We knew that Amazon’s “Transparent” was going to end with a musical finale. Show creator Jill Soloway announced that a few months back, in the wake of Jeffrey Tambor’s firing. Tambor, who won two Emmys for the role, was let go after sexual misconduct allegations emerged.
How would the show continue without its central character, trans parent Maura Pfefferman? In an interview with the L.A. Times, Soloway has announced that when the extended finale begins, Maura will die. The rest of the episode will show her friends and family — Shelly (Judith Light), Sarah (Amy Landecker), Josh (Jay Duplass), and Ali (Gaby Hoffmann) — coping with the news.
“We were all in mourning in many ways, and we all had to process together,” Soloway said about the cast and crew. “It was important [for the show] to go through all those stages. The show has always been a reflection of who we were and we were mourning our own narrative.”
Soloway, whose sister, Faith Soloway, wrote the songs, described the musical episode as “Jewish Christ Superstar or anxious ‘Godspell’ or ‘Ordinary People’ on ice.” The title of one of the musical numbers — about the relationship between Shelly and daughter Sarah — really makes me want to see this thing: “Your Boundary Is My Trigger.” It’s due in September.Matthew Gilbert can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.