Woo! Wickham is back, and showing a side of himself that I thought was missing from his first appearances.
The key thing about Wickham in P&P, after all, is that he’s charming. Both because he’s funny and a good conversationalist (which he showed in Lizzie’s videos, where he did seem like a bit of a douche - but a douche it would be fun to hang out with), but also because he’s really good at making people feel empathy for him through manipulation and lies. P&P describes how, when Wickham talks about how he was wronged by Darcy, everyone feels for him and hates Darcy as a result - particularly because the way Wickham talks about it makes it sound like he’s not actually trying to badmouth Darcy, and he admits to his own mistakes.
Now he’s showing exactly that side - and the fact that he’s a smooth manipulator to boot. He knows what Lydia is upset about in her falling out with Lizzie, and he’s using that expertly to make her feel like they’re ~*~kindred spirits~*~ with similar struggles. Not only is he making Lydia trust and empathise with him, but judging by the YouTube comments he’s actually managing to pull the hood over some of the audience’s eyes as well! Clever, clever Wickham.
(And clever, clever Rachel Kiley)