The 'Catastrophe' Writers Mourn Carrie Fisher, But She'll Still Be Part Of The Show
It will be bittersweet when Catastrophe Season 3 premieres April 28 on Amazon. The British comedy made a splash stateside on the streaming giant thanks to its truthful depiction of the messiness of marriage, but it also reminded viewers just how hilarious Carrie Fisher could be. In an interview with Digital Spy, Catastrophe writers and stars Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney honored Fisher, and teased her expanded role in Season 3.
Along with Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Catastrophe was one of Fisher's final roles. In Season 3, she reprises her role as Rob's irascible mother who often calls her son from the States to comment on his quickie marriage to Sharon, or to discuss her latest eBay finds. According to Horgan and Delaney, Fisher will have a "chunkier" role in episode six.
Given how Season 2 ended with Rob realizing Sharon had cheated on him, it would make perfect sense for his mom to make a trip to England. With any luck, Horgan and Fisher had the opportunity to share some meaty scenes together. Both women are talented writers and actors, and it will be a gift if Catastrophe Season 3 features major interactions between Fisher and Horgan.
One things fans should not expect to see Catastrophe Season 3 deal with is Fisher's death. Fisher completed filming her scenes before her passing, and the writers have yet to decide how to address the tragic loss of the actor. Since the series has already been renewed for a Season 4, they have time to decide how to give Fisher the sendoff she deserves. "It's a bit hard to think about that yet, so I'm hoping a bit of time will pass and we'll think of a fitting finish to that story," Horgan told Digital Spy.
In the Digital Spy interview, Horgan laments not getting to know Fisher better sooner. Her role in Seasons 1 and 2 was brief, but in Season 3 the cast truly got to spend time with the legend, and it sounds like they relished every moment. Horgan explained,
"We idolized her. Of course, we wanted to get to know her better, but just didn't really have a chance to. Then in series three, we wrote this chunkier part for her in episode six and got to spend time with her. She was part of the gang — all of the cast got to spend more time with her."
During her time on set, Fisher made quite the impression on her castmates. While she loved to tease them, she was also incredibly kind and generous with her time, according to Horgan. "We feel very privileged and honored to have known her," Horgan said.
As heartbreaking as it is to imagine what lies ahead for Fisher's character in Season 4, knowing she had an expanded role in Season 3 gives her fans something to look forward to. Fisher may be gone, but she still has at least one more powerhouse performance to share with the world.