(Editor’s note: This post contains spoilers for ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,’ including the series finale.)
The final season of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” featured plenty of leaps into the future that surprised fans, but perhaps none as shocking as when Midge (Rachel Brosnahan) visited Joel (Michael Zegen)… in prison.
It was also an impressive turn for the actors.
“I don’t like to know anything in advance,” Zegen said during the IndieWire Awards Spotlight discussion with Brosnahn. “I like to read the episodes and take it from there.”
“I’ve always tried to tell you secrets!” Brosnahan interjected, laughing. “But I was full of secrets and I had to tell someone—and you’re my person, and half the time you don’t hear me.”
Zegen eventually learned of Joel’s dark and somewhat mysterious future thanks to the make-up artist spilling the beans, but the scene in episode 5 remains the most memorable for viewers. no see.
“There was actually an alt ending to that scene, which was fair chimney Midge and Joel in jail, Brosnahan said. “It was one of the roughest scenes we’ve ever shot. I wonder why it didn’t work. They talked about boning in a trailer, didn’t they?
“He said he wanted to jump over the table and do all kinds of things,” Zegen said.
“So we know that even though that didn’t make it into the final cut, there was a version where they were still hot for each other until the end,” Brosnahan concluded, putting the most positive spin on jailhouse coitus imaginable.
As exes, sometimes friends, co-parents and sometimes lovers, the two’s on-screen relationship accompanied the Prime Video Emmy Award-winning series for five seasons, so in the final season, the actors wondered where things might end for the couple.
“I was talking to Amy when I asked her what was going to happen during the show,” Brosnahan said. “He told me that they would never formally tie the knot — that there would always be a lot of love there, they would always be a part of each other’s lives, but they would never be exactly on the same page. again. And one day, when Midge ends up in his attic apartment, she will always look back on the day before she left Joel as the happiest day of her life.
Together now: Awww.
But fans know that Mrs. Maisel was working with her true love after all — just not who she originally suspected. In the final episode of the series, Midge finally makes her big break by performing an unsanctioned stand-up set live during “The Gordon Ford Show” with her family, including Joel, in the studio audience. The scene is very art-imitates-life as it reflected the filming experience.
“Even since the show aired, I’ve been sent tons of videos of that last moment, and it seems like that was the feeling,” Brosnahan said. “Amy kept asking for more shots at the last minute. And I asked: What does he need? What’s wrong?’ Then we realized it was hard to call the final cut, print it, check it and call the series.”
“It was tough,” Zegen said. “Rachel had to do the same set over and over again, all week, until they got the reaction from the writers, while they got the reaction from the audience. When the last “cut, print, this wrap” was said, the confetti came down, everyone hugged, champagne was handed out, it was four in the morning, I think. It was hard, but beautiful.”
Their long-running streak may now be officially behind them after a charming, full-circle finale, but some fans are still searching for clues to the duo’s happily ever after status.
“A lot of people have been asking about the scene, the little clip at the end (when) they transition to the picture of us from the wedding,” Zegen said. “Does this mean they got back together?” … But just because you showed it doesn’t necessarily mean we’re back together. There’s just so much love in it. I don’t know, we’ll find out at the restart.”
Your move, Prime Video.
Watch the full Awards Spotlight conversation between Brosnahan and Zegen above.