You're the Worst is not trying to beat its best season yet.
Though creator and executive producer Stephen Falk didn't get into specifics about the FXX comedy's upcoming third season at Saturday's Television Critics Association winter previews, he said he doesn't want to outdo or duplicate its critically acclaimed second season's delicate, honest depiction of Gretchen's (Aya Cash) depression.
"We're gonna see a continuum from Season 2," Falk said. "We're sort of trying hard not to top this season in terms of some issue that we're dealing with, like we did with depression. I think it's a very seductive idea, but I feel like it would feel like we're trying too hard, feel a little sweaty. We're just kind of continuing with the fallout from last season, always moving the characters forward, and maybe some of them will fall."
The plan is for Season 3 to pick up moments after Gretchen told Jimmy (Chris Geere) "I love you too." "I think time jumps are useful for certain shows, but it feels like a later-season thing when you wanna mix things up," Falk said. "We thought it'd be interesting to start with 'I love you' and literally see what happens when they walk back into the house. That's the idea right now. I can't guarantee that it will play out."
Gretchen's declaration was one of two major breakthroughs for her. She also decided to finally take medication for her illness to show Jimmy she was committed to their relationship. Cash, who revealed she fell into a "dark depression" after filming Season 2, said she's received a "very positive response" to her raw portrayal of Gretchen's depression. "I don't think you can tell every story. I feel like this is a very accurate representation of one type of clinical depression. All I could do was try to give truth to that one story," she said.
"What's so great is just like life, you get to know people and you sort of judge them on a surface level, and they're fun and they're funny, and you know they're f---ed and drinking too much, but it's part of their charm," she added. "There's usually something rooted in that. So even though I didn't know she was clinically depressed in the first season ... it made perfect sense to me when we discovered that. Because obviously people don't behave that way without something else going on. It doesn't have to be clinical depression, but generally if you're doing as much coke as these characters, you're probably running from something."
You're the Worst returns in the summer on FXX.