Fans of Lincoln and Octavia weren't thrilled with the new relationship. They don't think Octavia doesn't deserve to find love again after tragically losing Lincoln, but the way it was handled didn't give much opportunity for her relationship with Ilian to be appreciated as completely as it might have been. However, that doesn't stop them from enjoying more of Ilian every time he comes up in a story.
Ilian does appear to be interested in her, even if it's only as a friend. She seems to like him too, which is evident by the fact that she hasn't tried to sleep with him yet. If anything, this new development will most likely cause more drama between Lincoln and Octavia since Ilian is now competing with Lincoln for her attention. But that doesn't mean they can't still be friends though, especially since Ilian now has his own story to follow.
Octavia did get married once before in an alternate universe where Lincoln died first. Her husband's name was Michael and she met him when she was a young girl living with her father in a small town called St. Louis. One day while walking home from school along with her best friend Sarah, they saw an accident involving a truck and a car. The driver of the truck was an attractive man named Lincoln who saved both of their lives by pulling them out of the path of the oncoming car.
Mark Antony divorced his wife and married Octavian's sister, Octavia, to demonstrate his devotion to his partner. The Roman Empire was decided to be divided between the two men, with Octavian in charge of western Europe and Antony in charge of eastern lands. Cleopatra first encountered Mark Antony while he was in Egypt. He had been sent there by Caesar to negotiate a treaty with the queen but instead fell in love with her. When Mark Antony returned to Rome, he told Octavia that she should go to Egypt because he wanted to marry Cleopatra.
They met once again when Antony came to present himself as a candidate for the throne of Egypt. Although already married, he wanted to show the Egyptians that he was not afraid to take on another husband. In fact, he planned to stay in Egypt for several years so that he could enjoy the power of both thrones. The people of Egypt were pleased that they would no longer have to deal with one king, but they didn't want two married men ruling over them. So, they made sure that Mark Antony went back home empty-handed. After this incident, Cleopatra began to flirt with other men, including Julius Caesar. This made Antony angry and he demanded that she leave Egypt. When she refused, he left her alone. Later on, after Caesar was murdered, Antony went to Egypt to collect his inheritance but ended up making an enemy out of the new ruler, Ptolemy XIII.
Act II, scene 1 Act II, scene v: The messenger tells the queen that her sweetheart is still alive and well, but adds that Antony has married Octavia.
He then oddly states to Cleopatra, "All that is won and lost."
And he has enough to criticize, since he can reason when Antony's sense of reason fails him. When Antony is plagued by uncertainty, Enobarbus stands out; he expresses what he believes should be done, and most significantly, he is not blinded by an all-consuming obsession with Cleopatra, as Antony is.
Fans of the couple were treated to a final scene between the two, as Claire said her final goodbye to the character. They confessed their love for one other in their final scene together, with Claire expressing it first. She told him she loved him and gave him a sweet kiss before leaving his hospital room.
It has been revealed that this farewell was not planned by the writers but rather by Mendelsohn who wanted to have one last scene with his actress before she left Los Angeles. The ending was also influenced by the fact that Claire's mother, Linda Hamilton, had just died so it made sense for her to leave too at the end of the episode.
Claire was originally going to stay in Mexico with Diego but when they found out he was dying, they decided to go back home instead. However, after seeing how much Melendez loved her, they decided to stay together in Mexico. This is why they packed their bags and moved there in the beginning of the episode expecting to live happily ever after.
However, despite all this love, it seems like they are both still divided between each other. When Claire left his hospital room, we saw Melendez crying behind the glass window; although, he tried to hide it from her.