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Schitt’s Creek cast say LGBT+ legacy ‘is the greatest takeaway’ after emotional series finale

Reiss Smith April 8, 2020
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The Schitt's Creek finale sent the Rose family and Stevie off into the world. (PopTV)

After the Schitt’s Creek finale, cast members Dan Levy and Emily Hampshire reflected on the series’ emotional ending and how grateful they are to have helped LGBT+ families. Very mild spoilers follow.

The Schitt’s Creek finale aired on Tuesday (April 7) with David and Patrick’s long-awaited wedding, which Levy (David) said “was the most electric scene we have ever shot”.

Speaking to GLAAD after the episode aired, he said: “It was one of my fondest memories of the entire six seasons of the show.

“There was just this warm and sentimental, yet heavy and emotional vibe to the day because we knew the next day the sets would be taken down forever.”

Schitt’s Creek finale celebrated LGBT+ love.

Schitt’s Creek will be remembered for many things: Moira Rose’s perplexing accent, the incredible costuming and the now-iconic “A Little Bit Alexis” to name a few.

But perhaps more than anything else, the series will be held in the hearts of many for its progressive representation of LGBT+ identities.

Levy’s character, David Rose, was one of the first major pansexual characters on TV. In an early episode, he explained that he is “into the wine, not the label”.

David and Patrick getting engaged on Schitt's Creek in an episode aired on April 2 2019.
Patrick proposed to David in season five of Schitt’s Creek. (CNC)

Throughout the series’ run, parents have written to Levy and the cast to thank them for helping understand and embrace their children’s identity.

Levy said this is “the greatest takeaway I could have ever imagined from this show”.

“I just think back to times in my life when I was still in the closet and really struggling, and thinking if I was going to be able to live an open and authentic life myself,” he told GLAAD.

“It is such a stark discrepancy between who I was as a teenager and who I am now.

I am really proud of the work that we did, and I am humbled by the change that we seem to have affected in people’s lives and people’s homes.

Emily Hampshire (Stevie), who herself identifies as pansexual, echoed these words in an interview with Us Weekly.

“I think the biggest legacy for the show is Dan’s decision from the get-go that there would be no homophobia on Schitt’s Creek,” she said.

“I thought that was such a maverick move because I would’ve thought if you wanted to make a statement about something like homophobia you will have somebody be treated badly and then deal with the issue.

“But no, this is so much smarter. He showed a world where it doesn’t exist and you know what? It’s been great. It works really well. No one misses it.”

Although the story is over for now, Levy has teased that Schitt’s Creek could return for another season down the line.

Schitt’s Creek season 6 will be released on Netflix in the US and UK in the coming months. It aired on CNC in Canada.

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