“Good Behavior” brought its first season to a close with Javier (Juan Diego Botto) realizing he belongs with Letty (Michelle Dockery) despite her betrayal and the two of them setting off for a whirlwind adventure … of running from the feds with a 10-year-old passenger in the form of Letty’s son Jacob (Nyles Julian Steele).
Showrunner Chad Hodge agrees with Screener that that may not have been the most responsible choice Letty and Javier have ever made, but it’s all part of the Season 2 plan.
Screener: It was so great to see Christian back again in these final two episodes. We hope there’s a Season 2 and if there is, that he still pops up from time to time.
Chad Hodge: I hope there’s a Season 2 as well — and we have Season 2 mapped out, pretty much entirely, already. Christian is actually a bigger part of Season 2 than he was in Season 1. I love Terry Kinney — that chemistry between Terry and Michelle is fantastic, I love that relationship so much.
Turning to the big ending, what made you decide to have Javier come back to Letty, instead of leaving us wondering if he’ll forgive her?
Of course I don’t want to wrap up the story, we have a whole Season 2 ready to go, but I don’t like to pull an audience’s chain. I like to leave you hanging in each episode with certain things — like what’s going to happen next, for sure… But I don’t like to lie to you, and I feel like everybody would know… He’s going to come back, they’re going to find their way back to each other… It’s a central relationship to the show, so for that to be the cliffhanger of Season 1, I think that — would be kind of yanking your chain a little bit.
So what now? Because going on the run with a 10-year-old kid doesn’t seem like a great decision…
They make that decision, like we all do sometimes. Jacob was the holy grail of Season 1 for Letty, this is what she wanted — and yet, she and Javier are both criminals. So Javier being the greatest guy that he is, somehow helps Letty get what she wants, which is Jacob — and take him with them on the run, which they have to do because they’re criminals.
That pretty much is the essence of what this show is — getting what you want and making bad decisions, which is what we all do versions of every day. This is of course a terrible situation, a hitman and a thief on the run with her 10-year-old son. Good luck with that. [laughs]
Letty and Estelle ended the season in a pretty good place, but it feels like there’s still so much stuff to work through there.
Like any parent and child for our entire lifetime, they have so much s*** they have to work through — a lot of blame, a lot of guilt on both sides… It’s not happily ever after. I love the way that Michelle and Lusia [Strus] so understand Letty and Estelle, like when Letty leaves Estelle at the very end, the last moment is she hugs her… But the way Michelle hugs her, and quickly walks away without looking her in the eye… To me that’s everything that their relationship is.
In the custody battle, there was a lot of discussion about Jacob’s being a black man like his father, and maybe more like Letty in aspects of his personality… Is that balance something to explore in Season 2?
Definitely, that’s something that is very much a part of what Season 2 will be in a big way.
So this isn’t the last we’ve seen of Sean, right?
No, no, no. He is definitely a part of Jacob’s life going forward, and Letty’s going to have to deal with that and figure it out. He will be back for sure. Letty says, Your dad and I will try to get along in some way, she says that to Jacob — and as much as she doesn’t want to do it, she’s going to have to. It’s a very extreme version of divorced parents with kids, but you have to figure it out — and they’re going to have to figure it out.
We’re very curious what Sean’s life looks like now — his lady, any other children… Does that come into play in Season 2?
It does — and it’s going to be very, like the rest of “Good Behavior,” dark and funny at the same time. What Sean’s whole world is, is something I cannot wait to write about.