Last night’s Awkward. finale closed with a shocking twist that answered the season-long question of who wrote a nasty, anonymous letter to heroine Jenna Hamilton. In the ep, Jenna learned that the scathing note came from the last place she would have ever expected. SPOILER ALERT!
Series creator Lauren Iungerich and Nikki Deloach, who plays Jenna’s mother Lacey, discussed the surprise ending today and previewed next season on a conference call with reporters.
“I think next season’s going to be really juicy,” said Iungerich. “I’m really going to break open the stories for all the characters and show the audience who they are.” Betrayed by her mother and in a brand new relationship with Jake Rosati (a.k.a. the best friend of her season-long secret boyfriend Matty McKibben), Jenna will have the most on her plate. “I really want to see her really happy with Jake for a period of time,” Iungerich admitted, adding, however, “it’s never going to be easy [with Matty].” For starters, there’s still the lingering problem that Jake doesn’t know Matty and Jenna were an item. “It’s going to be a pretty big thing that’s going to come out,” says Iungerich, who promises the revelation “will shake up the relationships and dynamics among the three” main characters. For those on Team Matty, Iungerich did tease, “I wouldn’t count Matty out.”
As for Jenna’s relationship to her mother, Deloach — who’s known her character wrote the letter since her audition — admitted, “I was heartbroken that my character would do this.” Iungerich explained that Lacey wrote the letter before Jenna’s accident because she was facing the fact that she had regrets about having Jenna as a teenager. “The subtext for Lacey always is that she’s living a life that she’s not totally content with,” said Iungerich.
Having seen Jenna come into her own after the accident, Lacey “she comes to a real place of acceptance and feeling really happy.” But don’t expect that happiness to stick. Next season, says Iungerich, Jenna is “going to start to become the daughter that Lacey always wanted and at the same time push her mother away. That’s going to be really painful for Lacey, and she’s really going to have to grow.” Even more complicated will be a series of love triangles, notes Iungerich. “Lacey married her Jake, and next season to see Lacey confronted with her Matty would be really amazing as it’s juxtaposed in different areas with Jenna’s relationship between Matty and Jake.”
But the most surprising relationship of all could be between two sworn enemies who found themselves leaning on each other in last night’s episode. Iungerich laughs, “I really want to see Tamara and Sadie have a sleepover!” It may sound crazy, but don’t rule it out. After Sadie got her comeuppance and Jenna negotiated peace with Sadie “chief minion” Lissa, relationships are going to be complicated all around.
How else would things remain Awkward?