Holly Hunter Talks About Final Season of 'Saving Grace'


It's the final season for Grace Hanadarko (Holly Hunter) and last chance angel Earl (Leon Rippy) on Saving Grace. After a 12-story fall that left her with nary a scratch on last season's closer, Grace starts to contemplate the purpose of her life and its potential divine purpose.


Saving Grace is airing its last nine episodes beginning in the March 29 opener as its fourth and final season. Despite high ratings, the TNT series was canceled in August last year on account of disappointing overseas and DVD sales. TNT had originally ordered a split 15-episode third season.


After airing three episodes, Saving Grace is taking a month and a half break, set to return on May 24 with its final six episodes.


The season 3 fall, Hunter tells TV Guide, puts Grace in a "brand-new terrain with questions that have now become demands."


"Grace answers those demands in a really kind of an extreme way, which is how she normally confronts issues. Grace really goes on a journey, in many ways very much alone. The singularity of her journey very much takes shape in this last season."


The journey on the opener took Grace to church in one of the episode's most memorable scenes.


Says Saving Grace creator and executive producer Nancy Miller, the last season is all about whether Grace will follow Earl's advice.


"The entire series, in a way, has been a love story between Grace and Earl, and that love story plays out and deepens," she says. "We find out even more of Earl's limitations. He is a messenger for God, humans have free will and there's only so much that he can do for Grace."


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