Battle ‘Ships: Will They or Won’t They Edition!

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Usually on Battle ‘Ships, we like to pit couples from the same show against each other. But this time we’re switching things up and focusing on a theme rather than a love triangle. Welcome to Battle ‘Ships: Will They/Won’t They edition.

Any TV junkie is well aware of the Will They Or Won’t They (WTOWT) couple. It’s one of the most familiar tropes out there –- so familiar, in fact, that it’s hard to name a TV show without a WTOWT couple lurking somewhere in every episode. Famous ones from history include Rachel and Ross from Friends, Luke and Lorelei from Gilmore Girls, Jim and Pam from The Office, Chuck and Blair from Gossip Girl, etc. I could go on and on, believe me. Most WTOWT couples get together at some point, but the show loves to toy with the relationship – and the audience – by saving the big kisses and breakups for sweeps and finale episodes. WTOWT couples can be annoying, frustrating and heartbreaking, but they always make for good TV. Which is why we all keep coming back for more.

So in honor of all the joy and misery that WTOWT couples have put us through over the years, we’re making them the focus of this round of Battle ‘Ships. We chose three current TV relationships that are filled with chemistry and longing, but have yet to seal the deal. These couples are circling their first round of a relationship, leaving the audience waiting for every kiss or hug that lasts a little too long. We all know they’re going to get together at some point (at least we hope so!), we just don’t know when.

As a ‘shipper, this is one of the best times to get invested in a TV relationship. It’s a time of hope and excitement, a time when every touch between the couple speaks volumes, where you freeze-frame each episode to make sure you didn’t miss any small thing. After a fictional couple gets together we all start waiting for breakups or betrayals, knowing the show will milk the drama and angst for as long as it can. But the WTOWT phase is free of that negativity, living in a constant state of anticipation and hope.

Here are the three WTOWT relationships that are currently keeping us up at night, wondering when they will finally get it together. Vote for your favorite at the bottom, and let us know who you’re hoping will take that final step into officially falling for each other.

“Stydia”: Stiles and Lydia from Teen Wolf


Stiles started out as the nerdy kid who loved Lydia from afar. But by season 3, they grew closer and closer and his boyhood crush morphed into a true friendship. Oh, and also a burning mutual love that neither is willing to admit yet. Just watch this kiss and try and tell us that these two aren’t mad for each other:


Stydia are extremely close, relying on one another when they find out Lydia’s a banshee, or when Stiles is possessed by a Nogitsune. You know, the usual stuff. Regardless, they keep saving each other again and again, and their friendship seems to dwarf the actual relationships either of them enter into. It’s only a matter of time before these two are sucking face for real, trust us.


“Bamon”: Bonnie and Damon from The Vampire Diaries

The CW
The CW

They’ve been enemies, grudging acquaintances, enemies some more, and then reluctant friends. But when Elena ‘dies’ in order to keep Bonnie alive (linking the two women forever), something shifts in the friendship between vampire Damon and Mystic Falls’ resident witch. All of a sudden, their intense commitment and respect starts to feel a lot more like love than simple friendship. These two rely on each other, they help each other, and they truly care. Now that Elena is gone, their friendship has become one of the backbones of the show. It makes sense: they have awesome chemistry, and they constantly seem to be declaring their “feelings.” Of friendship. (Right. Sure.)


Things aren’t looking great for season 8, especially as we know Elena will most likely be returning at some point. Fans and critics are already speculating that Bonnie might sacrifice herself in order to stop the Nameless Evil from destroying Damon and allowing Elena to return. We can’t say for sure, but we’re still holding out hope that there’s a future for Bamon somewhere in the mix. Or at least one crazy hot make out session.


“Darvey”: Donna and Harvey from Suits

USA Network
USA Network

These two are gonna be the death of us. We’re usually up for a WTOWT waiting game, but lawyer Harvey and his assistant Donna are taking it to a whole other level. It’s clear they can’t live without each other; every time Donna walks away from him, Harvey falls apart. As in, self-destructing, can’t-do-his-work, can-barely-function falling apart. Everyone knows that Donna and Harvey belong together. The office where they work, the viewers, hell even they know it. But through their mutual stubbornness, it hasn’t happened yet.


Sure, Donna has a strict don’t-date-the-boss policy. But the one time they weren’t employed together they immediately had sex. Clearly these two are meant to be. Their chemistry is off the charts, they can basically read each other’s minds, and they’ve already admitted their love like a hundred times. We honestly find it more confusing how USA is keeping them apart at this point. Season 6 started July 13, so fingers crossed that we finally, FINALLY get some legit Darvey action this season.


This is a very tough call, but we’re voting for Darvey! With the return of Elena, it seems more and more likely that Damon and Bonnie will just stay friends. We have no doubt that Stydia will make it happen at some point, but they’re young! They’ve got time. Darvey isn’t getting any younger, and their separation feels just ridiculous at this point. It’s time to start locking the doors of Harvey’s office and putting that desk to good use.

Which Will They Or Won’t They couple are you rooting for? Vote for your favorite:



Rachel Carter grew up surrounded by trees and snow and mountains. She graduated from the University of Vermont and Columbia University, where she received her MFA in nonfiction writing. She is the author of the So Close to You series with Harperteen. These days you can find her working on her next novel in the woods of Vermont.

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