You’re probably familiar with the plots of television and film romances, particularly romantic comedies: boy meets girl, girl falls in love with boy… Even if a boy chases a tart for a while, the boy will usually come to his senses and return to said girl, they’re both happy, everything is forgiven, and the credits roll. That’s the golden rule of screen romance, right? It has to work out!
WRONG. Because, just like in real life, our favourite television or movie character doesn’t always get the happy ending they deserve! It’s unfortunate, but television needs to be relatable to real life at times, so it can’t always be all smiles and sunshine, can it? Because life isn’t like that…unfortunately.
As a result, we’ve compiled a list of on-screen romances that didn’t quite work out but definitely should have.
- 1. Mark and Lexie, Grey’s Anatomy
- 2. Elio and Oliver, Call Me by Your Name
- 3. Bindu and Abhimanyu, Meri Pyaari Bindu
- 4. Dr. Melendez and Dr. Browne, The Good Doctor
- 5. Clay and Hannah, 13 Reasons Why
- 6. Stefan and Caroline, The Vampire Diaries
- 7. Gwen and Peter, The Amazing Spider Man
- 8. Captain Vikram and Dimple, Shershah
- 9. Jordan and Heer, Rockstar
1. Mark and Lexie, Grey’s Anatomy
In the Grey’s Anatomy Season 8 finale, Mark and Lexie died in a plane crash. A chunk of the plane slammed into Lexie, crushing her. Then Mark stayed at her side until she passed away. Shonda Rhimes, the creator of Grey’s Anatomy, suggested that Mark and Lexie’s deaths signified they would end up together.
2. Elio and Oliver, Call Me by Your Name
With ‘Call Me By Your Name,’ Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer gave us one of the hottest big-screen romances of all time, but they also brought us the biggest heartbreak. After Elio receives a call from Oliver, viewers are left pulling their jaws up off the floor to learn that the love of his life is engaged to a woman. By showing a stunned Elio crying alone and quietly by the fireplace, the writers trod on our fragile hearts.
3. Bindu and Abhimanyu, Meri Pyaari Bindu
Abhimanyu will never forget his lifelong love, Bindu, who has relocated to Australia after a devastating loss in her family. Despite Abhimanyu’s best efforts, Bindu never understood what he was trying to say.
4. Dr. Melendez and Dr. Browne, The Good Doctor
Before his death, Melendez was able to finally confess his love for his colleague Dr. Claire Brown (Antonia Thomas), and the opening episode of season four featured an otherworldly reunion. This one was extremely heartbreaking.
5. Clay and Hannah, 13 Reasons Why
Hannah, however, broke down and yelled at Clay to leave. Hannah claimed that she had secretly wished Clay would stay and console her. Despite this, she didn’t blame Clay for doing exactly what she asked. Hannah went on to add that Clay wasn’t supposed to be on the list in the first place. They were a match made in heaven and deserved a happier ending.
6. Stefan and Caroline, The Vampire Diaries
Caroline found some form of happiness in the end, despite the fact that her marriage to Stefan was cut short. Caroline joined Alaric and created the Salvatore Boarding School for the Young and Gifted after Stefan sacrificed himself to preserve Mystic Falls.
7. Gwen and Peter, The Amazing Spider Man
This is a topic near and dear to our hearts, and it is quite difficult to discuss. We haven’t gone over this and will never go over it. This one evokes so many feelings that it’s difficult to put into words. They should’ve just gotten together in the end. Maybe they do in another world.
8. Captain Vikram and Dimple, Shershah
We were moved to tears by this film and the couple; they deserved to be together. There was a lot of love, affection, and respect between them.
9. Jordan and Heer, Rockstar
Despite their rocky relationship, there are moments in the film when you believe this couple will succeed. The plot twist at the conclusion, as well as the final song, will make you cry buckets.