Kyra Sedgwick has dubbed the final six episodes of “The Closer” “the crying season” — not necessarily for what happens on screen, but for how she and the cast and crew handled filming the end of the series.
“It was a lot of tears and sadness about it coming to an end, and loss because the fact is that even if you’ll continue to see these people, it will never be the same — that constant connection and constant creation will never be the same,” Sedgwick tells Zap2it.
“I haven’t missed the grueling schedule of it,” she adds. “… I still feel like it was definitely the right choice, and I think these last six episodes are really among our very best. I know people will be satisfied and feel really good about the way we closed it out, so to speak.”
Sedgwick talked with Zap2it about what we can expect in the final episodes of “The Closer” — which begin Monday (July 9) on TNT — the return of one of Brenda’s nemeses and the advice she gave her husband, Kevin Bacon, who’s about to embark on his first series project, FOX’s “The Following.” Highlights of the conversation follow.
Zap2it: Can viewers take these last episodes as one arc or block? What were you trying to accomplish with them?
Kyra Sedgwick: We’re always trying to accomplish our theme, which is love and loss. I think we really wanted to honor the journey and the profundity of the journey that [Brenda] has been through. For me, I see these last six episodes as — you know there’s that moment in your life, and it usually happens in your 30s and 40s, probably closer to your 40s, where you suddenly realize you are living out the choices that you made when you were younger and you probably didn’t even realize you were making choices. You’re living out the consequences of those choices. “Consequences” has a negative connotation, but the ramifications of those choices.
I think that you have an opportunity, if you’re conscious of this process, to make different choices as you move along instead of just blindly following the path that you’ve been on. I think that’s really what happens to Brenda in these final six, that she has come face to face with a confluence of events with the choices that she’s made — not all good ones. She’s living out the consequences of those choices, and she moves through them and out the other side to making different choices. I also think that there’s great Stroh story where she finally comes face to face with him a few times in these last six.
What was it about Philip Stroh [Billy Burke] that made him such a thorn in Brenda’s side?
He’s slippery and he always got away. That’s just an untenable outcome for her. I don’t think she feels that she can live out the rest of her life not having brought him down. I think her tenacity gets in the way. Her single-mindedness of purpose with him sometimes gets in the way of her catching him. She really has to once again use unorthodox methods to finally take him down.
When he was introduced, was it always with the idea the he would be the Moriarty to Brenda’s Sherlock Holmes?
Yeah, I think so. I mean, I don’t really know actually. I don’t know. I think that probably you knew he was gonna get away. You sort of see the way someone works out chemistry-wise. That’s the great thing about TV. You see how people do, and then — it’s a living, changing art form in that way, and I think that [creator James Duff] really liked the way we worked off of each other. So he sort of became that character.
Will it be clear in the finale that Brenda is done, or will there be a crack for her to come back for an episode of “Major Crimes”?
The latter, yeah.
Does that play into the final six in terms of closing out your story?
It doesn’t really, which is interesting. I think that James really concentrated on ending “The Closer” and incidentally introducing “Major Crimes.” That’s the way he put it, is that he really felt that he had to end this journey in the way that he had always seen it, without having to worry about introducing an entirely new format or an entirely new show. I’m sure that “Major Crimes” does that seamlessly and brilliantly.
Can you describe working on that last episode?
It was very emotional, and it was also one of the best shows we’ve ever done. I think it was written perfectly and executed skillfully. Everyone was at the top of their game. I think it was beautiful. She goes out the way she came in, alone. I think that’s really fitting.
Aside from the Stroh story, is there a particular case that viewers should look out for that will excite them?
They find out about the leak. I think a lot of questions will be answered. A lot of things will get tied up. As I said, keep in mind just that concept of the choices that we make, knowingly or unknowingly, in life and how they manifest. That’s it.
Your series run is finishing as your husband’s is starting. Did you have any pro tips for him on handling the rigors of a weekly series?
I think, you know, make sure you sleep when you can. Make sure you eat lunch and try and take a nap. I think the best thing he did was to insist on a 15-episode [season]. I think that really is crucial to making really good television and also keeping yourself sane. I don’t really know how people do the longer schedule. I know I’ve had some good pieces of advice, and I’m sure that’ll keep coming. You can ask him when you talk to him next year.
“The Closer” premieres at 9 p.m. ET Monday on TNT.