The character who has been at the center of the action over the course of four seasons of “Transparent” is being killed off. The Amazon comedy series is getting rid of Jeffrey Tambor’s character, Maura Pfefferman.
The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that Maura will meet her fate in a movie musical that will serve as the show’s final chapter.
“After much speculation since the firing of Jeffrey Tambor from ‘Transparent’ last year, creator Jill Soloway has finally confirmed that his character will be killed off in the extended series finale of the critically acclaimed Amazon Studios comedy,” THR reports.
In a joint statement released today, Jill and Faith Soloway said: “When the time came to bring the ‘Transparent’ journey to a close, it was clear that saying goodbye to Maura was our path forward. In this musical finale, we dramatize the death of Maura in an odyssey of comedy and melancholy told through the joyful prism of melody and dance.”
The statement adds: “As we reflect on the process we began so many years ago to bring Maura Pfefferman to the screen, we hope this tribute to the meaning her story brought to the public consciousness also marks a moment in time where art-makers recognize the importance of trans actors playing trans characters. Everything changes, and we are grateful to make art that will live on as a bridge from this era to the next. As the world transforms, so does the Pfefferman family. Transparent is not ending, it is transitioning into a musical, becoming itself over and over again.”
The show parted ways with veteran actor Tambor, who won two Emmys for his performance as Maura, after he became the target of sexual harassment allegations.
“Upon his firing and after a subsequent internal investigation, the retail and streaming giant confirmed that Tambor would have no role in the final season,” THR notes. “Soloway later broke the news to The Hollywood Reporter that, after four seasons, the fifth installment would be the end for the Emmy-winning show.”
At the time, Soloway said: “Hopefully it sets the Pfeffermans up with some sort of beautiful reclaiming. I think we’re going to get there with some time.”
THR adds: “The extended finale, titled ‘The Transparent Musicale Finale,’ was directed and written by Soloway (who identifies as nonbinary and prefers the third-person plural pronoun ‘they’), with their sister, executive producer Faith Soloway, penning the music and lyrics. The final installment of the series will be released on the streaming service in September.”