'Lethal Weapon' season 3: Why Cole going back to Natalie is the worst decision ever
If Wesley Cole does decide to break it off with Erica and go back to Nat, it would be a terrible idea and here's why
'Lethal Weapon' returns with an all-new episode next week, inching closer to the season finale. While we are still unsure if there's a season 4 in line for the buddy cop show, there's one thing we know for certain — it will be something we don't expect at all. While the partnership between Wesley Cole and Roger Murtaugh may or may not be affected by this finale, there's a rumor floating around that claims that there is trouble in paradise for Cole and ADA Erica Malick.
Some fans on Twitter have been claiming that things don't work out between Erica and Cole in episode 14, which is the second last episode of the season and he decides to go back to his ex Natalie Flynn.
While the probability of it is low if you take a look at the situation now, if the show's plan is to completely throw us off, then it could really happen. However, if Cole does decide to break it off with Erica and go back to Nat, it would be a terrible idea and here's why.
While Cole has a lot of history with Nat, the two clearly do not get along. Their priorities are different and they have a lot of lost time between them that has shaped them into very different people. The Cole that Natalie met during the war is not the Cole we see today. He's not as troubled and he's not living in their dream of "Bali" anymore.
Natalie too is someone else and more importantly with someone she really cares about. If she didn't, wouldn't the kiss between Cole and her make her fall right back into his arms again? If the two do get back together now, it will just seem like a forced story arc — just to throw in a shocker.
Erica and Cole's relationship holds too much value for the show in the future, if it comes back that is, to be cut off abruptly. This relationship was one of the few things that had managed to pull a lot of the old 'Lethal Weapon' audience back by giving them an opportunity to have something for Cole that they never did for Martin Riggs.
Before this, no one other than Roger Murtaugh had a stable, realistic love story. Their love arc healed a lot of the pain caused by Riggs' character being killed off on the show last season. Getting Cole back together with Natalie after the brutal heartbreak mid-season would be like diving back into the whole cycle of wounding fans again. If this relationship breaks up, it'll just be disappointing, to be honest.
Perhaps, if the show wanted to switch things up a bit and explore this side of things in the next season, it would probably be alright — but if they do it now, it will definitely be heartbreaking for fans. And it may not be the best idea for 'Lethal Weapon' to rub fans the wrong way a second time.
Catch 'Lethal Weapon's episode 13, 'Coyote Ugly', on Tuesday, February 12 at 8/7c on FOX.