The EPs of ‘Ginny & Georgia’ spoke EXCLUSIVELY to HL about Georgia’s love triangle, the future of MANG and much more.
Ginny & Georgia has become one of Netflix’s most popular shows since its February 2021 release. In the last episode, Ginny took Wellsbury to hell with Austin while Georgia thinks she finally won it all. Ginny drew a Georgia, and nothing will be the same again.
HollywoodLife chatted EXCLUSIVELY with Ginny & Georgia bosses Sarah Lampert and Debra J. Fisher about the Netflix series. They discussed Georgia’s love for Paul and Zion, the meaning of Joe and everything related to MANG. Read our questions and answers below:
Georgia and Paul in the season one finale. (Netflix)
The finale ends with Ginny and Austin on a Wellsbury motorcycle. Where is ginny going Does she have a plan?
Sarah Lampert: We cannot answer that. Because we need that burning curiosity to get a second season.
Georgia had to struggle and adapt to survive her whole life. It has many secrets that we see unraveled as the season progresses. Do you think she is able to be perfectly honest with anyone, including herself, about Georgia?
Sarah Lampert: That’s an amazing, complex, nuanced question. And the answer is simply no. Deb, jump in … I don’t know if we’ve ever discussed this in full, but jump in if you disagree. But I feel like what we see over and over again on the show, especially in episode 6, is no, she’s not even being honest with herself. There is a large part of herself that is her whole personal mantra just keep running. I think that’s also true internally.
Debra J. Fisher: I’ll jump in and add that. When you talk about lying in Georgia’s character I also think of mental health and how mental health is such a big part of our show and how responsible Georgia is and how important it was for us to be really accurate and responsible to treat. Not just with Georgia, but also for other characters like Ginny, Marcus and Abby.
I feel like Georgia spent her life bearing much of her trauma. She has yet to really talk about it and bring those feelings to the surface.
Sarah Lampert: She really makes her stance on mental health and therapy clear on the show. You know, from my point of view, therapy is a very good thing. I think what we are doing in showing Georgia’s dislike of it has to do with the fact that it is not dealing with its own problems and that this is not a success story.
Debra J. Fisher: We were really delighted that Mental Health America really endorsed all of the details that we went into with all of our characters. Your feedback was very important so that we can shed light on these issues.
Sarah Lampert: It’s funny because Georgia is my age, but I have more to do with Ginny and MANG than Georgia even though I’m the same age as Georgia. It really is such a mystery to a person, and so composite and strong in ways that I can’t even understand, but it’s also deeply flawed. The other thing was that we spoke very extensively with a psychiatrist about how we plan to approach the mental health of all of the characters on the show.
At the end of the season, Georgia is engaged to Paul. Do you think her love for Paul is true? Or is he the guy she wishes she could love completely?
Sarah Lampert: In the writers’ room as we approached this is episode 8 where we wanted to fall in love with Zion. Make Zion a clear choice who Georgia should be with. And then as we approached episode 9 we thought, okay, now let’s change our minds. Do it to Paul. We wanted to be fully committed. But you know, if I just speak in person, I was in a love triangle that was very intense, and I think I came out of that experience that you can really love two people at the same time for different reasons. Everything Paul says about Georgia in this amazing proposal scene in episode 9 is true. But everything Zion says to Georgia in this amazing scene, including in episode 9, is also true.
Debra J. Fisher: I think and I deeply feel that we succeeded in doing this because we talked about Zion as a character. We finally meet him in episode 8, and when we get to this suggestion scene … I don’t think there’s anyone watching the show who isn’t involved in Paul’s suggestion and isn’t like Georgia saying yes and being like that Feel complicated when you have to go back and talk to Zion. I think we really achieved that.
Do you think there is a part of Georgia that may or may not be able or willing to open its heart fully to Zion again?
because she connects him too much with her past?
Sarah Lampert: I think that’s definitely true and definitely part of it. I also think that Zion gives her many qualities that she ultimately has to decide which quality to value more. He’s a real part of her past when she didn’t want anything to do with her past. He is her daughter’s father, but Paul offers that kind of picture-perfect illusion that she has always seen from the outside and that has always tried and desperately tried to prove herself worthy. Saying yes to Paul instead of Zion is really saying yes to the illusion of perfection. And she drives on so desperately.
Max, Abby, Norah and Ginny, also known as MANG. (Netflix)
We need to talk about Joe. In his last scene with Georgia, it seemed like he was telling her that he was in love with her, or at least knew about her past. Would Joe be part of a second season?
Debra J. Fisher: Joe would definitely be a part of every other season if we were lucky enough to get one.
I would love to see more of him because I feel like he’s a great sounding board for Ginny and Georgia.
Sarah Lampert: Joe really is the only character who crosses the line between the two. I mean Zion too, but it’s so monumental to both of them. While Joe is something to Georgia and he’s something equal but different from Ginny. I think this is really something special.
Debra J. Fisher: To add to what we talked about with Georgia and Paul and Zion, let’s not forget the look back we saw when Georgia met Joe. He tells her about Wellsbury. This is the first time she’d come up with the idea of what a wonderful place this could be, so Joe plays an important part in it.
Sarah Lampert: I love this flashback because it’s something we found organically in the writers’ room as an aha moment where it was of course like Wellsbury was their endgame. Even when she was 16 because this isn’t someone who doesn’t always have an endgame. And to find out she was pregnant and see all those happy kids on a field trip talking about prom and expensive sunglasses, her idea of success was always there.
Marcus and Ginny on the night of school. (Netflix)
When it comes to Marcus, MANG blows up at the end of the season when Max finds out that Marcus and Ginny slept together. I was a 15 and 16 year old girl in high school. There’s nothing worse than having your best friends mad at each other. It’s painful and brutal. Best friends can say things to each other that you would never say to anyone else. Can MANG come back to this?
Sarah Lampert: I’m really proud that we made 9 episodes out of a 10 episode show where the inner girls never really had big blowout fights. They’re a little nuanced thing, which is just very realistic for high school, but we really only had the main storyline that they fought in in episode 10. I just think this is a will that can be really complicated, supportive, and supportive of showing off friendships in a way that doesn’t always pit them against each other.
Ginny was torn between two guys: Marcus and Hunter. She ends up having stronger feelings for Marcus, but the MANG situation threatens that. Given the MANG situation, could Marcus and Ginny be together?
Sarah Lampert: I think Ginny’s relationship with Marcus and Hunter is a little mirror of Georgia’s relationship with Zion and Paul. I think they end up choosing differently.