Ballard has been a bit of a puzzle for me, there is his obsession with Echo, at some point I believed that he was in love with Caroline, but I think this steadfast view has been confused. He's not really sure what she is and what to do with her. He seems less attracted (butt not less interested in) to her now that she's demonstrated such a strong sense of free will despite the trappings put on her as a doll. She seems to have become less of a project but a tool. This seemed increasingly evident when Ballard bought Mellie's freedom instead of Caroline's.
Ballard was into Mellie, she was submissive, but not helpless like Echo and the lost Caroline. She wasn't too delicate for him to be sexually involved with her, something I could never see happening with Echo/Caroline.
I'm wondering if we're ever going to delve further into Ballard's past and his issues. There is a broken quality about him, something I'd like to explore but isn't necessarily a priority within the series.
Anyone have thought's on Ballard's relationship with the women in his life? I don't really have any thoughts on him and Adele, or perhaps Dr. Saunders. Anyone care to weigh in?