Greek Boss Sean Smith Promises a 'Proper, Emotional, Fun and Funny' Series Finale
Our college crush Greek wraps its final semester tonight (ABC Family, 9/8c), so we went straight to showrunner Sean Smith for details on how it all ends. Will Cappie and Casey live happily ever after? Will Rusty get the girl? Will Kappa Tau live to keg another day?! We’ve got those answers and more!
If there’s one thing Smith wants to tell fans about Greek‘s series finale, it’s this: Just enjoy it. “I hope that it’s a conclusion everybody will appreciate, because that was my goal,” he says. “My plan was to give the fans closure, but at the same time, in my mind, I want these characters to live on. So, this finale certainly serves as a proper and emotional and fun and funny end of the chapter.”
But Smith promises that the end isn’t really The End. “There are elements that run through the final episode that also give us a sense of what’s to come for our guys,” he adds. “You start to feel the beginning of the next chapter, which I think is life. I like that the show ended that way, as opposed to a curtain call where everybody’s there, and then they’re done forever. You can get a sense of what’s to come for them without having to be so heavy-handed.”
Here, Smith shares a peek at what you can expect from Casey (Spencer Grammer), Cappie (Scott Michael Foster), Ash (Amber Stevens), Rusty (Jacob Zachar) and the rest of the Greek gang’s final moments:
Casey & Cappie | “The finale will explore the central issue of their relationship, which has always been Casey’s ambition versus Cappie’s love of the fraternity. [We] challenge the idea that after four years, are they able to move past that for the sake of their relationship. And it turns out quite well!” (Having been lucky enough to see the episode in advance, I can confirm that these two receive the most aww-worthy moment of the group.) Adds Smith, “They’re in the appropriately good place that I’ve always imagined for them, and definitely where they deserve to be given all the ups and downs. It’s a very fitting ending and one that I know people will be excited about.”
Rusty & Ashleigh | I’m not sure how you guys feel about these two, but I’d say they’re the most adorable non-couple in TV history. Luckily, that’s about to change. Says Smith, “When we were talking about Rusty and this final 10 [episodes], we wanted him to be the cool guy by the end of it, to show that he’s gone from nerd to cool guy — which felt like a really horrible message, saying that to conclude him he has to be who he wasn’t before. So the challenge for Rusty was to keep him who he was, but make him worthy of Ashleigh. And we answer that nicely in the end without [completely] tying it up, which was important to me.”
Evan & Rebecca | “The thing that’s been so much fun about writing Rebecca (Dilshad Vadsaria) and Evan (Jake McDorman) is that you can have them make mistakes and you can have them be jerks about the mistakes that they make — which is very human.” That said, Smith previews that these two also receive what he calls a “fitting ending,” largely due to one of them being able to say, “I was wrong.” “There’s hope and a rekindling there at the end,” Smith notes, “something where they’re able to put their pride aside to really look at each other and love each other.”
Dale | The lovable, God-fearing anti-hero of the Greek system will get the ending he deserves, too. “Dale (Clark Duke) set out in this 10-episode arc to find Mrs. Dale Ian Kettlewell, and I think he does that,” Smith reports with a laugh. “He’s somebody who had to grow as well in this age of Judd Apatow, of the nerdy guy throwing himself at the hot girl, and he had to earn it a little bit. We’ve seen his journey… and he’s grown up in a way. He finds a worthy relationship.”
Calvin | Ready for this one? “Calvin (Paul James) finally declares a major,” Smith reveals, “but it might not be the best major for him. So he’s still finding his way in this last episode as to what he’s doing with his life.” Over the past four seasons, Greek has “dealt a lot with Calvin’s romantic life, but not his personal, professional goals, so he’s able to determine what that is in a way that’s exciting and different from some of the other characters. I’m glad that we were able to end of a good personal note for him that wasn’t specifically about his sexual orientation. That was important to me.”
Kappa Tau O.M.G. | As you saw in TVLine’s exclusive Greek finale peek, the KTs are in serious trouble. “It takes us back to the beginning of seeing Evan and Casey on one side and Cappie on the other,” says Smith. “There’s always romantic undertones with that, and more importantly each of their histories is present in that conflict.” Without revealing too much — probably because the storyline produces what I think are the best and most emotional moments of the finale — Smith says, “The KT house is at stake, and KT as a fraternity is a stake — and it’s exciting what happens.”
Head back to TVLine tonight after the finale for an exclusive post mortem with Greek mastermind Sean Smith.
Are you sad to see Greek go? Say your goodbyes in the comments, and don’t miss its swan song tonight at 9/8c.