How did you end up deciding you needed two more seasons rather than just one?
Joel Fields: Well, Joe and I walk a lot and we really talked about what story we had to tell on our walks. We talked about looking at it both ways [one season or two seasons more.] None of this is new — we’ve been talking about how the show is going to wrap up for quite some time now. And it just became clear that the show really needed two seasons to fully tell its story.
You’ve said that you have a general idea of where you want to end it, but have you actually nailed it down?
JF: We know for sure the direction we’re headed and we have an ending in mind that we’ve had in mind for a while. There’s some different versions of it that could unspool for us. One interesting thing about our process is that we tend to know very clearly where we’re going but also tend to be very open to the story surprising us and changing along the way. So there are certain storylines over the course of the last four seasons that we broke early or in the middle in season one and for the next three and a half seasons played out exactly as scripted — and others that we expected to play out a certain way and then surprised as they unfolded.
Have you two started mapping out the next two seasons? Or, I guess the better question here is where are you in that process?
JF: We’ve written the first two scripts for season 5, and we’ve written the next five stories. So we have about half the season plotted out, as well as done a lot of detailed work on the rest of season 5. We also have some specific ideas for the shape and big moves for the conclusion of the show over the sixth season. Which is why we are going to enjoy our summer!