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The third season of FX’s Wilfred is nearing its conclusion, and with just two episodes left to go, cast members Fiona Gubelmann (Jenna) and Chris Klein (Drew) participated in a conference call with journalists to talk about the latest developments on the dark comedy.
Wilfred, based on the 2007-2010 Australian series of the same name, depicts the unique bond between Ryan (Elijah Wood) and the title character (Jason Gann): Wilfred is just a dog to everyone else, but he appears to Ryan as a walking, talking anthropomorphic canine. Earlier this week, the show’s Facebook page teased a potential major development in Ryan’s long-standing unrequited crush on Jenna in tonight’s episode “Heroism,” running the above photo with the caption, “This Thursday, everything changes …”
“I think [the episode is] not only a pivotal one for the season, but a pivotal one for the series,” Gubelmann told reporters. “I think that the last two episodes of the season change everything for everybody. I think the world, as we know it, is just never going to be the same in terms of the relationships for the characters, between Jenna and Ryan, Jenna and Drew, even Wilfred and Ryan. Everything is about to change.”
One significant obstacle between Jenna and Ryan has been Drew, Jenna’s somewhat-dim long-term boyfriend. Although they may seem to be an unlikely couple, from Klein’s perspective, Drew’s feelings are pure.
“There’s no question in my mind that the character of Drew is blindly in love, in a very young, country boy way,” he said. “With that, people grow and people move on. When they grow at different rates, it becomes very, very difficult for the person who’s kind of taking some steps outside of the box.”
“I don’t think it’s necessarily that Jenna and Drew are so mismatched and so wrong for each other,” Gubelmann added. “I think they’ve been together a long time, since their early 20s, and I think that they love each other very much and they’ve just grown apart.I think they’ve definitely grown apart and are wanting different things in life.”
Although Wilfred frequently deals in bizarre territory — the title character is a guy in a dog costume, after all — Klein saud he thinks the interplay between the show’s characters has been a defining aspect throughout the series, and especially in this final run of third-season episodes.
“This particular crop of episodes really, really dives into that Wilfred-Ryan-Jenna triangle in such a beautiful way and explains to us as audience members, we get to really see how touched all three of them are,” Klein said. “That’s a really, really cool thing, and something that, as a fan of this show, I’ve been waiting to see more of, ever since the first season when we got our first glimpse of it.”
Gubelmann and Klein, who have been part of the show since its first season, expressed appreciation for fans who have supported Wilfred, which is generally well-reviewed but not a major ratings draw.
“I love when I see people tweeting pictures of their Wilfred birthday cake, or dressed up as Wilfred,” Guberlmann said. “I still can’t believe it, it’s just so surreal. I think all the fans there and all the love and support that we get is so touching and overwhelming.”
The experience has even been character-forming, she said.
“I think the one thing that the show has really impressed upon be is just standing up and taking responsibility for yourself and your actions and what you really want,” Guberlmann said. “With Jenna, I think she doesn’t always do that. I think that that’s a flaw that I can relate to, and many people can relate to. I like that the show is this exploration of Ryan and what he needs. For me, it’s just been standing up for myself and really vocalizing what I need and what I want and communicating that to people.”
Wilfred airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX.