Exclusive Interview: CW’s ‘The Carrie Diaries’ Brendan Dooling Talks Season Finale

The CW series The Carrie Diaries will air its season finale tonight and there are lot of things to look forward to, particularly with Walt’s storyline takes a very dramatic turn.

Lucky for you, TV Equals had the immense pleasure to chat with series star Brendan Dooling and ask him all about the impending drama and more. During our chat, the very poised Brendan talked about what fans can expect from tonight’s Walt storyline, a Bennett sighting and Game of Thrones.

Check out what he had to say below and don’t miss him in tonight’s finale episode of The Carrie Diaries “Kiss Yesterday Goodbye” which airs at 8 pm ET/PT on the CW.


What is Walt going to deal with in the season finale of ‘The Carrie Diaries’?

Brendan Dooling: He is going to deal with some adversity, as well as he realizes that he’s finally come to a point in his life where he needs to make a decision and either take that first step and be himself, or stay quiet and stay out of conflict. But now, in the season finale, things are getting real and he realizes it and he wants to assert himself in this new skin.

In the preview of the finale, we see Maggie saying some pretty harsh words. How is Walt going to deal with Maggie finding out?

Brendan Dooling: Well, he runs to the city after people find out. That is one thing that happens, but as far as Maggie is concerned, as heart wrenching as it is, the things that she’s saying to him, I think he knows deep down she doesn’t mean it. I think he knows that he’s going to come to her senses. All of the things that she says, it’s a knee jerk reaction, and I think that Walt knows that time heals all things and that it won’t be the end of this and their friendship.

How does Carrie get involved in this whole fallout?

Brendan Dooling: We see Walt open up to her at interview, in episode eleven, and so she’s got an inkling now, obviously, and once Maggie finds out and pretty much outs Walt, she finds herself in a precarious position, but she’s not one to pick sides. So it’s tough to say. She’s just going to handle it the best she can and be friends…be a good friend to both of her good friends.

Do you think there’ll be a sighting of Bennett in the finale?

Brendan Dooling: There will definitely be a sighting of Bennett, an interaction between Walt and Bennett. That’s where Walt really finally takes a step forward, and I think a lot of people are really going to be really excited to see that.

How have the fans of the show responded to your character?

Brendan Dooling: Everybody loves Walt. It’s really, really nice to hear how many people really enjoy the arc and where his story is going and how I’ve been playing him. It’s been really heartwarming, a lot of the things that they’re saying. Face to face it’s really nice, and then on Twitter people are loving it as well. They love Carrie and Walt. They love Walt and Bennett. I couldn’t have imagined a better response; now that we’ve wrapped the season, I can say that it definitely helped me progress through the character’s story, because everybody wanted it so badly. So I wanted to give them something worth watching.

If there’s a second season announced, is there a direction you’d like to see Walt take?

Brendan Dooling: I have to say I’ve always really loved and trusted everything the writers were doing for Walt. Obviously, we as actors don’t have any say in the writing room and I don’t want any because they’ve been doing such a great, honest job. I’m just excited to see the new Walt, the New York City Walt, as it were, the Castlebury Walt, I think everyone wants to see him become a man as opposed to a kid.

If you could talk to Walt in real life, what would you tell him?

Brendan Dooling: That’s an interesting question, just because I wouldn’t want to pander to him or anything. But I would say, ‘Get to the city.’ I would say, ‘Don’t make so much of high school,’ and I would say, ‘Enjoy your life while you can, as you want it because it’s short.’

Do you have a message for the fans as they get ready for the season finale?

Brendan Dooling: Yeah, watch live. Don’t stream it. But, no seriously, just that they should really get ready for a second season because that’s all they’re going to want after seeing the season finale.

If you could guest star on any TV show, your pick of the litter, which one would it be?

Brendan Dooling: I know. It doesn’t count because it’s not exactly prime time. It’s not exactly network television, but ‘Game of Thrones.’

That totally counts.

Brendan Dooling: It does count? Okay, a guest spot on ‘Game of Thrones.’ That would be phenomenal. That looks like so much fun and they do such an amazing job with it. That would definitely be my pick.

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