It's a stunning conclusion that completely obliterates a core facet of the series. For as much as Veronica Mars was initially a noir about a girl investigating her best friend Lilly Kane's murder, it was also a teen series with all the kissing and love triangles that comes with the territory. Logan and Veronica were the OTP -- one true pair -- and they were damn good at it. He was a quintessential #problematicfave. In the early episodes, Logan was a spazzy rich kid with a mean streak, upholding Neptune's class divide, but as the first season progressed, he and Veronica bonded over their shared trauma of Lilly's death. He was Lilly's boyfriend when she was killed, and, we eventually learn, the son of her killer.
Bell and Dohring had a crackling chemistry, letting their characters' deeply felt anger bounce off of one another. And while Veronica and Logan never stayed together long, their romance always felt like the show's endgame. When the new season picks up, Logan is still in the military, like he was in the movie, and continuing down the road of self-reform. He and Veronica are still very much in love, but there's a coldness to their relationship that was never there before. He's looking for something more traditional: marriage, couples therapy, etc. She refuses to give up the tortured chip on her shoulder in favor of something more sincere. It's clear she misses the hint of violence and danger in their relationship, while he does not.
It's a reversal of positions. In what is probably the quintessential Logan and Veronica moment -- one that gives the Season 4 finale its title -- at a makeshift prom in a hotel room during Season 2, he drunkenly professes his love for her, telling her he thought their story was "spanning years and continents, lives ruined, bloodshed, epic." His passion makes her uncomfortable. "You really think a relationship should be that hard?" she asks. Years later, it's Veronica who longs for that volatility, and it's what eventually dooms Logan.