Warning: Major spoilers for season 4 of The Bold Type ahead.
In the spring season finale of The Bold Type, Sutton Brady (Meghann Fahy) spends the episode asserting in an extremely Bold Type fashion that she will be walking herself down the aisle when she marries longtime boyfriend Richard Hunter (Sam Page).
But in a somehow even Bold Type-ier twist, Sutton doesn't walk herself down the aisle. Instead, Richard accidentally ends up walking down the aisle to her, ready to support her stylist dreams at Scarlet magazine even if it means he'll have to make sacrifices on whether to live in San Francisco or New York.
As Meghann tells Teen Vogue, that scene — and Sutton and Richard's continued give-and-take relationship — is part of the show's mission to stick to its core belief system. "What I love is that [the writers] keep telling that story over and over again," she explains. "That you shouldn’t have to sacrifice any of those things to be happy and be in a relationship and be committed to another person. If you stop telling that story, then it cheapens everything that you’ve worked for in the first three seasons."
And Sutton and Richard's wedding has been a long time coming. The couple has been an OTP since the pilot episode back in 2017, managing to move past treacherous employer-employee relationships and their age difference with a more nuanced examination of a relationship that has a built-in power imbalance. This season, they've been dealing with living apart since Richard left Scarlet's parent company Safford to work at a startup in San Francisco.
"It's set up like, 'Oh she’s the younger mistress, he’s the older powerful guy.' And then you’re like, wait, he really cares about her, he really wants her to succeed, they care about each other," Meghann says. "We’ve carried that [non-traditional aspect] through every iteration of their relationship." When Sutton admits that she can't go to San Francisco, that she wants the promotion at Scarlet, Richard is there for her, even when he's upset. "I think in that moment he was then able to be like, you know what, you did that for me. You supported my dreams and now I can support yours. Which I think is a really cool thing to see in a relationship period. But especially for them."
The wedding episode is filled with small details and references to their relationship — they get married in a bar they love, the appetizers served are tiny sandwiches, and Sutton talks about breadsticks in her vows. Meghann revealed she also took a prop from set: one of the black-and-white photos of her and Sam Page that served as table decor. She and "the girls," meaning Katie Stevens (who plays Jane Sloan) and Aisha Dee (Kat Edison), even came up with an imaginary story that Sutton designed her own wedding dress (in reality, it was the result of many hours of work from costume designer Danielle Launzel, who made it herself).
But the wedding wasn't the only emotional part of the spring finale episode. Going into the next season, things on The Bold Type will be shaken up yet again as Jane undergoes a double mastectomy procedure, and Meghann says the way the story ends in season 4 made her "a little weepy" while watching.
"We’ve watched Jane go on this amazing journey of taking control of her health and making really deliberate decisions," she says, referencing how Jane has coped with learning she has the BRCA gene mutation that makes her more likely to get certain cancers, which is how her mother passed away.
But it's an important story to tell, Meghann adds, especially if it can reach young people who are going through similar decisions and making touch choices about their healthcare.
"To see a young woman make that choice about her body, it’s liberating in the sense that like, obviously Jane’s situation is a very unique medical situation, but it’s not unrealistic that somebody else could be going through that," she says. "To see that on TV might make it feel more acceptable or less unknown. If somebody is in that position, they might feel a little bit more empowered to make that decision for themselves."
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