Weeds season 8 is happening, thanks to Showtime and a very complicated assassination attempt.

weeds season 8

At the end of Weeds season 7, it appeared a lone gunman (they’re always lone, right?) was aiming to put a bullet into Nancy Botwin. But internet discussion, on this very site (Small Screen Scoop, hi – glad to have you!) has sparked about a bagillion and a half theories on who the real target was, and who the shooter might be. Luckily we’ll get at least one other season of Weeds to find out what was going on there.

Press Release Time:

Network Greenlights Eighth Season for 2012 debut

LOS ANGELES, CA – (November 10, 2011) – SHOWTIME is packing another hit of its highest-rated comedy series WEEDS, picking up an eighth season. Thirteen new episodes will go into production in 2012.

Created by Emmy® Award winner Jenji Kohan and produced by Lionsgate, WEEDS has been honored with multiple Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award nominations and wins over the course of its seven seasons on air. Viewers have watched and marveled as Nancy Botwin (series star Mary-Louise Parker in her Golden Globe® Award-winning performance) has progressed from a suburban widow who turns to selling nickel bags (not dime bags?) to make ends meet for her family to a full-fledged marijuana queenpin. (Editor’s note: Man, I wish I was the queenpin of something!)

Last season jumped ahead three years and picked up with Nancy finishing a stint in federal prison. Her brother-in-law Andy (Justin Kirk) and sons, Silas (Hunter Parrish) and Shane (Alexander Gould) – with Doug (Kevin Nealon) in tow — were camped out in Copenhagen during her incarceration. (Giving Copenhagen the most press it’s had in forever.) They were all reunited in New York City where Nancy re-launched her pot business, worked at a hedge fund, fought off competition, and fought for custody of her son, little Stevie, from her sister Jill (special guest star Jennifer Jason Leigh). The season finale, which aired in September 2011, showed the family dining together, happily residing at a Connecticut estate. (I would also like an estate.) But when a lone gunman fired a fateful bullet, viewers were left to wonder which of our beloved Botwins was the target, setting the stage for another audacious season.

We’ll let you know when we have a Weeds season 8 premiere date.