11:34am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'You're the Worst' Season 3 Will Pick Up Immediately After Finale Surprise
FXX's You're the Worst took a victory lap of sorts Saturday at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour.
The comedy, created and showrun by Stephen Falk (Weeds, Orange Is the New Black), was widely hailed as one of the best series on television in 2015. Falk and stars Aya Cash (Gretchen), Chris Geere (Jimmy) and Desmin Borges (Edgar) used their TCA platform to reflect on season two, thank critics and preview what to expect from season three of the comedy, which returns in the summer/fall. Co-star Kether Donohue (Lindsay) was in rehearsals for Fox's Grease Live and could not attend, though Falk did play a fun taped message from the beloved actress
Falk noted that the writers room for season three has been hard at work for two weeks, during which time they've already arced out the journeys for all four major characters. The new season, he said, will pick up immediately where season two left off — after Gretchen reveals her love for Jimmy (and shares that he drunkenly professed his love for her).
"We like to make sure we're telling one cohesive story per season that continues from last season," Falk said. "We're going to see a continuum from season two. We're trying hard not to top this season in terms of some 'issue' we're dealing with like [Gretchen's] depression [in season two]. It's a very seductive idea. … We're continuing with the fallout from last season and always moving our characters forward. Maybe some of them will fall."
While Falk said time jumps are effective for some shows late in their run — he was part of Showtime's Weeds that did as much to accommodate star Mary Louise-Parker's pregnancy — season three won't skip a beat. "If it holds — and this may not hold — but right now, we will start season three right after that scene," he said. "Rather than a couple weeks later, I thought it'd be interesting to start with 'I love you' and see what happens when they walk right back into the house."
As for the couple's profession of love, Cash thinks it's sincere.
"She's both really excited and also immediately like, 'Wait a minute, do I even feel that? What is love?'" Cash told reporters after the panel. "But I think the love is real and I think they've been through so much in season two but that's what's allowed. The fact that he stays with her allows her to open up and be vulnerable in that way with him as well."
Added Geere of Jimmy's reaction to Gretchen's "I love you, too": "We didn't get any direction; they didn't say think about how good or bad it is. We were so in the moment anyway. It didn't seem saccharine as I thought it was going to be when I read it. I thought it was going to be both of them smiling going, 'Awww,' but it's not. There's a huge amount of fear in both of [their eyes] as well now — 'Where do we go now, now that we've established that we love each other?' This is probably the scariest thing they've ever said. … I think Jimmy loved Gretchen from the moment he saw her stealing something at the wedding [in the series premiere]."
Also likely to be back for season three is the show's annual Sunday Funday episode, which Falk revealed the writers feel like they have the right idea for, admitting it's a "tentative yes" for a third installment.
As for Cash's critically hailed depiction of a woman struggling with clinical depression, the actress revealed that she had a hard time with the subject matter.
"I had PTSD about doing this," she told the press. "I didn't have a hard time while we were shooting but I went into a dark depression after we shot it and while it was airing. It was almost a delayed reaction to what we were doing. … I don't feel that way very often. … So I'm judging something that I probably have a little as well."
As for Lindsay's storyline now that she's pregnant and has, at least for now, gotten back together with ex-husband Paul (Allan McLeod), Falk said her story would pick up immediately after she expressed regret about her decision and wound up in the sidecar with him. "We're going to again start from that moment of regret and see what choices the newly enlightened Lindsay will make now that she has her 'lumpy hubby' back," Falk said, noting that there's a good possibility that Donohue's enthusiasm about Grease Live will see the Lindsay singing (again) and possibly dancing.
"I can't help but think it won't have some spillover into the show just by sheer force of her constantly asking if she can sing and dance," Falk said. "We did that scene where she did the dance in episode seven while Gretchen was trying to dance away her depression. It was so charming and stupid and silly and beautifully done that I can't think we won't have something there."