Present Television is a Manifestation of Past Writer’s Rooms

Media production doesn’t happen in a cultural vacuum, but it is beholden to a timeline of development before it’s produced, and varying amounts of post-production – all of which take time to complete, and all of which (or most, depending on the situation) is complete before distribution (i.e., before the audience receives the content).

As a general rule, a fan’s (highly personal) relationship with a character on screen does not impact the story-arc of that character, the direction the character’s flow through a narrative storyworld, the relationships that character forms (or fails to form) and the meaning behind the character’s inception and socio-political correlation.

The fan is the produced artifact, likely to keep the character and narrative world alive long after there is a commercial stake in maintaining the integrity of the original produced mediated form of the narrative.