by Kate Stanhope
Reshma Shetty, Mark Feuerstein
Pills! Pregnancy! Politics! It’s been a surprisingly intense season for the Hamptons’ top concierge medical team on Royal Pains, and no one is more aware than the show’s executive producers. “It was a very challenging prospect to deal with creatively and figuring out how to tell the story … because we wanted to continue to show the chinks in the Hank armor and in a way that still protected the character and still protected the tone of the show,” co-creator and executive producer Andrew Lenchewski tells TVGuide.com. “Hopefully when the audience sees how this all turns out in terms of the character, they’ll understand why we told the story we told.”
After overcoming the rough waters of Hank’s addiction and Evan’s first-ever political campaign, where does HankMed & Co. go from here? Ahead of Wednesday’s season finale (9/8c, USA), showrunners Lenchewski and Michael Rauch spoke with TVGuide.com about Jeremiah’s abrupt departure, Evan and Paige’s marital woes and what’s to come in Season 6:
Evan’s biggest battle is yet to come: Sure, he earned a hard-won seat on the Village Council, but Evan (Paulo Costanzo) lost his wife in the process when he and Paige (Brooke D’Orsay) learned that their marriage wasn’t valid — the latest marital woe for the newlyweds. “[Paige] points out that as a couple, they do incredibly well in crisis, but when it comes to the day-to-day business of actually sustaining a marriage, that’s where they fall short. It’s a really provocative insight that throws Evan back and brings him to a big realization about what he needs to do,” Lenchewski says. “He makes a surprising call at the end of the finale that will set their course for Season 6.” Should fans start worrying about Paige and Evan’s future together? Rauch is equally ominous. “We wanted to portray in a realistic way and show that things can be complicated and get them to a place where they really have to re-asses what they want to fix in their relationship and if they want to fix that.”
This may be the end of Divya’s baby drama: But not in a good way, as seen in the photo above and in this promo for the season finale — spoiler alert! — Divya (Reshma Shetty) will be hit hard with pregnancy-related pains. The producers wouldn’t spill much but did say that her story line has to do “with her pregnancy and the risk of possibly losing the baby,” according to Rauch. “Because we hit so many emotional areas with Divya’s pregnancy in terms of the tradition of her family and being a single woman and how she’s going to balance all of it, we also wanted to make sure that we played the physical nature of what she’s going through based on some of the stuff that we’ve talked about in the past.”
Don’t count Jeremiah out just yet: Feeling partly to blame for Hank’s pill-popping issue, Jeremiah (Ben Shenkman) left a note announcing his resignation effective immediately. However, the newest addition to HankMed doesn’t venture too far. “He’s actually retreated to a familiar place of comfort for him where he feels safe and protected emotionally,” Lenchewski says. “The finale is really going to be about if Hank can regain his trust and if so, how? And if not, what does that mean for Jeremiah and HankMed?” But will his feelings for Divya, and her medical scare in the finale, bring Jeremiah back? “Divya and Jeremiah have obviously built a very close and very important relationship with each other, so her well being is a factor in most of the big decisions that we’ve seen Jeremiah make,” Rauch says.
Hank may need to learn to let go: Hank (Mark Feuerstein) may have already resolved his little pill problem, but the repercussions of his usage, and specifically his using while on the job, could still come back to haunt him. “For the first time he’s had to deal with his limitations as a human being and not always being able to be the hero that he’s used to being; that we’re all used to him being,” Lenchewski says. “In the finale, he’s going to have to come to terms with those limitations and figure out the best way for him to move forward in a way that’s in the best interest of HankMed, of the people he loves and ultimately of himself.” Adds Rauch: “Hank is alone and is forced to recognize, whether he wants to or not, that things must and can go continue without him always having to be present and always having to be the rock.”
Buckle up, literally, for Season 6: Good news, Boris (Campbell Scott) fans! After the mysterious (and extremely well-dressed) multi-millionaire spent most of Season 5 in hiding, viewers will see a lot more of him next season. “At the end of this finale, we’re launching a very big story for Hank and Boris so obviously Campbell Scott will figure prominently into the season,” Lenchewski hints. He specifically says next season’s plans will involve more visits to exotic locales, in the vein of the show’s past trips to Cuba, South Africa, Budapest and Italy. “Through Boris and through the disclosure he makes in the finale about what the next chapter of his life will be about, there’s ample reason for him to start traveling again,” he says. “Because of the decision that Hank makes at the end of the finale — the big cliff-hanger we leave the audience with — there may be reason for Hank to hit the road with him.” Get your passports ready!
Royal Pains‘ season finale airs Wednesday at 9/8c on USA.