So this is how far apologists will go, huh?
If you actually had two functioning brain cells, you'd figure out I'm already taking in consideration every element of the episode. Where the fuck do you think I took character development from if there are only a few dialogue interactions between Chitanda and Houtarou during that episode, you dumb fuck?
Obviously it's from his inner monologue and all the visual clues given during the procession shit.
"visual storytelling" has nothing to do with shitty writing.
The ending is simply ruined because whoever wrote it thought a confession would spoil a potential sequel or LN continuity, so it was redacted but the build up stayed there, making the final scene artificial and unrealistic.
He had every reason to confess to her and 22 episodes backing his words. Writing your MC chicken out like is plain retard, you cannot defend this shit.