[SPOILER ALERT: This story reveals plot details of the series finale of Nip/Tuck. Read at your own risk!]
Nip/Tuck's tame finale at least left fans with a sense of closure after the show's seven-season run: Sean is off to do pro bono work in Bucharest, Matt is starting a family with his manipulative transgendered partner Ava (returning guest star Famke Janssen) and Christian is still a manwhore.
Now that McNamara/Troy has officially disbanded, TVGuide.com caught up with star Dylan Walsh to find out what he thought of the finale, why he thinks fans weren't necessarily rooting for Sean by the end and what he'll miss most about working on the FX drama.
TVGuide.com: What did you think of the finale?
Dylan Walsh: It's been a strange thing for seven years to be waiting for the fate of Sean McNamara — my fate essentially. I remember when I was reading the script, I was thinking, "Wow, I would have expected more from Ryan — more fireworks, more insanity." And he clearly made the choice that he didn't need to do that, but instead just to find where these guys go. It always was what he wanted it to be, which was a love story between two heterosexual men. It was going to take something extremely righteous and good for Sean to pursuade him to get out of that marriage.
TVGuide.com: Were you hoping for more fireworks and insanity?
Walsh: I wouldn't say hoping. I've trained myself to be ready to do the craziest circus acts and also some of the best written scenes. The range was so wide that I long since dispensed with hoping. [Laughs] I think having the finale have a different tone than you would expect was a smart way to go.
TVGuide.com: Do you think fans will be disappointed that the doctor duo split?
Walsh: I feel like while you've been watching the show all these years, the people at one point wished Sean would go off and do something good and fulfilling and get away from all the angst with Christian. So then when you deliver it, there's a somber kind of recognition like, "Oh, I don't know, it was pretty good — like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers." That last shot, with me walking away with this baby to Bucharest, was a little odd. It wasn't the kind of shot that makes you happy and jubilant. I think it's a smart way to end it because you're not necessarily cheering for him.
TVGuide.com: Why do you think Christian (Julian McMahon) suddenly become so selfless?
Walsh: I don't know if something snapped, or if it was an ongoing thing that just took him that long. That's what's great about that character. Christian was this guy who just did not apologize for being selfish. He was extremely honest about it. My take is it took him the seven years to get to a place where he could do a selfless thing and push Sean on his way.
TVGuide.com: Did you ever think any of the episodes went too far?
Walsh: I could name any one of a thousand things that happened on the show, and sometimes we wondered if we were just going to lose people. When I would read a script, sometimes I had to be convinced it would work. It wasn't until we made the episode and saw it that I would see Ryan's vision and realize he knew something I didn't. I was amazed to see that over and over again. Did I love every episode? No. But what I loved was how adventurous he was. And I would rather be on a show that was adventurous to fault than a show that stays within its comfort zone. Some of the things I doubted ended up being the best things about that show.
TVGuide.com: For example?
Walsh: For example, that Sean McNamara had sex with a [Kimber] sex doll. On the surface, that looked like a gratuitous scene, but Ryan wrote it in a way that was heartbreaking and sad and a mixture of things. And it worked and became a really telling moment. At the end of it all, I think of Ryan as a great writer. He's come up with stuff that nobody's quite sure of until it works.
TVGuide.com: What will you miss the most?
Walsh: I already miss seeing [McMahon] every day. Every morning, the sun wouldn't even be up and we'd be sipping on coffee and talking about things and laughing a lot.