How ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Almost Killed Larry David

Showrunner Jeff Schaffer details a death scene they shot in case Season 11 was the last of the hit HBO comedy
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Larry David died on camera for the most recent Curb Your Enthusiasm season finale, but fortunately for fans, he realized afterwards, “I’m not ready to die.”

Showrunner Jeff Schaffer revealed in a new Hollywood Reporter interview that the star of the Emmy-nominated HBO comedy shot a death scene for the Season 11 finale, which—SPOILER ALERT!—ended with Larry falling in a councilman’s pool, and exclaiming underwater, “Where’s the fence?”

It was a callback to the season premiere. “Some­times we don’t know where we are going, but this season when we started with Larry finding the dead guy in the pool, right away I knew that we were going to end it with Larry falling into a pool because there was no fence,” Schaffer said.

Though Larry lived to grumble through another upcoming season, Schaffer told THR they shot his death in the pool just in case the network or the star was ready to call it quits.

“I know I say this all the time, but every season is the last season,” explained Schaffer. “And I wanted to prepare as if it was the last one. So Larry kept falling into that pool without the fence and banging his head [for the scene]. We actually have a shot after he’d fallen in, of the still pool with just the envelope floating in the middle, and maybe adding one bubble.”

He added, “We shot as if it was going to be the last one ever. I had to at least prepare for it. We just got high and wide on the pool, with one light shining on it and the envelope floating in the middle. And we said, ‘OK, if this is how we go, this is how we go!'”

Schaffer said that at the end of every season, it is routine for the star and creator to state he has no more ideas and the show is over. But this time, the showrunner recalled, “He said, ‘I’m not ready to die.'”

Schaffer also revealed there is at least one running joke that won’t die either. “I will say, we are not done with [the TV show within the show] Young Larry.”

Curb Your Enthusiasm, which premiered on HBO in 2000, scored four more Primetime Emmy nominations this year, including Outstanding Comedy Series. But it sounds like Schaffer doesn’t take awards too seriously.

“I feel like awards are like your tonsils,” he told THR. “It’s really nice to have them, but you know you can survive without them. It’s really nice to get nominated, but we also know how the Emmys work: It’s an honor to be an extra in Ted Lasso’s movie.”


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