Showrunner and executive producer Carter Covington had high hopes for Faking It, but the increasingly competitive ratings war claimed another casualty, resulting with the cancellation of Faking It after just three seasons. Along with the loss of the series, Carter had to face the fact that his plans for Faking It‘s Karma (Katie Stevens) and Amy (Rita Volk) would never see the light of day, so, hoping to give fans just a glimpse into what might have been, Covington has opened up about what he had hoped to reveal on the series, if only Faking It had been able to pull off additional seasons.
Faking It Executive Producer Carter Covington On What Might Have Been
While Faking It did end on a positive note, particularly where the friendship between Karma and Amy are concerned, Covington revealed that he had much bigger plans for the two best friends and that their bond would have deepened over time. As Carter suggests, the Faking It title of the episode might have become obsolete over time, if the series had been able to go on for a few more seasons. Ultimately, the Faking It showrunner says Amy and Karma would have become more than friends.
“It was always my intention to make ‘Karmy’ happen during our final season,” said Carter.
Covington says the two women of Faking It were already beginning to show signs that something unique and deeply personal was developing between them. He adds that the blossoming romance between the women was apparent in the way Karma treated her friend.
“Karma [Katie Stevens] would finally realize that her possessiveness of Amy [Rita Volk] might be a sign of deeper feelings for her best friend. She’d struggle to share these feelings with Amy, knowing she couldn’t lead Amy on again unless she was sure,” says the Faking It executive producer. “Unable to let another chance go by, Karma would impetuously kiss Amy, and a fresh ‘Whoa…’/’I know…’ moment would spark this new phase of their relationship.”
Karmy Wouldn’t Have Rode Off Into The Sunset
As eager as Covington was to put Karma and Amy together at some point in the series’ run, he says Karmy wouldn’t have been an enduring love on Faking It and that, ultimately, both Karma and Amy would have found love in the arms of others. The bond between the two Faking It characters would have been explored as a romance, only so that each character could learn what they really needed from one another.
“How satisfying it would have been to finally see Karma and Amy as a true couple! There would have been lots of kisses, none of them dreams! But slowly it would have become clear that in becoming a couple, the two of them had lost something that made them … them,” reveals Faking It’s executive producer.
Carter says the two women would have faced a moment of truth and would have come to learn more about themselves and about who they are together.
“Eventually, they would both realize they’d have to sacrifice their relationship to save their friendship,” says Covington. “The series would have ended with Karma and Amy’s life goals intact: roommates in college, houses next door to each other, best friends forever. That is what Karmy always meant to me.”
Covington expresses himself as a departing loved one, as he writes of the regrets he’ll have, after having been forced to abandon Faking It so soon. He regrets that the budding romance between Liam (Gregg Sulkin) and Lauren (Bailey De Young) will forever remain unfulfilled and that Shane (Michael J. Willett) and Noah (Elliot Fletcher) won’t be permitted to realize the deepening bond that their relationship was creating. Covington goes on to list each of the characters, reminiscing about what might have been in the future for each of them, but none of that can compare to the remorseful emotions Covington feels by the idea that he might never again work with the actors and writers who worked so diligently at bringing his Faking It characters to life.
“But what I’ll miss most of all is working with an amazing group of artists to deliver this message of self-acceptance and love to our fans around the world,” wrote the Faking It executive producer. “This show healed me, and I hope it healed some of you, too. I’m deeply grateful to MTV, our amazing cast, writers and crew, and all of you for this truly special experience.”
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