The cast of 'Pose'
The Cast of ‘Pose’ (Photo: Eric Liebowitz/FX)

It was inevitable that Pose would go out in grand, opulent style. FX’s groundbreaking drama about trans and queer people of color in New York’s 1980s ballroom scene returns for its third and final season on May 2, and the network is marking the occasion with The Final Pose – An Exhibition Ball. Hosted by the show’s runway choreographer, Twiggy Pucci Garçon, the two-hour virtual event kicks off at 8pm ET and will stream live across FX’s Twitter, Facebook and YouTube channels.

New York’s ballrooms may not be quite ready for an in-person event like this—We’re so close! Get vaxxed, kids!—but The Final Pose promises to be major! Expect exclusive messages from the show’s cast as well as guest judges runway weighing in on live performances.

The Peabody Award-winning series’ final season picks up in 1994. As the AIDS crisis continues to devastate New York’s LGBTQ community, Blanca (Mj Rodriguez) and Co. continue to explore opportunities in the wider world while dominating the ball scene. If the trailer is any indication, there’s gonna be a lot of fist pumping, pearl clutching, and ugly crying in store.

The show’s seemingly abrupt ending may have come as something of a shock to fans of the scrappy House of Evangelista, but at a press conference this week, series creator and showrunner Steven Canals insisted that he and his fellow writers have told the story they set out to tell, and that Pose is going out on its own terms.

“As a true lover of television, one of the things that has always frustrated me is when I am tuning in to a season of television and I can tell that the season just feels like filler,” he said. “And I think that the last thing I wanted to do to our audience was to create narrative simply for the sake of creating narrative, with no real intention. So, I could see there was the ending and I think we all agree that it just made sense for us to land the plane comfortably, as opposed to continue to give an audience story that just simply didn’t have any really core intention or a real thrust towards specificity.”