This article contains spoilers for The Time Traveler's Wife episode 1. The Time Traveler's Wife episode 1 openly acknowledges the problem with its own story — but can't do anything to fix it.
Time travel serves as the primary plot device for countless science-fictions, but rarely does it inspire a romance. Audrey Niffenegger's debut novel The Time Traveler's Wife, published in 2003, is one of the exceptions; so influential it inspired Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat to create the Doctor's wife River Song, led to a 2009 film adaptation starring Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams, and has now become an HBO TV show written and produced by Moffat himself.
There's a sense in which The Time Traveler's Wife cannot really be considered a love story, however. Neither two of its main characters possess any sense of agency at all, simply because of the time travel.
Clare met a future version of Henry when she was just a child, and she formed herself around this relationship, knowing for most of her life this was the man she was destined to marry.Read more on screenrant.com