Mary-Louise Parker’s days of playing drug-dealing widow Nancy Botwin might be coming to a close. Although Showtime has already granted a green light for a seventh season of Weeds, series creator Jenji Kohan says that next year could very well be the show’s last.
“In my mind, it is,” she told TV Guide. “Everyone’s contract is up next year, [including] the actors and mine. Seven years is a good run, and I’d rather leave while on top. I’d never say never, but I have a feeling this might be it.”
It would certainly be a challenge figuring out a way to keep Weeds alive for multiple seasons, or really even one season following this past Monday’s finale: by the end of season six, Nancy surrendered herself over to federal custody to take the blame for a murder committed by her son. But even with Nancy possibly headed to prison, Kohan doesn’t view the character’s latest predicament as an impediment.
“We always tend to write ourselves into a corner to a certain extent,” she explained. “Everyone goes home, rests and comes back fresh and says, ‘All right, how are we going to get out of this sh–? What have we done?’ There were vague discussions of what’s going to happen next year, but there’s nothing definitive in the works yet.”
One thing that Kohan has already considered is the possibility that Nancy will die by the end of season seven: “Potentially … in a blaze of glory. She certainly does tempt fate, and fate has a way of catching up to you.”
But even as Weeds inches closer to taking its last puff, Kohan said she hopes that there’s a future for the show’s creative team — cast members included — on her next endeavor.
“We have such an extraordinary team. I would hope to take everyone over to [my] next project, including some of the actors, if possible. I think it’s such a strong group of people across the board. That will be very hard to let go of. However, I think growth is an obligation of a writer and it’s time to stretch my wings.”
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