The thing that continues to gall me is that so much of this is so fixable. Nash seems like he goes out of his way to suck sometimes, like he actively searches for the hacky and cliche when he doesn't have to.
There's a famous story about the excellent TV series, Friday Night Lights, about how the network pushed it to be less realistic and more soap-y, leading to the most absurd storyline in the show's history in Season 2, but then there was a Writer's Strike and the show basically just covered up the bad story and then was a normal show again for the rest of the run.
This show COULD be like Friday Night Lights, a relatable, heartfelt show filled with good actors, only Nash goes for hack and artifice every damn time.
Gary and Maggie don't have to get back together - but to have Rome break Maggie's confidence to tell Gary that Maggie was going to England but then NOT break her confidence to tell Gary that Maggie was still in love with him, which, in turn, allowed Gary to think that Maggie didn't want him until she saw him happy? That's hacky, unrealistic bullshit that doesn't match how actual humans exist. It doesn't have to be like that. You can have your "they don't get back together, but maybe do later" or whatever story while still being true to actual human emotions and behavior. But it's like Nash doesn't want to put the SLIGHT extra effort in and instead pushes the OTHER direction in a big way.
"What happened with Alex's death?" "I'm going to say a whole lot, Eddie, include travel to your home, but I won't say anything about what you asked, because I am a walking cliche and not a person who could ever exist in any reality."