Lost Girl: Michael Grassi Says Faewell to the Faemily

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Showcase/Steve Wilkie

We have finally come to the end of the Lost Girl journey folks, but that doesn’t mean we don’t still have questions! This show has always kept us guessing and the final episode was no different. While we mourned the passing of Tamsin, weren’t we all wondering what’s next for her daughter? And while Jack/Hades may be out for the count, he is certainly not gone forever. Does that mean we get a spin-off?

For the answers to all these questions and more we went straight to the source for some answers! Here’s what showrunner Michael Grassi had to say about the series finale:

The TV Junkies: Lost Girl seems to have come full circle in the finale. When did you and the team decide this was how you wanted to end the series? 

Michael Grassi: We knew going into Season 5 that this would be our last, so we started talking about how we wanted to end it early on. There was a lot of mythology to wrap up and questions to answer, but it was important for us to take a step back from all that and find the story we wanted to tell. The story that would, as you said, bring Bo’s journey full circle, answer questions in a surprising way, and most importantly, provide a sense of closure while keeping the world alive.

TTVJ: How much of Bo’s origin story and her hidden nature–which tied up so nicely at the end–was planned out in advance?

MG: All we knew going into this last season is that Jack had big plans for Bo to end the world since her inception. What that meant, and how we executed it, was refined throughout the season. The room worked really hard to make sure the pieces came together in a coherent and exciting way. An image we got excited about early on was Bo chi-sucking the entire city. She’d gone Dark Queen many times throughout the seasons, so we know this was a big mystery we had to explore. In the very first episode of the series, we found Bo on the run, struggling to control her powers. This finale, in some ways, reinvents that story with an apocalyptic twist.

TTVJ: A few seasons ago we couldn’t have predicted the team that surrounded Bo during her final fight, especially when it came to Vex and Tamsin. Did the composition of that team happen organically?

MG: The most important thing in this last episode to me was that Bo be surrounded by her family–the family she chose. While we definitely missed Hale and Trick, it’s such a treat to see the gang back together again. This is the heart of the show. Seeing how well they worked together is an indication of how far they’ve come over the past five seasons. And we get to see Vex’s mobile home for the first time!

TTVJ: What did Eric Robert’s character Hades/Jack add to the dynamic of the show and to Bo’s final showdown with her dad?

MG: Eric grounded the role, which in many ways made it scarier. Jack was a larger than life character, but Eric always found a way to keep it personal. I know Anna [Silk] and Eric worked closely to make sure this father-daughter relationship sparked on screen. I think they succeeded.

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TTVJ: How do you balance bringing the series to a realistic, high-stakes, emotional roller coaster of an ending while still giving the fans a happy, satisfying conclusion to the story? 

MG: There were so many stories to wrangle coming into this finale. Frankly, this series had a lot of loose ends and it was pretty overwhelming. We had to take a big step back and ask ourselves ‘What’s the end to Bo’s story? What is she struggling with in this last episode? What has she learned over the course of the past five seasons that can inform her choices in the finale?’ Once the room cracked and laid out Bo’s journey, it was a lot of fun–and genuinely sad at times–discussing and weaving together Kenzi, Lauren, Dyson, Tamsin and Vex’s storylines. Michelle Lovretta created such a unique world, populated by incredibly rich characters. The pressure was on to land an exciting, emotionally satisfying ending. I hope the fans are happy. Alas, I also know you can’t please everyone.

TTVJ: Dagny has a very similar arc to Bo. Why did you decide to leave it there with Tamsin’s daughter poised to take up where Bo left off? And does that mean we’ll get a Dagny spinoff? 

MG: I don’t know about a Dagny spinoff! Tamsin’s daughter represents what Bo’s life might have been like if she had the knowledge and support to be who she really was from the beginning. When we met Bo, she was lost. On the run. No real relationships. When we first see teenage Dagny in the car with her girlfriend, this is a callback to Bo and Kyle. A pivotal moment in Bo’s life–her first kill. If our team hadn’t been there to intervene with Dagny, she might have been a “lost girl” like Bo. Anna and I talked about this a lot, and we were excited for Bo to be a mentor to Fae moving forward. Not just to Dagny, but to all of them. Teaching Fae that they no longer have to choose Light or Dark.

TTVJ: By the way, how the heck do you spell the name for Bo’s darker nature, the one that means Hell Horse? I’ve been combing the Internet!

MG: Great question. Pyrippus!

TTVJ: What has it been like being the showrunner for Lost Girl‘s final season? 

MG: It was an honor. I remember watching the pilot and being obsessed; it was everything I loved. A strong female protagonist. A memorable friendship at the core. LGBT positive, without being preachy. And most of all, it was fun. Lost Girl was ahead of its time. Michelle Lovretta created something truly special. So getting to run a show I loved was a dream come true. Best of all, I got to work with the greatest, most generous, writers in Canada. Emily Andras is a force. Vanessa Piazza is my hero. I consider myself lucky to have worked with all of these kind and talented people.

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Showcase/Steve Wilkie

TTVJ: Do you have any funny or weird stories about filming Season 5 and/or the finale?

MG: Too many! On our last insanely busy shoot day, I remember we had a 5-week-old baby on set and it was surreal. Set can be chaotic. Huge equipment being lugged back and forth. Lights. Cranes. Cameras. Hundreds of crew members rushing to get stuff done. Then, a baby arrived on set, and there was this sudden calm. I remember Vanessa and I were huddled behind the monitors, blown away by this special moment.

Oh, and we had a horse in the clubhouse. That was kinda insane.

TTVJ: The lore and mythology of Lost Girl can be pretty complicated at times. What is your approach to that in terms of making the stories ring true for viewers in the midst of the magic and mayhem?

MG: Our priority was always to tell character stories. Then, weave in mythology, magic and mayhem in the clearest, most fun way possible. That’s what makes Lost Girl so unique. It gets to tell relationship stories, meanwhile someone is wielding a fire-repelling horseshoe.

TTVJ: This show has been revolutionary in its portrayal of women–female friendships, female sexuality, female agency. How did you continue that tradition into Season 5?

MG: Such an important question. The majority of our writers were women. Producers. Directors. Crew. That’s behind the camera. Then, on screen, we continued to tell bold stories about strong, kick-ass women overcoming difficult situations.  Having fun. Having sex. Relationships. Friendships. Our characters were strong, and sometimes, that also meant being vulnerable. Anna, Zoie [Palmer], Ksenia [Solo] and Rachel [Skarsten] are such inspiring actors and they’re a huge part of the show being revolutionary. Lost Girl is an empowering series. It was a priority to carry that forward into this last season.

TTVJ: What message do you hope fans take away from the final episode?

MG: Love is stronger than hate. You can’t change the past, but you can learn from it. And most importantly, live the life you choose. A big heartfelt thank you to our fans. They’re truly the best and part of the Faemily.

 

Well there you have it! What did you think of the finale, and Lost Girl‘s final season in general? Let us know in the comments!

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