It's been a wild ride for Tarlos fans on this season of 9-1-1: Lone Star, but according to the showrunner and stars, we can only go up from here.
Showrunner Tim Minear, as well as TK Strand actor Ronen Rubinstein talked to TVLine about this chaotic early season, and what's next for the couple. So far this season, we saw TK and Carlos break up for several months, only for TK to fall through the ice during a freak winter storm, and end up in a coma for several days.
Finally, in last week's episode, TK woke up, and he and Carlos had a romantic and emotional reunion.
"I was in shock, just like everybody else," Rubinstein told TVLine about the twists. "But I had really thorough conversations with Tim about how this could actually make their relationship and that story stronger. A smooth-sailing relationship isn't interesting to watch, so we've got to switch it up."
He added that the twist worked. "Plus, the fans were going crazy, so we definitely did our job right," he said. "Tim loves showing the journey back together, more than the actual split."
For Minear, the twist that the two were broken up was even more important than that, it was an opportunity to grow the characters.
"Was it about the apartment? Yes, but it's also about TK, who's an addict," Minear said about the breakup. "I've said this before, but when you're an addict, things aren't the most dangerous when they're bad. It's when things are too good that you tend to sabotage yourself."
"TK made a lot of valid points, but he also has a history of derailing himself. There's a self-destructive streak in addicts," he continued. "So this problem couldn't be insurmountable. It had to be something relatable that was also a choice. And I didn't want there to be infidelity, or for TK to have a relapse. It had to be something simple and stupid. That was important to me."
Now that the two are back together, however, Minear says that they're closer than ever to the Tarlos wedding we've all been dying to see.
"I would say that this was even more of an important step than TK moving into Carlos' place last season," Minear said. "Both of their names are on the deed. This is a big commitment. But I also don't want to rush [marriage], and I don't think they would rush it. But just like you would expect that at some point Chimney and Maddie (a straight couple from the show 9-1-1) would probably get married, that's the road that all of these couples are going down if they're serious."
9-1-1: Lone Star airs Monday nights on Fox at 8/7c.
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