Everything We Know About the Final Episode of ‘Fixer Upper’

Fans across the nation cried real tears when news broke that the fifth season of Fixer Upper would be the last.

Television just won’t be the same without the Gaineses. Chip’s goofy antics, Joanna’s impeccable sense of style coupled with her down-to-earth friendliness that makes you want to be her best friend, the farm, the shiplap — it feels impossible to live without them.

As time ticks down to the final, tear-filled episode of Fixer Upper, it seems fitting to reflect on what’s come before and what’s coming in the future. Will Fixer Upper finish on a high note? Here’s what we know so far.

The final reveal was filmed on Nov. 2, 2017

The Gaineses on their final reveal

The finale was emotional. | Joanna Gaines via Instagram

Emotions ran high during the final big reveal of Fixer Upper. Joanna Gaines posted her thoughts on her Instagram account, which has about 7 million followers.

“Today was the final reveal…We definitely felt the emotion behind each of those steps leading up to the big canvas. We love you Fixer Upper,” Joanna captioned the photo of the two stars standing next to one of the show’s huge rolling screens they use to stage dramatic reveals.

The photo only had one hashtag: #savedthebestseasonforlast.

Next: The big reveal wasn’t the only surprise.

The Gaineses had a surprise of their own on that last day

Chip and Joanna Gaines

Their co-workers surprised them. | HGTV

Chip and Joanna weren’t the only ones staging surprises on the final reveal day. Their Magnolia co-workers surprised the couple with a balloon tunnel and confetti cannons after filming that final reveal. “We made it to the finish line! We love these people @magnolia,” the video caption says.

“Just another day at the office,” Chip quips in the video as Joanna drives through the cheering crowd.

Next: The producer was on the show, too.

The show’s producer shared well wishes for the Gaineses

Matsumoto family and Chip and Joanna Gaines

His family relocated to Waco, Texas, for the show. | Michael Matsumoto via Instagram

It’s probably impossible to work in such close proximity to the Gaineses and not feel pulled toward a renovation of your own. That’s exactly what happened to Michael Matsumoto, the show’s executive producer.

He and his family ditched Los Angeles in favor of Waco and commissioned Chip and Joanna to turn a decrepit shack into a dream family farmhouse. The process was documented in the Season 4 show finale.

Following the final filming, Matsumoto wrote on Instagram, “It has been an amazing journey. A life changing journey. One I am blessed to have been a part of. I am honored to call you two my friends, my family…and if I may break precedent and tell you my one birthday wish from last week, it’s that you both may always know the love and gratitude that we all have for you. That you always know how you have changed the world for the better. I love you guys.”

Next: Chip and Joanna went abroad after filming the finale.

After filming wrapped, Chip and Joanna headed to Italy for some R & R

Chip and Joanna Gaines in Italy

They needed to catch up on some sleep. | Joanna Gaines via Instagram

You could say Chip and Joanna were tired after all the emotion and drama that came along with filming Fixer Upper’s last episode. The duo immediately left for a vacation to Italy. But at the beginning of their trip, they did nothing but sleep.

“[We] missed breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon of shopping with friends, but that rest felt good!” Joanna captioned a photo in Florence.

A later photo shows the well-rested couple up and about on red Vespa scooters touring the sights of Italy.

Next: The finale will probably have a teaser for this new show.

There will probably be a preview of Joanna’s next television project

Joanna Gaines flowers vases

She’s not done with TV yet. | Joanna Gaines via Facebook

You can keep up with the Gaineses in numerous places even after Fixer Upper ends. For one, they’re not done with renovating — and it turns out they’re not even completely done with television.

Immediately following the show’s finale, Joanna will star in a Fixer Upper spinoff series called Behind the Design. This new show seeks to give viewers an in-depth look at the inspiration behind Joanna’s designs. It’s set to premiere in May 2018.

Next: The finale will air soon.

The Fixer Upper finale will air in March or April

Fixer Upper reveal

The finale date isn’t set yet. | HGTV

There’s no official air date set for the Season 5 finale yet, though sources guess it will happen in March or April. Luckily, there won’t be a huge gap between the end of Fixer Upper and the beginning of the next show starring Joanna Gaines.

Next: This is the reason they decided to end the show.

The Gaineses chose to end the show so they could focus on family

Gaines Family Fixer Upper Instagram

They’re about to have another baby. | Joanna Gaines via Instagram

The Gaineses announced in September that Season 5 of Fixer Upper would be the last, despite the show’s smashing success and enduring popularity.

“While we are confident that this is the right choice for us, it has for sure not been an easy one to come to terms with. Our family has grown up alongside yours, and we have felt you rooting us on from the other side of the screen. How bittersweet to say goodbye to the very thing that introduced us all in the first place,” the Gaineses said on their blog.

Read more: Here’s How to Keep Up With Chip and Joanna Gaines After the Final Season of ‘Fixer Upper’

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