**Epic spoilers for the whole series**
It’s really over. The very last episode of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries aired today. On Monday I won’t have a new video to watch, new story developments to obsess over. I’ve known it was coming for several weeks now. The head writer Bernie Su had confirmed that the series would end with the 100th episode. There have been good-byes to characters and writers after their last episode aired, posts from the actors about what the show meant to them. It still doesn’t quite seem possible that it’s finished.
I’m not sure what I’ll do with myself next week. Maybe catch up on laundry.
I’ve loved the videos of Darcy and Lizzie together. The way she plays with his tie never gets old. And in episode 99, “Future Talk,” that cut from the almost kiss to disheveled Lizzie, smoothing her hair back in place is hotter than any on-screen kiss. I was a little worried when Darcy offered Lizzie the job at Pemberley Digital. I won’t lie: I was nervous. I didn’t want strong, independent Lizzie to end up being the boss’ girlfriend. Her refusal – and her reasons for refusing – were just what I could have hoped. Lizzie has created something powerful and meaningful to her. It’s only right that she should carry that on to start her own company. And San Francisco is the perfect place for an internet startup – obviously. Darcy’s obvious unhappiness but quick acceptance of her refusal and support of her setting up shop as his competition cements him as perfect boyfriend material.
I loved that Darcy acknowledged on camera the similarities between Gigi and Lydia. They do seem like they’ll be BFFs once they’re sisters-in-law. It is also the perfect way to make it clear how much Darcy has softened in his judgment of Lydia since he adores Gigi. Even when she is interfering in his love life.
We got a bonus Dizzie video with the tenth Q&A when Darcy stops by. After giving the camera a resigned look, he has a question of his own to ask of Lizzie. What would her answer have been to his invitation back in San Fran, the one she never got to reply to because of the frantic phone call from Charlotte? Lizzie’s answer was of course yes. She asks him if he’s happy now and Darcy replies, “Very.” With the adorable dimples and everything.
Then he thanks her and apologizes for disturbing her and leaves. He leaves! Lizzie’s reaction plays out on her face every single thing I was thinking during those moments: confusion, disappointment, even a little bit of hurt. How could he just leave? Then he comes back in, like the romance hero he is, and sweeps her up in his arms and carries her off. I love the playful side of Darcy, especially after all the drama of the last weeks. Lizzie needs someone who can make her laugh.
Then over the weekend there were tweets! Bing tweeted at his sister and she replied saying she wasn’t the most loved person. Of course, Bing is the ideal brother and instantly denies it. And Jane being Jane, tweets that Caroline should come for a visit. Jane’s already picked up coffee from Caroline’s favorite shop. Jane Bennet really is the kindest person in the world.
And then today’s episode wraps up the last of the unanswered questions. Charlotte will take over as head of Collins and Collins. Lydia drops by with a list of reasons why Lizzie is not perpetually single. Lizzie thanks us for watching her videos, her story. I may have teared up at this point.
And then, only her torso, with her organza shawl, visible, her face obscured by an enormous hat, Mother Bennet enters the den and asks Lizzie and Charlotte what they are doing.
And that was the end. I’m glad they ended with a laugh and not a tear-filled good-bye. It’s hard enough to think of it being done. All the smiles and laughs and kisses of the last few episodes make it bearable. I will continue to think of all the characters as being exactly as I left them – perfectly content.
Julia Broadbooks writes contemporary romance. She lives in the wilds of suburban Florida with her ever patient husband and bakes ridiculous amounts of sugary treats for her teens' friends. Find her on Twitter @juliabroadbooks.