Complications' Jessica Szohr Teases Finale's New, 'Life-Threatening' Twist

When last we tuned into USA Network’s Complications, Dr. John Ellison (played by Jason O’Mara) had just told young Antoine’s incarcerated father how things were gonna be. How he was going to walk away from this ordeal once and for all, never to worry for his family’s safety.

Meanwhile, nurse Gretchen (Gossip Girl alum Jessica Szohr) seemingly got a handle on her own liability, Jed, the hospital wonk who knows way too much about what she and John have been up to since Antoine’s shooting.

Are the complications over? Hardly, as Szohr shares in this preview of the Season 1 finale (airing Thursday at 9/8c).

TVLINE | Talk about the year you’ve had. Complications premiered to good notices, you’re also recurring on Season 2 of Kingdom (premiering Oct. 14 on DirecTV)….
Yeah, it’s been pretty fun! The journey with Complications has been interesting because we did the pilot at the end of 2013. Now that the first season has aired, it’s been fun to finally see it put all together. There’s so much action, I wanted to see how those scenes turned out, with the explosions, breaking into cars, the gunshots….

TVLINE | Gretchen waving around a gun to save John from a beat-down….
Yeah! Watching it all come together has been pretty insane, because when I read the pilot, I was like, “I don’t want to be a part of a medical drama” — not that they’re not amazing, but for six years I don’t want to be in a hospital all the time. And then, cut to three episodes in, I’m like, “Ohhhh, this is like a crime thriller, not just a medical show.” Complications - Season 1We just happen to be a doctor and a nurse. I would love to go back and keep exploring Gretchen and take another journey in Season 2 (which has not yet been ordered).

TVLINE | What do you like most about Gretchen?
I like that she has a big heart and she really doesn’t care what people think about her. It sounds very harsh the way I’m saying it, but she is always trying to help people and she’ll do it no matter who is standing in her way or what someone’s going to say or think or do. She’s a risk taker, she goes after what she wants; I think that’s really beautiful.

TVLINE | What sort of scripts were you seeing right after Gossip Girl? A lot of Vanessa types?
A lot of “Bohemian artsy girl.” I was like, I need to step away from that for a minute. That’s why I loved Gretchen, and now Laura on Kingdom.

TVLINE | Gretchen’s biggest liability has been Jed. Does she have him handled at this point? Now that he’s done seeing the “ants”?
I don’t think so. That’s an interesting relationship to me, because here she is trying to keep her sister in rehab, making sure her sister is OK, being this sort of motherly big sister role model. Meanwhile, she’s taking drugs from Jed. It’s so contradicting and crazy to me. For a while, doing my homework to play Gretchen, I had to wrap around my head, why, logically, she is doing that, because it doesn’t make sense.

TVLINE | As I told Jason O’Mara, the show could just as easily be titled People Making Ill-Advised Decisions.
All the time! Thinking they are doing the right thing and then something blows up in their face.

TVLINE | What kind of a cliffhanger are we getting in Thursday’s finale? John just laid down the law with EZ — and Darius didn’t really care for that.
No, Darius did not. A couple of things come out, total twists that you wouldn’t expect, and we get a phone call that’s very life-threatening — totally separate and different from anything else going on in the season. It’ll be interesting to see who is on the other end of that phone call….

TVLINE | So, Season 2 could just be a whole new, steaming pile of complications.
Yes, it definitely could!