The Dowager of Dank is back as Showtime has released a teaser and promo poster for the premiere of the latest season of Weeds, created by superb writer Jenji Kohan, as well as confirming new actors for the fan-speculated series finale.
The seventh season of Weeds, premiering on June 27th at 10/9C, has only 13 episodes left to complete quite a task. Our favorite matriarch MILF Nancy Botwin, portrayed by award winning actress Mary-Louise Parker, has danced herself into the stickiest of the ickies this time around.
In the staggering season 6 finale, we find our Mary Jane Mommy confronted in an airport by her third husband, drug lord Esteban Reyes (Demian Bichir) and his right hand man Guillermo. (Guillermo Diaz) Nancy, in her first selfless act, opts to take one for Team Botwin and instructs geektacular brother-in-law Andy (Justin Kirk) to initiate “Plan C.” As Nancy leaves Andy, her two sons Silas and Shane (portrayed by Hunter Parrish and Alexander Gould, respectively) bound for Copenhagen, she exit’s the airport with baby Stevie and dances out of her captors reach once again by admitting to the FBI the murder of Pilar Zuazo.
The separation could not have come at a worse time for Shane. Forced into togetherness while on the run, Shane finally started to form a connection with his mother, something that was severely lacking the first few seasons. There was a lot of negative feeling left by the fandom, claiming the route Shane’s characterization went was too far out there to be believable. I would personally disagree. Shane has always been an off-kilter boy who was desperate for any sort of attention from his mom. Who can blame him after watching his dad hit the dirt in front of his eyes? His random acts of violence have been easy to explain away thus far, but as they have gotten more and more daring in nature (like, for example, the murder of a Mexican politician maybe?), they’ve become increasingly harder for Nancy to deal with. Kudos to her for stepping up and dealing with the problem, even if it was in her own way and a gesture too little, too late. Meanwhile, Shane is finally starting to realize that his actions come with consequences, and even moreso when his family are the ones who pay the price.
Speculations are spreading through the interwebs like a torched Agrestic and leave many wondering just what in the hell is going to happen next. Will Nancy go to jail? How will the boys fare in Copenhagen without their pot mama? Any guest appearances from previous cast members? I don’t know about you, but I’m extremely curious to see what Celia and Conrad have gotten into. Will someone finally tell Esteban that his over-emphasis of certain words is severely unappealing? Please, someone tell him that from me.
However, the only question on my mind is how will only 13 episodes fare for our star-crossed stoners Nancy and Andy? Can she accept him as he has stepped up time and time again to care for her children and look past the geek savvy to his inner charm, or will she continue to brush him off in favor of the more big time baddies? Not that there will be many men in a Women’s Correctional Facility after the FBI takes her in, but that hasn’t stopped our Hemp Honey before.
Kohan was quoted in an interview last year as saying the upcoming season could very well be the last considering everyone’s contracts are ending after this year, and she would consider seven years to be “a good run.” Showtime has yet to confirm that they will renew the series after this season, but as for me, watching all the twists, turns and quirky tumbles definitely leaves me hoping that this dramedy wont get cashed.