There are many reasons to feel emotional about the series finale Schitt’s Creek, and seeing our favorite characters on their happy ending is just the tip of the iceberg. The real rollercoaster of feelings comes from everything we learn behind the scenes of the last season, such as the reveal that fans’ favorite couple, Alexis (Annie Murphy) and Ted (Dustin Milligan), have almost made it down the aisle!
If your brain just short-circuited the fact that it was your favorite ship so I’m almost there. Schitt’s co-creator Dan Levy revealed the delicacy in an interview with Entertainment weekly, where he admitted that the original plan was to marry Alexis and Ted in a double wedding to David (Levy) and Patrick (Noah Reid). First of all, I can’t even imagine what that wedding would look like between David’s sheer extraness and Alexis’ extravagance, but I would have loved to see it!
“The Alexis-Ted revelation was a four-season arc,” Levy explained. “I thought Alexis and Ted would be the wedding at the end of the series – and then I foolishly told Annie [there would be a double wedding]. I meant it then, but so much is changing. ‘
To be fair to Levy, Alexis and Ted had a mixed, if passionate, relationship at the best of times. They were one of the most popular couples on the show and during all their troubles – he was in a different relationship, they got engaged and broke off then, they got back together before having to live the oceans apart for his exciting job – fans were still rooting for them to find their happy ending together. Murphy, too, who told it EW she was over the moon when Dan told her about the possibility of their marriage.
“I was like, ‘Yay, I can’t wait! Sign me up. It’s going to be a perfect ending to the show,'” she revealed. “[When it didn’t happen,] I was furious. I threatened to leave the show – and didn’t follow it up. “
“Usually everyone’s fake, that’s chemistry, but Annie and I, it was real.”
Milligan admitted that he was “ really looking forward to that ” when Levy told him the idea, noting that the showrunner probably learned not to tell the cast all his ideas afterwards. “It’s a rare thing where you not only have a supportive scene partner who is good at what they do, but also really likes it,” said Milligan about working with Murphy and the Alexis / Ted romance. “I’ve been doing this for 13 or 14 years, and it rarely happens. Usually everyone pretends, that’s chemistry, but Annie and I, it was real. “
As a loving fan of Alexis and Ted’s relationship, I can’t lie and say it wouldn’t have been nice to see the two solve their problems and make their relationship work in the long run. But as a bigger fan of Alexis, I have to admit that it wouldn’t have worked for either of them at that stage of their lives. With Alexis building her public relations brand and Ted finding his dream opportunity in the Galapagos Islands, one of them would have to compromise on their future to be together and neither deserved it. They had come too far, especially Alexis, to return to their success in making a marriage succeed. They couldn’t even really make the long distance work!
So while it’s not very romantic, it makes a lot more sense to have the two parts – even though we all cried in our Café Tropical smoothies like they did. And now Alexis will pursue her future in New York alone if the fiercely independent woman she has wanted to prove she is from the beginning. And that’s exactly the comment Levy wanted the character to end with EW that “Alexis had to get out of this show in a way that wasn’t necessarily attached to a man.”
“I felt it would be more satisfying for that character to love and be lost and be put on a track that leads her into her future instead of settling for someone at the end of the show, he added. “And that’s why I didn’t do it.”
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