We also asked showrunner Carter Covington about Karma’s revelation in last night’s episode, and what’s in store for the rest of the season.
AE: Talk about how you approached this season because a lot of things have changed since the beginning of the show.
Carter Covington: You know, breaking this season was really hard because I know where I want to take this show—like I know how I want to wrap it up, but we’re not at that point yet, or, at least MTV has not told me we are at that point. So I kind of had to figure out, what can these episodes be about if I can’t take it to where I want to take it yet? And one of the things that—the benefit of everyone leaving for the summer was that it’s a blank slate. So we decided to really put Karma and Amy’s relationship to the test, and we also tapped into a theme that is friendship and that friends—the relationship between friends can be more complicated and more tricky to negotiate than it can be with a romantic partner, especially when friends become friends with other people.
So after the summer, this whole group is kind of mixed in new ways: Shane and Karma are friends now, Karma and Amy have spent the summer apart, Amy and Lauren grow closer, Liam’s also apart. So it’s playing with kind of our core character dynamics but shaking them up like a snowglobe and just letting that all play out. So the first five episodes are exploring that and the latter five become—we’ve got some new love interests and we’ve to some fun intrigue and “Faking It” takes on a new [meaning], at least in the Amy/Kama world.
AE: Do you see the show moving past high school?
CC: If the show were as popular as I wish it were, and we had as many seasons as we could, I would wrap up a version of it—sort of like Awkward‘s done—with high school, and tell that story I want to tell. And I’d like to fast forward five years.
AE: Karma tells Amy that she only really liked the attention from her and made it seem she wasn’t ever interested in her romantically. Is that how she really feels?
CC: I don’t think that that issue is resolved. I think that that is what Karma feels in that moment. Where they are in their friendship, I think that’s the reason she’s giving herself. I leave open the door for her to examine that further as we go further along. But I do think it’s true. I do think it’s a true part of their dynamic. I think that whether—as their relationship remains complicated, at some point, Karma is going to have look at why these complications exist and kind of dig a little deeper and I would like to be able to look at that at some point. I hope that I get to.
AE: So the Karmy door is not closed?
CC: On my last show, we ended on crazy cliffhangers, and there was no resolution, and it was really was hard for me. And on this show, I’m really trying to feed some answers so that if the show were to end, that it wouldn’t feel like everything got dropped off a cliff. So I kind of had that in my mind this season, just knowing the way TV works and you just never know if you’re gonna get more. So this was a way to sort of explain where Karma is without—I hope it doesn’t answer that question forever, but should the show not go past this season, I think it’s rewarding in its own right.
Faking It airs Tuesday nights on MTV.