“Veep” Season 7 marks the end of a very impressive run. 17 Emmy wins. Seven Golden Globe nominations. Three DGA awards, four SAG awards, three WGA awards, and two TCA awards.
The HBO comedy is nothing short of a living legend, and all it has left to do is stick the landing — how will it do? Can showrunner David Mandel and star/producer Julia Louis-Dreyfus deliver an ending worthy of the series’ vaunted performance so far?
The following first-look images are the audience’s first indication of where things might go, so let’s take a moment to ask the questions that really matter to each character — like, with Jonah (Timothy Simons) here: Is this the face, haircut, and outfit of our next (fictional) president?!
Richard Splett’s (Sam Richardson) time on “Veep” is shorter than some other characters’, but his impact is up there with anyone. Will the optimist’s persistence be rewarded? Or will the cynical politicos around him overwhelm the Iowan’s good spirits?
Kent (Gary Cole) is a numbers guy. He holds hard and true to the facts and figures he so diligently dredges up. How will that skillset come in handy as Selina Meyer attempts another run at the presidency? And what will happen to the man once the Meyer administration begins or comes to an ultimate end?
Ah, Amy (Anna Chlumsky) and Dan (Reid Scott). If not for one other long-awaited coupling, these two exes would be “Veep’s” version of Ross and Rachel. Will they be able to set their differences aside and become a full-on power couple, or are they better off alone, striving for control of whatever they want individually?
Ben (Kevin Dunn) just wants to take a nap. And have a drink. Or maybe have a few drinks and then a few sequential naps. He doesn’t aspire to much anymore, but his experienced counseling has gotten Selina this far — what’s left for him to do, and can he find happiness at the bottom of that big mug?
Everyone’s favorite actual couple — and Selina’s least favorite couple — has to forge their own futures once Selina is finished. As the next generation Meyer, can Catherine (Sarah Sutherland) separate herself from her mother? Can Selina’s ex-bodyguard Marjorie (Clea Duvall) help make her happy? And will they finally get to make their own decisions, sans influence from Selina’s team? We hope so, but aren’t super optimistic.
What happened on Labor Day? That’s it. That’s all we want to know about these two. (OK, that’s not true, but seriously — how Selina and Gary’s relationship wraps up will be fascinating no matter what specifics are divulged.)
Mike (Matt Walsh) hasn’t been the most successful press secretary in the history of the White House, but he’s certainly not the worst. Will he be able to climb out of debt before the season wraps? Will he sail away on his boat? Will his kids ever be given reason to respect him? Here’s hoping there’s some joy in Mike’s life before Season 7 ends.