Despite how much they loved each other, Alexis (Annie Murphy) and Ted (Dustin Milligan) did not end up together in Schitt’s Creek – here’s why.
While many fans thought the characters in Alexis Rose (Annie Murphy) and Ted Mullens (Dustin Milligan) were just perfect for each other on the show Schitt’s Creek, there were legitimate reasons why they did not end up as a couple on the show. Right from the beginning of Alexis ‘arrival in the small rural town, Ted was a regular part of Alexis’ life. The Rose family – including Alexis and her parents, Johnny (Eugene Levy) and Moira (Catherine O’Hara) and brother David (Dan Levy) – were forced to leave their mansion in New York City and move to Schitt’s Creek, into a small local motel after they lost their fortune. Ted was originally introduced as the vet in town, but he quickly became a love interest in Alexis.
Alexis and Ted certainly had great chemistry, but they did not always find their romantic journey easy. Ted was clearly in love with Alexis, despite not having lived the lavish lifestyle of many of Alexis’ ex-girlfriends – to the point of proposing to her shortly after they started dating, which had the effect that Alexis was intimidated. While they decided to end the engagement, they remained close friends, and Ted even gave Alexis a job with her vet as a receptionist as she had to find a way to continue paying for her education. Ted continued to date other women, which made Alexis realize how much she cared about him, which made them choose to get back together at the end of Schitt’s Creek season 4.
The relationship between Alexis and Ted went strong on its way into the show’s sixth and final season. They hit a roadblock when Ted was accepted to a six-month research program in the Galapagos Islands. The duo took a long-range shot, but it was clear that the situation was not fair to either side. In Season 6’s “The Presidential Suite,” Ted surprised Alexis by returning to Schitt’s Creek. The couple acknowledged their love, but they amicably decided it would be best to break up, given that they were heading in different directions with their respective dream jobs. The couple’s fate was very different from the original plan revealed by Dan Levy, who revealed (via THAT ONE) that Alexis and Ted should be married at the end of the series.
Apart from the wedding between David and Patrick Brewer (Noah Reid), Schitt’s Creek was going to have a wedding between Alexis and Ted. Levy, who co-created the series with his father, Eugene, planned the double wedding, but changed the scenario as Alexis’ story unfolded. Asked why he broke up Alexis and Ted, Levy explained: “Alexis needed to get out of this show liberated in a way that wasn’t necessarily tied to a guy. “He added how important it was for Murphy’s character to go another way after having”loved and lost“rather than settling in a city that did not meet her career path.
Murphy, who was originally on board with the idea that her character should end up with Ted, was initially saddened by the change. Like the audience, Murphy rummaged for Alexis and Ted to find a happy one ever, but the result was sound. Alexis was in the midst of growing her new PR career, and she would not have been able to do so from the Galapagos Islands. Both she and Ted knew it, just as hard as it was to come to terms with. It’s nice to think that Alexis and Ted’s roads would cross years in a row. Until Schitt’s Creek Returning to another chapter in the form of a revival (if it ever happens), the couple’s fate remains a mystery.
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