Spoiler alert! Do not proceed in case you have not watched Thursday’s sequence finale of Mom.
It was probably the most becoming strategy to finish Mom.
CBS’ multi-cam sitcom bid farewell on Thursday’s sequence finale with one final emotional share on the Alcoholics Anonymous assembly, this time by Bonnie (superbly carried out by a teary-eyed Allison Janney) with a poignant and touching speech about how far she’s come. In it, she expressed contentment and gratitude for the life she’s lived, appreciation for her sobriety journey and the street she’s nonetheless left to journey on. And maybe most significantly, her candy declaration that “I kind of love me.”
The season-ending shares shortly grew to become a signature on Mom, so when it got here time to depart viewers with one remaining picture, it was the one strategy to go. “It just felt right to give Bonnie a share at the end of the episode. I think that it was one of the last scenes that we shot,” govt producer Gemma Baker tells ET. “And when Bonnie is talking about how much she’s grown and changed and gone through since she walked through the door, that’s true for all of us working on this show and how much we loved this job and how much our own lives have changed during this time.”
But Mom did not tie the whole lot up in a tidy bow. While Bonnie discovered herself in a a lot more healthy place versus when the sequence started, she was offered with a brand new curveball when her husband Adam (William Fichtner) was recognized with early-stage most cancers. In a postmortem dialog, Baker discusses the ultimate episode of the sequence, Bonnie’s emotional final speech and if she mentioned storyline concepts for what might’ve been a ninth season.
ET: One of the scenes that struck a chord with me was the ultimate scene the place we see Bonnie on the AA assembly. What have been the conversations for you in crafting that remaining picture of the sequence and have it’s that?
: It was a practice that we form of stumbled into that we ended each season with Christie doing a share, except for season 7, which, resulting from COVID, ended two episodes earlier than we knew it was going to. And so it simply felt proper to offer Bonnie a share on the finish of the episode. I feel that it was one of many final scenes that we shot and I feel eight seasons is a very long time. And when Bonnie is speaking about how a lot she’s grown and adjusted and gone by since she walked by the door, that is true for all of us engaged on this present and the way a lot we liked this job and the way a lot our personal lives have modified throughout this time. It was emotional on loads of totally different ranges for all of us.
It was positively… it was a really highly effective episode to shoot. This entire season now we have not had our writers on the stage and I’m grateful that for the final episode they have been with us. Unfortunately, the factor that was the best disappointment for us was that as a result of we have been ending the present throughout COVID, we did not have an viewers. And having an viewers is a lot part of what we did; it was one other character within the present. To exit with out that was bittersweet.
Does it really feel like there’s an asterisk to it just a bit bit?
Yeah, completely. The different factor I’ll say is that you do not at all times see characters on a sitcom change as a lot as ours did over time, however as a result of they have been in restoration, it gave us that chance to essentially have them journey nice distances. It was beautiful to see Bonnie not solely change, however have the ability to acknowledge that she modified and to say out loud that she has come to like herself.
It was very obvious how emotional Allison was in her efficiency. Can you communicate to the expansion of the character and the way a lot that remaining scene put a cap on her arc?
From the start, we realized that shares gave us a singular alternative to essentially hear precisely what the character was considering and feeling, and to have the ability to specific it in a manner that you do not usually get to do. It was difficult for us to inform a narrative the place Adam has most cancers and we do not know what is going on to occur, and that felt slightly formidable to deliver that up in a finale. An enormous query mark. I feel what her share hopefully tells the viewers is that it doesn’t matter what, she’s going to have the ability to get by no matter life throws her manner and that she’s going to depend on her associates. Also on the similar time, she goes to assist in giving again to assist different individuals. There’s additionally one thing concerning the newcomers, the mom and daughter sitting within the seats, just about if not precisely the place Christie and Bonnie sat within the pilot, that hopefully offers a way that these characters are going to go on an entire journey as effectively. And that the story continues, regardless that we would not be watching it each week. One of the issues that Bonnie addresses in that remaining speech, in that remaining share, is that she is grateful that she bought sober. And I feel once we first met her, that wasn’t the case. That looks like a superb place to finish.
Was the revelation that Adam has an early stage of most cancers one thing that you just grappled with introducing?
It’s humorous, we bought the chance to put in writing this finale with Chuck Lorre, which was wonderful. We have not been within the room writing with him for just a few seasons, or it was the Zoom. I do not suppose we actually took loads of time to second-guess ourselves. We simply form of adopted the trail that got here up and we have been simply attempting to inform the story of Bonnie going by one thing troublesome, but additionally serving to another person on the similar time. We did not have loads of time to grapple. So we went for it and informed the story that confirmed up, and that was it. It does reply loads of questions on how the characters are going to be going ahead and hopefully offers the viewers loads of hope that finally everybody goes to be OK, and that they are going to stick collectively by the good things and the dangerous stuff, which may be equally troublesome to pretend.
Had you toyed with storylines for a season 9? What would now we have seen if there have been further episodes coming down the pike?
At the second, I can not keep in mind precisely what they have been, however we positively used the phrase, “We’ll do that next season, knock on wood,” rather a lot. So I do know that we positively felt we’re ending this present with the sensation that there have been much more tales to inform. And that is not essentially a foul factor. As unhappy as I’m that it is over, it is beautiful that we do not stroll away saying, “Thank God it’s over.” It’s like, we stroll away saying we want we might have continued, but additionally how grateful we’re that we bought to have this expertise with one another and for thus lengthy.
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