How the 'Insecure' Cast Really Feels About the Finale

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| LAST UPDATE 12/28/2021

By Chloe Becker
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Insecure just aired its final episode on Sunday, December 26, and we'd be lying if we said we're ready to give up having a front-row seat to Issa Dee's life. But, all good things must come to an end - or so they say. Here's how the beloved cast feels about the series finale and why they think it was the perfect way to say goodbye.

Here's a little recap for those of us whose memory was fogged by the tears: the HBO series' last episode had us jumping forward in time to get a glimpse of the characters' lives every few years. And, well, lots has changed by the end as we see how far everyone's come. "I mean, this is a journey of growth," Rae shared with Entertainment Tonight about her iconic character's transformation. "So, if Issa's in the same place as she was in season one, then we failed."

And while not everyone will be satisfied with the ending, there's at least one group of people who got exactly what they wanted: the characters we've grown to love as we laugh and cry with them for five seasons. "[We got] what the characters deserved and what they wanted, which is a great, satisfying ending," Leonard Robinson (Taurean) added. "It all came to a proper ending."

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And he's not the only one who thinks so. Issa's first boo and - spoiler alert - seemingly her forever beau feels similarly. Well, the man who plays him does. "It's bittersweet, but at the same time, it also felt like, 'Yeah, this is how we're supposed to be. This is what it's supposed to feel like. And this is the way this story's supposed to end,'" Jay Ellis (Lawrence) shared. And the star also opened up about what happened after the cast's final table reading together. Here's a hint: there were lots of tears involved.

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"Issa was the last one to hold out," he revealed. "And then, once she saw a room of fifty people literally wiping snot from their noses, she was like, 'Okay, I can't hold these back anymore.' Then she got up, and she made this really beautiful speech about what the show has meant to her."

Well, we guess it's about time to start rewatching Insecure from season one. It's officially part of our comfort shows-to-binge-when-sad collection now.