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[This story contains major spoilers for season four of Veronica Mars on Hulu.]
Grief is baked into the DNA of Veronica Mars. Fifteen years ago, when the show began its run on UPN, the murder of Veronica’s best friend Lily Kane (Amanda Seyfried) became her origin story, destroying Veronica’s life as she knew it and driving her to become an amateur PI as she fought to bring the killer to justice.
As Kristen Bell’s now-adult Veronica notes in the newly released fourth season, Lily’s murder — and the many injustices that followed — hardened her at a young age, making her cynical and guarded in ways that serve her well in her work, but less well in her personal life.
It’s the main source of friction in her relationship with now-longtime boyfriend Logan (Jason Dohring), who through therapy and military discipline has transformed himself from season one’s “obligatory psychotic jackass” into a loyal, level-headed and worthy partner to Veronica. Though she’s wary of commitment and at times seems wistful for the volatile bad boy Logan of old, Veronica realizes by the season finale just how much she loves him, and the two marry in a low-key, intimate ceremony as a proud Keith Mars (Enrico Colantoni) looks on.
[Last warning: Major spoilers below.]
For a moment, it seems like Veronica could get a happy ending. A moment later, her life is torn apart all over again in a way that’s sure to polarize fans: in a queasy moment of pure horror Veronica realizes that Patton Oswalt’s Penn Epner, a true-crime fan turned actual criminal, has left a concealed bomb in her car — seconds before it detonates with Logan inside.
Dohring spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about his reaction to Logan’s fate, the possibility of returning in future seasons and the character’s dramatic transformation.
When and how did you find out that Logan was going to die?
Rob [Thomas, the show’s creator] was kind enough to tell me early on, before we started shooting. He also explained the rationale behind that decision, as far as shedding the teenage drama of the show, and the on-again-off-again relationship with Veronica and Logan. That can only go so far, and if these two are sort of destined to be together as characters, it wouldn’t really make sense for the show to have it end any other way. I think Rob really saw a chance to bring Veronica back to where she started, in a way, and bring her back to being the underdog, because the audience really responds to her in that way. This does that; it gives her a way to start anew, and obviously in pain, but with a new determination. I think that’s the direction he was looking to go, and I understood that.
So the rationale made sense to you, and you were okay with it?
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