Since last we chatted about Skins, I’ve had a chance to rewatch Series Five and read Jess Britain‘s novel, Skins: Summer Holiday, and I am now ready to make my official, professional prognosis — McGuinness: Gay as a Window.
When I interviewed Jamie Brittain a couple of weeks ago, I asked him if Mini and Liv had a past, and he told me to read the novel for a “totally baller scene” between the two of them. So I did. This is the scene (told from Grace’s point of view):
Knowing Mini like we do, you’d think that would be the point, wouldn’t you? A whole Katy Perry cherry chapstick shenanigan? But explain the scene later on when Mini tries to kiss Liv again when she’s asleep. Here, I’ll explain it: gay as a window.
Look, I’ve got Gay Goggles. I know it. You know it. I see gay people like that kid from The Sixth Sense sees dead people. But rewatching series five with the full knowledge that Mini develops a “girl crush” on Franky and that she was more willing to get physical with Liv (in the novel) than she was to get physical with Nick (in the series) makes this …
… seem like the progression of a Pride Parade. (Oh Mini, has the homo circus come to town, or what?)
So what does that mean for Minky? Franky is “into people.” And Mini, whose heterosexual protestations are now falling on totally deaf ears, is, as I say, gay as a window. Jamie told me the relationship will be explored next season. And Dakota Blue Richards said the same thing: “I have no idea [what will happen, but] I think considering how popular [Minky] is with the fans … it’ll probably be something we’ll see again.” Oh, and then there’s Jess Brittain — the newest member of the Skins writing staff — who told Digital Spy: “The writers take the Skins fans very seriously and we listen really closely.”
I got a lot of grief for telling Jamie Brittain that AfterEllen.com readers were split on whether they wanted to see Franky end up with Mini or Matty, but if you’ll kindly read the comments on the previous posts about Miss Fitzgerald, you’ll see some really interesting discussion about why it would be revolutionary if Franky chooses Matty. This is a good one from Tom1906:
That’s an engaging argument, and one that a lot of AfterEllen.com readers share. (If you disagree in the comments, be respectful! To quote Harper Lee, “You don’t know a person until you climb into her skin and walk around in it.”)
One thing that makes Franky mesmerizing is that she’s textured and charged enough to pursue a relationship with Mini or Matty. We have no idea who she’ll choose. And Skins writers are so committed to writing outside the box that we don’t know what they’re going to do either. I would love — I would absolutely adore — a Mini/Matty/Franky love triangle. A genderqueer character being courted by the femmeiest femme and the brooding bad boy. Where else on TV is that even a possibility? (Answer: Nowhere.)
I’m excited to see organic stories unfold for Mini and for Franky in Series Six. Personally, I’m buying a ticket for the Minky Express. I’ll take a seat by Mini’s gay window.