"We could've had it all...."
Adele had it right. These couples got so close, so close to being great, but the illusion was either taken away from us, shattered, or peaked and slowly rolled away into the deep.
Some made it to the relationship and were blown apart, some stayed with the flirty friendship that drove our fan minds wild, and some were rudely taken away from us before we even got a chance to see them together. (Skyeward, anyone?)
Tony and Ziva - NCIS
I was a big fan of Tony and Kate, but when she was killed, Ziva and Tony had just as much chemistry, if not more. They worked together so closely, the writers gave us moments where we thought they could've, and Coté de Pablo left the show and we were left right back where we started.
Skye and Grant Ward - Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
They came so close. Skyeward was our beloved flirtationship in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 and they were ripped away from us as Ward was revealed to be the Hydra spy. The same episode as their kiss, too!
Clarke and Lexa - The 100
Everyone on social media knows about these two. After establishing a connection, Clarke and Lexa fought to balance their duties as leaders and struggled to be together while their people were at war. Sadly, after they finally had their big moment, Lexa was killed. By a stray bullet. They never even had a chance to thrive as a pair.
Jason and Aria - Pretty Little Liars
Whether anyone wanted this couple together or not, Pretty Little Liars Season 2 teased the possibility of a relationship brewing between Aria and her "dead" friend's shady older brother, only to disappear after half a season, never to be mentioned again. Could they have been a great pair? I guess we'll never know, because the writers only let him kiss his sisters before he finds out they're related. Poor guy.
Laurel and Oliver - Arrow
Is anyone surprised these two didn't end up together? Not really. Oliver treated her terribly in the past, before he came back as his vigilante self, by repeatedly cheating on her, even with her little sister. But after five years on an island, there was the possibility that he'd changed, but Laurel was in a relationship with Tommy, his best friend. The odds just never stacked in their favor, and now, Laurel is dead and it's too late.
Stefan and Elena - The Vampire Diaries
The biggest love triangle in vampire history (Looking at you, Twilight) saw the end of these two, who had established such a mature, loving relationship in the first three seasons that was torn away by Elena's attraction to Damon. They were downgraded to a high school relationship, but the love they had for each other was eternal and mature, whether the writers agree or not.