That’s it. Lost Girl is over. Forever. Or at least for now.
It’s hard to believe that we’re here, Faenatics, ready to share the last Lost Girl Talk of the near future (hands up if you’re still hoping for some sort of continuation, even if it’s short-lived?). But it’s true and even though we’ve had quite some time to prep for this Faenale, it’s still pretty sad to think that we have to say goodbye to Bo and the rest of the Lost Girl crew after these years.
Earlier this week, we got the chance to check in with Lost Girl showrunner Michael Grassi one final time after watching the finale and we could not be more excited to share his answers to our burning Qs with you. But before we do, we just want to say thanks for reading Lost Girl Talk these past few years. We’re going to miss putting these together for you guys as much as we’ll miss Bo. And that’s saying a lot.
But we’re getting too emotional! Let’s get on with it and talk with Michael Grassi about the series finale of Lost Girl (“Rise”)! Please share your own thoughts, about the episode and series as a whole, below.
You wrote this episode. What did you want to achieve with it going in?
Michael Grassi: I want to start by saying that this finale was a labour of love, not only for the writers, but for the entire cast and crew and Showcase executives Tara Ellis and Stephen Finney. The process was definitely challenging, but everyone in every department brought so much energy and affection for the series, it made producing this episode a rewarding experience I will never forget.
Our goal was to honour, and in some ways return to, the root of this incredible series that Michelle Lovretta created five seasons ago. With that in mind, we wanted to tell not only the biggest Lost Girl story yet, but in many ways, the most quintessential. When we met Bo in the first episode of Season 1, she was struggling to control her succubus power and questioning whether or not she was worthy of love and friendship. In this final episode, we’re back to the central question of the series: Can Bo live the life she chooses, or is the fate her father has planned for her more powerful?
Was there an intentional symbolism to having Bo and Jack’s showdown happen in the daylight? As in, the Light always prevails, or there’s Light even as the Dark approaches?
MG: After all the darkness this season, it was important for us to have the final showdown take place in daylight. The director, Paolo, had an unique vision for it. He used shadows to draw the contrast between Bo and Jack. This last fight scene was initially way bigger, but we had to cut it down for time.
The whole still-living gang was together in this Faenale, including Bruce! Was there anyone else you wanted to bring back, whether via flashback or in the present, but couldn’t?
MG: We were hoping to bring back beloved Fae from the past five seasons to make up the Light and Dark Elders. Unfortunately, scheduling was tricky and we couldn’t get everyone we wanted!
We lost one of the group when Tamsin died following childbirth. Why did you feel it necessary to have her leave right then and there?
MG: In Season 4, we learned that this is Tamsin’s last life. This has been her boldest and bravest yet, even allowing herself to be vulnerable and fall in love. Through these experiences, it became important to Tamsin to leave behind a legacy. She accomplishes this through her daughter, Dagny, as well as the impact she had on our entire gang.
Tamsin was a “lost girl” until she met Bo and company in Season 3. She was loved in ways she never imagined possible for a Valkyrie bounty hunter. When discussing her last scene, it was important to us that Valkyries don’t perceive death in their last life as the end, but instead, a beginning. It’s peaceful. In Valkyrie mythology, it’s called a “rising.”
Rachel, from the minute she walked on screen in Season 3, brought so much to this series. Her performance in this episode is beautiful and unforgettable.
On the other side of the coin, why not fully kill Hades instead of leaving him out there as a threat?
MG: Jack is dead. But Hades–this pure form of evil–still exists. In what form, or where, is unknown. Keeping this threat alive was important to our narrative. We’re saying, ‘At the end of the day, there will always be evil in the world.’ And Hades’ handprint is our representation of that.
Tell me about casting Tamsin’s teenage daughter and why you wanted to show her in the future instead of leaving us with her newborn self.
MG: The makeout scene in the car was a mirror of Bo and Kyle’s car scene. Kyle was Bo’s first kill. And now Dagny, coming into her powers, might accidentally kill her girlfriend the same way Bo accidentally killed Kyle. We’ve come full circle. Only this time, our gang was there in time to stop the kill and prevent Dagny from living a life on the run, hiding who she is.
Bo and the gang won’t let Tamsin’s daughter be a Lost Girl. She’ll be supported. She’ll be accepted as herself. This was a big theme for our series, and it was important for us to carry if through this last episode.
Olivia Scriven came in for the role and blew us away. There was something brazen about her, in the same way Rachel played Tamsin.
Should we feel confident in the overall future of the Fae world, with Bo and Co. working to make sure that no one is taking sides?
MG: Yes! Our gang has their work cut out for them, but the colony is in good hands.
Why didn’t we get to see Kenzi in the final scene? And how the hell did Lauren not age after over a decade?
MG: This decision was about respecting Kenzi. She made a brave choice to distance herself from the Fae world, and we wanted to commit to that. Off-screen, she raised Dagny, the same way she raised baby Tamsin when she was reborn in Season 4.
Lauren has GREAT genes. And someone who developed a serum to turn someone Fae, I would imagine, can also develop of an overnight facial serum to keep herself looking youthful and taut.
The ending left things open for more adventures. Are you planning on continuing this story at all?
MG: Great question! I know everyone’s off on their own new adventures and projects. But maybe one day Bo and the gang will come back together. How, or when … I don’t have that answer for you.
Any last notes, things you want to tell fans?
MG: A heartfelt thank you. Lost Girl fans are the greatest and truly part of the Faemily.
That’s it for Lost Girl Talk! Thanks again for reading and we’ll see you at the Dal.