After prolonged negotiations, USA renewed the long-running series for a six episode, sixth (and presumed final) season in March. White Collar creator and executive producer Jeff Eastin recently sat down with Entertainment Weekly to discuss the potential final season and the benefits of a six episode season:
“The really nice thing about six episodes is that it almost feels like a limited series. We’ve got just enough room for one really beautiful plot: What is the last adventure these guys go on?”
Eastin promises that season six will both conclude the season five finale cliffhanger as well as refocusing on the show’s core relationship between reformed con artist Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) and FBI agent Peter Burke (Tim Dekay), leading up to a ideal finale:
“It’s to create this idea of Neal vs. Peter — what the show always has been, and always should be — and really run at that. That’s the approach this year: Make the show when it’s at its best. And to me, the show is at its best when Neal and Peter are talking and they’re happy and smiling, and then as soon as Neal steps out of the room, Peter’s eyes narrow, because he knows he’s up to something. So it’s taking that to the extreme and saying, ‘What do both these guys want more than anything?’ Let’s take Neal to his logical extreme, and Peter to his logical extreme, and crash the two things together and see what happens.
There’s been a lot of discussions. Going into it, I had an idea of how I wanted to end it, and I talked to Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay about what they wanted. Things began very in line with that, which was playing with this idea of Neal’s future, where would both these guys end up and how do we get there. That was stuff we’ve been talking about for a few years, and I think we’ve all settled on one that we really, really liked.”
No premiere date has been set for White Collar‘s sixth season. How would you like to see White Collar end? Share your thoughts in the comments below.