (Okay, okay, I’m pretty damn biased :P) Lexy never really thought of Tess romantically because she isn’t the type Lexy normally goes for, but as I mentioned before, that never worked for her. As Anna Skellern herself said, Tess knows just what to do to cheer Lexy up, and Lexy doesn’t seem to have many people in her life like that. Lexy begins to realize that Tess would actually care for her and make her happy, and maybe it’s my fairytale heart speaking, but I think that’ll win out.
Think about Lauren/Bo/Dyson. Bo/Dyson happened first, and it happened “instantly”. And, it made the most sense. Bo/Lauren was the slower build and is the more unconventional build. But which pairing has a 350% bigger fanbase? Which pairing is probably going to win out?
People generally don’t like to watch or write relationships that just fall into place, or just make sense. Writers want to create a better story than that.
3) While I was disappointed in the end of the season 2 finale, I didn’t hate Lexy for what she did, like many other people insisted. While opening night for Tess was a really big deal, it was just that: opening night. Plenty of other nights for Lexy to attend, and, I have to say, as a theater geek, closing night is the best anyway.
Meanwhile, Sam calls her and leaves her a very worrying message. Sam just lost the woman she loved. Sam has just learned that the aforementioned woman was cheating on her throughout their relationship. Sam is in a highly stressful work environment. Sam suffers from frequent panic attacks. And now, Sam is calling Lexy for help.
Honestly, if Lexy hadn’t skipped out at intermission and gone to Sam’s, that would have been seriously fucked up. She didn’t weigh having a serious relationship with Sam and having a serious relationship with Tess, and then choose Sam. She saw that Sam could be in a dangerous situation, and that’s more important than seeing Tess’s play, especially when there are other nights to see it. Had Tess been in a potentially life-threatening situation, and Lexy was watching Sam doing…something similar to a play… she would’ve gone to Tess.
She’s a doctor. She helps people.
Of course, we’re disappointed that Lexy slept with Sam, but Lexy just lost her fuck-buddy, and, as Anna Skellern said, “Lexy’s a horny, horny, horny person”. She thinks Sam is hot. Sam wants sex. How the hell is Lexy supposed to say no?
Additionally, Lexy had to hook up with Sam for Lexy/Tess to have any legitimacy. We don’t want Lexy to end up in a serious relationship with Tess because she had the hots for Sam, but that never panned out. We want Lexy to experience being with Sam, realize this is the same type of relationship she has always gotten into, and explore a new, better happier life with Tess. Even if it sucks for us short-term.
At the end of the day, Sam’s not ready for a relationship, a girlfriend like Tess is something Lexy has never experienced, Tess/Lexy makes for a more interesting storyline and writers like writing an opposites-attract story.
Anyway, sorry for the length of that, but this isn’t the end of Tess/Lexy. Don’t lose hope. :)