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'House of Lies' Showrunner Warns of Post-Merger Shockwaves to Come

Matthew Carnahan tells THR that the big question in Sunday's finale is whether or not Jeannie will take a bullet for Marty.

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"House of Lies"

Now that it appears that Galweather is on the cusp of an official merger with MetroCapital, Marty (Don Cheadle) and his podmates really have their backs up against the wall as their jobs are all on the line. Well, everyone except for Jeannie (Kristen Bell) whose secret affair with The Rainmaker (Griffin Dunne)could end up sparing her from the impending bloodbath.

Meanwhile, Marty is making every effort to have some semblance of a normal family life with Roscoe (Donis Leonard Jr.) and his stripper girlfriend, April (Megalyn Echikunwoke) but can't seem to find a healthy balance between work and home.

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Ahead of Sunday's freshman season finale, The Hollywood Reporter caught up with showrunner Matthew Carnahan to get the scoop on how Marty, Clyde (Ben Schwartz), Doug (Josh Lawson) and company will respond to the merger.

The Hollywood Reporter: How will the merger impact Marty and the pod?
Matthew Carnahan:
That causes a big shockwave to travel through this group of people. There's a kind of rats off a sinking ship mentality that ensues before they are able to rally and lookout for each other. But there's a painful lack of community and teamwork that happens on the way there.

Considering Jeannie's connection with The Rainmaker, is her job safe or could the pod learn of her affair?
That is the big question of the finale. Ultimately Jeannie has to make the decision whether to take a bullet for Marty and her co-workers or basically let her secret -- and the company -- die along with it.

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How will she struggle with this decision? Could she be loyal to Marty even though he's held her back professionally?
They have a conflicted, tortured and complicated relationship. They both care about each other. They're both more similar to one another than either would like to admit, especially Jeannie. Ultimately, she worships him and that along with her father issues makes her willing to do almost anything.

Marty's really struggling to balance work with his family life, often putting the job first. How much longer will his home life continue to be second fiddle?
That's a good question. I'm also curious to see how far he will go in terms of sacrificing the things that are ultimately most important to him for his professional life and for his wallet and image. The bottom line for him is his son, Roscoe. When his son becomes the issue, something will have to give.

Is Monica friend or foe? She's had some really defining moments with the custody battle but yet she keeps coming back for more torture with Marty. How does he really feel about her?
He despises her but he can't seem to stay away from her. Short of a tectonic shift in either of their behavior, they are in this hellish pattern that will keep repeating and repeating until one of them dares to change.

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Could we see something snap in the finale that really kind of sets that in motion?
Definitely. Something does happen in the finale that really will push Marty over the edge with Monica. I don't think we'll really get to see the full effect of how that plays out in the end of the season. But Monica's use of Roscoe as a human emotional shield can only go so far before their relationship is damaged in some permanent way.

How will the merger news impact Doug and Clyde? Will that increase the competitiveness between them?
Yes. It's going to get very ugly between them before it gets better. They're both very good at what they do but they don't have seniority. When everything goes down, they're going to be the first to feel it. So, there is a finale kind of locked in a competitive death match with one another.

Could Season 2 explore their back story a bit more?
We were just talking about how much fun it's going to be to get to go home with those characters a little bit and see who they are.

Do you think Jeannie will make the ultimate sacrifice? Will Marty choose family over work? The House of Lies season finale airs Sunday at 10 p.m. on Showtime.

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