A Million Little Things’ James Roday Rodriguez Talks About How Gary’s Cancer Prognosis Will Shape Final Season
What an emotional start to Season 5!
Spoiler alert! This story discusses the Season 5 premiere, “The Last Dance,” which aired February 8. Consider yourself warned!
It was the beginning of the end for A Million Little Things, when the fifth and final season kicked off Wednesday night. The season premiere featured a seven-month time jump, the death of a family member, and a good number of hints about what’s to come. It also answered the question that fans have been asking since the devastating Season 5 finale twist — will Gary be able to overcome cancer again? The short answer was no, and actor James Roday Rodriguez opened up about how his character’s prognosis will affect what happens over the series’ final 13 episodes.
In “The Last Dance,” the close-knit Boston friends group wasted no time revealing to Gary and Maggie (Allison MIller) that they’d found out about Gary’s cancer, and they all crowded into the doctor’s office to support the reunited couple when they received his test results. The doctor informed Gary that he was responding well to treatment, but that his cancer was incurable, and he would have it for the rest of his life. This will undoubtedly have an effect on Gary, as he and Maggie prepare to welcome a baby boy, and James Roday Rodriguez talked to TVLine about the character’s state of mind, saying:
The constant anxiety over whether or not their cancer will come back has been an ongoing conversation with Maggie and Gary through the course of the series, and James Roday Rodriguez pointed out that while it wasn't the prognosis Gary may have wanted, there was some relief in not having to wonder anymore. It sounds like we’ll see him turning his focus to having no regrets at the end of his life. Rodriguez continued:
That perspective — where things like cancer, depression and paralysis are not temporary battles to overcome, but rather lifelong issues — is one that A Million Little Things creator DJ Nash has felt strongly about with this series. It’s why he always knew Gary’s cancer would come back and that Eddie would never walk again.
If the rest of AMLT’s final season is filled with more experiences like the one in the premiere — in which Gary and Danny (Chance Hurstfield) paid a visit to the secret lover of Gary’s late father’s war buddy — I think we’re in for an emotional ride. A Million Little Things airs at 10 p.m. ET Wednesdays on ABC. See what else is premiering soon with our 2023 TV schedule.
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