‘Big Love’s Final Season: A Wedding, A Birth, A Shocker

Ginnifer Goodwin, Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn, and Chloe Sevigny in Big Love (Isabella Vosmikova/HBO)

Ginnifer Goodwin, Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn, and Chloe Sevigny in Big Love (Isabella Vosmikova/HBO)

Chloe Sevigny is such a tease. When it comes to talking about the fifth and final season of “Big Love,” which returns Jan. 16 on HBO, teasing is all she could do.

“They brought Jeanne [Tripplehorn] and Ginni [Ginnifer Goodwin] and I up to the creators’ offices so we got to read the last pages and we all read them together and went [gasps],” Sevigny (second wife Nicki) told us at the season five premiere party in Los Angeles Wednesday night.

“It’s shocking. It’s touching. It’s all of the above. There are real [gasp] moments. Real catch your breath moments. There’s a real shocker. There’s a wedding. There’s a birth.  No more breakups,” she added. “That’s about all I can say.”

When we last left the Henricksons, Bill (Bill Paxton) won the Utah Senate seat and then announced to the world that he lives a polygamist lifestyle. Season five will focus on the fallout of being outed. “The family is vulnerable after coming out and you see the results of that and how they handle it,” said Tripplehorn (first wife Barb).

“We do handle it very differently,” said Goodwin (third wife Margene). “Margene dives into an entirely new career. It is sort of an Acai berry power drink world where Grant Show is my guru and boss. And Margene becomes one of his star saleswomen. And she also finds her faith through that company and through Grant Show’s character. And faith is what ends up comforting her through all this turmoil.”

With a large rotating cast of characters in the show’s five seasons, Goodwin noted the final season focuses more on the original family. “We are back to focusing on our core four family members and our love and our inner workings and we are really going to examine whether or not they can make it through all they’ve gone through these five seasons,” she said.

But what they’ll go through this season now that their secret is out will make for an exciting ride. “It’s intense,” said Douglas Smith (son Ben Henrickson). “There’s a lot of heat and pressure coming from the outside world, especially certain groups. But I think that outside pressure causes us as a family to band together and it brought us even closer together. It’s actually a blessing in disguise. It forces us to understand each other on a deeper level than we’ve done in the past.”

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