‘Poldark’: Would A Relationship Between Ross and Elizabeth Work?

PBS period drama Poldark, which takes place in 18th century Cornwall, has fans on the edge of their seats. One question viewers are mulling over is whether Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) and Elizabeth Warleggan (Heida Reed) would work as a couple. Here’s what some viewers had to say on Reddit.

One viewer said Elizabeth wouldn’t put up with Ross Poldark for long

Actors Eleanor Tomlinson, Aidan Turner and Heida Reed |Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images
Actors Eleanor Tomlinson, Aidan Turner and Heida Reed |Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Things might go well in the beginning, but once the honeymoon period wears off, some fans don’t think Elizabeth would stick around. When the going gets tough, it’s likely Elizabeth would bail. Here’s what a fan on Reddit had to say:

Ross had so many failings and I don’t see Elizabeth as someone who’d roll up her sleeves and help out. If Ross would live with her long enough, he’d see how dependent she’d be on him for pretty much anything and everything. Elizabeth, in turn, would turn to resent him for his failings and not being wealthy enough and having to trudge alongside his failures. Unless Ross was very wealthy, or Elizabeth willing to do hard labor, I don’t see this youthful childish love as sustainable long term. Their entire love is based on fantasies and what ifs.

Some think Elizabeth would choose money over love

Apparently, love isn’t enough for Elizabeth. Fans believe she’s so concerned with living a comfortable lifestyle that she would eventually choose snuggling up with a stack of cash over the warm embrace of Ross’ arms:

If Elizabeth married Ross from the start, Elizabeth would not be content. Yes, Ross would do anything to make Elizabeth happy, but it wouldn’t change the fact that his mining ventures would fail. She would likely be ostracized by high society because of Ross and his unconventional ways. Furthermore, we can gather that Elizabeth likes high society life, so I don’t think she’d be able to let go of that lifestyle even for the love of her life.

Other Poldark viewers disagreed, saying Elizabeth would have been a better match for Ross than Demelza

Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza Poldark | MelMedia/GC Images
Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza Poldark | MelMedia/GC Images

Is Elizabeth really a better match than Demelza? Fans seem to think so. A Poldark viewer argued that Elizabeth is Ross’ one true love, so it would work out in the end. She thinks Ross’ wife, Demelza couldn’t really compete with the strong bond between him and Elizabeth:

I think Ross and Elizabeth would have been fantastic for each other. First off, Elizabeth was his first and best love, and she was crazy in love with him too. If they would have ended up together, he would not have gone on all those dangerous adventures to get away. Remember how much he hated fighting in America and was thrilled to get home? That was because of Elizabeth. Second, Elizabeth was from money. She knew how to work the “society circles” and would have been excellent at guiding Ross into good decisions politically.

Are Ross and Demelza built to last?

Ross and Demelza’s union might have just been a pity wedding. It could have also been a revenge marriage, according to one fan. “Ross really only married Demelza because he felt guilty for sleeping with her, and probably a little bit to get back at Elizabeth,” wrote the viewer.

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