Everything has a lot of emotional weight in ways that other seasons haven’t. When you only do ten episodes for a final season, every character and all of her interactions in every storyline have so much more import because it’s the last time we’re going to do it. It’s been really helpful saying, “OK, where do we want each of these characters to end?” We have 10 episodes to do it and working backwards from that, I kind of envy my friends who have always been on a cable network because this is really that great benefit of doing it this way. When we did 26 episodes two years ago, you can’t even think about the end of it because it would make you go mad. And we also know what works, we know what people want to see, we know what we enjoy writing.
I want it to feel very satisfying, the ending, so you’ve felt like you were going on a journey and we were trying to lead you somewhere. So going into that, it’s made it extremely funny but also a very emotional season.
As for how Mindy Project ends, Kaling has known for quite some time:
Yes, Matt and I have known for about a year and a half how we want the show to end. For the last season, we’ve kind of said no new friends so we’ve just had people who had been there from the very beginning because we’ve had so many amazing guest stars but we’ve decided in the last year to scale it back and just have the people that are series regulars and our recurring guest stars that everyone has known and loved like Mark Duplass and B.J. [Novak], but we also decided to do that because there’s so little screen time but we have some fan-favorites coming back for their little swan songs.
Are you looking forward to the final season of Mindy Project? Is it the right time for the series to end?