‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Season 3 Finally Explains Midge & Benjamin’s Breakup

Spoilers ahead for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 3. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 3 is full of hilarious dialogue, colorful backdrops, and Midge’s growing success as a comic, but until the final episode, it still feels like it’s missing something — a proper breakup between Midge and Benjamin, Zachary Levi’s character who proposed to her at the end of Season 2. Midge cut things off with him abruptly after getting the offer to tour with Shy Baldwin, and when the show returns, it doesn’t do much to explain what happened between them or how Benjamin responded…until a few visits from Midge’s mother Rose finally drive him to confront his ex-fiancée.

Rose first finds Benjamin at the hospital because she feels bad for setting him and Midge up, and wants to apologize for how things ended. Benjamin is surprisingly gracious: he says that while Midge was "the right kind of weird" for him, he just wasn’t a fit for her, and Rose has nothing to be sorry about. However, when Rose then returns to try and set him up with another woman, Benjamin — thinking Midge has sent her in an attempt to clear her conscience — becomes livid. He marches down to Carnegie Deli, where Midge is celebrating her success on tour, and interrupts her to finally hash out the end of their relationship, explaining how he really felt receiving a "Dear John letter, un-proofed" instead of a phone call to end their engagement. He refrained from saying anything before because he didn’t want her to feel guilty, but now he’s not holding back.

"You don’t get a say in what happens to me," he tells her. "You feel like a louse, too bad. Live with it." He says that she only assumed he wouldn’t approve of her traveling comedy career. He would’ve tried to make it work, if she would’ve let him.

"I never pegged you for a coward," he says after berating her from across the restaurant. "That letter, that was a coward’s move." And that’s the thing — no one has really thought of Midge as cowardly, until now. She’s been painted as quite the opposite, which is why this Season 3 moment is crucial. It show’s that she, like everyone else, has weaknesses that are difficult to confront.

Season 3 reveals that neither Midge, nor her family and friends are as confident and ruthless as they’re made out to be. In the chasing of their goals, they’ve run away from some of life’s biggest challenges. Hopefully, if they get a Season 4, they’ll have to face them head-on.

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