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Tuesday’s season three finale of MTV’s Faking It had the unfortunate honor of also serving as a series finale as the cable network surprisingly opted out of a potential fourth season. While beloved by a small but loyal audience, the comedy starring Rita Volk and Katie Stevens as two teenagers who become popular after they’re mistaken for a lesbian couple ultimately didn’t have the ratings to justify a fourth season. To hear series showrunner Carter Covington tell it, his biggest regret was not being able to explore Amy (Volk) and Karma (Stevens) as a romantic couple. Here, Covington reveals what would have happened to the fan favorites in an emotional farewell to his beloved and ground-breaking series.
Dear Faking It fandom:
I wrote Faking It to heal. Growing up a closeted gay teenager in North Carolina, I fell in love with quite a few of my best friends. Unlike Amy, I never said a word because rejection seemed inevitable. Needless to say, each of those friendships ended. Amy’s journey was my chance to relive all of those feelings from the safety of a script. She could be brave enough to take the risks I never could. Amy could tell Karma she loved her, and I could rewrite my past.
It was always my intention to make “Karmy” happen during our final season. Karma would finally realize that her possessiveness of Amy might be a sign of deeper feelings for her best friend. She’d struggle to share these feelings with Amy, knowing she couldn’t lead Amy on again unless she was sure. Unable to let another chance go by, Karma would impetuously kiss Amy, and a fresh “Whoa …”/”I know …” moment would spark this new phase of their relationship. If this makes you deliriously happy, then please stop reading and let this be the ending in your mind.
How satisfying it would have been to finally see Karma and Amy as a true couple! There would have been lots of kisses, none of them dreams! But slowly it would have become clear that in becoming a couple, the two of them had lost something that made them … them. Eventually, they would both realize they’d have to sacrifice their relationship to save their friendship. The series would have ended with Karma and Amy’s life goals intact: roommates in college, houses next door to each other, best friends forever. That is what Karmy always meant to me.
I’m sorry I won’t get to tell that story (though many fans may be relieved I didn’t). I’m sorry we won’t get to explore Liam and Lauren’s surprising romance. Or to watch Shane and Noah‘s relationship deepen. I’ll miss Principal Penelope, Farrah and Bruce, Molly and Lucas … and, of course, Diane. I’ll always wonder what happened to Lisbeth and Leila, and Reagan, and Theo and Duke. I’ll miss Hester High and all of its quirks. But what I’ll miss most of all is working with an amazing group of artists to deliver this message of self-acceptance and love to our fans around the world. This show healed me, and I hope it healed some of you, too. I’m deeply grateful to MTV, our amazing cast, writers and crew, and all of you for this truly special experience.
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