After three years in prison, Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker) gets released in the Season 7 premiere of Weeds — and not everyone will be happy.
Her family, from whom she'll initially hide her release, will return from Copenhagen hoping for answers and absolution. However, Nancy just wants to get "back to basics," executive Jenji Kohan tells TVGuide.com, adding that the series' three-year jump was "a risk, but we needed to shake it up."
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If last year was about Nancy's past catching up with her, what would you say this year is about?
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The Botwins have been on the run from Esteban all season, but we haven't seen much of the Mexican drug lord Nancy (Mary-Louise Parker) took as her third husband.
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That changes Monday. Just as the Botwins are preparing to high-tail it for Copenhagen, Esteban (Demian Bichir) and Guillermo (Guillermo Diaz) showed up. "It's the end of a journey," Weeds creator-executive producer Jenji Kohan tells TVGuide.com.
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If you're just starting to watch Weeds, you might want to stop reading. Because at least one of the main characters, Shane Botwin (Alexander Gould), is currently undergoing a dark metamorphosis.
Gould was shocked when he read the script for the show's fifth season finale, in which his character, Shane Botwin, clocks and kills Pilar, his mother's nemesis, with a croquet mallet. Because of that murder, Season 6 takes place on the run, and an ever-darkening Shane isn't exactly remorseful. Nancy (Mary-Louise Parker) has tried to reboot her wayward son's moral education, but, well, Shane has always been a little off. Gould, now 16, tells us how Shane has changed over six seasons, why he loves playing Shane as a mini-Dexter and whether he thinks he's capable of killing again.
Drug dealer Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker) sure blew her chance at Mother of the Year on Weeds this season. Her once sweet son Shane (Alexander Gould) has sprouted into a disturbed killer who can hold his own in a Mexican standoff. We asked the soft-spoken Gould, 16, about playing TV's youngest psycho killer....
With Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker) burning the house down at the end of Season 3, Weeds has made it very clear it's not afraid to throw out the old playbook and to start anew. That's just what the series plans to do again this year, as the Botwin family leaves San Diego's sandy beaches and the seedy politics of Tijuana behind for the open road.
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"You have to reinvent the show. Now we're about to send the characters fleeing on the road so you have the opportunity to make new characters, new personas," executive producer Victoria Morrow said at a Comic-Con panel Thursday. "[It's] basically a decimation of all the Botwins' work and a rebirth."
In Season 6, premiering on Aug. 16 at 10/9c, the Botwin family will ...