Mistresses showrunners K.J. Steinberg and Rina Mimoun have defended the decision to end the third season on a massive cliffhanger, despite the uncertainty surrounding the show’s future.
Speaking to TVLine, the duo admitted that Mistresses Season 4 renewal could go either way, but explained their decision to go all-out for continuation over closure:
K.J. Steinberg: We definitely talked about softening the ending, but that wouldn’t have solved the dilemma. Even if she got to the 911 call, or if Harry decided not to get on that plane and follow her GPS, it would still be a level of unsatisfying. So we decided to just commit to our style of storytelling and cliffhangering and hope for a Season 4. If we had known it was our last season, I think we would have chosen a different way to close it out.
Rina Mimoun: For sure. If we knew it was our last season I think we would have made this the penultimate episode and allowed ourselves to wrap up all the storylines. K.J. and I aren’t just soap writers, we’re soap fans. I loved seeing howParenthood and Friday Night Lights and Six Feet Under ended. It’s so gratifying knowing when you know you’re writing your series finale. In our case, it’s always a little harder because we’re never quite sure.
Mimoun also revealed that ABC will likely make a decision on whether to cancel or renew Mistresses for Season 4 by October, meaning fans could have a bit of a wait on their hands:
I think the drop-dead date is sometime in October? I know it’s a while. We had no idea the Vancouver thing was coming [at this time last year] — and that was contingent on our pickup. K.J. is right. They know what they want. They’re up there in the scheduling universe, and we’ll either fit in or we won’t.