Insecure Season 3 To “Explore Life Without Lawrence” For The Same Reason You Don’t See Your Exes
When talk of filming for Season 3 of Insecure came about, a discussion brewed about whether or not Lawrence would return to the show. Jay Ellis, who plays Lawrence, wasn’t even too sure.
But I had a feeling after the Season 2 finale, which included a pretty epic goodbye between Issa and her former longtime love, that we were about to get a break from his
f–boy antics. As it turns out, I was right.
Issa Rae and showrunner Prentice Penny confirmed at Insecure Fest in L.A. to celebrate the new season that we weren’t going to be seeing much of him the third time around — even if the Lawrencehive wouldn’t be so happy about that.
“No, I don’t care!” Issa told Vulture. “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 [sic], sometimes we have those conversations. You never see the exes again. And it’s okay! You gotta explore life without Lawrence.”
Prentice agreed, noting that when exes finally part peacefully in everyday life, that usually means they don’t interact much moving forward. So the focus for writers turned to Issa and where she is after closing one door and preparing to open another.
“At the end of the day, we’re always trying to tell stories that are true and authentic,” he said. “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,” he added. “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.”
Considering the fact that Issa and Lawrence share a few of the few same friends, as evidenced in the “Hella Disrespectful” episode when they clash outside of Derek’s birthday party, it might make sense to see Lawrence occasionally in Season 3. But I think the exit his character made at the end of Season 2 came at the perfect time, and was the best way to cut that tie.
After being a sympathetic character, specifically after Issa cheated on him with Daniel, Lawrence, not fully in touch with his feelings post-breakup and not built with the strongest backbone, started into situationships that he would go on to sabotage. That included bailing on Tasha the day he was to meet her family, and pushing his insecurities onto co-worker/bae Aparna over her past sexual relationships. He would also make everyday questionable decisions, including confusing Issa by going back to their old apartment to retrieve his things, but having sex with her on the way out and not contacting her afterward; having a threesome with some cocaine-sniffing randoms who have sexual encounters with Black guys regularly; and bringing Aparna to Derek’s birthday, knowing Issa would likely be there since he met him through her. By the episode before the finale, he had turned into a somewhat loathsome character.
But by the season finale, or at least the last 10 minutes of it, he redeemed himself. Lawrence and Issa both did. They finally tapped into what was behind their behavior all season, apologized for the parts they played in the demise of their relationship, and managed to make the mature decision to move forward without each other. I even found myself saying “Awww” when it was made clear the montage of their future was really just Issa daydreaming. “That would have been nice, but it wouldn’t have been realistic,” I thought.
So I’m glad to see Lawrence go. Not because I can’t stand him (though I can’t), but because we were able to see him go on a positive note. To bring him back for more than for an occasional scene at this point would probably require his character to take a somewhat negative, antagonistic turn again, and take us on yet another stressful rollercoaster ride that we don’t need to see. And when you really think about it, that’s how these things work with relationships, as Prentice and Issa said. When you have closure, you get to close a chapter in a way that is healthy and think about the person from your past in a better light than when you initially broke up. However, you don’t kick it with them or talk. That way, you can really move on.
When you keep fiddling with that chapter and that book, it messes the entire story up and leaves it, and the characters in it, stagnant. Moving on in a realistic way, starting anew, is great not only for Issa Dee as a character, but also for viewers.