Chasing Life aired the finale for the second season on Monday with a shocking twist.
According to the International Business Times, season 2 ended with the main character, the terminal cancer patient April Carver, making the surprising decision to end medical treatments for her condition.
This came as a shock to fans of the series, as April has been seen throughout the two seasons to have a strong desire to battle her cancer through to the end.
Italia Ricci, the actress playing April, explained to TV Line that April simply wants to take control of her life back. Making the decision to end the treatments is the only decision that empowers her, as continuing her treatments leaves her at the mercy of the medicines and the hospital.
“She wants to be in control of however much of the rest of her life she has left, which I thought was really interesting,” Ricci explained to TV Line.
Ricci also told Hollywood Life that, while the decision contradicts the show’s tone of hopefulness, it also reflects the nature of cancer and life.
“The moral of the show is never give up, and always keep fighting but that being said, sometimes it just doesn’t work,” the actress noted.
ABC Family has not yet announced a decision on whether the show will be renewed for a third season.
The show’s executive producer revealed in an interview that the production remains hopeful and have many plans for the series, which was adapted from the Mexican telenovela “Terminales,” even though ABC Family is so far silent about its plans for Chasing Life.
“There’s a lot to explore in season three, like April’s emotional state and her big decision to end treatment,” Patrick Sean Smith, the showrunner, told The Hollywood Reporter.
“[T]here’s a lot to explore with Uncle George and the manuscript and the investigation that’s now in play, and then a lot to explore with Brenna and Finn now that Greer is moving back to town, and also what happens with Beth,” Smith added.