After six seasons of gory surgeries, crazy guest stars and outlandish plot points, Nip/Tuck star Roma Maffia has one piece of advice for fans as the series comes down to its final seven episodes: "Throw your expectations out the window."
"I think that there's a lot of room for anything to happen, and it does," Maffia says. "The characters that people have gotten to know take different twists than one would expect, so that makes it fun."
Although one of the FX drama's most notable ingredients for success has been its guest stars, (Vanessa Redgrave, Rosie O'Donnell and Mario Lopez have all popped in), Maffia says the final episodes turn the attention back on the main characters. "Toward the end of these nine episodes, we get to see just what these characters have learned or not learned," she says. "We get a taste of where they're going to go, how their lives are going to end up. It's the evolution of these characters from the pilot all the way to the end."
That includes taking a closer look at the love life of Maffia's character, Liz. "I've always begged [creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy] for Liz to have love," Maffia says. "There's some of that that goes on. She deals more with her personal life than she does with being stuck in the operating room, which is interesting to me. A lot of that goes into the end of the episodes."
Murphy is a busy man these days. He is directing Julia Roberts in the much-anticipated adaptation of Eat, Pray, Love and executive-producing another little (Golden Globe-winning) TV show called Glee. Fortunately, Maffia says Murphy remained heavily involved in the show's final tapings last May. "I think for Ryan, if he's going to start something, he has a clear vision from the beginning, the middle to the end," she says. "It's just so him."
Nevertheless, Maffia knows the end of the series will never truly satisfy the show's most devoted fans. "[The ending is] bittersweet ... Those who really like and stuck with the show will want more."
So how does the series end? Maffia's deadpan reply: "They walk off into the sunset together," she says of brother Drs. Sean McNamara (Dylan Walsh) and Christian Troy (Julian McMahon). "They're going to go off to some secluded paradise island together sharing a piña colada."
But then again, anything can happen right?