Spoilers ahead for Insecure season 4, episode 10.
If you’ve just finished the Insecure season 4 finale, might we recommend taking a few deep breaths? Yes, we know HBO’s beloved comedy-drama just threw a couple of huge (and infuriating) plot twists your way, but hey, creator and actress Issa Rae says we should be hopeful for what comes next. And we trust her, always. Right?
Let’s review the source of all this commotion. First, there’s a charming date between Issa and Lawrence, interrupted by a troubled search for Tiffany, whose struggles with postpartum depression have led her to go MIA. There’s a romantic breakup between Molly and Andrew and an even more heart-wrenching potential breakup between best friends Molly and Issa, who’ve discovered that, maybe, their once-great friendship is no longer worth saving. Oh, and then there’s the major bombshell: Lawrence’s ex Condola is pregnant with his child, conceived before he and Issa got back together. And she’s keeping the baby.
All this has, understandably, left fans metaphorically hyperventilating into paper bags. Insecure’s fourth season has been a 10-week respite for fans during an inarguably emotional time, during which the coronavirus pandemic has sickened thousands, the global economy has tanked, and protests against racism and police brutality have erupted throughout the world. In response, Issa thanked audiences for believing in these fictional characters—and all they represent in the real world.
Can’t believe these 10 weeks flew by, but thank you guys from the bottom of my heart for supporting us this season! We couldn’t have imagined all that happened, but through it all, you’ve allowed us into your homes every week — and we’re so grateful for that. ❤️ #InsecureHBO
— Issa Rae (@IssaRae) June 15, 2020
But despite its devout fan base, Insecure isn’t immune to getting roasted on Twitter. After last night’s finale, particular pain points included Molly and Issa’s “trauma bonding” as well as Condola’s, er, complicated path back into Lawrence’s life.
Issa and Molly be trauma bonding. That’s been the issue from jump.
— Taryn Finley (@_TARYNitUP) June 15, 2020
Insecure really showing how sometimes romantic relationships take priority over friendships. Look at Molly talking about wanting to work through things with Andrew but where was this energy with Issa??????
— Phiwomhle (@__Pchs) June 15, 2020
— Gumbeaux (@GumbeauxStJames) June 15, 2020
But director and showrunner Prentice Penny made a point to defend the show’s decisions, arguing the construction of each scene was deliberate.
We wanted to get Molly and Issa back together. They need each other. That’s the love story in the show. Their life without each other isn’t as good. They need each other. #InsecureHBO
— Prentice Penny (@The_A_Prentice) June 15, 2020
For the Issa/Lawrence/Condola scene I tried to have them do different versions of the fight. One where it’s blaming, one where it’s afraid to hear the truth, etc... it just made for a very layered performance. It was fun to play with different versions of the scene. #InsecureHBO
— Prentice Penny (@The_A_Prentice) June 15, 2020
Yvonne Orji, who plays Molly, said the “Molly hate”—i.e., fans piling up on Molly for her stubbornness and toxicity—took her by surprise.
#InsecureHBO Y’all, while the Molly hate definitely came as surprise, albeit at times warranted, I appreciate the heck outta y’all for rocking with us the last 4 seasons. With everything going on, you showed up for us over the past 10 weeks like never before. #YallTheRealMVPs
— Yvonne Orji (@YvonneOrji) June 15, 2020
End of s4, tbh I can understand the divide up till the block party ep but Molly was loud AND wrong, how can you try and fight your bestie at the end of her first successful big event which you also enjoyed but refused to help with. What kind of bad vibes is that?? #insecureHBO
— Yewande (@wande_) June 15, 2020
— brezi (@kadsbrezi) June 15, 2020
— secular saint. (@kaytbax) June 15, 2020
Molly is proof that you can go to therapy all day & all night but if you’re not doing THE WORK on your own, you just having chit-chat sessions.....& wasting money #InsecureHBO
— Kia Imani (@DearKiaImani) June 15, 2020
Many of the memes were reserved for Lawrence and Condola, whose bun in the oven is sure to alter the course of season 5.
— NSG (@NICKSAYSGO) June 15, 2020
— Zsavonne Kamdranee’ (@zsakamblaze) June 15, 2020
— mr. umpalumpa body ass bitch (@jamari_miller) June 15, 2020
Also, Condola not “being ready” for a baby with her HUSBAND, but being ready for a child with a man she didn’t take serious and has already broken up with, shows A LOT of insight to her character. Sis..........WHAT?!?!? #InsecureHBO pic.twitter.com/ZG7an76n1f
— 🤷🏾♂️ (@smootheblackmon) June 15, 2020
Okay, but hear me out: All this drama will almost definitely open the door for Nathan to reenter Issa’s life (as more than a friend, perhaps?). I’ve got conflicted feelings, but some fans are psyched at the opportunity.
“The last thing I want to do is make your life more complicated...” - okay Nathan!
He knew it was only a matter of time before Lawrence would do just that: complicate shit. #InsecureHBO pic.twitter.com/m3OOBvjYY8
— Justice for Breonna Taylor #SAYHERNAME (@kierraleone_) June 15, 2020
— Asianut (@MaamaWa_Kanzi) June 15, 2020
— You about to lose your job (@darrrinnn) June 15, 2020
— Ashley K. (@AshleyKSmalls) June 8, 2020
All this leaves me with only one question: Can we have season 5 ASAP, please?
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