Image Credit: Patrick Wymore/ABC FamilyFor fans of ABC Family’s canceled series 10 Things I Hate About You, the Monday blahs are worse than usual. Where once fans had snappy dialogue, romance, and Ethan Peck to look forward to on Monday evenings, now there is just the empty void left by cancellation.
“I was telling someone it feels kind of like a breakup,” 10 Things creator Carter Covington tells EW.com. “Like you got dumped by this person and you’re like, ‘Wait a second. But we had such a great thing going on. Why would you dump me?'” Before you start writing angry letters to ABC Family, know that Covington doesn’t blame the network. “I know they loved the show,” he says, adding, “I think they were in a difficult, difficult position to try to figure out how to market and bring back one half-hour comedy by itself.”
For those frustrated by the series finale’s many cliffhangers, Covington sends his apologies: “It’s really hard for me because there’s nothing I would wish more than to have been able to have a series finale that really provided some closure for everybody.” Even though that was impossible — production wrapped before the cancellation axe came down — Covington is satisfied with how things ended. “In the life of the series, to me, Kat and Patrick were always going to run off into the sunset together,” he says. “In a way, I’m happy that the series ended where it did because at least they were together.”
But what about all the cliffhangers?! Unfortunately, we’ll never see them play out. Nor will Ethan Peck be piercing through the TV screen every Monday. “I think that might be what my contribution to history is — bringing Ethan Peck into the consciousness of America,” Convington laughs. But we’ve got the next best thing. Covington shared with EW.com what was in store for Kat, Bianca, Patrick, Joey, Cameron, and the rest of Padua High’s student body. Let’s break it down cliffhanger by cliffhanger:
Cliffhanger #1: Walter walks in on Kat and Patrick together in bed. Naked. Surprisingly, the incident wasn’t going to drive a wedge between the couple. Says Covington: “I really wanted to keep Kat and Patrick together as a couple because I think that their struggle to become closer is much more interesting than them being apart. The plan for season two was to have Walter walking in on them up the stakes of that. He was going to demand to meet Patrick’s parents, which was going to introduce his mother and his stepfather and let us get a greater insight into Patrick’s home life, which we were going to keep stressful and not ideal. We introduced that concept in the first 10 and we were going to see why Patrick’s home life is a stressful place for him.
“The idea was Patrick was going to have conflict with Kat. She is this driven girl who wants to go to college and sees herself being successful. And Patrick – we were really going to explore how he’s a guy who’s like, ‘College isn’t in my future. That’s not who I am. I’m not a student. I don’t know what I want to do, but I know I don’t want to go to college.’ Her mission was, ‘Of course you want to go to college. Everyone wants to go to college. And you’re smart.’ She was really going to be sort of pushing him and that was going to turn him off because that’s trying to change him. I think the end of season two was going to sort of end in a place of frustration between the two of them where she’s like, ‘I just want the best for you,’ and he’s like, ‘Who says you know what’s best?’
“We were going to develop a relationship between Walter and Patrick where Walter becomes a father-ish figure to Patrick. He’s never had sons and Patrick doesn’t really have a father. That was going to be a nice thing so that when Kat is on the outs with Patrick, she finds that her father still has this relationship with him. In seeing Patrick’s family and learning more about him, Walter really becomes sympathetic and sees that Patrick really is a good guy who’s had a tough road.”
Cliffhanger #2: Where there’s a happy Kat and Patrick, there’s Blank? Yes, the British thorn in Kat’s side was going to stick around. Covington: “I was excited to explore who his family was. Blank serves as a counterpoint to Patrick because he is ambitious. He wants to go to college. He’s a thinker, not a doer like Patrick. We were going to evolve out that relationship and also show that through Blank and his mother, Kat has this connection to her mother and what she was like, which was going to be just a place for her to find out what her mom was like in a very similar time in her life.” Does that mean we’d see a love triangle? “I’m not sure,” Covington says. “I really liked the actor who played Blank. I liked the idea of Kat struggling with whether or not Patrick can fit into what her goals are in life. I like that idea. As much as everyone hates love triangles, sometimes you have to give that character a choice. Blank was going to be that choice, but we hadn’t really figured out how we were going to do it because I really didn’t want to get into a situation that felt like a predictable love triangle.
Cliffhanger #3: Patrick asks Kat to… What?! Walter chose this opportune moment to walk in on the twosome, so viewers never got to hear what favor Patrick was going to ask for from Kat. So what was he going to say? Covington is hesitant to give an answer, choosing to leave it open to interpretation rather than disappointing people. Then he admits, “We really didn’t know. We were like, ‘We’ll figure that out when we get a season two.'” Fans, are you willing to accept that? No? Didn’t think so. “With the way the season ended now, I would say he says, ‘Don’t break my heart either,’ and she says, ‘OK,'” Covington reveals. “Because that’s how the series should have ended in long-term.”
Cliffhanger #4: Bianca sees Joey kiss another girl on The Biggest Poser. After getting evicted from the Poser house, Joey was going to come back to Padua with a little bit of his spark lost. That would have set the stage for more of an earned Bianca/Cameron/Joey love triangle. While having trouble dealing with the new Joey, Bianca was going to turn to Cameron. “What we always talked about with Bianca was what happens when you’re genuinely in love with two people? That’s really what we wanted to build,” Covington says.
Cliffhanger #5: Chastity transfers to a new school. She was really going to be gone! Dana Davis asked to be relieved from her contract to explore new opportunities. Bianca’s friend Dawn was going to made a series regular to fill the absence.
Covington also reveals that they planned to keep Kat’s Buddhist lifestyle and bring in a friend for her since Jolene Purdy (Mandela) got a role on another series.
PopWatchers, does that make you feel better about the series finale that wasn’t supposed to be a series finale? What do you think about the season two plans? Are you more bummed than ever that you won’t get to see Walter and Patrick bond?