The cast of “Weeds” was wistful and rather relaxed at the Television Critics Association press tour on Monday. Perhaps because they have completed their 8th and final season of the series—or maybe we can thank the joints distributed throughout the room just prior to panel. Oh wait, those were props. “It’s the stuff we smoke on the show. It’s not the good stuff,” said actor Justin Kirk. “We were up all night bagging those,” joked Kevin Nealon.
The cast was asked about their thoughts on the substance after all these years of acting with it, to which Kirk replied, “I used to say that pot took away from my rent, and now it pays it.” Fair enough.
On the evolution of characters throughout the 8 seasons showrunner Jenji Kohan said it was the tone, the characters and the mistakes the characters made that remained consistent. “Once you’ve had that consistency, you can sort of take them anywhere and see how they would play in new ponds.”
Mary-Louise Parker expressed sadness about leaving her character behind and thanked Kohan and Bob Greenblatt their support. “I’m just proud of her and everybody and sad, and I really didn’t want to come today unless David Nevins showed up in a chicken suit. I guess that wasn’t going to happen. In any case, but all things have to end,” she added whimsically.