For the past few seasons, many have wondered just how longWeeds would continue on for. Many have speculated that the last couple of years could have easily been the comedy’s final seasons, will the series has been renewed time and time again. With an eight season on the way, the rumor mill continue to churn out that this could be the final year yet again for the long running show, and today Showtime has officially revealed that at the end of the summer Weeds will be going up in smoke.
EW reports that Weeds‘ eighth season will indeed be its last as both the network and creator Jenji Kohan have both come to an agreement on ending the show. Showtime president David Nevins said in a statement, “There were two shows, Weeds and Dexter, that really got Showtime taken seriously for cutting-edge original programming. How they get brought home is really important. In this case, both for the sake of the two women behind the show [Kohan and Golden Globe-winning star Mary-Louise Parker] and an audience that’s really invested in the show. TV fans love nothing better than to complain about how shows end and we really want to end this one the right way.”
It was indicated earlier this year that Weeds may be going off the air as Justin Kirk received a leading role in the new NBC comedy Animal Practice. While his contract was relaxed enough that he could reprise his role on Weeds in the future, it seems now that will no longer be a problem. This also comes at a time where Mary-Louise Parker’s film career is in a true upswing as she preps to film RED 2 with Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, and more, while she’ll also have a big role in next summer’s fellow comic book adaptation R.I.P.D. with Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges.
But, what can fans expect from the final season? After the quick resolution of the assassination cliffhanger from season seven, Weeds is said to be coming home again as the series will return to the suburbs. It’s unclear whether or not the James’ family will return after their leading regular roles in the first three seasons, but with the storytelling inclusion of Heylia last year it seems ultimately unlikely as it was shown the James family had split into different corners of California. However, there’s a good chance creative could perform a full circle to bring bring the family once more with the final season declaration, with perhaps Romany Malco reprising his role as Conrad once more. Who knows? Perhaps we may even see Celia Hodes one more time.
Weeds final season kicks off on July 1st at 10PM, only on Showtime.