The Hollywood Reporter ran a piece today that includes this: “If Veronica Mars continues — Thomas is open to the idea, though Hulu hasn't signaled one way or the other yet — it could take on something of an anthology feel with Veronica working cases in new locales (while also allowing for fleeting romantic interests, another staple of detective fiction). The time jump in this season's final minutes, plus whatever real time might pass between seasons, would give the writers license to put their lead character in other relationships, even if they'd be unlikely to match the intensity of her long-time love.”
So I think this is it. Rob Thomas and Kristen Bell don’t actually want to do Veronica Mars with the whole universe that entails anymore - they want to do a sexy anthology mystery show about a P.I. on the road and in order to set that up, they needed Logan, and Veronica’s ties to Neptune, out of the way (thus Keith’s miraculous health 180).
I hated this ending for a number of reasons, but the primary one is that it was so cheap and rushed. They weren’t ready to get married, the entire wedding thing came out of nowhere and was clearly just there to make Logan’s death maximally painful. And to do an instant cut to one year later with a playful music cue, completely undermining the tragedy to get your quirky heroine right back on the road with her obligations magically evaporated? Seriously, what the hell was that.
The missed potential here is extremely frustrating. The season began with a bunch of great set up for a real story about Veronica and Logan trying to work through their trauma and figure out how to be good to each other for the long haul - and it was just dropped. Leo’s inclusion as a third party relationship threat was just insultingly basic. When you have characters this rich, this complex, with so much history to play off, it’s a damn shame to waste them like this.
Veronica is more than her toughness. Having love in her life doesn’t make her less of a badass. People who experience trauma can grow and heal and trust again. I’m angry that this show doesn’t seem to value any of that.