For The Big C's Adam, Season 2 is about dealing with his mom's cancer — and acting out.
"He's branching out looking for compassion from other people," Gabriel Basso tells TVGuide.com. "He's not looking to his family for it."
When the season wrapped up, Adam finally learned that his mom, played by Laura Linney, was fighting cancer. When the Showtime series returns on Monday (10:30/9:30c), Adam will begin to deal with possibility of death from a therapist his parents force on him.
"In the first episode back, we have Adam going to a therapist and play that out somewhat realistically in terms of what we found from our research," executive producer Darlene Hunt says. "He goes on a really neat journey, partly acting out of his own anger and frustration."
Part of that journey includes a relationship with an older woman played by guest star Parker Posey.
Additional reporting by Kate Stanhope