Ian telling Mickey he loves him and seeing how it terrifies Mickey, so he backs up, to slowly work Mickey into being more comfortable with it. Ian inventing reasons to write notes for Mickey to read by himself. “Out for a run. Love you.” “Can you drop by the pharmacist on your way home tonight for me? Love you.”Going to bring a pizza home so don’t worry about dinner. Love you.” Weeks of this, before Ian leaves a note that says, “I’ll be back early tonight. Love you,” and comes home to a still-empty house to find beneath his own writing on the note, “I love you, too.”
I’m so insulted in so many ways that they didn’t show Ian and Mickey having sex this season.
They could show Mickey having unsatisfying, soul-crushing sex with a woman, to signify Mickey’s depression and how much he misses Ian, but they couldn’t show Mickey having life-affirming sex with the love of his life. Okay, cool.
They have them living in the same house, which is full of people at any given moment, so I operated under the assumption for a few episodes that they just didn’t have the privacy or the space to fuck. But then they have Mickey confirm that they have been regularly having amazing sex that we just aren’t seeing onscreen. Okay, cool.
They show a gross old man licking on Ian’s face, another gross old man trying to grope him while he was working, and yet another gross old man violently manhandle him against a bed. This last scene gave them the perfect opportunity to show Ian and Mickey having a private moment where they could be vulnerable together away from anybody else’s prying eyes. Kinda like in season one when Fiona got to have her beautiful getaway night with Steve. But the show just decided, “Nah, let’s not.” Okay, cool.
So basically it’s okay to see a graphic depiction last season of Mickey being beaten and raped, and it’s okay to see Ian be manipulated and assaulted and objectified, and it’s okay to see a gay male character have sex with a woman that’s physically not pleasurable and mentally painful for him, but it’s not okay to see Ian and Mickey being happy and safe and sated and pleased with each other. Cool.