In the summer of 2021, it was publicly disclosed that Christina Applegate had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS)which led to the postponement of the filming of the third and final season of Dead to Mefor five months for the actress to undergo the necessary treatments.
Dead to Me is a Netflix Original black comedy starring Applegate as a widow who unknowingly befriends her husband’s murderer, played by her co-star, Linda Cardellini. The last time the series was on the air with new episodes – its second season – was in 2020.
Applegate is aware of the changes in his physical appearance for the third season, and already anticipates the reaction of the fans of the series, when the final season premieres on November 17, 2022 The first trailer was revealed this week.
In an interview with The New York Times, Applegate comments:
“There was a feeling of, ‘Okay, let’s give him a medicine so he can get better.’ And there’s nothing to get better. But it was good for me. I needed to process the loss of my life, the loss of that part of me. So I needed that time”.
“Although it’s not like I’ve made it to the other side, like, ‘Woohoo, I’m totally fine.’ Acceptance? No. I will never accept this. I’m annoyed.“
“This is the first time someone will see me as I am. I gained 18 kilos; I can’t walk without a cane. I want people to know that I am well aware of all of that.”.
“If people hate it, if people love it, if all they can focus on is, ‘Ooh, look at the lysate,’ that’s not up to me. I’m sure people will say, “I can’t get over it.” Well, then don’t get over it. But I hope people can get over it and just enjoy the ride and say goodbye to these two girls.”.
The creatives of Dead to Me They doubted if it was best for Applegate to return to finish the series, but it was the actress’s decision to do so. Applegate used a wheelchair on set, while her friend and sound technician, Mitch B. Cohn, lay on the floor and held her legs out of frame whenever necessary. She explains:
“I had an obligation to Liz [Feldman, la creadora de la serie] and with Linda [Cardellini]with our history. The powers that be said: ‘Let’s stop. We don’t need to finish it. Let’s put some episodes together.’ I said no. We will, but we will do it on my terms’”.
Final season trailer: