All loves matter
One of the best things about this great show was the character development of Vanessa, or "Van," played by the lovely Zazie Beetz. When we first meet Van, she's laying next to Earn in bed, being kissed even as he describes her morning breath as curry-like. She's wearing a headwrap and a sleep shirt, naturally beautiful. By the end of the show, particularly during the scene at Van's apartment before Earn walks to his storage unit temporary home, we realize Van is drop-dead gorgeous, still with limited frills. We've learned from the sixth episode, which is almost entirely dedicated to a Van vignette, and the ninth, in which Earn escorts her to a bougie ATL mansion party that is fun for neither of them, that she really does love him. We aren't yet sure that he completely reciprocates, but we're rooting for them. It is perhaps only Earn's disregard for Van's tolerance of him that we dislike about his character.
When she's fired from her teaching job for the rookie mistake of admitting she's smoked weed to an administrator, she doesn't seem too devastated, but we feel for her. She's the kind of woman who is all too familiar in Atlanta -- one who may not realize her value, simply because the man she loves and has tied herself to seems too spaced out by his own misfortunes to simply be thankful for what he's got.
This isn't just a black love thing, obviously. Lots of fat, bald, dumbass dudes are being sponsored in Atlanta, due to the crazy ratio of women to men. Last time I heard, there were 80k more single ladies than guys. Earn is someone we want to see succeed, but he's also a jerk. He sleeps with another woman even though he's homeless. He misses several chances to do right by Van, sometimes because he's down on his luck, and other times because he's just an insensitive dick.
And even though we know their relationship status is technically up in the air (thanks to the hilarious "good for her!" Earn's mom says in the first episode after hearing that Van's dating other guys), we see her cry in the bathroom during the Juneteenth mansion party, and it's a little heartbreaking. It's nice to see Earn's look of worry when his airport co-worker Swiff stares suggestively at Van through the cracked front door on the final episode, and asks if, in the event Van and Earn split, it would "be weird." Sure, it looks like Van and Earn had themselves a little romantic roadside relief after agreeing to leave the wackness of the Juneteenth party, but as the series comes to an end, your heart is kinda beating for them to work it out, for the sake of dumbass men of all colors who are loved by some lady other than their mother.