Tessa (Jane Levy) vs. Dalia (Carly Chaikin): It's the battle that's been brewing since Suburgatory started, and on Wednesday's hour-long season finale (8/7c on ABC), series creator and showrunner Emily Kapnek promises the fireworks will be well worth the wait. "There is just a full-blown, very wildly choreographed girlfight," she tells TVGuide.com. "It's kind of one of those moments where it was bound to happen and it's the only way to settle it. It's really an epic girlfight."
Unfortunately their long-awaited scuffle couldn't come at a worse time for their parents. In the final moments of last week's episode, George (Jeremy Sisto) and Dallas (Cheryl Hines) decided to move in together. So will Dalia and Tessa be able to work things out and co-habitate? Will George and Dallas actually go through with the big move? And what does Kapnek have planned for next season? Here are 5 more teases for what's on the horizon in Chatswin:
1. Don't call the movers just yet: Although George's house is already sold, it sounds like those housewarming presents may have to be put on hold. And Dalia's mad beef with Tessa is only partly to blame for George and Dallas' possible cold feet. "One [reason] is that their kids are just in no way, shape or form ready for what they thought the timing was right for. The other thing is a growing uncertainty from Dallas," Kapnek says. "There has been all season, in terms of George's dedication to her and the amount that George loves her and what kind of love it is. I think she's really been feeling insecure and looking long and hard at their relationship and if they are emotional equals," she adds. "Everything that defines George's stability in Chatswin is kind of torn away. We leave with a really uncertain feeling as to how all this is going to shake out in future."
2. But do roll out the welcome (back) wagon: Just as the drama escalates in both Dallas and Dalia's personal lives, someone very important from their past will return to Chatswin: Steven Royce (Jay Mohr). "All those pictures of Dalia and George, the true meaning behind those is that they are meant to upset one person — someone who's been long absent and that's Dalia's dad," Kapnek says. "There's a little bit of an interesting reveal there as to what exactly brought Steven back to town." It's a safe bet his daughter's close relationship with "Daddy Altman" is not going to sit well. "It's a very relatable storyline when you're out of the picture and someone moves in and is walking in your shoes with your kid, so he and George definitely have words about what it means to be a parent," Kapnek says. "He's still very territorial about Dalia even though he's not around. So we get to watch their clash of opinions about parenting."
3. Mom's the word: Dalia's dad isn't the only one hopping on the Chatswin Express. Tessa's mom Alex (Malin Akerman) will also return. "Tessa's mom has been waiting in the wings a little bit since Christmas. There is a huge sense on Alex's part that she well deserved that walk-out on Christmas from Tessa, and she's never going to have a kid that has any feelings of connection to her and bond to her if she doesn't make more of an effort to be available and to be involved," Kapnek says. "In the wake of the fall-out between Dalia and Tessa, and Tessa learning that George intends to move in with Dallas and Dalia, it's really never a better time for Alex to rear her head and say, 'You know what? I'm around if you need me.'"
4. But is she here to stay? Although Akerman is attached to a comedy pilot at ABC, Kapnek says she hopes that Alex can come back next season. "We'd love to explore what it means to be forced into a co-parenting situation with someone that you thought was out of the picture," she says. "If we don't get that opportunity, we'll at least explore what it means for George and Tessa to be at odds. Now that Tessa is almost 18 and is really looking at college the following year, this is her last year in Chatswin. We'll see George really trying to do some repair on their relationship and try and get back to where they were," Kapnek says. "The truth is, George moved Tessa to Chatswin to be closer with her and at the end of Season 2, a lot has happened to dismantle that closeness."
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5. Look for the C-word to pop up again a lot next season: Technically, Suburgatory has not yet been renewed, but Kapnek is already planning Seasons 3 and 4. "I really think, for me, one of the most fantastic things about our show and our ensemble is really how deep the bench is. Not just in terms of the talent, but in terms of the storytelling and I feel like this is a show that can continue to reinvent itself," she says. "Dealing with how Tessa navigates New York if she has the opportunity to go back there — whether its Columbia or NYU — and George's feelings about having a kid back in the city or him dealing with empty nest syndrome and saying, 'What am I doing in Chatswin if my kid is no longer here?" — I think all of this stuff is really rich and fertile story area. If we're lucky enough to get there, we will explore all of that stuff and have things play out in real time because I do think it's really rewarding to have a show that continues to grow with its viewers." As for Season 3, Kapnek is optimistic about the show's renewal prospects. "I'm so proud of the work that everyone's done, and I know that ABC is happy with the content of the show," she says. "So I remain hopeful, and fingers crossed."
Suburgatory's hour-long season finale airs Wednesday at 8/7c on ABC.
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