The following narrative contains spoilers from Sunday’s Ray Donovan finale — proceed at your hold grief.
Ray Donovan entered the season with a loss of life wish and ended it with a lengthy overdue bawl for support — the restoration is nigh, people!
Within the closing moments of Sunday’s Season 6 finale, Liev Schreiber’s titular fixer phoned psychiatrist Dr. Amiot (Alan Alda) to safe the ball rolling on regular therapy sessions. The leap forward came within the wake of a brutal 12-episode stretch that found Ray’s hands any other time covered in literal and figurative blood.
Below, Ray Donovan showrunner David Hollander discusses the episode’s big loss of life (R.I.P., Susan Sarandon’s Sam Winslow) and answers our burning questions relating to the already-ordered Season 7.
TVLINE | Ought to you might perhaps well well perhaps’ve urged me initially of the season that Sam Winslow would be willing to sacrifice Bridget’s life to extra her agenda I’d’ve been a chunk of skeptical. Did you wrestle with having that personality antagonistic that line?
Sure we did. [But] we assigned her a better need and gave her a ruthlessness from the time we met her [last season]. Our bodies had been buried with Sam Winslow from Day One. When she came into our lives she changed into as soon as that roughly person. So I didn’t in actuality feel prefer it changed into as soon as a seismic shift in her personality. I didn’t quiz it to head there. But as you write, things happen. And her need needed to be better than her desire to build up her employee, Ray Donovan. I also didn’t judge she idea it changed into as soon as going to head as a ways because it did.
TVLINE | Did you admire going into the season that Ray changed into as soon as going to abolish Sam?
No. I had no notion. We had been determining her personality as we went.
TVLINE | A brand contemporary, darker Bridget emerged following her kidnapping. How exactly did that skills commerce her?
The resolution to beget her evolve into that get of matriarchal personality changed into as soon as built out from Season 5. She carried hundreds of emotional heaviness in Season 5. Abby’s loss of life in Episode 508 in actuality delivered her because the contemporary grownup. For me, we had already rung that bell; the kidnapping changed into as soon as nearly extra of a train piece. Even sooner than she changed into as soon as assign into that field she changed into as soon as safe as hell. She changed into as soon as breaking apart alongside with her father, she changed into as soon as making selections with what she desired to construct… She changed into as soon as doing things that no one in our world has finished sooner than with Ray.
TVLINE | The closing sequence foreshadowed a greater feature for Alan Alda and, most definitely, a Sopranos-form subplot the place we stare Ray going to weekly therapy sessions. Is that what you’re planning for Season 7?
The proper import of Alan’s personality — and, yes, we are in a position to stare [more of] Alan [next season] — revolves around Ray’s need for a loving father and an older authority settle who thinks he’s special. Or cares for him. There might perhaps well be some therapy, however it completely’s going to be extra about their relationship and no more about Ray sitting with the physician talking about his varied personality defects or neuroses or drugs he wishes to be taking. That didn’t interest me that considerable. But their relationship in actuality fervent me. And what it might perhaps well well stand for for Ray. And what Amiot might perhaps well well counsel Ray peep at. And how Ray responds to those suggestions is attention-grabbing.
TVLINE | It appears to be like Mickey is headed to penal complex again — most definitely for gracious this time. What does that time out for Jon Voight’s involvement in Season 7?
Jon is continually around. No one picked up [Mickey]. He’s sitting there drinking with his family [in the finale’s last scene]. I wouldn’t rule out Mickey no longer being in penal complex. It changed into as soon as implied [that he was going to prison] however it completely doesn’t point out Mickey is going to play ball.
TVLINE | The finale also foreshadowed a greater feature for Zach Grenier’s Ed Feratti in Season 7…
Zach might perhaps well be piece of the level to. The underlying accept as true with the relationship between Feratti and Ray [is that] Ray doesn’t in actuality like Feratti. So how that relationship is going to play out might perhaps well well very properly be a chunk of various than [typical] employer/employee.
TVLINE | Sandy Martin has been a tall addition to the solid. Did you admire straight away that you simply struck gold alongside with her personality?
We knew that this personality changed into as soon as going to beget a safe field within the 365 days because we knew that, within the kill, Mickey changed into as soon as going to be residing on this girl’s dwelling as soon as he got to Recent York. When we started writing [the role], it changed into as soon as constantly Sandy Martin [that we had in mind]. We didn’t even audition any one else. That’s why the personality is named Sandy. She’s a pistol.
TVLINE | How can Lena jog support to work for Ray after what he’s finished?
That’s some attention-grabbing and dramatic storytelling for me. They [speak a] various language. Even that outlandish runt reward that Ray gave her is get of a foundational apology. The premise that in their twisted common sense that he left [that guy] tied up in a warehouse for her to [kill] is a chunk of reward for her and perhaps that will commence a curiosity about how they might perhaps well well simply reconnect.
TVLINE | Abet in October, Pooch Hall changed into as soon as arrested for DUI and child endangerment. Will his gracious troubles influence his return in Season 7?
No. It won’t. We be pleased Pooch. We imprint Pooch’s struggles and we in actuality feel like Pooch is taking every step he wishes to take to rehabilitate himself and safe things real. We quiz him to be right here Day 1 [on Season 7] to safe support to work.