Warning: Spoiler alert! Do not proceed if you have not watched Thursday’s Superstore finale. Believe us, you will be sorry.
Amy as well as Jonah did what?!
On Thursday’s Superstore finale, titled “Town Hall,” after weeks (truly, seasons) of will they-won’t they tension — which has a few kisses sprinkled in — of which culminated in an all-too-real confrontation about their romantic stalemate, Amy (America Ferrera) as well as Jonah (Ben Feldman) went all the way, having sex inside photo room of the Cloud 9 store in a “wild as well as unexpected” moment. Jonah pulling Amy in for a kiss after they decided to have “a fresh start” was quite the romantic play, although everything else after of which was just flat out racy.
of which’s not even the embarrassing part: Amy as well as Jonah’s sexual escapade was broadcast worldwide for all Cloud 9 shoppers to see, unbeknownst to them. Yup, their fellow Cloud 9 colleagues will have seen all their business. Oops. Complicating all of of which? Amy’s pregnancy with ex Adam’s child. Jonah’s abrupt breakup with Kelly. Things are going to get very messy over at Superstore when season four rolls around.
Following Thursday’s season three closer, ET spoke with creator Justin Spitzer about the decision to have Amy as well as Jonah go there with their relationship, the consequences for their NSFW actions as well as why writing in Ferrera’s real-life pregnancy into her character’s storyline was “controversial” inside writers’ room.
ET: A few weeks ago, Ben Feldman told me the finale might have a “wild as well as unexpected” moment between Amy as well as Jonah. He wasn’t kidding. This particular will be quite a risky finale for Superstore, with Amy as well as Jonah having sex for the very first time in very public fashion. Where did the idea come through to end the season This particular way?
Justin Spitzer: of which’s an idea I’ve had for years of which I always thought might be a funny incident to have happened to Jonah as well as Amy, or any of our two characters who had a romance at any point. We hadn’t planned to do the item today. the item felt like something of which might happen a little later, maybe after a couple got together. We wanted to do something big, something of which felt like more than just a kiss because we’ve seen them kiss a few times today — as well as something of which might take people by surprise.
Were you nervous about going too far?
As far as my fears, I was a little nervous — as well as still, I guess, am about the pace of the relationship. the item’s a very, very big move on This particular will they-won’t they of which we’ve struggled to control the pace of as well as let the moves trickle out little by little. We had a big chunk of the season — inside last third, there were two episodes in a row of which truly hit the Jonah as well as Amy hard, as well as This particular will be a big move forward of which could lead to any number of things. although the item’s something of which’s going to change their relationship. In terms of showing what we showed, of which less [nervous about]. I love pushing the envelope as much as NBC will let me as well as they’ve always been very encouraging. We understand what we can show as well as what we can’t. I was excited about doing something I haven’t seen as well as I haven’t seen of which move done.
You mentioned not exactly planning for Amy as well as Jonah having sex to be something of which might happen at the end of This particular season. How has of which relationship accelerated a lot faster than you anticipated or planned for?
Always with This particular relationship, I’ve been always [hitting] the brakes. We constantly try to not do too much too fast, to keep This particular will they-won’t they going. Each time we’ve done something, the item’s because the item felt inevitable. This particular will be the time. I can’t make a Great argument why we shouldn’t do This particular. The kiss inside tornado [inside season two finale], we did the item both ways — with as well as without the kiss — as well as This particular run where they admit their feelings to each additional as well as everyone sees the tap, those were all moves of which we talked about as well as we tried to restrain ourselves until the item felt right. Until we had no choice. The thing about the sex in This particular finale will be the item’s the only time where we made the conscious decision to jump forward as well as do something of which, yeah, maybe we didn’t quite have to go of which far yet, although of which’s the fun of the item. In of which respect, if you want to do something surprising, you kind of have to do the item before you’re ready for the item.
This particular alterations the game for Amy as well as Jonah. will be This particular a firable offense? What can you say about the consequences of which may be coming their way?
They’re definitely going to have to deal with the ramifications of everyone knowing of which they had sex, which will be creepy as well as weird. We as a show will have to address the item in some way. I don’t know of which next season will be going to be of which they’ve been fired with This particular infraction. I think there are ways we can get around of which aspect of things. We’ve seen far worse things happen This particular season as well as you could make the argument of which This particular will be after hours. (Laughs.) The bigger thing will be of which these two people have been intimate as well as everyone inside earth knows about the item as well as what of which’ll do for their relationship.
Does This particular mean the outlook for them to become something more official has gotten brighter?
I don’t know where we’re going to come in next season, if they’re going to be together or if they’re not going to be together. I know things are going to be changed today as well as we’ll have to figure out what of which means for them. although at the very least, the item shows of which This particular will be not Amy going back to her old life. She’s not getting back together with Adam as well as back to the status quo. She has changed. Just because she had a baby with Adam as a teenager as well as a baby with Adam today, she will be a different person. the item’s like of which proverb, you can’t dip your toe inside same stream twice. Things are different enough for her today of which This particular will be not a step backward, the item’s just something else in life she has to contend with.
Jonah has been guilty of generating pretty bold decisions when the item comes to his relationships over the course of the show, his breakup with Kelly being no different. although This particular one feels a bit more serious because of what happened next. Where do Jonah as well as Kelly stand?
All the characters are essentially moral characters in their own way. Sometimes, of which can come out in ways of which are harmful. When Jonah broke up with Kelly, the item felt like he was being a jerk, although he’s the kind of guy who speaks truthfully without taking the time to think about whether This particular will be the correct thing to say or the best time to say the item. For him, when the item comes to Kelly, the item just sort of hits him of which, “Wow, I don’t want to be in This particular relationship,” as well as he just said the item. the item wasn’t in a way of which was trying to hurt her even though the item comes across as being hurtful. We always try to keep things real as well as not give a character an easy out just to make the storytelling easy. the item might’ve been easiest to say, well, Kelly decided she wasn’t interested in Jonah or Kelly’s ex-boyfriend came back into the picture. of which’s usually not the way the item happens for us; inside breakup, someone has to be the bad guy in of which situation.
will be Kelly still inside picture?
We’ll have future opportunities to explore the ugliness between Jonah as well as Kelly. We definitely touched on the item in This particular episode, although we didn’t want This particular to be about Jonah as well as Kelly of which much.
How much discussion did you have with America about whether or not to incorporate her real-life pregnancy into the show?
We had a lot of conversations about the item. She told me very early on of which she [as well as her husband] were going to start trying, although we obviously couldn’t write the item in at of which point. Early on, she as well as I had had some discussions about whether Amy should be the one who will be the surrogate for Glenn’s baby as well as we decided of which there were too many unknowns to make of which call. as well as also, the item might seem like a lot of fun for Dina to be of which person. When she did get pregnant as well as she was announcing the item, we had the discussion again about whether we should play of which or not. We didn’t know if she might be showing onscreen or not, as well as the item turns out she wasn’t while we were still filming. We could have hidden the item. After she as well as I talked, we talked to the writers as well as we decided the item might be very messy as well as possibly seem like a step back to have her pregnant as well as of which’s what we liked — of which of which’s one more difficulty she’ll have to get through being single as well as pregnant. We liked what the item did for her struggle next season.
Many fans were vocal on social media about their dislike of which Amy was pregnant. How much stock do you put on fan reactions when the item comes to certain story points, especially This particular one?
I was a little surprised about how much some people were unhappy about the item, although I knew the item was controversial. Truthfully, the item was even controversial in our writers’ room. We had a lot of discussions about what This particular meant because we truly didn’t have to do the item; we did do the item at the end of the season. the item was an extra struggle. the item felt like, were we generating Amy’s life too difficult? inside end, of which was the reason we decided to do the item. the item felt like, let’s give her one more difficulty to get over next season as well as she will. We have some ideas in mind next season where we’ll use the fact of which her life will be more difficult as a story point. I wonder if some of the reaction will be they’re perceiving of which Amy today can’t be with Jonah because she’s pregnant with someone else’s baby. I’ll be curious to look on Twitter after the finale to see if people are just as upset about the item today of which we made This particular move.
You have two characters who are pregnant, Amy as well as Dina. will be of which going to be something we’ll see play out close to real time in season four?
The writers haven’t started off on season four yet as well as we have some general inklings. although yeah, we’re going to come in as well as Amy as well as Dina are both going to be pregnant — I don’t know how much of a time jump there’ll be. I can’t say of which we’re going to see them give birth on the show, although the item’s possible. as well as I think the item’ll be a lot of fun for the first part of the season of them both be pregnant at the same time.
Do you have a blueprint for what you want to tackle next season?
We’re looking to do a more serialized season to truly arc out the season through beginning to end. I think the item’s going to deal with workers’ rights as well as organizing as well as unionization. I think the item’s going to be a more exciting, more energetic season. We’re jumping into the exciting part of the movie where things start to change as well as I know of which whatever Amy will be at the beginning of season all 5, she’ll be a fundamentally different character than at the end of season three.
Lauren Ash wrote an episode This particular season, as well as America Ferrera as well as Ben Feldman both directed episodes. Are there plans for additional castmembers to have a behind-the-scenes role in season four?
Next year, Mark McKinney will be going to be directing an episode. America may direct an episode — she’ll have a newborn, so if she’s up for the item. I might definitely love Ben to direct again too if of which could work out, although the cast has to act at some point too, so we’re trying to get everyone a chance. We’ve talked with Colton [Dunn] about writing an episode, to ensure of which could happen, as well as we might love Lauren to do another one because she did such an amazing job.