Did you 'see' the Lyta/Byron thing back in the beginning? And, given the cast changes over the seasons, would it have been Lyta at this point, or someone else - a 'revived' Talia, say, or Ivanova?
It's no secret that I would've had Ivanova becoming somewhat linked to Byron romantically (she would see him as a character like Marcus, which is why there are certain similarities, and she would take a chance only to find it wrong this time, underlining that she'd missed her one major opportunity thus far for a good relationship). This was expressed to Claudia toward the last part of S4, so she knew at that time that her latent ability would be coming out, and that she'd have a big part in S5.
In this scenario, Lyta would have become a devoted follower of Byron's, much as she has, but it would have been more love from afar: protective, somewhat unrequited but hoping for more...so that when he met his fate, Lyta would end up right where she is now, just by a different road.
[First poster asks]
Anyone looking at the S1 bible right now sees stuff that was laid out for the later seasons, and it was pretty much all done... right down to telling writers not to get Lyta into a relationship because she would eventually become starstruck by Byron, and I didn't want anything else to get in the way of that.
[Second poster responds]
I thought Byron was originally intended for Ivanova, up until Claudia decided to leave the show...???
Correct. Note the use of the word *starstruck*, not *involved with*. The theory was that Byron would have gotten involved with Ivanova, who -- feeling she'd messed up by being too closed off to a somewhat similar person decides to take a chance with someone, only to have it blow up in her face -- while Lyta suffered from unrequited love (a constant B5 theme), which would no less fuel her desire to avenge him.
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