Sharon Horgan is currently working on the fourth season of Catastrophe with co-creator and co-star Rob Delaney. In seasons one through three, Carrie Fisher portrayed Rob’s mother and, subsequently, Sharon’s overbearing mother-in-law.
Sadly, Fisher passed away unexpectedly at the end of 2016, making her performance in the London-set sitcom about unexpected pregnancy and parenting her last for TV. Horgan recently talked with RadioTimes about how they will address Fisher’s absence from the upcoming season.
Horgan examines the sensitive situation, saying, “It’s a tricky thing to work out, because obviously we want to deal with it, but also don’t want to make light of it.”
She talks about the need to balance loss with some comic relief, saying, “But at the same time we’re a comedy and we can’t help ourselves, not the making light of it thing, but trying to infuse it with comedy in amongst the drama of it.”
Horgan also pays homage to Fisher, noting how beloved her character was to the show’s fans: “Series three felt like a really good goodbye to her, because it was such a great performance. And we really got to know a lot more about the character.”
She has clearly put a lot of thought into this, wanting to do right by Fisher: “So now, having done that, we sort of want to follow it up with just… that little bit more that gives you an insight into, not just the character but kind of a thank you and a goodbye to Carrie as well.”
Getting this just right, however, is no easy task: “But, yeah, we’re still working it out,” she confesses.
No doubt the audience will appreciate Catastrophe‘s creators taking the time to honor the star, and giving closure to Fisher’s character.
The first three seasons of Catastrophe are available via Amazon Prime. Season four will premiere on Channel 4 in the U.K. and the streaming service later this year. While we wait it out, here are 12 Times We Laughed So Hard We Cried Watching Catastrophe.
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