The Cast of ‘On My Block‘ Reflects on the Series Finale and Upcoming Spinoff (Exclusive)
Warning: This article contains spoilers.
Listen to Little Ricky and keep away if you haven’t seen the fourth and final season of On My Block.
Read on if you’ve dried your tears and are ready to bid your Freeridge buddies farewell.
It’s time for the students of Freeridge to part ways after four years of high school theatre.
On Monday, Netflix released the fourth and final season of On My Block, which followed the final adventures of Monse (Sierra Capri), Cesar (Diego Tinoco), Jamal (Brett Gray), Ruby (Jason Genao), and Jasmine (Jason Genao) (Jessica Marie Garcia).
The farewell episodes featured major revelations (Little Ricky lives! ), heartbreaking tears (RIP Abuelita), and some life-changing decisions for the once close-knit group, who, as a flash-forward at the end of season 3 hinted, weren’t actually that close when the final episodes began, having taken drastically different paths after being best friends at the start of their high school cavalcade.
The cast recently got down with ET’s Deidre Behar to discuss the most memorable moments from On My Block’s season finale, as well as what’s next for their characters.
Cesar is deep into gang life with the Santos when Season 4 begins, and it is only after his brother, reformed gangster Oscar (Julio Macias), is slain in a drive-by shooting shortly after the birth of his daughter that he has a change of heart.
“It’s hard to say,” Macias remarked of his character’s devastating ending, “but I did like to see that there are consequences for actions.” “Even though he tried his hardest to make amends in his life, his history came up with him.”
“And I don’t want to say this in a harsh way,” he continued, “but I hope it serves as a reminder that these things do happen.”
“This isn’t a joke.
It’s not a game where you can just go in and hang out for a few hours.
If you’re serious about doing it, you’ll have to accept the repercussions if they catch up with you.”
Cesar chooses his family over the gang at the end of the series and is relocating to Portland to attend community college and be closer to his niece. As Monse departs for Wellesley, Massachusetts, the on-again, off-again pair exchanges a hopeful, if not particularly romantic, farewell.
Tinoco said, “I would say they’re not together in my mind.”
“I believe they parted on friendly terms, with the possibility of something developing later on, once they’ve both worked out what they’re doing.
At the very least, Cesar.”
Capri and Tinoco both expressed relief that Monse chose herself over Cesar in the final season, reflecting on their characters’ passionate but stormy romance.
“‘I’m not going to endanger my life for you,’ [Monse] tells Cesar during a heated dispute in Season 4. ‘I’m not going to jeopardize my life or my future,’ she says “Tinoco made a point.
“That was something I was really looking forward to as a fan of the program, even if I wasn’t playing a part on it.
Mouse needs to stand up for herself and put herself first. She needs to be a little selfish and concerned about her future.”
“I had the same thought,” Capri concurred. “
‘Wow, you really see how selfish Cesar is this season,’ I think to myself… However, because they’ve been in each other’s lives for so long, I believe they still have a great deal of affection for each other.”
“They’re on the same page today, and they both see the importance of figuring out who they are as people,” she continued. “‘We’ll see what happens in the future,’ they both say. It’s all based on love.”
Ruby and Jasmine’s future is also uncertain, as they split up during the fourth season just to reunite in time for prom.
However, with Jasmine’s family duties preventing her from attending their college plans (Stanford for Ruby, Berkeley for Jasmine), it’s unclear if the two will be able to be together in the long run.
Garcia explained, “I feel like it may go one of two ways.”
“I could envision them marrying and having children together for the rest of their lives. And then, speaking for Jasmine, I can see how she has more to give than just being the other half of Jazz by.”
“She’s such a selfless person,” she continued, “and she demonstrated it throughout the series.”
“For her, not being able to attend Berkeley was a major setback…
I believe it is now her chance to put herself first and concentrate on her schooling and other options.”
Genao is more optimistic about the relationship, confessing that he wants them to become an “old Hispanic couple” who has been together for decades. He said, “I selfishly want to see them together forever.”
“Isn’t Jasmine great for Ruby?” he inquired. “Finally, I get the impression that there’s a lot more between them than just this infatuation… In terms of drama and comedy, they’re a perfect combination for one other.”
As the characters said their goodbyes with a final garden party in Abuelita’s honor, the cast said their goodbyes to one another, shooting the series’ final scene on the final day of filming, which Tinoco described as “perfectly timed and melancholy.”
“We got to wrap together,” Garcia added, while Genao acknowledged, “I remember it being a night shoot.” And as much as I desired to cry and be sad, I equally desired to sleep.”
Gray explained that because of the late shoot, the cast and crew didn’t have much time to sit around and cry after shooting their final scenes together, but that the close-knit co-stars understood that “it’s not goodbye forever.”
Genao continued, “It’s like leaving your aunt’s house.”
“You know you’re coming back,” says the narrator.
“We’re all so close,” Garcia acknowledged, “that it’s hard to say goodbye to our characters, but not [each other].”
The final backyard party also revealed a fresh foursome of young kids peeping over the back wall, exactly like our group did in the series premiere four seasons ago — a possible allusion at the upcoming Freeridge spinoff.
The cast of On My Block, on the other hand, has been tight-lipped about any information they may have regarding the future series.
Garcia stated, “We don’t know anything about that.”
“This is a whole different show.”
“However, I wish the cast the best of luck,” Capri concluded.
What about a movie based on On My Block? Tinoco joked, “Only if there are gnomes in it.”
The fourth and final season of On My Block is now available on Netflix.
See more from the cast in the video below, including what they took from the set on the last day!