I’ve seen too many people criticizing Lydia, so I thought i would mention a few things to keep in mind as the Lydia/Wickham arc unfolds:
1. Lydia is a “Strong Female Character,” which means that she gets to make her own decisions and grow from her own mistakes. Whether you agree with her choices or not does not negate the fact that she is allowed - rather, that she NEEDS to be in control of her own actions.
2. Based on what Lydia knows about George, what we know about Lydia, and what happened in Vegas, Lydia has been exceeding Lizzie’s expectations. She didn’t elope in Vegas. She didn’t pull a Marissa Cooper and overdose in an alleyway. Sure, she partied and made out with George Wickham, but, let’s be honest, he’s been treating her with more kindness and respect than anyone else on this show so far (except for maybe Mary and Jane).
3. The story hasn’t unfolded. Just because you know and I know that George is a manipulative bastard doesn’t mean that we should sit back and roll eyes at Lydia for “falling for it.” Not only does that color Lydia’s judgement in an undeservedly poor light, but it does a huge disservice to Rachel Kiley, who has built up such a perfect beginning to an inevitably heartbreaking storyline.
4. It also sounds suspiciously to me like victim blaming. This is dramatic irony. We know what’s going to happen. But Lydia straight up doesn’t know what George is really like, and in no situation ever will [whatever George does to her] be HER fault. That’s gross, and it’s not how this works. He’s the villain in this situation, and she’s not an irresponsible idiot for “getting herself into” this mess.
Just some food for thought.