The love triangle in Wicked is the best love triangle in all of musicals. I even love this love triangle more than the one in Les Mis. The love triangle in Wicked has some major plot twists, which is what makes it quite interesting.
The love triangle starts to develop when Fiyero first arrives at Shiz. He arranges for the students to go to the OZdust Ballroom for a school dance. At this point, Elphaba thinks he is quite annoying and kind of rude. Galinda( AKA Glinda) decides to ask Fieyro to the dance. Originally Boq asked Galinda, but she wanted to go with Fiyero. So she asked Boq to take Nessa to the dance instead and she only did that so that she can go with Fiyero. At this point, Fiyero and Galinda believe that they are meant to be a couple.
Later that same evening, Elphaba and Galinda were hanging out in their dorm room. The two girls have bonded at this point and a beautiful friendship begins. Galinda confesses to Elphaba that she and Fiyero will get married. But Fiyero never proposed. Elphaba has not yet developed a crush on Fiyero at this point.
One day in class, a new teacher came in after Doctor Dillamond was fired. They were doing an experiment with a scared lion cub. This maddened Elphaba and she put a spell on the entire class. But for some odd reason, it didn’t affect Fiyero. The two ran off together to free the cub. It was in this scene when Elphaba actually realized that she has a crush on Fiyero even though she still does not like Fiyero at times. Fiyero was trying to ask Elphaba to explain why the spell did not affect him. Elphaba was not able to get herself to say that she loved him. There are actually clues in this scene that show that Fiyero might have a crush on Elphaba. The two were flirting in this scene and in a way it makes you wonder if Fiyero has developed a crush on Elphaba. But Elphaba does not realize how Fiyero feels. She does not think any one can love her just because she is green.
After this scene, it was where the unrequited love song, “I’m Not That Girl”, comes into play. Elphaba is perfectly aware that Fiyero is in the middle of a relationship with Galinda. She is so heartbroken, lonely, and sad during this scene. This song is where it proves that there is a love triangle in Wicked.
There is even the scene after this one where you begin to wonder more about Fiyero. He can’t stop thinking about the incident with the lion cub. That is another clue that he might have a crush on Elphaba. Before heading to Emerald City, Fiyero hands Elphaba a flower before she goes.
Well, in act two there is a major plot twist. It is during the song, “Thank Goodness”. Fiyero has to listen to all of the mean things that people are saying about Elphaba. This upsets him a lot and he actually realized that he is in fact in love with Elphaba and never has loved Glinda. He breaks up with Glinda and he is mad at Glinda for being a voice for those who are oppressing and discriminating Elphaba because the wizard made them believe she is in fact wicked.
Fiyero does sneak into the wizard’s palace to find Elphaba. He disguises as a guard to sneak in. Elphaba has learned that Fiyero actually has broken up with her best friend. Glinda saw the two together during this scene and feels betrayed by both of them. The two share their love for each other in a nearby forest. They know that they are both outcasts at this point and know this might be the only time they can be in a relationship.
Fiyero does come to Elphaba’s rescue in a scene following this. Elphaba’s sister has been killed by a house falling on her during a tornado. Elphaba goes to this scene to say goodbye to her sister. Glinda kind of arranged for Nessa to die because she was so heartbroken at Fiyero leaving her and without thinking that the best way to capture Elphaba is to use her sister. The guards find Elphaba there and was about to arrest when Fiyero arrives and demands that they let Elphaba go. As punishment, they send Fiyero to the field and will torture him.
Well, seeing all of this leaves Elphaba with a lot of frustration and anger. She tries spell after spell in “No Good Deed” and feels like she has failed. She thinks she was not able to rescue Fiyero at all. She reflects on the death of her sister, the torture of Doctor Dillamond, and the possible death of Fiyero. She starts to believe she is truly wicked even though deep down she knows she is not. Society placed a false label on her and she is so lost at this point in the show.
In the very last scene of the show, Elphaba realizes that she in fact did save Fiyero’s life. She was able to turn him into a scarecrow and they escape OZ together because they know they are wanted in OZ.
The reason why I am so fascinated by this love triangle is because of how the unrequited love jumps. It starts with Elphaba getting unrequited love, but later Glinda ends up with it. These two best friends just happened to fall in love with the same man. You wouldn’t expect Fiyero to leave Glinda and fall for Elphaba. But like I said, there are clues throughout act one that shows that Fiyero has always loved Elphaba.