“I think if there is romantic energy between them it’s at a very nascent state, Carrie’s emotions have been engaged elsewhere, so it’s unclear how she feels about him. I think it’s pretty clear how he feels about her.” - Alex Gansa
The Gansa quote makes me smile because I think of the Rupert Friend quotes where he is feigning obliviousness of the shippers and doesn’t really speak to whether Quinn has any feelings for Carrie. Thing is, Gansa hasn’t actually said how Quinn feels about Carrie. He says he thinks it’s clear how he feels about her but if you wanted to take off shipper goggles, this could also mean he thinks of her as a dear friend - someone he admires. The wording - and Friend’s portrayal really allows fans to bring whatever it is they want to the party in terms of characterising Quinn-Carrie.
And yet still, I look at these photos/scenes and I think, “Look how awesome they are together! Look how well they work together - the trust and respect! Look at how attractive and hot they are! How could they NOT eventually put these two together?!?!” :-)