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Rio Did Something Bad on ‘Good Girls’ and We Have to Stop Shipping Him

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The writers of Good Girls are fed up.

Rio’s latest kill on “Au Jus” proves just how sick they’ve gotten of the constant Rio shipping that’s become all too common for the series.

Regardless of what Rio does or whom he hurts or betrays, the fandom is there rooting for him every step of the way because he’s attractive.

Rio has shot Dean, tortured Beth (part of that is her own fault but still) to no end, and killed Turner, and yet we all justified his actions as “necessary” and “part of the lifestyle.” We’ve excused his toxic and deadly behavior to fit our wants and needs so that we can continue being #TeamRio.

And it’s not surprising that the character has soared to new heights on the NBC series and become a fan favorite — he’s intoxicating.

Related: All the Thirstiest Tweets and Memes About Rio on ‘Good Girls’

Manny Montana is a godsend. His portrayal of Rio is nuanced and electric, his husky voice puts audiences in a trance, and he’s the bad boy we all collectively want a piece of.

He also has intense chemistry with Beth, and their sexual tension is delicious as it unravels on the small screen.

And maybe that’s the problem. Maybe Montana has done “too good” of a job with Rio.

Ask yourself this… if Rio wasn’t cute, sexy, and hard to get, would you still root for him? Chances are you wouldn’t. Rio’s attractiveness is masking who he truly is and we’re all falling for it.

But it stops now.

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After “Au Jus,” the writers needed him to cross a line that he couldn’t bounce back from. They effectively reminded audiences that there is no reason to root and champion for this specific bad guy.

After he gave the “okay” to pull the trigger on Lucy (granted he actually killed her since the camera panned away from the scene), he proved that he has absolutely no soul and no redeeming qualities. There’s no coming back from that kill.

He gave Lucy false hope, promised he wouldn’t kill her, and used the fact that she was trustworthy against her, but she never stood a chance.

Lucy, with her childlike innocence, was simply collateral in a toxic pull-and-tug between Rio and Beth. And she was disposed of when she served her purpose.

He didn’t shoot Lucy because he was scared she’d rat him out — he knew she wouldn’t —  he shot her to prove that he’s in charge; he was sick of Beth constantly undermining him.

Rio’s act was a stark reminder of just how dangerous and unpredictable he is. He doesn’t follow any rules, he doesn’t have any regard for human life, and he enjoys playing the game. He’s a cold-blooded killer who kills because he can.

Thirsty Tweets about Rio from the Good Girls Played by Manny Montana

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He’s not the kind of man who can or should be redeemed. He’s not the man that should be championed or shipped. He’s not the guy that Beth should want to pursue, and he’s definitely not a man we should all be thirsting for regardless of how cute his smile is.

Whenever we root for bad guys on television, there’s usually an ounce of humanity that we can hold onto, but not with Rio.

Those minor moments when he shows emotion towards his kid or family used to make us think he had something redeemable quality, but that shouldn’t be mistaken for kindness anymore. Beth has fallen into that mindset and now, she’s deeper with him then she’s ever been.

He doesn’t care about the lives of others and he doesn’t care about Beth — the only person Rio cares about is Rio. He’ll do whatever to get what he wants, and if you thought otherwise, let this serve as a reminder.

When Rio killed Lucy, the writers of Good Girls killed Rio… and it seems like that was their intent all along.

And now, we need to do our job too. We need to stop shipping Rio.

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      Valentine’s Day can be celebrated in all sorts of different ways. 

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