By Lolis Eric Elie
One of the challenges of narrative writing is trying to determine when or whether your established characters will intersect. Of course, reality has no such constraint. In real life it is both highly unusual and quite commonplace for people from opposite sides of the track to encounter each other. But in fiction, if it happens too often, it seems as if the writer is manipulating his or her characters. From the writer's point of view, sometimes it's a matter of efficiency. If established characters never meet, new characters must be created at a pace that can leave relatively few faces with which the viewer is familiar.
For example, in Season 1, Daymo, the missing brother of LaDonna Batiste-Williams (Khandi Alexander) is also a friend and employee of Janette Desautel (Kim Dickens) and Jacques Jhoni (Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine). Daymo's plight also connects Desautel patron Toni Bernette (Melissa Leo), LaDonna's lawyer.
In this season's finale, there's a benefit for Gigi's, LaDonna's night club. It brings together lots of our characters and musicians. You might have thought that that scene was our way of tying everything up in a neat bow; our way of putting everyone together on stage to accept their applause in a grand finale. But there are so many questions unanswered.
Will LaDonna reopen Gigi's?
Will Janette mend fences with Tim Feeny (Sam Robards)?
Will Davis McAlary (Steve Zahn) un-retire?
Will the medical treatments succeed for Albert Lambreaux (Clarke Peters)?
It's official now. We will have a fourth season, albeit an abbreviated one. We don't have an air date yet. But we're already busy at work writing and producing new episodes. If you want to know what's going to happen next, watch this space.