‘Kevin Can F ** k Himself’ creator on Finale’s ‘unforgivable’ sitcom break-up moment, season 2 plans

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(Disclaimer: This article contains spoilers for Sunday’s Season 1 finale of “Kevin Can F ** k Himself.”)

Welp, “Kevin Can F ** k Himself” Season One Didn’t End With Kevin McRoberts (Eric Petersen) Banged By Wife, Allison (Annie Murphy) and Neighbor Patty O’Connor (Mary Hollis Inboden) – but it ended with the death of the AMC drama sitcom world.

At least for Kevin’s best friend and Patty’s brother Neil (Alex Bonifer), who stopped the laughter by strangling Allison upon learning of his failed attempt to murder Kevin, causing Patty to hit him in the head with a bottle. When Patty smashed that glass to save Allison, she broke through the multi-camera world that Kevin, Neil, and Kevin’s dad Pete (Brian Howe) lived in for the entire season (except for one streak). daydream Allison had at the end of the pilot which, of course, was about killing Kevin).

“Kevin Can F ** k Himself” creator Valerie Armstrong said she waited for this “unforgivable” moment to allow Allison and Patty to bring Neil into the real world with them, where he has to face it. to the consequences of his heinous actions.

“In my head, what the sitcom catalyst has always meant is like that benefit of the doubt,” Armstrong told TheWrap. “The fact that Kevin, Neil and Pete, and guys like them, can travel the world in their own sitcom. They don’t have to live in the single camera. A lot of people have asked what Kevin looks like in a single camera. and the answer is, he never needs to be there. And that’s a privilege. It’s a failure to have to face consequences. “

Armstrong and showrunner Craig DiGregorio were intrigued by the idea that a character could “do something so egregious that you lose the benefit of the doubt,” she said. And because Neil did “something unforgivable… even the audience at the end can’t laugh about it anymore.” The way the script was written and the way our sound engineers crafted it, what I really like is that it starts with that kind of slapsticky fight that audiences can still laugh at. And then it gets a little more serious and people don’t know what to do. And then he has his hand on his throat and like a guy is coughing nervously. And once Patty hits him with the bottle, it’s like, now we have to face the consequences. And he goes to next season.

AMC has yet to renew “Kevin Can F ** k Himself”, but Armstrong tells us that a response on a season 2 is expected to come “very soon” and she is “very optimistic about it.” Which means if we get a second season, we’ll see the fallout from Neil’s actions, but also Allison and Patty’s bond strengthened after they reunite following their fight over Allison forcing Patty to spy on his police detective girlfriend, Tammy (Candice Cooke), to see if she was involved in Allison’s attempted murder of Kevin, an explosion that occurred moments before Neil attacked Allison.

“A good argument on television, or in any medium, has no good answer,” Armstrong said. “There’s no clearly wronged party. You can tell where the two people are from. And I can absolutely see where Allison and Patty are coming from in this fight. Patty says, ‘I can’t believe you are. ‘asked to do that. You knew I wouldn’t say no, not to you. And Allison said,’ I thought that’s what we do! We both did things for each other. other. I thought we did shit stuff and then like to save each other. That’s what we’ve been doing all this time. But I think what Allison kind of failed to do. notice, I mean, in my head Patty has real feelings for Allison. Like, they’re confusing and she doesn’t quite know what to do with them. And rather than deal with them, she ran over to Tammy .

Allison then exploited this situation to ask Patty to betray his girlfriend, although Armstrong thinks Allison wasn’t really aware that was what she was doing. “I see the colon in this argument,” she said. “And I like this idea of ​​the season ending with Allison saying, ‘I’m not going to ask you to do anything anymore’ and Patty saying, ‘Great, I’m not going to show up for you anymore. And the two leaving separate paths. And then five minutes later, it turns out to be wrong. They will always show up for each other.

Armstrong said she gave a lot of thought to the season finale scene and how she would blow up this “impenetrable” sitcom world. “There have been a few times in the season where you maybe think there’s going to be a problem, maybe they’re going to break it up a bit and it’s so conservative and it’s so self-generating. that nothing really changes, ”she said. noted. “But the minute Allison and Patty show up for each other, the minute they work together, they actually break it up.” Neil gets by and they win. And that’s really what I wanted at the end of the season.

She also wanted to drop an F-bomb, the second and final of the season.

“We have had a few instances where we could say F- in the show. We really had to fight for them, ”said Armstrong, describing the back and forth with the Network Standards and Practices department. “Allison said ‘f—’ in the pilot, then I didn’t want to hear it again until Neil was on unicam. Because to me it’s like, ‘Oh, we’re not on a sitcom anymore.’ You don’t say that on a sitcom. And it seems so strange to come out of Allison’s mouth at this point, too.

Read the original story from the creator of “Kevin Can F ** k Himself” about the breaking moment of Finale’s “unforgivable” sitcom, Season 2 plans at TheWrap


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