ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Did you know Casual would have a third season when you wrote the season 2 finale?
ZANDER LEHMANN: We did not know. I wrote the episode with the idea that in the event we didn’t get a third season, it could serve as a series finale because there’s a level of resolution, and it feels like a lot of the problems of the past were wrapped up. And I think what it gives us, which I’m really happy about, is an answer to a lot of the deep-seeded dramatic tension that’s been permeating through these two seasons. So now we’re kind of free to tell whatever story we want and can have a little more comedic stuff and find new stories to tell. It could’ve worked as a season finale or a series finale, if need be, and we were able to get these great, emotional performances because the cast didn’t know that we’d be coming back. There were a lot of tears on set.
With Casual guaranteed Season 3 and already hunting for a fourth, Lehmann believes the show’s eventual series finale will be even better, whenever that may be:
[Laughs] No [I don’t wish I saved the ending], in the world of TV today, you can’t save your death. We’re all fighting for viewership and this felt like the right story to tell at this time. It’s something that we were building to throughout the season, and I think it actually helped a lot with all of our character arcs to send them off to all of these places. I think we’ll be able to top it whenever we do have a series finale.
Stay tuned as we monitor the renewal status of Casual Season 4…