By Julie Mazziotta
September 17, 2018 at 07:29 PM EDT

Issa Rae sees you, #LawrenceHive!

The writer and creator of HBO’s hit show Insecure says that fans always want to talk to her about Lawrence Walker, her character’s ex-boyfriend.

“They always want to talk about Lawrence,” Rae, 33, tells PeopleTV. “They always want to talk about the relationships on this show.”

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The show’s devoted fans are so obsessed with Lawrence, played by Jay Ellis, that the LawrenceHive hashtag — a nod to Beyoncé’s #BeyHive — frequently trends on Twitter during each episode. When the news broke ahead of season 3 that his character wouldn’t be back on the show, fans started a petition imploring Rae to write him back on.

Rae, who is a first-time nominee this year for outstanding actress in a comedy, says that their enthusiasm keeps her and the writers on their toes.

“It’s just so cool that people have conversations about this show,” she says. “They dissect every since facet. I’m aware that conversations are happening so we can’t slip in our storytelling, but I’m good at shutting that down in the writers’ room.”

The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Michael Che and Colin Jost, will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Monday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.