After months of rumors circulating the fate of Jay Ellis’ Insecure character has been revealed…and spoiler alert, #LawrenceHive you won’t be happy about it.
“There’s a good chance that Jay Ellis won’t return for Insecure’s third season. Fans witnessed Issa (Issa Rae) and Lawrence’s (Ellis) crushing good-bye at the end of season two when Lawrence discovered Issa’s relationship with Daniel (Y’lan Noel), and going by this new teaser, he’s nowhere to be seen in season three. The hive may be up in arms over the decision, but Issa Rae and showrunner Prentice Penny aren’t concerned.
“No, I don’t care!” Rae tells Vulture at Insecure Fest in L.A., regarding potential fan reactions.
“We want to stay as true to life as possible. They had a great conversation at the end of season two and it was just about like, hey, she’s moving on Daniel, sometimes we have those conversations,” Rae says. “You never see the exes again. And it’s okay! You gotta explore life without Lawrence.”
Penny adds, “At the end of the day, we’re always trying to tell stories that are true and authentic. We were in the writers room and we were initially talking about, Okay, well what is he doing?… Well, he’s not in her life right now. It was hard to make stories around that.” It seems closure is closure for these two … at least for now. “We just said, well, if he’s not around, he’s not around,” Penny says. “Let’s just deal with the reality of what her life is now. Let’s be true to that, when you breakup and you have closure.”
Personal opinion: Despite this not being a decision I like, I do agree with it. I think the reason the HBO series is such a hit is because it takes a very realistic approach to all situations. So in all reality do I think this is the official end of Jay Ellis’ Insecure character? No, however, it think it adds to the authenticity of the series to ghost him for a season…like we do with all our exes.
Insecure Season 3 returns to HBO on Sunday, Aug. 12.