Will Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s Character on ‘Veep’ Run for President in the Final Season?

It’s almost the end of the line for Veep, which has been one of the great comedies of the decade for HBO. While it’s a sad moment for many, it’s not actually over until ex-president Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) says so.

Among other things, that brings up a big question left hanging late in the previous season: whether or not she’d run for president one more time. Sure, she might not have solid numbers in the polls, much campaign cash on hand, or support from her own team. (Even her trusted sidekick seems unenthusiastic about the prospect.)

But these things never stopped Selina before. In fact, she’s always seemed to thrive off the indifference and/or opposition of others. That’s been one of the long-running jokes on Veep and, heading into the final season, a big reason she’s about to throw her hat in the ring again.

Despite mounting opposition, Selina appears determined to run.

Veep always seems to nailing the current moment in politics perfectly, and that won’t change for Season Seven. The mere idea of another Selina bid prompted groans from just about everyone in her circle, yet that did little to faze her.

Judging by the photos released by HBO of the final season, Selina appears to be very much in the race. Everyone from faithful body-man Gary (Tony Hale) to Amy Brookheimer (Anna Chlumsky) and poll-master Kent (Gary Cole) has gotten back on board.

With the season debut coming March 31, it places the show right smack in the opening stages of the 2020 presidential campaign. A figure like Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, who recently announced his potential run for president to little enthusiasm, offers a hint at the type of jokes we’ll have in store.

Of course, Veep was never shy about mixing in satire about Hillary Clinton, the leading female political figure of Selina’s generation. If you’ve caught some of the mixed reaction to another possible Clinton run, you have an idea of the potential this season has.

A Selina bid puts ‘Veep’ back on track for the final season.

Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) gets the band back together in Season 7, Episode 1. | Colleen Hayes/HBO

In Veep’s previous installment (Season Six), there was definitely something missing. Selina still made sure to terrorize her staff, embarrass herself in the press, and humiliate her daughter on a regular basis, but she lacked one key thing: power.

The scandals of mishaps of her ex-presidency paled in comparison to her days in the White House. Even though we still had Mike McClintock (Matt Walsh) bumbling through communications flubs and got to see Jonah (Timothy Simons) make a fool of himself in Congress, it wasn’t the same without Selina in the game.

Veep’s writers, who rarely stray from a winning formula, look ready to right the ship in this final installment. Fans won’t end up wondering if the show’s anti-hero had another run in her. With the band back together and Jonah potentially challenging her to become the next Commander-in-Chief, everyone stands to win.

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