It's Friends all over again — and that's a good thing.
When last we saw the Happy Endings bunch, Dave (Zachary Knighton) had shared a moment with both Penny (Casey Wilson) and Alex (Elisha Cuthbert) at their friends' wedding, which took the slow-building love triangle to the next level. Would he get back together with Alex, the runaway bride who left him at the altar? Or take a chance with longtime friend Penny, who has always been his rock? Dave and Alex's hand-holding in the closing moments of the finale was definitely an indication of what's to come next season.
"It feels like Dave and Alex need to reconnect again," executive producer Jonathan Groff told the crowd at Sunday's Outfest panel, moderated by The Hollywood Reporter's Michael O'Connell. "They never really had their rebound, breakup, makeup thing and I think that they'll do that at the beginning of the season. I don't think it's necessarily going to go well."
Seeing that Dave and Alex have rekindled their old flame, the hopelessly single Penny will attempt to move on with a new boyfriend in what the producers called a "real relationship." Does this mean Brian Austin Green, who made an appearance as a potential Penny suitor in the season finale, will be sticking around long-term? While the producers noted that Green would return next season, the new relationship will be with someone else.
Unfortunately, not everyone in the group will be pleased that Penny has found a new beau... but it's not Dave. "We just finished breaking a story the other day where Max [Adam Pally] is not all that comfortable with Penny and her new boyfriend," Groff said.
Just because Dave and Penny will both occupied next season doesn't rule out chances of them starting up a romance eventually. "People need to see the right thing happen and the right thing has to be that Dave and Alex at least have to get back together before you see anything really happen with Dave and Penny," Groff said.
In fact, a Penny-and-Dave romance is something the producers have been toying with since the series' inception. "When I read [creator David Caspe's] original pilot script, in the pilot, when Penny is coming down on Alex, like 'How can you do this?,' you definitely get the sense that Penny is saying to Alex, 'He's the greatest guy! How could you do that?'" Groff explained. "There was always this little subtext of they've known each other forever... and, in some ways, he's still an ideal for Penny. It feels natural in a way, but i just think it didn't feel like we could go down that road too quickly."
Are you hoping Dave and Penny will get together soon? Or would you rather see Dave with Alex? Hit the comments with your thoughts.
Happy Endings returns Tuesdays at 9/8c this fall on ABC.