‘Royal Pains’ exclusive: Co-creator on planning series finale, building to natural conclusion
Fans of “Royal Pains,” the end is (almost) here. The series finale will be airing on USA July 6, and while you prepare to embark on a holiday weekend, we want to give you a little bit more insight into how this particular ending came about.
While speaking to CarterMatt earlier this week, co-creator / executive producer Andrew Lenchewski talked about when he first started to figure out that season 8 was going to be the end, the great opportunity that he and the writers finding a fitting end to the story of Hank, Evan, and every other character in the cast.
“As you might have known, there was some speculation about whether or not season 6 was going to be our last season, so when we broke the story for the season 6 finale, we had to construct something that could serve as a season finale, if we got a seventh season, and a series finale, if that was it for us. That was challenging, and obviously a difficult experience emotionally. Having said that, we were given the greatest gift you can ask for after that: The network and studio telling us that not only were they going to renew us, but they were going to give us two seasons to wrap up the storytelling on our terms. As writers, that was the ultimate luxury since we had the 16 episodes that would be broken into this two final seasons. We were allowed the opportunity to create a road map to get from where we were to where we thought a lot of the characters should end up at the conclusion.”
We don’t want to give too much away on the finale, but we’re going to have a full postmortem with Lenchewski and fellow executive producer Michael Rauch not long after the series finale ends. For now, we’ll tell you (per Rauch) that two of the primary goals for the series finale were to stay true to some of the show’s characters, and then also have the stories pay dividends to the fans who have been watching for so many years.