As many musical theatre fans know, ROMANCE is one of the main themes. In addition, there are love triangles. Some of those love triangles are really complex and hard to understand. Some might wonder why they are even in the plot. Of all the love triangles I have come across, the Wicked one is the most complex. Just to let you know, my favorite love triangle is in Wicked.
There is a REASON why I said Wicked’s love triangle is the most complex. Yes, in ALL love triangles someone gets left out leading to unrequited love. Unrequited love is heartbreaking, and it is always interesting to see how characters respond. Yes, characters do feel lonely and angry when they are not loved back. For Wicked, the love triangle is between two best friends and the young man they love (Elphaba, Glinda, and Fiyero). Those are the only characters in Wicked I am emotionally connected to.
I think I know WHY Wicked’s love triangle exists. It does really help develop and strengthen the friendship between Elphaba and Glinda. After all, the center core of Wicked is between these two best friends. How far do you think they will go to keep their friendship alive? The love triangle tests their loyalty to each other. Originally, Elphaba had unrequited love for Fiyero. Look how she responded- she decided not to steal Fiyero away. You think she will always have the unrequited love.
Well, think again. Act II begins, and Fiyero hear all of these rumors spread about Elphaba, and realizes his true feelings for Elphaba. He loves Elphaba instead of Glinda– so he breaks up with Glinda. So, an unrequited love shift—-this is when a lot is being questioned. Here is what I believe- Fiyero had a crush on Elphaba at Shiz, but deep down wasn’t fully aware of it. How do you think Glinda decided to respond to her unrequited love? Just like Elphaba, she decided not to steal him back. That is just how strong their friendship is- they don’t want a boy to get in the way.
This is why I think the love triangle exists- to test their loyalty to each other, which eventually strengthens their friendship.