The emotional end of season 5 displayed respects for the cast and crew associated with ‘Grace and Frankie’. But who are they and why were honoured?
The Emmy nominated series ‘Grace and Frankie’ has managed to become one of the longest-running American comedy-drama series on Netflix. The unbelievable story plot of two husbands divorcing their wives (Grace and Frankie) at an older age, and finally coming out as gay men wishing to marry each other, was quite the jaw-dropping moment for all of us. Despite their clashing personalities since episode one, both Grace and Frankie grow to like each other till the point they dread not having each other by their side at every new facet of life.
- Who died on ‘Grace and Frankie’?
- Who is Shawndra Blyle?
- ‘Grace and Frankie’ to end?
The season 5 finale of ‘Grace and Frankie’ was emotional and particularly so for the tight and solid crew. The final episode bore a note that read:
“This season is dedicated to the loving memory of Melissa DiNicola”.
Who died on ‘Grace and Frankie’?
26-year-old DiNicola set foot into the show as the writer’s personal assistant. She paved the way for herself to become a full-time writer on ‘Grace and Frankie’. DiNicola had been working since the primary episode till her last season, the fifth. It was during the spring of 2018 when Melissa DiNicola passed away due to complications of cancer.
She was a cancer survivor when she started working on ‘Grace and Frankie’. According to Express.co.uk, the news of her death was released by her sister Jennifer on Facebook:
“With the greatest sorrow, we share the loss of our beautiful Melissa DiNicola.”
The executive producer of ‘Grace and Frankie’, Billy Finnegan expressed his sorrow too. He recalled how he never belonged in a writers’ room as it is too social and people-y and he is antisocial. So to find someone even more antisocial, who truly understood the hell that is other people, was very special to him.
Melissa DiNicola was very special to him. He acknowledged her as very talented, very funny, very smart, and very loved by all her fellow writers on ‘Grace and Frankie’. “We will miss her terribly”, said Finnegan. Melissa DiNicola had co-written the season 4 finale of’ Grace and Frankie’ and is also credited as a staff writer for season 5.
Since the time the show featured their tribute to DiNicola, fans have been writing tributes on her Instagram page.
‘Grace and Frankie’ will be back for the last time with its seventh season. The seventh season will have sixteen-episodes, making a total of ninety-four episodes. This will make ‘Grace and Frankie’ the longest-running original Netflix series to date.
Who is Shawndra Blyle?
Another honouree at the end of ‘Grace and Frankie’ Season 5 was Shawndra Blyle. She was the mother of the show’s crew member Bobbie Blyle. Since the first episode of season 2, Bobbie Blyle has worked as the assistant of Lily Tomlin (Frankie Bergstein on ‘Grace and Frankie’). Shawndra Blyle sadly passed away in 2017.
The news of her death was shared by one of her best friends on Facebook.
“I lost my best friend yesterday to cancer.” “Shawndra Blyle is now in the arms of our Lord. We had to have been sisters in a life before this one. She was the ear that I could share good things and bad things with, and she would cry with me or congratulate me. Can never replace her.” “God bless you Shawndra, I love you”, the post ended.
‘Grace and Frankie’ to end after the seventh season?
‘Grace and Frankie’ will be back for the last time with its seventh season. The seventh season will have sixteen-episodes, making the total to ninety-four episodes. This will make ‘Grace and Frankie’ the longest-running original Netflix series to date. The new season was scheduled to be released this year but due to COVID-19, it was delayed. Hence, we will have to wait and see how Grace and Frankie handle their ‘Rise Up’ dream.
Series creators Kauffman and Morris have described the show as thrilling and somehow fitting. They further explained how it is about challenges, as well as the beauty and dignity of aging, and soon will be the oldest show on Netflix. It will also be interesting to see if Peter Gallagher’s character Nick Skolka returns as at the end of season 6, we saw him going to jail.
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