Christina Applegate ‘chose to finish’ Dead To Me’s final season on ‘her terms’ amid MS battle

‘We did it on her terms’: Christina Applegate ‘chose to finish’ Dead To Me’s final season amid battle with multiple sclerosis

The creator of Dead To Me has detailed how they filmed the final season of Dead To Me after lead star Christina Applegate’s multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosis.

Liz Feldman said that half of the season had been finished by the time Christina go the devastating news.

However, she explained that Christina had chosen to finish the series and therefore the story didn’t change, but the filming took place ‘on her terms’.

Awful: The creator of Dead To Me has detailed how they filmed the final season of Dead To Me after lead star Christina Applegate's multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosis

Awful: The creator of Dead To Me has detailed how they filmed the final season of Dead To Me after lead star Christina Applegate’s multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosis

Speaking to Buzzfeed, she said: ‘We had already shot 50% of the final season by the time she received her diagnosis.

‘On Dead to Me, we shoot completely out of order. We had shot scenes from all 10 episodes by the time the news came in, and there was no going back.’

‘We were stuck with the story that we had to tell, but also, that’s the story Christina wanted to tell. She chose to finish. 

‘We did it on her terms, and nothing in the script changed, really, at all. We did whatever we needed to do to accommodate her in terms of blocking.’ 

Determined: Liz Feldman said that half of the season had been finished by the time Christina go the devastating news

Determined: Liz Feldman said that half of the season had been finished by the time Christina go the devastating news

In a recent interview with the New York Times, Christina said there were conversations about stopping filming, but she insisted on powering through for the sake of the characters.

She said: ‘I had an obligation to Liz and to Linda, to our story’.

Christina’s co-star Linda Cardellini got emotional as she talked about her relationship with the actress at the premiere of Dead To Me.

On the red carpet she talked about how castmate Christina powered through filming the final season of the highly-popular Netflix black comedy.

Insistent: However, she explained that Christina had chosen to finish the series and therefore the story didn't change, but the filming took place 'on her terms'.

 Insistent: However, she explained that Christina had chosen to finish the series and therefore the story didn’t change, but the filming took place ‘on her terms’.

Linda told People magazine: ‘All of us were okay if she didn’t want to come back [but] she chose to come back, and I think that’s who she is: She wanted to finish it.

‘So I just wanted to be there with her to finish it and for us to both be able to lean on each other in anything that we needed.’

The Scooby-Doo star then got emotional as she talked about her co-star and pal Christina and even reveals there is a beautiful scene their characters share ahead of the finale.

She said: ‘There’s a line in the last season where I look at Christina and I say, ‘I’ve had the best time,” and then I say, “No, I’ve had the best time with you.” And I think that really does sum up my feeling about this show.

 ‘I have had the best time and I have had the best time with Christina, and it’s very emotional because we love each other so much.’

On Monday, Christina received a much deserved star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Linda was in attendance to support.

Aww: On Monday, Christina received a much deserved star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Linda was in attendance to support

Aww: On Monday, Christina received a much deserved star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Linda was in attendance to support

The ladies shared a tender moment as they hugged while Linda held up the commemorative plaque

The ladies shared a tender moment as they hugged while Linda held up the commemorative plaque

Christina showed off her hands, revealing a manicure reading 'FU MS,' before dipping them in the cement to seal her place on the Walk of Fame

Christina showed off her hands, revealing a manicure reading ‘FU MS,’ before dipping them in the cement to seal her place on the Walk of Fame

She was supported with a cane and her Married With Children co-star Katey Sagal at the podium

She was supported with a cane and her Married With Children co-star Katey Sagal at the podium

Applegate first announced that she was diagnosed with MS last year in August 2021 on Twitter

Applegate first announced that she was diagnosed with MS last year in August 2021 on Twitter 

The ladies shared a tender moment as they hugged while Linda held up the commemorative plaque.

Christina took aim at her debilitating condition when she showed off her freshly manicured nails reading ‘FU MS’ as she made her first public appearance since revealing how multiple sclerosis has ravaged her mobility, left her unable to walk without a cane and had prompted her to gain 40lbs.

The actress first revealed in August 2021 that she had been diagnosed with MS – a disease in which the immune system eats away at the protective covering of nerves, and interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body. 

Earlier this month she said that the illness had devastated her mobility, leaving her unable to walk without a cane and said she had put on 40lbs. 

Dead To Me is centered around the friendship between Christina’s character Jen Harding and Linda’s character Judy Hale who are two widows that meet in a support group.

The third and final season of the series – which also stars James Marsden, Luke Roessler, Sam McCarthy, Diana Maria Riva, and Max Jenkins – began streaming Thursday on Netflix.

Sweet: Dead To Me is centered around the friendship between Christina's character Jen Harding and Linda's character Judy Hale who are two widows that meet in a support group

Sweet: Dead To Me is centered around the friendship between Christina’s character Jen Harding and Linda’s character Judy Hale who are two widows that meet in a support group

WHAT IS MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS?

Multiple sclerosis (known as MS) is a condition in which the immune system attacks the body and causes nerve damage to the brain and spinal cord.

It is an incurable, lifelong condition. Symptoms can be mild in some, and in others more extreme causing severe disability.

MS affects 2.3 million people worldwide – including around one million in the US, and 100,000 in the UK.

It is more than twice as common in women as it is in men. A person is usually diagnosed in their 20s and 30s.

The condition is more commonly diagnosed in people of European ancestry. 

The cause isn’t clear. There may be genes associated with it, but it is not directly hereditary. Smoking and low vitamin D levels are also linked to MS. 

Symptoms include fatigue, difficulty walking, vision problems, bladder problems, numbness or tingling, muscle stiffness and spasms, problems with balance and co-ordination, and problems with thinking, learning and planning.

The majority of sufferers will have episodes of symptoms which go away and come back, while some have ones which get gradually worse over time.

Symptoms can be managed with medication and therapy.

The condition shortens the average life expectancy by around five to 10 years.

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