However, he pretty much put the characters through hell first. And the fans, to an extent. Not the Joss Whedon kind of hell -- Alli doesn't take that drug anymore -- but the "Oooh you like that, don't you? Isn't it pretty and shiny? Go ahead and admire it and-- HA! JUST KIDDING! I'm going to run away with my shiny pretty wheeeee!"
This post made sense when I first contemplated it.