Veep is such a prescient political satire, its last season basically included gags about President Donald Trump before that was even a thing. Now that reality is too bizarre for serialized television, Veep is laying their story to rest.
Star Julia Louis-Dreyfus and showrunner David Mandel spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about the decision to end the series with Season 7's ten-episode arc, to begin filming in October:
“It became clear that this season should be the last season,” Louis-Dreyfus says. “We don’t want to repeat ourselves or wear out our welcome. The story has a finality to it that feels end-of-series.”
It wasn’t a decision that came easily. “Let’s face it, this has been a role of a lifetime,” says Louis-Dreyfus.
Mandel says the decision was a “very natural thing,” perhaps in response to the very unnatural circumstances of our real-life president. He also said that the cast and writers didn’t want to repeat themselves or “be boring.”
The show’s creator and former showrunner, Armando Iannucci, left Veep after the fourth season, according to the Guardian, and it sounds like he’s glad he got out when he did:
Speaking after he left the show, Iannucci said: “I’m so glad I don’t do Veep any more because I don’t know how I’d respond to the situation in America now.”
Louis-Dreyfus told THR that despite the challenges of satirizing this particular moment in history, she struggled with the decision to say goodbye to Selina Meyer. But we’ll still see the actress.
“I’m not retiring, if that’s what you’re asking,” she said. “I love to work.”
There are no hints as to how Veep will send everyone off, but who is betting on a President Jonah?