It’s time to head back to The Rez for a fifth and final time on Tuesday night. The final season of APTN’s award winning dramatic comedy Mohawk Girls premieres at 8:30 p.m. Season 5 will see the four women at the center of the series, created and executive produced byTracey Deer and Cynthia Knight, navigating love triangles, sex addiction, career aspirations, conformity, bad boyfriends, and impossible choices, all as they try to forge their own identities in a community embedded with rules and cultural traditions.
At the end of last season Bailey (Jenny Pudavick) finally left her Mohawk fiancé Watio (Jimmy Blais) in favour of white guy James (Jeffrey Wetsch). When Mohawk Girls returns Bailey will be forced to deal with the repercussions of her decision, all while trying to make a go of the new relationship with James. Pudavick recently spoke exclusively with The TV Junkies about the show’s final season, why she’s enjoyed working on the series so much and previewed what complications Bailey and James may face.
The TV Junkies: What was the general feeling you guys all had about this being the final season? Did it feel like the right time?
Jenny Pudavick: No one wanted it to end. It’s been so fun and we all wonder every year what’s going to happen with these women. As soon as we get the scripts we’re excited to see the storylines. We would’ve loved for it to go another five years if we could. Someone was saying maybe APTN will do a movie, just like how Sex and the City got a movie. You never know what could happen. I don’t think it’s the end for these four, that’s all. I haven’t heard anything, but I just hope for something.
TTVJ: One of the things I love most about Mohawk Girls is that all four of the main characters are such different women, and then you have so many women working behind the scenes as well. What’s it like to be a part of a show like that?
JP: It was so amazing to have the writers, co-creator/director, producers and stars all be women. When I got pregnant it was the easiest conversation to have with them because I had a 5 week old baby when we started filming Season 4. I told them ‘I’m scared. I don’t know what I need, but I know I’m going to need a lot of support.’ They were with me step by step and supporting me the whole way. They did everything they could to try to make it a super easy experience — though let’s be real it’s never going to be easy with a 5 week old — but they were so supportive. I was really grateful they were all women in that moment.
As far as creativity-wise, I love the energy on set. They are all such strong, powerful women which is such a great thing to be working around. It was a really lovely working environment.
TTVJ: Bailey has always wanted to be the perfect Mohawk and she finally went against that last year when she decided to go off with James. Why had she finally had enough and was ready to do what she wanted?
JP: I think once you’ve had a few bad relationships under your belt you know what you don’t want. Bailey had enough of those and she knew what settling meant. She’s seen it around town and didn’t want that for herself. It may have taken her a few people to go through to figure that out, but she finally went with her gut. Because of all her bad experiences she just knew this was going to be a good one.
TTVJ: She and James do seem to get along really well and have a lot of things in common. Now that they are embarking on a relationship together, can you share how that may go this season?
JP: What the fans are going to see with Bailey and James is them trying to navigate each other’s worlds and see if they mesh together. It’s going to be how that real life battle goes when you choose to date a white guy and you still live on the Rez. What actually happens to people? We touched on that personally for Bailey — the good, the bad and the ugly that can happen with it.
TTVJ: Some of my favorite scenes are when it is all four of the ladies together. Do we have some of those fun moments coming up?
JP: Every time we all film together we say that. We always have way too much fun and really take advantage of those days to enjoy each other’s company. There’s definitely a few of those in this season that people can look forward to. There’s fun drama and emotional moments for sure.
Are you excited to head back to The Rez for the final season of Mohawk Girls? Add your predictions in the comments below!
Mohawk Girls airs Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. ET on APTN.
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