The Last 5 Years – Team Jamie or Team Cathy?

I saw this incredible broadway show, The Last 5 Years, and just cannot stop thinking about it. The story follows a couple, Jamie and Cathy, and their five year journey. Sadly, the show is ending its run but there will be a movie adaptation (starring Anna Kendrick!). Of all the people I’ve spoken to about the show, there seem to be pretty different opinions about what went down in this relationship. The question is, are you Team Jamie or Team Cathy? Spoilers below if you don’t want to know about this story!

So the gist of the story follows the crumbling relationship of this couple, however both characters start on opposite ends of time. The show begins with Cathy in the present, devastated that their 5 year relationship is over and Jamie just meeting Cathy pretty much falling in love at first sight. They meet in the middle and get married and the show ends with Jamie leaving Cathy while Cathy is excited just after their first date. Frankly, I see both sides. I see how some people blame Cathy for the demise of this relationship and vice versa.

Team Jamie
Cathy was super jealous. You see her overreacting and being jealous about other women that Jamie works with. You also see her not really trying like when she refuses to come to Jamie’s book party. It was Cathy who suggested moving in together in the first place and it all happened super quick. Cathy chose the rough career path of acting and she was struggling. She was never able to get over that Jamie was super successful while she wasn’t. One of the main things Jamie says that really makes you sympathize with him is when he tells her, “I’m not going to fail because you can’t win.” If Cathy was a little more supportive they could have made it work.

Team Cathy
It took Jamie all of one song to be less than excited about being married. Immediately after the wedding he began looking at other women and fueling Cathy’s jealousy. Sure, he called her and said all the right things but his heart wasn’t in it. It makes you wonder whether he was ever really into it. He admits that it was all moving a little too fast and that maybe they should slow down but he never let’s Cathy know that everything isn’t perfect until it’s too late. He leaves her on her birthday. He cheats on her. He cares only about his own career. And then he leaves her.

Okay fine. I’m clearly Team Cathy. Overall, the show was beautifully tragic. The music was amazing, the comedy was there, but it was an emotional roller coaster.

Did you see the show? Who’s side are you on?


One comment

  1. As someone playing Jamie in a production with mainly team Cathy supporters Im used to fighting in Jamie’s corner and these summaries of each team are great! I would agree to be on both sides but as I’ve spent a lot of time reading into all of Jamie’s lines and reading his full deep meaningful story, I’m more on his side. Although Jamie commits the worst act and it’s easier to hate him, the relationship was wrong over by then. Jamie also in my opinion tries to support her and tries to fix the relationship as much as possible but ultimately it isn’t enough and Cathy whose feeling rejected by work can’t see any of his efforts and feels like he doesn’t believe in her and then stops believing in him. It’s the brilliance of “If I didn’t believe in you” that the whole song is Jamie trying to convince Cathy but he just needs her to speak as he is begging to believe that she still believes and supports him. This show is immensely deep and in the end it isn’t about teams, it’s about when a relationship ends, both parties are to blame.


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