(Warning: This post contains spoilers for the season finale of CBS’ Ghosts.)
During Thursday night’s Ghosts season finale, Rose McIver’s Sam and Utkarsh Ambudkar’s Jay finally welcomed their first guests to the B&B after discovering that the Viking Thorfinn had placed a Norse curse on the property to prevent it the deal was realized.
First, the couple is willing to do whatever it takes to undo the curse before they open their doors. But upon learning that this could mean losing the ability to interact with the spirits, they decide a Norse curse is something they can live with. Although they might regret that now, considering that as soon as they open the door to greet their first guests, they fall straight through the floor and into the basement.
It doesn’t look like the mansion chaos is going to end anytime soon, but McIver told TheWrap that she was perfectly fine with that.
“[The writers] surprise us at every step. We might think the momentum is going to go in one direction based on the last episode, and then they come up with something that’s better than we could have predicted,” she said. “Each time they push down another door of possibility, it just feels like there really could be endless potential for this show.”
Viewers got to know the ghosts right next to Sam in real time. When it came time for them to (almost) say goodbye, they shared heartfelt speeches about how they’d come to love each other. Even Jay, who can’t see the ghosts, seemed a little disappointed that their presence was no longer felt.
Sure, there were times when having the ghosts around wasn’t exactly convenient, like the time they got into a screaming match while Sam and Jay were trying to host dinner for the neighbors. Or when Hetty owned Jay. And, well, the whole curse situation itself. But when it comes time to let each other go, they find they’d rather take the frustration if it means keeping their new friends with them.
“It’s this big kind of wild family where everyone brings different energies to it, and that can be deeply frustrating and it can also be what makes you grow and heals you. I don’t think that’s what Sam is expecting when she goes into this new life, or that Jay is expecting it because he’s also now able to form friendships with some of the spirits and form relationships in these kinds of abstract ways,” McIver explained. “I think it comes as a total surprise to them that they care so much about each other. But everyone has something to offer on the show.”
She added: “Everyone has a perspective or life experience or worldview that the other spirits and the living can all learn from and we become a truly symbiotic species that moves together and the idea of losing is horrifying.” . It’s worth all the stress and frustration and chaos. I think Sam realizes that and that’s a really powerful way to end the season, think about it.
So what were some of your favorite moments from Season 1? A difficult question, she noted, before listing a few of those with whom she truly connected. In particular, she thought about Roman Zaragoza‘s Sasappis – a 15th-century Native American who has witnessed the deaths of many other spirits.
In the second half of the season we learn of his desire to be a storyteller after trying to help Sam with some ideas for the B&B website. “I found Roman’s backstory as Sasappis really, really touching,” McIver said of the episode.
“I thought it was so beautifully woven into this current situation of two writers who both believe they know the best way to do things, and we had to explore a real author dynamic – which by sound is a lot of writing partnerships like – between Samantha and Sas,” she said. “But to see where he came from and why he wanted to tell stories and what he encountered and what an achievement it is for him to still be able to share, that really touched me deeply.”
In the future, she hopes some of Sasappis’ relatives will visit the estate, either spirits or the living.
“That’s something I’d love to see, when contemporary characters come to visit the property and he’s able to have this great pride in his culture and how much it’s thriving and, you know, contributing , especially as a writer,” she said. “He’s a writer and to see a contemporary native writer would be something I’d really like to see.”
The actress couldn’t end our conversation without also greeting Asher Grodman, who plays Trevor, an arrogant financier who died in the 1990s while playing pill roulette with some of his peers. McIver is impressed by how likable Grodman manages to make the character despite being quite problematic.
“I really can’t think of any other person who could make him as lovable as Asher and it’s a really difficult role to play. And it speaks to his huge heart that we feel through this very specific perspective of a Wall Street financial brother,” she said. “I think they did a great job writing about him, but Asher’s heart is really with this character.”
“The season one finale of Ghosts aired on April 21