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Why Lucaya might be just what Girl Meets World Needs

Let me be clear. I shipped Riley and Lucas from the instant she fell into his lap on the subway. Come on, you know you did too. I dare you to find anything more precious than this (baby animals excluded), because I do not think it’s possible:


And, honestly, I still ship them. They are so sunshiney and awkward that they can’t help but be adorable. There’s the time he brought her a horse:

And the look he gave her when she showed up to their first date: (1)

However, just because I love them together does not mean that they should be together. In fact, for the sake of Girl Meets World as a show it may just be best for Riley and Lucas, the assumed Cory and Topanga, to just be friends.

If the past few episodes are any indication, the Girl Meets World writers may be thinking the exact same thing. Turns out, Riley is trying to figure out if she has romantic feelings for Lucas or if she sees him more as a brother.


I may have cried. But, y’all, I get it. I get the reasoning for not having these two together. And I can even understand (and possibly some day support) the couple the writers seem to be setting up instead: Lucas and Maya, aka Lucaya. While I have no idea how they are going to make that transition considering Riley and Maya are best friends (you know, girl code and all), I do think Lucaya might be the best option for the show.

I enjoy consistency, but I also appreciate surprises, particularly when a show breaks out of their norm and does something unexpected. From day one, everyone assumed Riley and Lucas together was end game for the show. But perhaps these writers don’t want to be predictable. Perhaps they want to keep us guessing. Yes, it is a kid’s show, but that doesn’t mean it always has to do what people assume.

And isn’t that what makes for great TV? Creating characters and a story line that people not only care about but have to keep watching to find out what happens next? Well, now with this Lucaya possibility, Girl Meets World is excelling at both.

Also, Maya Hart herself deserves a plot twist like this. First, she deserves to know that she is loved and that people care about her. She has had a tough childhood, with an absent father and a mom who is constantly working to try and make ends meet. She hasn’t been shown a lot of care in her life and deserves a dating relationship where she is shown just how special she is. Lucas is maybe the sweetest middle school boy in the history of middle school boys and has already begun to show he cares. (2)

This sweet, southern gentleman may be the perfect fit for Maya. Second, she deserves more air time. Currently so much of Maya’s story line is supporting Riley, but to give the show even more flavor, more Maya-based plots are necessary. Riley and Maya are total opposites and a story based on Riley alone would only be sunshine and rainbows. While I like sunshine and rainbows, viewers, even the younger ones, need to know that sometimes life comes with an edge. For Girl Meets World, Maya Hart is that edge. Having Maya be the one that gets the guy would be an easy and interesting way for her to get more story time. (3)

Perhaps the most significant reason Lucaya would be a great plan is that this plot line would help separate Girl Meets World from Boy Meets World. One of my favorite things about Girl Meets World is that it often pays homage to its parent show.

However, Girl Meets World is not Boy Meets World and while some of the characters are the same, the new generation of characters deserve their own story. They deserve to set out on new paths and not always follow in their parents footsteps. We, the fans, should not only let them, but enjoy watching them grow. Therefore, giving the new Shawn instead of the new Cory the romance allows for a break from the past. So, writers, if Lucaya is the route you choose to take, this is one fan that understands.

For now, I’m going to enjoy watching these characters be middle schoolers where romance is at the bottom of their list of things to worry about and they have their whole lives ahead of them to date each other and meet new people. Besides, who meets their spouse in middle school anyway? (wink wink).

Written by Annie Worsman

I love: Jesus, being a wife and a mom, living in Durham NC, Duke U, and, of course, television!


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  1. She has all of the Matthews, she has Shawn, she has Katy, she has Farkle, and she already has Lucas as a friend who all care about her. To say she hasn’t been shown a lot of care in life when the Matthews see her as part of their family is a complete disservice to them.

    No girl needs a significant other to realize how special she is. That’s the storyline Girl Meets World needs.

    And good lord, if there’s any character that needs more story time, it’s not Maya Hart. If the writers wanted to give her more story time, they’ve got her father’s other family (The Jacks to her Shawn), they’ve got her father (who they will be addressing in November), and they’ve got her mother who now works at Maya’s hangout and is more involved in her life (how has Maya adjusted to that).
    None of these characters need to be in relationships to have more storylines

  2. I feel if they wanted Lucaya so bad they should have made it clear! from the beginning! Not wasted a whole season, and half a second one developing Rucas. Anywho, I’m gonna tell you how Lucaya is not what Girl Meets World needs. For starters this is the same Hollywood Propaganda of the blonde ambition or blondes have more fun montra! there are more shows, promoting Brunettes as being merely the best friend, the goth, the goofy one, the nerd, or super serious one. Whatever the brunette is–she’s rarely the love interest, the popular one, the cool one, the desired one. Sure, the Brunette gets her rare time of spotlight. However for every brunette that get’s her time to shine. There are 10 Blondes on the side being pushed to shine even brighter. Or the Brunette ends up going Blonde. Heck even Topanga is a Blonde! People are so concerned with this whole Rucas being clearly seen as canon to the point they ignore the difference. Lucaya is the story of cinderella. While Rucas is the story of Beauty and The Beast. A few have pointed this out on Instagram. If this is the case. Ask yourself….which movie got more remakes? I won’t argue with Lucaya fans or threaten the writers. I simply will not watch. I encourage any girl with the same features of Riley to not watch either. Do not continue to support the agenda of Blonde hair and blue eyes being more beautiful. “Blonde Beauty” and “Pretty Brunette” yeah…..ok. You Lucaya fans can have your show.

    As far as Maya being there as support for Riley. I beg to differ, They both support each other. While Riley get’s a lot of air time. It is merely to be the comedic with no actually depth or development! Riley has not had a single story outside of Lucas. Take away Lucas! what else does her character have! The writers will not give her a talent or hobbies. Riley through this whole show has been the girl who likes Lucas and the funny best friend. You aren’t and were never a Rucas fan. Because, real Rucas fans can see through this BS!

  3. Lucaya is awesome. I never liked Rucas and I just started to like Riley and Farkle together. I seriously hate Joshaya but that just me. He comes back like a weekend and all of a sudden knows what’s up. And his reasoning for the relationship was just stupid.

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