Today we discuss how Shane and Oliver's individual journeys have created a flipped script whose arc could find find ShOliver drafting a new flight plan as co-pilots by the end of Impossible Dream.
If you'll remember, there were a lot of parallels between the Pilot and Impossible Dream. I presented them to you for good reason. You see, the crux of those similarities is how Shane and Oliver, in a lot of ways, switched roles.
Over the course of the series, when Shane was weak, Oliver lifted her up, delivering the healing Shane was ready to receive. He did this in the Pilot, allowing Shane to begin healing the wounds from her strained relationship with her father, and once again in For Christmas, restoring her hope, her faith and her joy.
It's this bolstered and strong relationship between Shane and Oliver that clears them to land in our nation's capital.
ShOliver is in perhaps the best position they have ever been in, as Truth Be Told revealed, and I discussed in the Where Are They Now series. So why not transplant this budding relationship back to a place that holds a lot of significance for both parties and see how they fair?
From Shane's side, this is her homecoming. Remember, Shane grew up in Alexandria, VA, and was transferred from USPS in D.C. to Denver. She's returning to the place from which she came, and any unresolved issues or relationships that might still be living there. We already know one of those issues is her ex, Steve and that birthday card he sent. And, while he's clearly helping them work to bring Randilynn Amidon home, it's clear Steve still has feelings for Shane, and perhaps vice versa, which could put Oliver on the outs, or cause him to make a move. It will also be Shane's chance to put Steve in the past to move forward into her future with Oliver.
Bring him back to D.C., and he'll be nothing but reminded of that loss anew. At the same time, Shane has proven herself quite the support system, which may allow him the opportunity to clean up the final remnants of his ending marriage to Holly and any insecurities or deficiencies he might still be carrying around.
Then again, as we saw in the latest promo, Steve is definitely a factor, and has the potential to jeopardize any healing Oliver may attempt to do if new wounds are being inflicted at the same time. Talk about turbulence!
In the end, though, Shane and Oliver are clearly going to make strides. I don't think we should expect anything less. But do keep an eye on their relationship progress. Not just the what, but the how of the change. And don't worry, anything you don't catch will likely appear here---you know what we do on #ADblog!
Ready For What's Next,