Lindsay is conspicuously absent again in the second half of Arrested Development Season 5. Where is Portia de Rossi? Can we expect to see Lindsay again in Season 5? Read on for details. This post will have minor spoilers for Season 5 Part 2.
Not only did Lindsay not show up much in the first half of Season 5, but she’s even more conspicuously absent in the second half. And if you’re waiting in every episode to see if she shows up, you’re going to be waiting a long time.
Lindsay does not appear at all in Season 5 Part 2 until the very last episode. We see a younger version of Lindsay earlier, but Portia de Rossi doesn’t return until the Season 5 finale. We won’t reveal any more details than that, so you’re not spoiled.
So why isn’t she around? Portia De Rossi had already retired from acting by the time season 5 was being filmed. That’s why she looked like she was on green screens at times during Season 5 Part 1. She filmed most of her scenes separately from the cast. She did come back for the finale though.
Tired: putting wigs on Archie Panjabi and Julianna Margulies doubles and shooting them from over the shoulder so they don’t have to be in the same room
Wired: putting Portia de Rossi in front of a green screen and covering her with a sheet so she doesn’t have to be on set pic.twitter.com/FMBNrC3D35
— e͎r͎i͎c͎ (@MrEAnders) May 30, 2018
Five episodes into the new season of #ArrestedDevelopment and I’m finally realizing Portia de Rossi was clearly not filming with everyone else
— Tonya Harding’s Crispy Bangs (@amdeeeeeee) June 3, 2018
De Rossi, 45, had agreed to come back to the show after she had retired, but only in a limited fashion. She told Mitch Hurwitz that she had no intention of doing a new season of Arrested Development. But he wrote her into five episodes anyway. After this season, she said she’s officially done with all acting and will be focusing on her business, General Public (an art curation and publishing company based on 3D technology.) This will also allow her to focus more on her art, since she’s an artist too.
As for her character, Lindsay, her absence was also kind of explained in Season 5 Part 1. Season 5 Part 2 …read more