Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life creator Jay Lacopo and showrunner Bill Callahan are already planning for Season 2, and quite possibly beyond, as revealed in a new THR interview:
Were there any big ideas or stunts that you didn’t get to do in season one that you want to do in season two?
Lacopo: We want to do them hanging off the side of a cliff.
Callahan: We actually scripted this year Cooper in a car as water starts to fill up the car because he’s at the bottom of a lake. We came dangerously close to shooting that but we were told it was going to be $150,000.(Laughs.) So we do it early when there’s money in the budget next year.
You also touched on the will-they-or-won’t-they dynamic between Cooper and Kelly. What is the long-term trajectory of those characters romantically?
Lacopo: They are two characters who met each other too early and met each other too young. Now the question is whether they will get it together individually in time for the two of them to ultimately wind up together.
Callahan: If they ran into each other at 32, 33 when their lives were ironed out, they’d be off to the races, but they met each other for the first time at 22 and every time one of them gets close to having their life together enough to date the other, the other goes in the opposite direction. We talked a lot about our experiences in our 20s where we met some great people but we just could never get it together. We loved the idea of there’s a genuine connection and they really can’t figure out why it’s not working, they just know that it’s not. Until they get to that point where they do have their stuff together, we plan on just having a lot of fun and heartbreak and interesting stories about all the ways it doesn’t work.
It sounds like it won’t happen for awhile then.
Lacopo: In trying to tell a contemporary on-and-off-again love story, there may be some progress and also some failure, getting them together and having that not work out. But we’re always sort of searching for doing something that feels at least relatable to a contemporary love story, but also keeps the tension alive in their relationship.
Stay tuned as we continue to monitor the status of Cooper Barrett Season 2…