look, even if May has ulterior motives to want to be Skye’s S.O. (which we don’t know, it’s only the actress’ opinion; but it would make sense, and I called it long ago, that May is still somehow on the clock with her mission for Fury, even if only in spirit, and I think it would be interesting if it were true, character-wise) the idea that GW was a better S.O. to Skye is hilarious and super disgusting.
the only reason GW became Skye’s S.O. was to get into her head and manipulate her, because she was a threat to Centipede and HYDRA (remember how GW wanted to “cross [Skye] off” in the very first episode of the show, yeah). He constantly manipulated her emotionally and he worked for the people who shot her and almost killed her - and continued to do so until the last moment, despite his protestation of how affected he was by her getting shot, he was very happy to work along the man who pulled the trigger.
so yeah, May having ulterior motives to keep an eye on Skye because she’s worried about her wellbeing (and Coulson’s) it’s the same as GW having ulterior motives for keeping an eye on Skye because he is a secret Nazi working towards the destruction of the team and all Skye believes in.
GW had never any real interest in Skye becoming a good agent (she might know how to defend herself from him!) and we have evidence of that in canon. At first he says Skye lacks focus but in “TRACKS” he whines to May about Skye being focused and Coulson having her on a warpath (trying to mine information from May, for sure). When Skye reasonable expresses her desire to work harder and learn to protect herself after she got shot GW shoots her down (and piles blame on Mike for not protecting her, ugh) even though Skye insists. From the season 2 promos it seems like Skye has learned more from May in a couple of months than she ever did from GW in all their time together. Just like GW was hiding his real strength in combat from the rest of the team, in case he needed to cross them off (nobody talks about this, but it’s obvious, look at fake!GW fight and then look at real!GW in his fight with May in the finale and tell me he wasn’t hiding his real strength) I’m pretty sure he wasn’t teaching Skye all he could. And that makes sense because Skye was an enemy of Garrett and HYDRA, and before GW began to develop his gross “feelings” for her that’s all she was. And then afterwards those “feelings” just made all GW’s misogynistic overprotective bullshit come to the surface to bye bye training lessons, why would she need them.
so no, GW was a shitty S.O. through and through.
at the end of the day GW was a NeoNazi and a murderer who tried to kill everybody Skye cared for, who kidnapped her and terrorized her, who threatened to rape her and wanted to take her to be experimented on in god knows what awful manner.
there’s no one under this sun who could have been a worse S.O. to Skye than GW ever was. And Skye herself said so in “Nothing Personal”, in her proxy conversation about Garrett:
Think about all that time he spent as your S.O. — Getting to know you, being your mentor. Only to lie to your face, betray you like that.
Skye has already told us that no one could betray her like the backstabbing traitor she wishes would rot in hell.
And Skye wasn’t okay with May’s mission but she eventually understood her intentions were good, and was okay with it enough to ask May for help, bond with her in “Ragtag” and subtly ask her to take her under her wing. Do you think Skye can’t tell the difference between a Nazi traitor manipulating her for his own interests and someone who is trying to look out for her even if her methods are not something Skye would approve of?
Apparently people think that. And they can’t tell the difference. No, they can tell the difference between a murdering villain lying to everybody about everything to further the interests of a NeoNazi genocidal organization and one of our heroes making somewhat questionable decisions because she though that was the only way to protect the people she cares for. Except yes, they do see a difference, they think GW is the more innocent one here. What the actual fuck.
May is a complicated, flawed character in a team full of complicated, flawed characters - i am very okay with the possibility that canon will keep exploring the areas where May and I as a viewer don’t see eye to eye, instead of dropping the ball on the reasons why she did what she did in the first place.
but May is a heroine who will walk the right path, who unlike GW has shown genuine concern for Skye as her own person, and who judging by the promo material, has helped Skye achieve the goals Skye has strived for during season 1, unlike Mister You Don’t Get To Protect Yourself I Must Protect You There’s No Need For You To Train Hard over there in the HYDRA corner.
so fuck off with your baseless May (and Skye) hate.
Stop villifying Melinda May.
Stop making something that is about May and Skye and their relationship (and which could be potentially very interesting for their interactions) all about GW once more. Stop pretending Skye doesn’t exist except when you need her vagina to be a tool for redemption. May and Skye’s relationship is not about GW. Not everything in the show is.