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Awkward EPs Talk Matty and Jenna's Big Moment, Other Finale Twists — Plus: What Would Season 6 Look Like?

Awkward Recap

I hope you enjoyed Tuesday’s Awkward finale, because it’s (possibly) the last time you’ll see the Palos Hills gang in the same place ever again.

TVLine spoke with showrunners Mike Chessler and Chris Alberghini about the episode’s biggest moments — and what a potential sixth season might look like — but first, a quick recap:

Already uncertain about her decision to attend SCU with Luke, Jenna became even more conflicted after an emotional rendezvous with Matty at the exact place their love story began: a dirty shed at Camp Pookah! And as much as Matty wanted to carry Jenna off into the sunset, he instead gave her an epic speech about how she should choose herself — much like she already did at the end of Season 3, if I recall — and return to Wyckoff.

As for everybody else… When Sadie’s near-fatal car accident was misinterpreted as a suicide attempt, she was assigned a very familiar grief counselor; Tamara rejected Patrick’s offer to pay off her credit card debt, ending things with him in the process; Jake turned down a promotion at the country club, deciding instead to move to New York City; and Lissa’s atonercise videos earned the attention of a major Christian organization, though she turned down the offer in favor of growing her own business.

If Awkward gets a sixth season — a decision which rests solely on MTV’s shoulders — the showrunners tell TVLine to expect a time jump and a potential change of scenery. (Given that Sadie, Tamara and Jake are all NYC-bound, I think you can draw your own conclusions.)

And now, let’s get some answers:

TVLINE | Given that there could be more, were you worried about making this finale feel too conclusive?
ALBERGHINI | Yeah, a little bit. There were a lot of discussions about how much we wanted to wrap everything up. We just wanted to get to a place where this era in their lives feels like it has adequate resolution without completely setting anything in stone that might affect a later season of the show.
CHESSLER | You have to remember, these characters are 18 and 19, so we think it feels truthful to where people at that age are in their lives. For example, we didn’t want Matty and Jenna to get married as freshmen in college.

TVLINE | Speaking of Matty, I was surprised by his speech. Was this your way of showing how much she’s grown since the last time they were in that shed?
CHESSLER | We had a lot of conversations about the most satisfying way of concluding this Jenna/Matty/Luke love triangle. Matty could have done the speech where he says, “Pick me, I’m a better dude than Luke,” but we decided that the most wonderful thing he could do, both to show that he’s grown up and sees Jenna for the person that she is, would be to say, “I don’t want to be the guy who throws you off the trajectory that you’re on. You’re having a great time, you’re getting more confident, you’re wonderful and I love you more for it than I ever have — which is why I’m not going to tell you to come to college with me.” Their emotional bond is strong. They’ll always be deeply connected to one another.
ALBERGHINI | We know they love each other. We’ve seen it. This, to us, was the most selfless act he could do.

TVLINE | Was there ever a scene where Jenna officially ends things with Luke? She didn’t hold back with Matty in that shed.
ALBERGHINI | I don’t think there’s a scene missing, but I can tell you what the intent was: It seemed to be that Luke and Jenna wanted two different things, no matter how much they wanted to think they wanted the same thing. As fun and cute as it was for them to play house, it became painfully apparent as the season went on that they really didn’t know each other that well. They weren’t really listening to each other. Luke kept pushing her to change schools, and she really didn’t want to, but he wasn’t seeing that. He thought he knew what was best for her.
CHESSLER | Different people have slightly different reactions. Some people thought Luke was being a total jerk. Luke and Matty are just such different people, and they represent two very different choices for Jenna. And it was a hard choice for her to make.

TVLINE | I feel like the answer is obvious, but Sadie’s “suicide” was a nod to Jenna’s “suicide” in the pilot, yes?
CHESSLER | Yes, absolutely. We started talking about wanting all of the characters to have big moments at the end of the season, and we all agreed that Sadie was due for a comeuppance. She’s had some hard times with her parents, but her friends have never fully called her out on how bitchy she can be. We really liked the idea of taking what happened in the pilot and turning it on its ear. We loved the idea of her being in Jenna’s shoes, since she was the one who really enjoyed the rumor that Jenna tried to kill herself.

TVLINE | Well, I hope she hasn’t completely changed.
CHESSLER | [Laughs] You needn’t worry. She might be a little more accommodating, but she’s still doing it her own f–ing way.
ALBERGHINI | Let’s not forget that her apology was to a horse. That’s the best she can do.

TVLINE | Lissa’s ending was perfect. Is it safe to assume she’s going to become a big success?
CHESSLER | Absolutely. We always liked the idea of Lissa — the one everyone thinks is a dingbat, the least likely to succeed — becoming a mega mogul with her atonercise tapes all over the world. That’s definitely one version we talked about seeing, and it makes me laugh.
ALBERGHINI | As time goes on and she becomes more successful, she only becomes more cutthroat and savvy.

TVLINE | If this is the last question I ever get to ask you guys… Was there ever talk, even jokingly, about Matty and Lacey getting together?
ALBERGHINI | Those two actors obviously have a lot of chemistry, and they play off each other very well, but no. We’d never go there. [Laughs] Oh my God, can you imagine Matty sleeping with Jenna’s mom? That would ruin the entire show!

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