but it would be really weird if he decided to marry Éponine after she died.
Okay, yes, that would be creepy. But come on! Valjean gets an entire verse dedicated to him by Marius in the finale song, all about how he carried Marius from the barricade when he was injured. Does Éponine get her own tribute song? No. Nada. Zilch. And she took a freaking bullet for him!
Mind you, she does get a pretty sweet death scene and an incredible song to go along with it. But she still dies. And Marius and Cosette live happily ever after. I’m still going with the fact that she gets the raw end of the deal here.
Honestly, Éponine and the little boy …Gavroche? were the only characters that I really cared about. oh and Fantine*.
Éponine’s (and Gavroche’s) story was short and brutal but an actual life with some story and events, also badass with good songs. Cosette was just a shiny object for two men to sing about. Éponine was too cool for Marius SO SHE HAD TO DIE.