10:00am PT by Alyse Whitney
How Should 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' End? Boss and Cast Weigh In
Before Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt premiered its second season, the Netflix comedy was renewed for a third. But how long will the show go past that, and could it achieve 30 Rock’s level of success with a seven-year run?
“It's a show that suggests, in our minds, some kind of lifetime. It's not The Simpsons — it can't go forever,” showrunner Robert Carlock tells The Hollywood Reporter. But that doesn’t mean he sees an end to Kimmy’s journey anytime soon.
“I think what the core of the show is, is what it means for Kimmy to be OK. A big part of season two is her learning that she probably has to accept that she'll never be that 14-year-old before she was kidnapped again, as much as she would like to convince herself that she could be,” says Carlock. “So what is her end point? I want her to have everything and for her to be happy. What would it take to get there? I don't know how many years that is. Hopefully Netflix will let us figure that out.”
However, Carlock also has a wackier ending that doesn’t depend on Kimmy’s happiness — and a dream season number — in mind. “There's a sort of tiny, visual subplot throughout the season this year where you see those robot servants from the first season start to pop up in the background as if people are buying them. They now work at restaurants and they are nannies and stuff. My opinion is that by season eight, those robots are at war with mankind, the apocalypse is actually happening, the reverend was right, and Kimmy has to lead mankind against the robot armies,” Carlock joked.
When THR asked the cast about their dream endings, they kept things a little more realistic.
“I think it'd be cool if Kimmy became like Jennifer Lawrence’s character at the end of Joy — she's just like this titan,” Ellie Kemper, who stars as the lead character, suggests. “I don't know in what way. I think Kimmy's so industrious that she could work her way to the top and gain a fortune … I think it would be cool to see her living in a New York penthouse.”
Tituss Burgess also has big dreams for his character, Titus Andromedon. “Actors rarely ever get the job, but I think Titus will be closer than he's ever gotten,” he suggests. “I'm not so sure he gets the job, but he is with the love of his life, he makes peace with it, and finds he is happy in a place that is in stark contrast to how we met him.”
Carol Kane, who plays Lillian Kaushtupper, has a very specific idea in mind. “The most incredible image of any ending of any show is that image of Mary Tyler Moore and company leaving the newsroom on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. They're all physically leaving the room connected to each other. I guess in some way, I want the end to be a variation of that image. I just want us to be together.”
Lastly, Jane Krakowski says she’s “never good at these answers,” so she gave a very Jenna Maroney (her 30 Rock character) answer: “The show is going to end? Exclamation point, question mark, exclamation point! I hope the show doesn't end for a very, very long time.”
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt season two is now streaming on Netflix.