Warning: major spoilers ahead for Hulu’s new holiday movie, Happiest Season.
Happiest Season, the new Christmas rom-com that debuted on November 25 is already making waves online. The plot: Harper (Mackenzie Davis) is not out to her conservative family but invited her year-long girlfriend, Abby (Kristen Stewart) home anyway, forcing them both back in the closet for the holidays.
While viewers are happy that there’s finally a mainstream lesbian Christmas movie, the lengths Harper goes to hide her sexuality from her family made some question whether her relationship with Abby was sustainable—especially once Harper’s ex, Riley (Aubrey Plaza) enters the picture.
Much of the movie is spent on developing Abby’s friendship with Riley, who helps Abby navigate the suffocating hometown while Harper is…nowhere to be found. Their chemistry is so strong that many viewers immediately latched onto the idea that Abby and Riley would end up together and were disappointed when Abby ultimately chooses to forgive Harper for ditching her for her homophobic parents, random high school friends, and an ex-boyfriend.
There have been so many tweets and think pieces about the Abby/Riley of it all that it’s become something of a meme itself. There are already fan cams!
“Riley and Abby should’ve been a couple in Happiest Season why lie,” on Twitter user tweeted. Many agree—and are, frankly not having it any other way.
Basically, this meme was the mood of the nation:
To be fair to Harper, the general sentiment is less about her being awful—though some people certainly think she is—and more about Aubrey Plaza simply being so cool and hot. She’s funny and wry and her character is a doctor who takes Abby to a drag bar. Who doesn’t want to see where that relationship would go, at least a little bit?
As the credits roll, we see from pictures that Abby and Harper get engaged, and Riley ends up with…Happiest Season’s writer/director Clea Duvall! So, sorry Abby/Riley shippers, but maybe this time next year we’ll get a spin-off sequel? Perhaps Duvall, Plaza, and Dan Levy could solve gay Christmas mysteries all over town. We’d watch for the jokes and for the discourse.