The wait is finally over: after the cliffhanger in the finale of season 6, “Weeds” is back on Showtime. Not only did the first episode in the brand new season bring back the beloved and outcast Botwins & Co., but it also managed to reboot the story altogether.
As IGN also points out in the review of the episode that aired last night, “Weeds” does seem to have this amazing ability of reinventing itself every couple of seasons.
Number 7 is no exception, as it marks a 3-year pause in the narrative, while Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker) serves time in jail after striking a plea with the FBI and thus saving her own skin and her family from certain death at the hands of Esteban.
While she’s in jail, the men in her life are all in Copenhagen, each doing his own thing. The 3-year hiatus also allows the series to show Silas (Hunter Parrish) and Shane (Alexander Gould) to play characters closer to their real age.
Once they hear Nancy is out, like a moth drawn to the flame, they make plans to go and find her in New York, where she’s supposed to be starting afresh.
But a leopard can never change its spots, and the same goes for Nancy who, by this time, has offered countless proof that she’s a natural born criminal, if anything.
In an interview with Collider, Parrish reveals that the dynamic of season 7 will change considerably because of various factors: first of all, they’ve been living without Nancy for 3 years, which, as any fan would know, is a first.
Secondly, Silas and Nancy still have a lot of unresolved issues between them, and chances are Silas isn’t that ready to forget and forgive his mother’s betrayal from season 6, when she confirmed for him that the man he thought was his father wasn’t really his father.
In other words, whereas some have said that “Weeds” has hit a roadblock because of the story getting darker and too twisted, the show has just picked itself up again and done the unthinkable by reinventing itself.
Parrish also says in the interview that he hopes “Weeds” will continue past season 7, referring to reports that this season is the last. He can’t say for certain whether it will, though.
For last night’s episode review (which is full of spoilers, mind you) see here. For more on Parrish’s interview, go here. Below is a preview for season 7.