Wysteria Lane is off the map–in a bad way–as of this Sunday, when the Desperate Housewives divorce themselves from the reality of having a TV series.
It’s the finale.
And Felicity Huffman (who has won awards for playing Lynette for eight years) spoke to Parade about the big kissoff:
The final read-through…
“There were secret blue pages, which were the end-end scenes, and you couldn’t take them out of the room. But of course everybody took them out of the room. I was walking around talking to the writers and they caught me with my blue pages. They have the un-envious job of ending something. You either have to go off the cliff like Thelma & Louise or come in under wire and fade to black like The Sopranos.”
“They actually hit something that I didn’t expect. It’s very heartfelt, melancholy, and very satisfying. They didn’t try and top it all. They didn’t try to put a button on it. Over the past eight years we’ve all had a romance with Desperate Housewives and it’s great when that romance ends so satisfactorily. And I don’t mean everybody hugs in the end. You just go, ‘oh yes, it hits those sweet spots of satisfaction.'”
The future of Tom and Lynette…
“Between Tom and I there were little gasps of ‘Ooh! That’s what happens?’ Our characters find an interesting and unusual happy ending. You get a good sense of where each character is going to go and it’s very fun and really appropriate. You go, ‘Oh yes, of course that is what she should be doing in 20 years or next year.’ The satisfaction comes from seeing where the characters end up and where they might be in the future.”
Perhaps a sequel called Desperate Divorcees?
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 9, 2012