Earlier, we reported Hulu has renewed The Mindy Project for a sixth and final season. Creator and star Mindy Kaling recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly about ending the TV series.
The sitcom stars Mindy Kaling as Dr. Mindy Lahiri, an OB/GYN dealing with life and love in New York City. The cast also includes Ike Barinholtz, Ed Weeks, Beth Grant, Xosha Roquemore, Fortuen Feimster, and Bryan Greenberg.
WARNING: SEASON FIVE SPOILERS AHEAD!
In the interview, Kaling said season six is a good time to end The Mindy Project:
We’re really excited about this last season. I think the timing is exactly right. What’s weird is, Mindy is married at the end of the season 5 finale, but she has never been married in the series, so that’s incredibly fun for a character who’s been obsessed with [marriage] and has come close many times, and seeing her disavow it for a while after her disastrous breakup with who she thought was her soulmate. And now she’s married! The final season is the final time—it’s the best time—to confront what that reality is for her. And really, we’ve put her through the ringer. It’s hard. I’m a romantic at heart. I believe that marriage is like, a sacred relationship, and I really like it, but I’m also single myself, so I see every side of it. It’s going to be really fun to explore.”
Kaling then added, jokingly, that they have to end the show because there’s no one left for Mindy to date:
I mean this half-jokingly, but at a certain point it was like, I think she’s dated every man in Manhattan. Sex and the City lasted for, what, six seasons with 10 episodes each? I don’t know that there’s been a show about a woman trying to find love in New York City that has lasted quite this long. And frankly, there’s no more actors in Hollywood left to date.”
And what about the series finale? What will happen?
You know, I’ve always had an image in my mind of what would be in the last five minutes of the finale, but I don’t know what the explanations are for it. I’ve seen something for her character, but I don’t know what it would mean about marriage or not-marriage, if that makes any sense. I haven’t figured that part out yet. But I want to do something surprising. I want to do something that feels good but also makes you feel like when you leave the character, that she’s learned something in these past six years—for someone who doggedly doesn’t want to learn. She’s actually, unwittingly become kind of better.”
The final season of The Mindy Project will debut on Hulu in September.
What do you think? Are you a fan of The Mindy Project? How do you want the series to end?