There is zero doubt in my mind that Alana did not actually kiss Will in episode 8.
Look at the clues.
-He hallucinated sounds throughout the episode.
-He hallucinated Garrett Jacob Hobbs in the theater audience.
-He says to her that she had avoided being alone in a room with him at every juncture before this episode. This is true. Why would it change now?
-She turned up at his house unannounced? At night? This seems extremely unlikely and out of character for her. She said she was on her way home from work. She just let herself into the house without knocking? Right as he’s hearing things that aren’t there?
-Will told Hannibal that she *understood* he had hallucinated the sound of animals in the chimney. She said no such thing out loud.
-She kissed him after supposedly realizing he was hallucinating. That does not seem in-character for her, an outspoken person who cares about his mental health, and does not seem attracted to illness. Even on a level of friendship, she would say something.
-There was no sound of her leaving his house when she turned to go. No door opening or closing. No footsteps. Only silence as we watch Will’s face.
-She interacted with *no* other characters in this episode. Will’s version of events is not corroborated by anyone else or any other context within the episode.
TL;DR: This whole episode focuses around Will’s hallucinations and deteriorating mental state. Every scene in which he is alone in this episode marks hallucinations. I posit that the scenes with Alana are actually also “alone” scenes. She’s not really there. He’s talking to her because he sees her, but she’s a hallucination.
Watch it again with this in mind. All the clues are there.
Romance is a popular genre, but it’s often handled quite badly. Relationships that would be unhealthy - even abusive - are frequently treated as normal, even desirable. So, here’s a list to help you avoid some common pitfalls.
Make sure the characters have something in common.
Infatuation (AKA “love at first sight”) is great for drawing people together, but it’s not what keeps them together - there will come a point when basking in each others’ beautiful presences just won’t be enough. Make sure your characters have some interests or goals they share - eg, Marie and Pierre Curie shared a passionate love of science and enjoyed working together.
…But don’t make their interests exactly alike.
Make sure your characters have some interests they don’t share, and indeed enjoy doing apart. Having lives that completely revolve around each other is rather unhealthy.
They should act comfortable around each other.
Unless they’re early in their relationship, they should not be afraid to just be themselves, nor worry too much whether they’re saying the “wrong” thing in front of the other. If your characters are practically at the altar, yet one of them is fretting over whether what xe said will go over badly, there’s something wrong.
They should not ignore friends from before.
Sure, new relationships will take up some time, but don’t have your characters completely or almost completely stop hanging out and doing things with old friends.
They should not feel particularly jealous or threatened when the other talks to or hangs around with someone else.