Tuesday marked the beginning of the end for The Mindy Project fans everywhere. With the announcement that the show’s next season, its sixth, will be its last, it’s hard for fans not to feel disappointed. After losing its footing a bit in its fourth season, this past season has been pretty great and true to form when it comes to the characters and writing.
The announcement of the show’s final season came from the namesake, star, writer, creator, and show runner herself, Mindy Kaling. In an exclusive interview with EW, Kaling revealed the decision and how she and her team came to it. Spoilers of the season five finale coming your way!
“We’re really excited about this last season,” Kaling said of pulling the series to a close. “I think the timing is exactly right.”
With Mindy now married to Ben, some uncertainty lies ahead for her, given that brooding look out the window of the subway. Mindy has certainly had her fair share of turmoil throughout the first five seasons, including a string of boyfriends she tried to change herself for, an unplanned pregnancy, and a broken engagement. Through it all, though, she believed in love and always eagerly planned for marriage. But what does Kaling have to say about it all? “The final season is the final time – it’s the best time – to confront what that reality [marriage] is for her.”
When asked ‘why now’ to wrap the show, Kaling joked that Mindy Lahiri has dated every man in Manhattan so time’s up. Her real answer is this: she feels we have selfishly got to explore so much of Mindy Lahiri’s life, and even ventured into the lives of her friends, and perhaps this ship has just run its course. After remembering everything we have watched Mindy Lahiri go through, “it kind of just felt like [a few] more episodes was all we needed to wind this down.”
As for what we will see in the final season and final episode, that hasn’t been decided yet. Kaling does have one wish for Dr. Mindy Lahiri, though. “I want to do something that feels good but also makes you feel like when you leave the character, that she’s learned something in these past six years – for someone who doggedly doesn’t want to learn. She’s actually, unwittingly become kind of better.”
One thing she and fellow producer, Matt Warburton, know is that the sixth and final season will be an exciting one. Kaling and crew promise to stay true to this story and these characters we all love as they wrap it and close the doors one last time on Schulman & Associates.
I have to say that, as much as I complained about last season (four), I am disappointed at the news that Dr. Lahiri will be hanging up her stethoscope. She has had a lot of highs and even more lows, but the show has remained genuinely entertaining through it all.
After being cancelled from Fox after three seasons and then being picked up by Hulu, this show has seen it all, just as Mindy has. We will miss the many lovable characters and the great one-liners, but know that the cast and production crew of this show will continue on to create great entertainment.
Season six of The Mindy Project is set to premiere on Hulu in September.
To read the full interview, visit Entertainment Weekly.
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