“I’m gonna miss this.” Us too, Dutch. Us too. Thankfully, it was a Killjoys ending that also contained many new beginnings all wrapped into one. The Lady was ultimately defeated, though work remains to be done there, Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen) made her peace with Khlyen (Rob Stewart) before finally confessing her feelings for D’avin (Luke Macfarlane), and Johnny (Aaron Ashmore) got set for his year away off on his own. All in all, the series finale, “Last Dance” written by creator Michelle Lovretta and directed by Stefan Pleszczynski, felt like one giant love letter to fans who have been right there along for the ride with Team Awesome Force for the past five seasons.
Not only did Lovretta’s finale give viewers some much needed closure on Dutch and her team’s fight, but it also offered up a feeling of joy and hope that felt like the show’s way of giving fans a great big warm hug as we prepare to move on for a life without the SYFY and CTV Sci-Fi series. The TV Junkies were lucky enough to speak with Lovretta about the finale episode and saying goodbye after five seasons. In Part 1 of our interview, she discusses how she approached writing the finale, why it felt right to her to give everyone a happy ending, and whether or not that ending came close to what she had imagined back at the start of the series. Lovretta also shares how current Killjoys showrunner Adam Barken helped to make all of this come true.
The TV Junkies: How did you go about approaching this finale?
Michelle Lovretta: It really is incredibly daunting having to contemplate how to end all five seasons. I think the way through it is remembering how you started. Ideally, when you first create something, you don’t do it for anybody else. You don’t dream it up hoping for a sale. You don’t even tell anyone the details for a long while. You just hold these precious, weirdo little imaginary friends in your head and heart and tell yourself a story that’s just for you, and ultimately, that’s how I approached the finale. I decided the best thing to do was to go back to that ethos, and tell myself a story about how I wanted to see these people end — not what would please the most people, because I don’t know the most people. In a way, that’s not really my job. That’s an ancillary thing you hope to do as a writer, but my job is to fall in love with the story myself and find a way through it, within the restraints of our budget or production limitations and all those other practicalities.