'Insecure' Cast Reflects on Comedy-Drama's Finale


| LAST UPDATE 12/28/2021

By Molly Houghton
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After five LOL-worthy seasons, the masterpiece that is HBO's Insecure has come to an end. And while our future Sundays are now looking quite bleak, the series' last hurrah gave us the closure we needed. And it did the same for the spectacular cast.

Insecure's season finale gave us a peek into Issa, Molly, and all of our other TV faves' lives in the future. The episode jumped forward every few years and showed us the continued ups and downs - but ultimately, many ups - of the crew. "I mean, this is a journey of growth," Rae explained to Entertainment Tonight. "So, if Issa's in the same place as she was in season one, then we failed."

And while practically no one was ready to say goodbye to Dee's mirror rap sessions or Molly's perfectionism, the ending was perfect for one set of people: the characters. "Like most TV shows, not everybody is gonna get what they want," said Leonard Robinson (Taurean). "[We got] what the characters deserved and what they wanted, which is a great, satisfying ending. It all came to a proper ending."

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And Jay Ellis, who played Lawrence, couldn't agree more. "It's bittersweet, but at the same time, it also felt like, 'Yeah, this is how we're supposed to be. This is what it's supposed to feel like. And this is the way this story's supposed to end,'" the actor shared.

"It's not like these characters' lives are ending," showrunner Prentice Penny added, explaining that their stories will continue - we just won't get to see it anymore. "The audience and the writers aren't continuing with them on their journey. But they're going to still go on and live lives, theoretically." And, according to him, that made the whole process more liberating. "[It] really freed us up to not worry about the perfect ending," Penny explained.

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And while it's no fun to say goodbye, the creative team did the best they could to wrap things up in the most satisfying way. "We brought everything that we could into this last season," said Wade Allain-Marcus (Derek) of the entire cast and crew. "In the end, this was a final gift to [the fans]."

Need some good laughs after that bittersweet finale? We've got the perfect cure: deny reality and rewatch Insecure season one.