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Poll: Did you like the way Ugly Betty ended?

As 'Ugly Betty' came to an end, every fan of the show was probably wondering one thing: would Betty and Daniel wind up together? Now that the series finale has aired, how do you feel about it?

Marc, Betty, and Amanda hug at Betty's farewell party at Mode.

I have such bittersweet feelings after viewing the Ugly Betty series finale. This episode reminded me of why the character of Betty Suarez captivated me in the first place — I can relate to her so easily. In particular with this episode, I could relate to being worried about leaving my parents in order to take a great job (and having to deal with my dad’s reaction, which was identical to Ignacio’s).

I loved how careful the writers have been to tie up all the loose ends (such as the question of who Amanda’s father is) and give us a chance to say goodbye to characters like Christina, Gio, and Henry. Pretty much everyone had a happy ending, except Halston. Most of what I hoped would happen actually did happen. Amanda got a new job as a stylist. Hilda finally found happiness with Bobby. Wili and Marc continue their partnership at Mode.

Perhaps Wili’s ending was a bit too perfect. I’m glad that she was reunited with her dreamy Aussie and that her efforts to become editor-in-chief of Mode were finally rewarded, but I was a bit surprised at her becoming such a nice person after waking up from a coma. She is one of those characters whose charm lies in how mean and evil she is (like Sue Sylvester from Glee). At least, she and Marc were still mean enough to make one final fat joke about Betty. That’s a comfort.

And, of course, I’m coming now to the big issue. As I wrote before, I wanted Daniel to fall in love with Betty at the end of the series. Let me expand on that. Initially, I was not in favor of this pairing. I thought the two of them would never work as a couple because they felt like brother and sister, and it was gross just thinking of the two of them together. They had so much chemistry as friends that I didn’t want to see that destroyed by a romantic relationship. But in this last season, as Betty matured and became an editor, she began to relate to Daniel differently. They were on a much more equal footing, and their chemistry also evolved subtly and naturally to the point that they felt so easy together, like a couple that had been married for years and knew each other’s quirks perfectly. I could finally see them together in a relationship based on love, friendship, and respect (not stupid romantic hooey).

Furthermore, I felt that this would be the perfect way to show that Betty had changed the definition of beauty. Daniel represented everything shallow about the fashion industry, so for him to see her as beautiful and attractive, it would mean that he had evolved and been transformed during her time at Mode.

If you’ve seen the finale, you know how it all ends. The writers, knowing that half of the audience would pissed if Betty did or did not end up with Daniel, tried to leave us with an open ending. Daniel comes to London to see Betty, and he plans to stay a while and take her to dinner. Okay … so for the people who want them to remain just friends, Betty is officially still single and unattached at the end of the series. For those who want Daniel and Betty together, there are strong hints that they may get together at some point in the future. It was a clever solution to a tricky problem.

But to be completely honest, it left me unfulfilled. I didn’t need to see them kiss. All I hoped for was to hear Daniel tell Betty, “I love you,” just once.

How about you? What did you think of the series finale? Vote in the poll, leave a comment, and let us know.

What did you think of the way 'Ugly Betty' ended?

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6 Responses to “Poll: Did you like the way Ugly Betty ended?”

April 15, 2010 at 11:26 AM

I was glad they didn’t do the typical TV thing and have her change her mind and stay in New York to be with Daniel. I was debating whether it would end with a scene of Betty with family, or Betty with Daniel. Betty with Daniel won, but the final scene with the family was wrenching. I’m so glad that Betty & Justin had that scene on the steps of the house in Queens. And that Austin was hanging around with the Suarezes as much as he was. I really wish they’d had more time to develop Justin’s story, now that they finally gave him one. And I agree, the ending threaded the needle just right–Betty went to London, but then Daniel is around, leaving it open-ended.

April 15, 2010 at 3:35 PM

I totally agree with you, I din’t care if they didn’t kiss… or even the ending was alright as well but if he had said “I love you” to betty it would have satisfied the whole thing, instead of him saying I can’t live with out you which she obviously didn’t take in a romantic way but either way It was a great ending to a great story :) Adios Ugly Betty

April 16, 2010 at 12:00 PM

It was a good ending for how little time they had to finish the series off but for me it just felt a little too rushed. Needed at least another season to make the Daniel/Betty thing more believable

April 18, 2010 at 1:20 PM

To be honest, she became beautiful in the end :P It would be so great if they would make a new series, called ‘Betty’, with Daniel and betty in the UK

April 26, 2010 at 11:41 AM

wow, I totally like your idea! ^^

May 5, 2010 at 3:12 AM

Ugly Betty is one of the sweetest, on the spot , hilarious series I have watched from ABC. The actors and actresses suited their roles toperfection especially Becki Newton who took the role of Amanda. She was my fave. The interaction between Whilemina and Mark, Beetty and Daniel, Clare and her sons, Amanada and Mark, it was real chemistry and not forced at all.

There were so many hilarious moments. The fashion was exquisite of course and even though there were stunningly beautiful characters like whilemina and Amanda, they were not threateningly beautiful but had dark and sunny sides to the script. I liked the way Clare passionately loved and protected her sons-she is one tough mummy. I liked the fact that Betty was involved with different men, both the dorks and the hotties.

I always wanted Betty and Daniel to fal in love and the ending was so noon cliche, perfect for me.