Last Man Standing is in its final season, and despite some hiccups that happened towards the end of last season with production and COVID-19, the series pulled off its return quite nicely. Rather than attempt to pull together the cast to film the second part of the previous season's finale, showrunner Kevin Abbott opted instead for a much simpler time jump, which has worked out well for the series.
As successful as it was, CinemaBlend had to ask Kevin Abbott if there's anything he would've changed about it in hindsight. While he was in agreement that the executed idea worked out fine, the Last Man Standing showrunner did reveal one change he would've made looking back on it now.
Last Man Standing chose to sidestep making any bold predictions on how many of the events that would unfold in 2020 would pan out, which definitely has helped the show avoid any embarrassing mistakes in its final season. At the same time, I can totally understand the sentiment that the Baxter family having absolutely nothing to say on anything that unfolded during that period of time two years later a bit weird.
With that said, Last Man Standing and many other shows had to make changes for their productions. While steering clear of most current events in its final season may seem weird now, I'm sure the series will hold up better over time than it would've had the show gone much further into the future. Kevin Abbott said that wasn't a direction people wanted to go anyway and ultimately stood by the decision.
Last Man Standing has had a solid run thus far, and in an era where syndication and streaming deals can keep a series lucrative for years to come, making sure the series stuck the landing in the final season is indeed important. So far, fans seem to be on board with the direction, so despite any second thoughts or questions Kevin Abbott may have about past decisions on the time jump, it appears it all worked out for the best.
Last Man Standing airs on Fox Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. ET. Hopefully, fans have been enjoying the final season just as much as I have, though I do wish they would've left that dreadful puppet out of the mix.
Mick likes good television, but also reality television. He grew up on Star Wars, DC, Marvel, and pro wrestling and loves to discuss and dissect most of it. He’s been writing online for over a decade and never dreamed he’d be in the position he is today.
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