[Editor’s Note: Some light spoilers are below regarding Seasons 1 & 2 of “You’re the Worst.”]
“You’re the Worst” has undoubtedly grown exponentially in popularity during its first two seasons. Many critics latched onto the funny, sharp-witted series in its freshman year before being surprised again by an equally hilarious but dramatically honest representation of Gretchen’s depression in Season 2. At the show’s TCA panel presentation Saturday morning, FXX boasted the critical lauding of the show (including Indiewire’s own No. 3 placement in its 2015 Top 10 list), but the stars and creator were adamant they haven’t let the praise go to their heads.
“We’re still kind of under the radar because we’re not Shondaland,” Aya Cash said. “We’re not 25 million viewers.”
Geere quickly agreed, pointing out how much the cast loves each other and that they can still appreciate individual reactions via Twitter and other social media as the episodes roll out. And when they’re shooting, the cast still dances like no one’s watching “to some random pop song” to get ready for the day’s shoot.
Season 3 Preview: Edgar in Space
And more shooting is on the way. Falk said they were in the process of writing Season 3 right now and was thus only able to tentatively confirm what’s coming in the new year. The writer’s penchant for secrecy didn’t help matters, either, as Cash pointed out early on.
“Stephen is on lockdown. He doesn’t let us know anything ever,” Cash said. “We’re constantly pitching ideas, which he just smiles and nods at.”
Falk was able to say with a high level of confidence the new season will pick up right where Season 2 left off: seconds after the couple first says “I love you” to one another.
“Right now, we will start Season 3, like, literally right after [the moment in the finale],” Falk said. “I think time jumps are a useful thing, but it feels more like a later season thing where you just want to mix something up. […] We wanted to start with ‘I love you’ and see what happens right after that.”
Falk was also pressed over whether or not Sunday Funday would be resurrected in Season 3. The day of drinking and debauchery has become a fan favorite after earning its own episodes in both seasons so far.
“For us to do that again, we’d have to think of something that…doesn’t top that, but does make sense,” Falk said. “We have to think of the right idea. I think we have the right idea, so it’s a tentative ‘yes.'”
As for the fate of supporting players Edgar (Desmin Borges) and Lindsay (Kether Donohue), Falk was fairly tight-lipped. In the absence of Donohue — who was busy rehearsing for “Grease: Live” — he said, “We’re going to start from that moment of regret and see what the new, reformed Lindsay will make after getting her lumpy husband back.”
Borges merely joked about what might be coming for Edgar, whose situation greatly improved over the course of Season 2.
“He’s on a nice upward trajectory, which I really like,” Borges said. “But I think at some point he’s going to have to fall. And I think that happens in the episode where he goes to space this season, right?”
Addressing Depression on a Comedy
Much of the panel, though, was spent discussing Cash’s substantial Season 2 arc, focusing on Gretchen’s battle with depression.
“It was just about not screwing it up because I thought it was very well told,” Cash said about portraying a person with clinical depression on TV. […] I don’t think you can tell every story. So I think this is a very accurate representation of this type of clinical depression.”
Cash also mentioned how she likes to have fun on set and keep things in the moment; a desire that shifted her reaction to spending so much time playing someone in so much pain.
“I went into a dark depression after we shot and when it was airing,” Cash said. ‘I thought, ‘What was happening to me?’ And it just sort of a delayed reaction to it. […] I pretend I’m immune to it as an actor. [But I’m not.]”
Because of how Falk protects the stories, even from the actors — who, it should be noted are split on whether or not they want to know what’s coming in advance or not (Cash does, Geere does not) — Cash had no idea her character was clinically depressed until she read the scripts. She recalled reading Episode 4, when Jimmy found Gretchen crying in her car, and thinking, “What? Wait. Where’s she going?”
“Even though I didn’t know she was clinically depressed in the first season, obviously I knew something was wrong,” Cash said. “If you’re doing as much coke as these characters, you’re running from something.”
“You’re the Worst” is expected to return in late summer or early fall on FXX.