In a thread aptly titled “Hotch and Haley,” fans went back and forth on how they viewed the couple’s problems and specifically, how Haley responded to them. There were several users who understood where Haley was coming from, but felt that her behavior toward Hotch was rude, regardless of the reasoning. And no, we’re not talking about the theory that she was cheating.
User AyyPapzz wrote, “she was rude, inconsiderate, and not exactly a supportive partner.” They also pointed to how well agent JJ Jareau (A. J. Cook) and her husband, Will (Josh Stewart), figured things out: “Look at JJ and her Will. Will has a crazier schedule than Haley but they made it work with two kids. He was always supportive of her career.”
For gmeb3, blaming Hotch’s career for Haley’s behavior doesn’t make sense. They argued, “Haley’s character agreed to marry someone who is openly career driven and passionate about work. The character of Hotch was a working lawyer before joining the FBI. That’s a path that would have required significant dedication from the very start.”
Another user, LadyGagaFanAccount, agreed, and wrote, “My thing is she knew what she was getting into when they got married You shouldn’t marry someone if you don’t think you can handle their career.” But there was some major opposition to that line of thinking. User danielalemus rebutted LadyGagaFanAccount by writing, “In [season 1] we learn that they have been together since high school. She literally supported him through his whole career before he was an FBI agent. So no she didn’t. She married a person she loved.”
And danielalemus was far from the only one to jump to Haley’s defense.