“Veep” season 6 will be a different field for Selina (Julia Louis-Dreyfus). After her short stint as president of the United States, the character will struggle to stay relevant, according to series showrunner David Mandel.
In an interview with Bustle, Mandel said the transition from a woman in power to an ordinary civilian will be hard on Selina. And in turn, things will be hard for the people who work for her. Mandel confirmed that Gary (Tony Hale) will still be working with Selina, and life after the presidency will definitely not be a walk in the park for him.
“One thing I can tell you is that Gary will be by her side – and I would not want to be in his shoes,” Mandel said. “We've seen that she doesn't deal well with defeat and I think she's going to lose her quest for relevancy.”
Apart Gary, other members of Selina's staff will also struggle with adjusting to their new lives. Jonah (Timothy Simons) is the only one who is still in politics.
The show's upcoming season is still in pre-production. Mandel confirmed to Forbes that the writers are still at work and that rehearsals for the series will start late September or early October. By the time the new season airs, a new president will have already been elected, and Mandel said that the series' writers are trying their best to integrate that development into the show.
Mandel has been asked many times if there will be a Donald Trump-like character in the upcoming season. While it was not their intention, Mandel said they already have one on the show.
Describing Jonah's similarities to Trump, Mandel told Decider, “Basically he is a – not a millionaire, although I guess neither is Trump – but Jonah is a thin-skinned know-nothing who is temperamental and has horrific outbursts and yet oddly, somehow, he struck a chord with the voters.”
“Veep” season 6 will air in spring 2017 on HBO.