Fans have different reasons why they get invested in a TV show. Some solely focus on their favorite characters and where the storyline will take them. Others watch for the story and the plot twists that will surprise them along the way. But for some, a show becomes more interesting when they can ship a particular pairing. They enjoy the journey, the slow burn and watching them become canon (or not).

Sadly, there are times when the series finale arrives, and the fans’ favorite ships have yet to become canon, show their feelings for one another or even come close to realizing there is more there than what the story shows. This pattern has repeated itself throughout the decades. Here are six ships that should have been endgame by the series finale.

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Ted and Rebecca (Ted Lasso)

Rebecca and Ted sitting across from each other cheering.

Although for many, the ending of Ted Lasso was what they had expected or left them satisfied, some fans felt disappointed. Not only because Ted (Jason Sudeikis) seems to end up right where he started but because the main pairing did not end up together. Rebecca (Hannah Waddingham) appears to have everything in their favor to become an endgame ship.

However, by the series finale, we are left with two characters who get to know and understand each other on separate ends of the world. All those signs that pointed to the two being soulmates had no special meaning in the end. Instead, Rebecca winds up with a man the fans barely know, and Ted is back living in the same city as his ex-wife.

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Keeley and Roy (Ted Lasso)

Keeley and Roy looking into each other's eyes.

An endgame ship fans thought would last forever was Keeley (Juno Temple) and Roy (Brett Goldstein). At the end of Ted Lasso Season 2, we suspected they would have a rocky journey in Season 3, but we never expected them not to reunite. They had their ups and downs and had to figure out how to combine their different personalities, but we thought they would make it.

By the series finale, it is clear these two characters aren’t together, and we don’t know whether life will bring them back to one another. Roy seems stuck in his old ways, having learned nothing from the season. And it looks like the only way for Keeley to be a successful, independent woman is to be single. An ending that didn’t leave us too satisfied.

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Jo and Mac (CSI: NY)

Jo and Mac sitting in an interrogation room.

CSI: NY isn’t your typical show to watch and have a pairing you want to see become an endgame ship. However, when Sela Ward joined the cast, it became obvious that her character, Jo, and Gary Sinise‘s character, Mac, had great chemistry. The two were in sync on every episode, and Jo seemed to bring out a different side of Mac.

When it was time for the series finale, Mac was dating someone else. However, the show’s creators mentioned that Jo and Mac would have wound up together had they gotten more episodes. That was the ending most fans wanted.

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Barney and Robin (How I Met Your Mother)

Robin and Barney smiling in their wedding outfits.

How I Met Your Mother was clearly about ships, different pairings and finding the one. Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) was your typical bachelor, dating a different woman every night. But things changed for him when he fell in love with Robin (Cobie Smulders). Many fans were on the fence about this ship because they wanted Robin to end up with Ted (Josh Radnor).

Even though Barney and Robin have their (extremely short-lived) happy ending with a beautiful wedding, the pairing breaks up before the series finale. This left a lot of fans unhappy as they had rooted for this ship to survive and prove their love could last.

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Kara and Lena (Supergirl)

Kara in her Supergirl outfit looking at Lena.

When it comes to queer couples, fans never know if said couples will become canon or if they’ve been queerbaited. Regarding Kara (Melissa Benoist) and Lena (Katie McGrath) on Supergirl, the latter happened and left viewers very unhappy.

Even though the chemistry was there, and it seemed the storyline aimed for the two to become an endgame ship, the show concluded with another queer couple that didn’t make it. Still, fans remember this ship as one of the best WLW ships and honor them by writing fanfiction.

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Alexis and Ted (Schitt’s Creek)

Ted with his arms around Alexis as they look at each other.

The Rose family wasn’t your typical likable family, but these characters made their way into fans’ hearts, and everyone fell in love with them. One of those Schitt’s Creek characters that made us love her was Alexis (Annie Murphy), and with her came different love interests. However, everyone’s favorite was Ted (Dustin Milligan), who always seemed to bring out the best in her.

Even though the two of them were together for several episodes, by the series finale, they decided to go their separate ways, knowing it was the best for them. As rational as this decision was for the growth of these characters, fans are still sad to know one of their favorite ships had to break up.

This article was originally published on 8/17/23.

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