The BBC Three series has long been marred with accusations of queerbaiting
, with their game of cat-and-mouse previously branded a “marketing ploy”, propelled by two women who clearly desired one another not sharing so much as a touch for two seasons. In interviews
, even Sandra Oh herself previously dismissed a relationship blossoming with Villanelle, suggesting it was being made into something “it just isn’t” by viewers. So, when it became clear that queer fans weren’t switching off but were tuning in in their millions, hoping for the palpable sapphic sexual tension to catch fire, why did the lightbulb moment in the writers’ room lead to one of the most unsatisfying TV endings of all time?