Nurse Jackie is ready for its final shift.
Though Jackie (Edie Falco) was arrested during the season finale, a promo for the Showtime series’ final season showed that the pill-popping addict will be back at work thanks to a lawsuit for wrongful termination, though she will have to earn the trust of her peers and family back. It’s become a bit of a running theme for Nurse Jackie in that the titular character has lied and schemed her way out of nearly every worst-case scenario and has lived to tell the tale. But will she be so lucky when the series comes to a close this year?
When asked at the Television Critics Association’s winter TV previews whether he’s a believer in happy endings, executive producer Clyde Phillips replied bluntly, “No, I’m not. I’m a believer in authentic endings. I think that the ending of this season is as authentic as it can possibly be and will be really satisfying for viewers.”
Ahead of the panel, Phillips revealed to EW that the writers had planned for a completely different ending at the start of the season that changed by the time they got around to writing the finale. “There are several things you can do with an addict,” he said. “You can have the addict die. You can have the addict be completely clean and get a happy life, or you can go anywhere in between. As Edie herself will say, ‘You’re an addict for life.’ The character of Nurse Jackie is an addict for life. There is a price to be paid for that. There are consequences and we examine those consequences very closely at the end.”
While Phillips was shy to say viewers would get closure from the finale—he opted instead to say they’d feel a sense of “completeness”—he promised viewers would be “shocked,” though “compassionate” with the ending.
Nurse Jackie‘s final season debuts April 12 at 9 p.m. ET on Showtime.