Weeds creator Jenji Kohan has revealed that ending the serial comedy after 8 seasons was not her idea, and teases details of the final season.
Speaking to Hollywood Reporter, Kohan admits that it wasn’t her decision to end Weeds after Season 8. She said:
It wasn’t really my decision. I think we’re expensive; Showtime doesn’t own us, Lionsgate TV does. I think [Showtime Entertainment president David] Nevins is new and wants to put his stamp on the network, which I understand, and program his shows. I’m very sad.
As for what the final season holds for Weeds, Kohan hints that the show will come full-circle, giving it a similar feel to its first chapter:
There’s no time jump in the first episode; we pick right up where we left off. Over the course of subsequent episodes, we do skip ahead three to four months to get back to our lives. [..] We’re back in a suburban community, and there are a lot of echoes of the first season in this final season that we’re having fun with.
Kohan also says that the mystery of who shot Nancy will be addressed by the end of the first episode, while noting that the final season will be spiritually-themed:
It’s a very spiritual season with a lot of big questions: Is there a God? Is there destiny in karma? There are a lot of big questions about the shape of the world and existence. It’s getting a bit metaphysical and religious this season. A lot of the writers are starting to ask big questions — we’ve been here for eight years, so we’re all getting older [..] There’s always the theme for Weeds of can people change, and so far the answer has been no, people don’t change. But we’re trying to ask that in a louder way this season.
Weeds, the final season, premieres July 1 on Showtime.