You’re the Worst will not gloss over Jimmy (Chris Geere) and Gretchen’s (Aya Cash) big step in the season finale. The third season will pick up in the immediate aftermath of the duo exchanging declarations of love, executive producer Stephen Falk said at the Television Critics Association’s press tour on Saturday.
“If it holds, right now we will start season 3 literally right after that scene,” Falk said. “I think time jumps are useful for certain shows, but it feels like a later season thing where you want to mix stuff up… Rather than just a couple weeks later, we thought it would be interesting to start with ‘I love you’ and literally see what happens when they walk back in the house.”
Though Jimmy and Gretchen’s facial expressions in that final scene appeared to be joyous, the actors believe that there will be some apprehension moving forward. “She’s both really excited and also immediately like, ‘Wait a minute, do I even feel that, what is love?’” Cash said. “I think she’s ambivalent and conflicted, but I think the love is real. They’ve been through so much in season 2 that 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.”
“That was so much fun to play because we didn’t get any direction,” Geere added. “It didn’t seem as saccharin as I thought it was going to be when I read it. I thought it was going to be both of them smiling going ‘Aww,’ but it’s not. There’s a huge amount of fear in both of our eyes as well. ‘Where do we go now then now that we’ve established that we love each other? This is probably the scariest thing I’ve ever said.’ That was nice. I was really pleased with that last season. This is real now. I think Jimmy loved Gretchen from the moment he saw her stealing something at the wedding [in the pilot].”
While Falk was shy to discuss where the new season will take them, he said the writers are not actively trying to best the critically lauded look at depression in season 2. “We’re going to see a continuum from season 2,” he said. “We’re trying hard not to top this season in terms of some issue that we’re dealing with, [like dealing with depression]. It’s a very seductive idea, but I feel like it would feel like we’re trying too hard. We’re just continuing from the fallout of last season, always moving the characters forward, maybe some of them will fall. We’ll see.” The one thing he did tease: Following the success of the first two outings, the third season will tentatively include another Sunday Funday.
You’re the Worst is expected to return later in 2016 on FXX.