‘Something Is Going to Happen That Has to Do With That Ending’: Jerry Seinfeld Says He Isn’t Finished With the ‘Seinfeld’ Finale
The 56-minute, aptly named two-part episode “The Finale” is the most controversial Seinfeld installment through 9 seasons and 180 total episodes. When the episode aired on May 14, 1998, 76.3 million Americans tuned in to see every sin of Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer aired out in a court of law before the four were carted off to prison for criminal indifference. For the last quarter century, many of those millions have been complaining that the Larry David-written send-off for the greatest sitcom in TV history was underwhelming and inappropriate, and the episode is guaranteed an appearance on any listicle chronicling the most disappointing series finales of all time.
And, 25 years later, Jerry Seinfeld is still fielding annoying, repetitive questions about the Seinfeld ending. At a stand-up set in Boston this past weekend, Seinfeld was asked if he personally liked how Seinfeld wrapped up, to which he coyly replied that he “has a little secret” about the show’s terminus. And, no, the secret is not just George’s ATM code.
“Here’s what I’ll tell you, but you can’t tell anybody – something is going to happen that has to do with that ending. It hasn’t happened yet,” Seinfeld teased to the Beantown crowd. “Just what you are thinking about, Larry (David) and I have also been thinking about. So, you’ll see.”
Of course, this is not the first time that some kind of Seinfeld reunion or revival has been teased – not even close. Larry David reassembled the Seinfeld cast for the Curb Your Enthusiasm episode “Seinfeld” in 2009, which revolved around David using a Seinfeld reunion show as an excuse to win back his justifiably estranged ex-wife Cheryl.
Then, in 2014, Seinfeld and Jason Alexander reunited to film a Super Bowl commercial with a surprise cameo from Wayne Knight.
In 2018, Seinfeld told Ellen DeGeneres that he thought a Seinfeld revival was “possible,” but, just as he did in Boston on Saturday, he refused to elaborate and left Seinfeld fans with more questions than answers.
Despite his most recent seemingly encouraging remarks, fans should remain wary of Seinfeld’s “secrets” until more details emerge. Seinfeld has expressed his regret over how the show concluded in the past, telling the audience of the New Yorker Festival in 2017, “I sometimes think we really shouldn’t have even done it. … There was a lot of pressure on us at that time to do one big last show, but big is always bad in comedy.” No matter how he and David could ever decide to handle another Seinfeld follow-up, the past quarter century of build-up would inevitably make any reunion, revival or resurrection immense in terms of audience expectations – which, so says Seinfeld, is exactly where they went wrong the first time.