FX's critically acclaimed comedy You're the Worst took a big chance when it took on what was eventually a well-received depression arc for Aya Cash's Gretchen in Season 2. Then it surprised viewers again when Gretchen and Jimmy (Chris Geere) said they loved one another in the season finale. On Saturday, series creator Stephen Falk and stars Cash, Geere, and Desmin Borges appeared on stage at the Television Critics Association winter press tour and dished on what to expect when the series returns for Season 3 later this year.
The new season will pick up immediately after the finale
As it stands now, the season premiere will pick up right after Gretchen and Jimmy have admitted their feelings. "Time jumps are useful for certain shows, but it feels like a later season thing where you want to pick stuff up," said Falk. "We thought it would be interesting to start with 'I love you,' and literally see what happens when they walk back in the house. That's the idea right now. I can't guarantee it will play out."
Season 3 won't be based around a central issue like Gretchen's depression
The writers have just finished mapping out the individual arcs for Gretchen, Jimmy, Lindsay (Kether Donohue), and Edgar (Borges) in Season 3, but don't expect the season to have a major theme or mission the way Gretchen's depression dominated half of Season 2. "We're trying hard not to talk [about] this season in terms of some issue we're dealing with like depression. It's a very seductive idea, but I feel like it would feel like we're trying too hard," said Falk. "We're just continuing with the fallout from last season, always moving the characters forward. And maybe some of them will fall. We'll see."
Sunday Funday (better than a Monday!) will probably return
Falk said that the writers would have to come up with the right idea in order for the series to dip back into the Sunday Funday well, but admitted he thinks they have the right idea already, so there's a pretty good chance it will return. For what it's worth, Borges voted for the episode to be set in Cuba.
Season 3 may once again experiment with format
Pointing to the Season 2 run of episodes that featured a bottle episode set in Jimmy's house, a "crazy horror movie" set in a murder house, and an indie movie-like episode in which Gretchen stalked a neighbor couple, Falk said that the series will probably attempt to do similar experiments next season. "Having the freedom on the network we're on and with all the talent that I am lucky to have at my disposal, the ability to do episodes that kind of break form or just take a little pause on the main story to do something else in a different way is just really fun," said Falk. "Having that run together was really gratifying and I was super gratified to see people responding to it. So while I think that could get tiring and feel stunty if you did it too much, it refreshes everyone who works on the show and hopefully the viewers as well."
Lindsay will probably sing again
Donohue, who plays Gretchen's best friend Lindsay, wasn't able to attend the panel because she was in rehearsals for Fox's production of Grease: Live, a role that Falk said will probably bleed over into the new season. "She's super in the moment and so whatever she's doing, she's so into it and it's transformative for her and she shares it with the world," he said. "Right now singing and dancing, she's consumed by it. ... I cant help but think it won't have some spillover into the show just by sheer force of her constantly asking me if she can sing and dance."
Falk also notes that because of where the season will pick up, Lindsay's story will resume from the moment she climbed into the sidecar with Paul in the finale. "We're going to again start from that moment, that moment of regret, see what choices the newly enlightened Lindsay will make now that she has her lumpy hubby back."
Season 3 of You're the Worst will debut later this year on FX.