When I interviewed Lisa Edelstein a while back, she said there were still negotiations going on between Universal and Fox about next season. But are you guys talking about what’s ahead for season eight?
Yes. We’re always looking ahead, and we’re always trying to chart the path for the characters and what they’re going to be coming up against. So the end of this season sets up a whole new dynamic for the next. We definitely have ideas for season eight and what that season would [explore]. I’m hopeful that there is a season eight because we definitely already have a treasure trove of stories ready to go.
Can you tell me even a little bit of how next season’s dynamic is set up?
Unfortunately I can’t speak specifically to what that will be. But it certainly would behoove the studio, the network to have a season eight because there’s a lot there. There’s still a lot left to explore.
I have one more question. I’m always fascinated by the multiple meanings of the episodes’ title. There’s always a deeper meaning than it simply being catchy. So the title “You Must Remember This,” obviously refers to the patient, who has a perfect, but emotionally destructive memory stuff. And it’s a great title, but can you expand on it a bit?
I did a lot of research on memory and the way that our memory actually can betray us—or can benefit us. And, in fact, the original intent of the episode was to underscore the importance of forgetting in our lives—we forget by design.
I think a lot of people focus on loss of memory and the holding onto memories, but in fact, forgetting is a crucial element of being able to have relationships and being able to move forward. But in a lot of ways we stand in the way of that for ourselves.
So when you’re filing memories away, you create connections and associations that allow you to recall a memory. So, for example, if I’m trying to remember the word “lemon,” I think round, yellow, and I get to lemon. Those are the associations [to access]. We create associations that lead us back to the same memory again and again and again. That’s not healthy in a lot of ways. So what we choose to remember, every time we remember something, it becomes stronger. That association becomes stronger and it’s fixed. But also in my research I learned that we can’t trust our memories because each time we retrieve a memory, we change it a little bit before we put it back. So the only memory actually viable is the first time we recall something. And then each time we put it back, it’s changed a little bit.