At the end of the first season, Mickey and Gus realize that they probably shouldn’t be in a relationship. They are, I think, choosing to ignore red flags that are obvious to the audience.
On a very snowy day in January — about as far as one can get from the show's setting — I sat down with Gillian Jacobs, Paul Rust, and executive producer Judd Apatow to talk about the show's evolution, and trade dating horror stories.To be able to make writing as easy as, 'I just have to write what I’ve experienced before.' It seems so simple, but it’s sort of astounding how often that doesn’t usually get factored into writing for [characters]. The show’s central couple, Mickey (Gillian Jacobs) and Gus (series co-creator Paul Rust), realize that they probably don’t belong together by the end of the first season, and yet they still try to make things work.Judd Apatow: Well, Carmela [in : Season two gives more of a context and understanding as to why these characters are the way they are. I’ve certainly been guilty of staying in relationships for too long that I knew needed to end, so I think that’s a pretty human experience.They are trying to make it work, which doesn’t mean that they still aren’t their own worst enemies. : The thing that I like about Judd’s work is that usually there are no bad guys.