Levy said he was thinking about the ending for the Rose family long before announcing the sixth season would be the show’s last. And if he did his job right, it’s an ending that will leave fans satisfied while doing right by the characters they’ve come to love.
With an ending for Johnny (Eugene Levy, who co-created the series with his son), Moira (Catherine O’Hara), David (Levy) and Alexis (Annie Murphy) already gestating for three seasons, Levy then had to lay the foundation and get his characters to that point.
“So, for me, it was about building to that conclusion and making sure that all the pieces fit, and that we weren’t sort of stuck in that tricky scenario where you’re trying to tie everything up in four episodes,” Levy said in December after the show received two SAG Award nominations. “I feel like we’ve laid the groundwork for something quite special and fulfilling for the fans. I mean, I think the last season of the show really is a love letter to them and their support, while at the same time respecting the characters.”
“I think that’s the tricky dynamic, how do you give the fans what they want, and also give the characters what they want and need? And sometimes those are two different things. I always find that my favorite series finales that I will rewatch over and over again are the ones that really sort of satisfy the fanbase—the fans of the show, the people who have taken time out of their lives, hours and hours and hours to sit with these people—giving them what they want, while at the same time offering them something they didn’t know they wanted. And that is what was sort of my mandate going into this last season,” Levy said.
“Walking away from the show or choosing to sort of end the show, when we did was really out of respect for the show, and not any other sort of thing than that. I could work with these people for the rest of my life,” Levy said. Once the dust has settled, he added, Levy would be open to revisiting the characters he’s spent all this time with, given he comes up with an idea “that feels appropriate for these people to reconnect.”
Schitt’s Creek season six premieres Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 9 p.m. on Pop TV.