Post Mortems

Awkward's Ashley Rickards Talks Jenna's Choice, Lacey's Surprise and More Season 4 Finale Twists

Senior year just got real. Awkward‘s fourth season finale threw some major curveballs at the Palos Hills gang, including a life-changing twist for the Hamilton family.

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First, a quick recap of what went down during Spring Break: Lacey found out she’s pregnant, Jenna fell even harder for Brian, Tamara became engaged (!!!) to Brian’s friend Adam, Jake slept with Gabby, Val decided to quit her job and — most tragically of all — Matty appeared to accept that he’s lost Jenna forever.

Below, star Ashley Rickards discusses the finale’s biggest twists with TVLine, then ponders what Season 5 might have in store for your favorites:

TVLINE | Let’s start with Lacey’s big speech to Matty. Did he really miss his chance with Jenna?
Listen, it’s never over until it’s over. Those two characters are still alive, right? That’s basically what’s going to have to happen for Jatty to no longer exist — someone’s going to have to die. What Lacey meant is that Matty is too indecisive when the ball is in his court, and in a sense, she’s right. She wants her daughter to be with someone serious, someone who’s not going to mess with her head and string her along. It’s right for a mom to feel territorial like that.

TVLINE | Is Jenna’s new military man the right guy for Jenna? Is he sticking around?
I mean, God knows I love a man in uniform. We’ll see more of [Brian], for sure.

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TVLINE | We’ll also see more of Lacey now that she’s pregnant! How does Jenna really feel about becoming a big sister?
Well, Jenna’s not going to be an only child anymore, which I think is fine. When you’re an only child, life rocks for a while, but then you get into adulthood and — speaking from experience as an only child — that whole thing about all the focus being on you turns into a really bad thing. It’ll be good for [Lacey and Kevin] to have a screaming distraction. I’m sure Jenna will make an adorable babysitter, too.

TVLINE | Moving on to Tamara, do you think Jenna is more likely to help plan her bridal shower, or help her break off the engagement?
I’m hoping Jenna doesn’t get too involved with that. Anytime she gets involved in other people’s relationships, they start to crumble, especially when it’s a friend’s relationship. So I’m hoping Jenna just sticks with the party planning aspect of it. Maybe she’ll surprise us all and throw an awesome bachelorette party — as long as she doesn’t rent that party bus again.

TVLINE | Gabby sleeping with Jake was also a surprise, especially since it happened so quickly. How do you see that changing the dynamic of the group?
I’ve been kept in the dark about that, unfortunately, so I’m right with you guys.

TVLINE | What was your reaction to that during the table read?
Well, this kind of happens a lot with this show, where we get the script and I’ll read it and won’t necessarily understand everything that happens. I was talking to Erinn [Westbrook] three weeks after filming, and she mentioned that scene, and I was like, “Oh! I get it now!” I didn’t even know that it happened.

TVLINE | I have to say, a part of me was worried Eva might show up. You know she’s lurking in the shadows somewhere.
[Laughs] Oh yeah, she’s lurking. She was probably at the house next door, just waiting.

TVLINE | That was actually her dressed up as Matty’s dad.
That would be so weird.

TVLINE | Anything you can tell us about Season 5?
They’re still writing the scripts, so I can’t promise this, but we’ve never seen Jenna in a bikini. So we’re skipping that part and going straight to a bunch of naked people — and Jenna will be one of those naked people. As of right now, that is happening. Just a ton of naked people to get the ratings up.

Awkward fans, your thoughts on tonight’s season finale? Any lingering questions you need answered? Drop ’em all in the comments section below.