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Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon & More 'Morning Show' Stars Discuss That Emotional Season 2 Finale

Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon & More 'Morning Show' Stars Discuss That Emotional Season 2 Finale

WARNING: This post contains spoilers for the second season finale of The Morning Show.

The cast of The Morning Show are dishing on the season 2 finale!

In an interview with THR published Monday (November 22), Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and more shared their thoughts on what happened during the final episode of the season, as well as what they thought may happen in season 3.

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Jennifer‘s character Alex faced a massive number of tribulations throughout the second season in the wake of her co-anchor Mitch (Steve Carell) being exposed as a sexual predator. She publicly acknowledged her own complicity in his behavior, went through a divorce, faced being “canceled” and ultimately grieved the death of Mitch.

“It was relentless! Honestly, I did think at one point the writers were trying to kill me!” the actress joked to the outlet. “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh. You guys! Literally crawling to the finish line here.’”

Alex also contracted COVID-19 during a trip to Italy to see Mitch, which showrunner Kerry Ehrin says symbolized her journey over the course of the season.

“The fever to me was almost representative as a fire that burned her, and she rises out of it like a phoenix with a better sense of her true self and the person she wants to be,” she explained.

Jennifer went on to say that Mitch’s death created an opportunity for Alex to hold herself accountable.

“I think that moment when she learns of the news, the bottom drops out and that’s it,” she said. “She realizes, ‘I don’t want the [Morning Show] deal. I don’t want to be this.’ She sort of goes to all the ghosts of the past to make amends and is almost tying up loose ends in order to say, ‘I can’t. That’s it. That’s a wrap.’”

“It’s a portrayal of what happens to a person being that broken down and that kind of surrendered because your body is so sick, where there’s no filter and there’s just the truth,” she said of Alex’s finale broadcast. “She’s hit: F–k it. And doesn’t give a shit what anybody thinks anymore. She’s spent the whole season trying to plug up all the holes in the canoe so she could not be found out, this desperation. But now she’s saying, unapologetically: This is who I am, this is what I am.”

“Alex goes on a very important journey where she questions: Is she still relevant? She was so fearful of Maggie’s book, like it’s really going to hurt her existence. She was a very fearful person at the start of the season and she really goes on a journey of self-discovery and of enormous change and really looks in that mirror,” executive producer Mimi Leder added. “For the end sequence, we wanted it to feel more like a prayer than a pronouncement. That it was Alex saying: This is what I hope for, this is what I wish for; this is what I want it to be. We really wanted it to be singular with her, alone, in some way having it be raw, naked and exposed. To be like a prayer.”

The second season also found Reese Witherspoon‘s character Bradley struggling to search for her missing brother, causing her to rely on Cory (Billy Crudup) for help despite the season-long romance she had with Laura (Julianna Margulies) the season prior.

“I’m really interested in their love triangle between Laura and Cory, the complexity of the chemistry she has with Cory,” Reese said. “But, again, it’s a person she works with, so I’m really curious how it all plays out. I think we’re all hard on ourselves and she’s a character who comes from a pretty complicated past that she still hasn’t really reconciled. Her relationship with her brother is really complex and I’m really interested in what the next step would be with her and her brother, because it’s such a big piece of her life. Your siblings can really define you, and either help you or torpedo you.”

Julianna added that Laura was a woman “so comfortable and calm, that you want Bradley to find refuge” and describing their relationship as a “safe-haven.”

“I don’t know where it’s going to go, but I really love their relationship and I think that even the little bit that you saw will change Bradley, whether or not Bradley is with her or not,” she said.

Billy said that he’s not sure character’s confession to Bradley at the end of the season will mean.

“It was such a shocking moment for Cory to realize that [he loves Bradley],” the actor said. “When he says it to Bradley, I think it’s truly a discovery. Whether it happened to him just in that moment or the day before, it wasn’t something that he’s been sitting on for four months [the timeline of seasons one and two].”

“He’s been a caretaker in a way. What he was really concerned about was the well-being of this precious person to him and being able to articulate that that was also him being in love with her, it would have been impossible until that moment,” he continued. “I don’t think that was the motivation for him trying to undermine her relationship with Laura, but I [also] don’t know what kind of potential there is in the future [with Cory and Bradley].”

He also discussed the failure to launch streamer UBA+ and how it will impact Cory professionally.

“I’ve been playing him as a ruthless gamer for a couple years, so I would be disappointed if we didn’t keep that up,” Billy said. “One thing about that kind of person is, they’re willing to get in those hostile environments because they’re willing to take a punch. And he better get knocked on his ass so that they can maybe reveal the depths of his actual strength.”

UBA president Stella Bak (Greta Lee) is also tasked with a number of challenges throughout season 2.

“There’s an endless amount of drama because this is a workplace drama, that’s the magic of this,” Greta has said about her hopes to return “as a boss.” She also added, “It feels like an athletic event being on this show, what’s required of you in terms of pace and stamina. And it’s been a real joy to be able to step up and play ball with these guys.”

Kerry Ehrin said that while the team behind the show is waiting on a season three renewal, she didn’t factor that into her approach towards the finale.

“You can’t write every year as a possible series finale and have them have any value after a certain point. We wanted to write about the time, those three months, and the characters in that time and how they all wound up. So, no I don’t think it’s written as an end to the series at all,” she explained.

She teased of a possible third season, “You could [jump into the future]. You could go backwards. It’s such an interesting little universe. You really can put it anywhere in time, and I think the challenge of the show is coming up with that big subject.”

Reese also said she imagines that the third season would be post-COVID.

“If #MeToo was the center of season one and season two has so many issues but really tackles the impending pandemic, I would love to see how the world realigns post-quarantine,” she says. “Even though that seems optimistic to say at this point, with people still dealing with the complexity of COVID and really what it’s doing to different industries. But just, how the whole world has culturally shifted in so many ways; the way we communicate and work, the way we talk to each other — there’s definitely a lot to talk about and tackle.”

Kerry discussed the possible storylines for season 3 in another interview last week.

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