While we all know that troubles don’t always last, the Bordelon family’s hard times continue Queen Sugar seem to last longer than most.
Thankfully, that trend changed when the season 6 finale of the endearing OWN drama aired this Tuesday, ultimately giving the Bordelons a much-needed win. Sam Landry had tried to blackmail the family into selling their farm to him by using Ralph Angel’s crime as leverage.
But Aunt Vi and Hollywood hatched a plan to track down Theo, the guy who started RA, so he could tell the truth and exonerate his old prison buddy. Meanwhile, Dominic worked his magic for Nova and had Bordelon’s farm declared a historic site when he discovered that the excavated remains belonged to massacred black farmers who had died in a massacre.
Vi and Charley wanted to see the look on Sam’s mean old face when they broke the news that they weren’t selling, but instead had to settle for the smug smile on his daughter Parker’s face. Tina Lifford, who stars as the venerable Aunt Vion Queen Sugar, says the fictional TV family and their fans who desperately needed victory in the final.
“Trials and tribulations are the Bordelon way,” Lifford tells TVLine with a wry smile. “Season 6 was tough. We almost lost Prosper, the police continued to harass and abuse Nova, Aunt Vi had a health anxiety. There was even a woman who tried to steal Hollywood from Vi. But through it all, the Bordelons continued to love each other and fight the good fight, and it all paid off in the end. I know fans felt a sense of relief because we as a cast felt it too.”
Best of all, Lifford adds, Aunt Vi and Blue are reunited. Ethan Hutchison, who plays the precocious preteen, temporarily left the show to take his new role in Disney Channel’s Season 2 Secrets of Sulfur Springs, but he returned in time for the season 6 closer.
“Because I absolutely love Ethan, both as a person and as an actor, it was a joy to work with him again,” Lifford recalled fondly. “You know how they say you can use real life for the scene? At that point, there had been a real distance and we hadn’t seen Ethan in a few months. So being able to reconnect with him in a scene was perfect because it didn’t feel like acting.”
Elsewhere on Queen Sugar, Nova and Dominic officially became a couple, Charley said she would marry Davis and move to Los Angeles, and Ralph Angel and Darla welcomed their beautiful daughter into the world.
When the show returns for its final season next year, Lifford says she hopes the uptick in events continues for this beloved brood.
“Black joy looks good on this family,” she adds. “It can and will not always be all good times, but this is a start.”