Prom is right around the corner on The CW’s The Carrie Diaries, but while we might have assumed that would be where Carrie (AnnaSophia Robb) finally lost her virginity to Sebastian (Austin Butler), well, they just broke up in the last episode. So they are going into prom– and the first season finale of the series– newly single and equally brokenhearted.
“It’s a few weeks later, and that’s a big debate: what will happen to her at prom and where are they? I think they’re in a surprising place at the end of that breakup. I think, in the earlier episodes, when they broke up because she found out about the teacher, it was filled with a lot of anger and kind of ‘Let’s back away from each other.’ This one is just sad for both of them,” The Carrie Diaries creator Amy B. Harris said to LA TV Insider Examiner in Los Angeles late last month.
But the truth of it is, “Kiss Yesterday Goodbye” might not be much of a prom episode for many of the characters. Harris wants her show to go out with a bang at the end of its first season, but that isn’t inherently going to come with a big chunk of the episode dedicated to another big party.
“The prom is going to be surprising for a lot of people. The prom might not actually be prom for a lot of people!” Harris said.
“A lot sort of explodes at the beginning of the episode, so a lot of people won’t be so happy to be going to prom together.”
Though Harris revealed that we will see “Mouse in all of her glory” in a big, floral, pouffy, Laura Ashley type gown, the combination of Sebastian and Carrie’s less-than-festive feelings and some big things happening with Walt (Brendan Dooling) at the start of the episode distract the group from celebrating.
“Walt’s going to be forced to face his choices a lot sooner than I think he wanted to, and it’s going to have some pretty dramatic effects on everybody…I think there’s a few people who are going to be shocked if they figure it out and be very upset because their past will be rewritten, in a way,” Harris said.
“What I really wanted to do was blow up a lot of stuff so season two was really exciting. I did not want to live for one season.”
However, Harris also said that a great emphasis in this thirteen and final first season episode will be on the “New York side of things.” In her mind, future episodes and seasons of the show will see the city as a “big presence” for all of the characters and independent of Carrie. To start, we will learn of a character’s roommate who just happens to be someone we know– from the Sex and the City franchise. While we will not meet this character face-to-face yet, Harris promised a “nod” to someone the characters will meet over the summer. And if she gets her way and a second season, a small arc in the first few episodes will actually show us some of that summer, so hopefully we’ll get to officially meet that young version, too.
“We’re [also] going to see Carrie using a different mechanism for writing which will be a little nod to when we see her typing later,” Harris said of further Sex and the City nods in “Kiss Yesterday Goodbye.”
This first season of The Carrie Diaries has been about the loss of innocence for Carrie and a number of her friends in their own ways. The season finale will certainly ramp that up but also leave Carrie– and Walt– with a tempting offer from Larissa (Freema Agyeman) that should definitely require them both to focus and prioritize what is most important to them. We have clearly seen Carrie choose a potential career over a guy (Sebastian) in the past, especially in just last episode, and that is a rare thing for a girl her age to do. She’ll have to decide if it was worth it, and if it was truly in her character to do so, or if she wants to try to change her behavior and balance a bit better.
“Carrie Bradshaw writes “Sex and the City,” so she’s always, to some degree, merging work and love, to some degree. I love that in [episode] 10 [Sebastian] sort of blew up her chance at work, and then in 11, he was happy for her going off for spring break and having her own thing, and then in 12, I don’t believe he cared that she went off and did the interview; I believe it was about ‘You turned this night that was supposed to be about us’…She’s still a high school student, too, so how much is she missing at home between New York and school?” Harris said.
“The fun of it is season two, after all of those moments have happened, and you’ve had some betrayals along the way, who do you become? I think that’s the journey pretty much all of the kids are going to be going on for season two.”
The Carrie Diaries airs on The CW Monday nights at 8 p.m. “Kiss Yesterday Goodbye” airs on April 8 2013.
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