If you just finished bingeing Netflix’s Uncoupled (and you’re done screaming expletives at the TV), we need to talk.
The show’s eight-episode first season ended with life-changing cliffhangers for nearly everyone in Michael’s orbit, made even more frustrating by the fact that Uncoupled hasn’t been officially renewed for a second season.
But we like to think happy thoughts here at TVLine, so we asked the Uncoupled team — Neil Patrick Harris, Tisha Campbell, Brooks Ashmanskas, Emerson Brooks, and series creators Darren Star and Jeffrey Richman — for their thoughts on what could happen next.
Read on for a breakdown of how these cliffhangers might unfold in the future, then drop a comment with your own thoughts on Uncoupled below.
After taking a 23andMe test, Suzanne’s son Kai made plans to meet his birth father. But upon determining that his life was full enough, Kai backed out of the life-changing meeting. The same can’t be said for Suzanne, however, who had a big reaction when she spotted the mystery man through the window.
So, who is Kai’s father? “I want to know badly!” Tisha Campbell tells TVLine. “All I know is that he’s from Europe. I don’t know which country. I know he’s going to be fine, whoever he is. … Darren Star is filming Emily in Paris in Paris right now. I threatened to come visit him and see if I could pick his brain.”
Fortunately, via the magic of Zoom, we were able to pick his brain for her.
“We have strong ideas about that storyline,” Star says. “We almost gave it away in Season 1, then decided not to.” Co-creator Jeffrey Richman adds, “It will be very surprising.”
THE BIG C
The Uncoupled finale proved especially dramatic for Stanley, who revealed to his friends that he’s been diagnosed with stage one breast cancer.
“I’m excited to see all of the things that can happen to Stanley,” Brooks Ashmanskas tells TVLine of his character. “He’s a wonderful guy and an interesting character to watch. It’s unpredictable where he’s going, so now that there’s something that’s been forced onto him, we’ll see how he responds to it.”
Adds Neil Patrick Harris, “I know and adore Brooks as a person, but also as an actor. He’s very funny and everyone who knows him loves his comedy. But it made me infinitely happy when the writers gave him some heft and some seriousness. He has a great dramatic ability that has not often been seen on camera, so I was thrilled at how he played it and the idea of how he will play dramatic emotion.”
As for how Stanley’s news will create ripple effects throughout his friend group, creator Darren Star says, “It’s also part of getting older. Things happen. I look at it as the idea that Michael shares his pain with everybody around him. Then, when someone has suddenly cancer, it’s the real deal.”
Billy is “one of the most fun characters I’ve had the opportunity to play in my life,” Emerson Brooks tells TVLine. “He’s a blast. He’s the fun friend. He’s the guy everybody wants to have next to them when going through a breakup.”
Of course, being known as the “fun friend” has its downside, like not always being taken seriously. Stanley not asking Billy to join him at his doctor’s appointment was a wake-up call, as was the spot-on lecture he got from his wedding date after catching Billy swapping contacts with a hot waiter.
Should Uncoupled be renewed for a second season, Brooks is “most looking forward to going into the depths of Billy’s soul and his motivations. A lot of people might think his motivation for doing the things that he does is simple, but that might not be the case. There’s a lot more to Billy that we have yet to show.”
THE FINAL JAW-DROPPER
After spending the entirety of Season 1 trying to get over his ex (by getting under various others), Michael returned home from his friends’ wedding to find Colin waiting for him in their old living room, worrying that he made a big “mistake.”
If you think you’re torn over what should happen next, try being one of the show’s executive producers. Darren Star tells TVLine that he anticipates plenty of friction in the writers’ room over how to proceed, while Jeffrey Richman acknowledges, “We enjoy painting ourselves into a corner.”
(As long as they don’t go with secret option No. 3 — that Colin’s “mistake” was letting Michael buy him out of the apartment — it should be interesting.)