In tonight's episode of Supergirl, titled "Childish Things," the Winn character finally stepped out of the shadows and into a more developed plotline of his own. A solid Winn story line is something many of us have been hoping for a while, but — despite a solid performance by Jeremy Jordan — the writers' treatment of Winn's episode pissed off viewers and let down fans.
Everything started off on the right foot, with Winn battling his own inner demons as his father, the villainous Toyman, escapes from prison and starts threatening public safety. Caught up in the overwhelming emotions he's dealing with, Winn kisses Kara, which, of course, she brutally rebuffs.
Later in the episode, Winn professes his love to Kara and tells her he's been in love with her since before she was Supergirl, which was super overdue. The confession was courageous, heartfelt and instantly won a ton of viewers over — because who hasn't dealt with the sting of unrequited love?
Kara politely rebuffs him again, using the age-old "I don't want to ruin our friendship" excuse, and this is where things quickly go downhill for Winn and his story line. Winn doesn't handle the rejection well and paves the way for turning into a villain himself.
Here's what had fans up in arms.
Some asshole feeling mad because a lady turned him down doesn't make his entitled manpain her fault!!! that is rape culture!!— mustdefine (@mustdefine) January 19, 2016
If Winn needs to unbottle his feelings to keep from becoming mass murderer, he needs a therapist, not to blame #Supergirl for not loving him— bailey (@grevgrevgrev) January 19, 2016
Some fans felt what Winn had to say after Kara turned him down was a completely inappropriate response to the situation. The "I can't keep bottling things up" speech seemed vaguely threatening and many have theorized that Winn will use the rejection as an excuse to turn evil. Can you image what kind of world we would live in if everyone used getting shot down as an excuse to get violent?
I'm happy that a women-driven show like #Supergirl is trending, but disappointed that it's happening on Dude Night for the show— bailey (@grevgrevgrev) January 19, 2016
Overall, really disappointed #supergirl. Barely any Cat, way too much man-pain. I expected better from you tonight.— Shan (@WickedRegalGin) January 19, 2016
Supergirl's whole deal is that the show is supposed to be a girl power extravaganza, and this episode most definitely was not.
And now Kara is taking blame for Winn's inability to accept that sometimes feelings aren't returned. Gross #Supergirl— Jess (@Calila1988) January 19, 2016
Kara, you can't blame yourself for Winn feeling sad because you don't feel the same way. That's literally not your fault. #Supergirl— Nicole Jarrett (@NikkiJay_MsUNCG) January 19, 2016
Again, coming from a feminist-themed show, the idea that Kara should even entertain the thought that Winn's feelings and behavior are her fault is not cool. The writers didn't even have Alex tell Kara it wasn't her fault when she ran to her sister about the situation.
Why do we have this love triangle if KARA isn't even attracted to winn? #Supergirl— cat grant (@teresaIisbon) January 19, 2016
good things but enough is enough— dav (@bisexualcisco) January 19, 2016
Supergirl fans have made it loud and clear: They are into the show for action sequences and female empowerment, not soapy hook-up subplots.
Winn whines like a 13 years old girl #Supergirl— October lady (@named_Lucie) January 19, 2016
Dear #Supergirl Stop making Winn out to be Douchey if you want me to root for him. Love, me— Michelle Herr (@mherr1979) January 19, 2016
Can Winn just GTFO? #Supergirl— Becca (@duckie7582) January 19, 2016
Quite a few Supergirl viewers are just over Winn, plain and simple.
While I do agree Winn's reaction to Kara turning him down was completely unfair, I also personally believe making the character a villain is the only way to preserve his story line on the show. Otherwise, he's just stale.
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