SPOILER ALERT: Don’t read if you haven’t seen “How’s It Going to Be?” the series finale of “Roswell, New Mexico” on September 5th.
In May, The CW pulled the plug on seven shows, including Roswell, New Mexico, which was airing its fourth season. On Monday night, the drama aired its final episode — one that showrunner Chris Hollier and the writers had planned to be the season four finale, not the final episode at all.
During the final episode, Max (Nathan Parsons) set out to save the world through a portal – one that would allow him to return and live happily ever after with Liz (Jeanine Mason), who he still is planned to get married someday.
“After that there was a change where the console melted and Liz was like, ‘Oh no, I just got engaged and maybe he’s stuck there forever.’ It was the only thing we removed,” he says Diversity, Note that the Finale was built just “in case” the network pulls the plug.
Even so, Hollier was ready to do another season.
“I had to serve loosely [the network] and had to get her to sign me [have Max] Go away. And they say, ‘Well, when is he coming back?’ was the next question. You are our first audience. So yes, there was actually a plan for how we would round it out, assuming that season five would be our last,” he says. “We had built in some time jumps to actually tell stories that we broke down in weeks. We actually wanted to stretch out and jump at three different times for all of our characters over the next few years.”
He adds: “I’m very happy with the time we’ve had, but you always feel like we had one bullet left in the chamber.”
Luckily, the finale included key moments for some of the main characters, including Liz and Max’s engagement. Throughout the episode, Max wrestled with the question of returning to Oasis without her. In the end he had to go – and it was never planned for him to stay. Simply put, it’s a TV show and there’s no drama in it.
“We left it open-ended with a hopeful feeling that captures people’s imaginations of what happened next when he came back,” says Hollier.
Hollier also shed light on the long-awaited wedding of Michael (Michael Vlamis) and Alex (Tyler Blackburn). After they exchanged vows, Michael performed Edwin McCain’s “I’ll Be,” which was a perfect fit for a number of reasons.
“Look, we’ve got all the 90’s to choose from! We were trying to figure out which song, if there was a perfect Counting Crows song,” recalls Hollier. “It was also a little bit born out of a joke when [original showrunner] Carina [Adly MacKenzie] was on the show. We always joked when we couldn’t get a song, like, “I wonder what Edwin McCain is up to?” It kind of stuck in my head. I thought it would be a fun way to honor that as well.”
Shiri Appleby, who played Liz in the original Roswell and made a cameo earlier in the series, returned for the episode to help Liz Ortega.
“It was always a plan. She’s such a big part of the original Roswell. We wanted to try and tell a story with her, and we wanted to honor our own “Roswell” and who our Liz is. In terms of mentoring, we thought she was the ultimate mentor because she was a mentor to us,” says Hollier. “Being at the diner with both of our Liz’s was a powerful moment. Putting on the antennas was a special moment on set.”
https://variety.com/2022/tv/news/roswell-new-mexico-series-finale-canceled-season-5-plans-1235360389/ ‘Roswell, New Mexico’ EP breaks down series finale after cancellation