Jake Johnson on the New Girl series finale: Nick and Jess' wedding, 'goodbye moments' and if a reboot could be down the line

After seven goofy, heartfelt, laugh-out-loud-funny seasons on the air, "New Girl" takes its last bow tonight with a one-hour season finale. For Jake Johnson, the double-header marks a satisfying and bittersweet accomplishment: When season 6 wrapped, the cast had no idea whether or not FOX would allow everyone to return one more time.

"I wanted to ... live in this world for one last time before it went away," Johnson told AOL Entertainment. "Even if we do a reboot, if that ever happens, it would be different. Enough time will have passed that we'll all be different people. I wanted to live in this world one last time the way it was. It genuinely meant a lot to me."

The eight-episode final season allowed each character to enjoy an individual "goodbye moment," he said. And for Johnson and leading lady Zooey Deschanel, who spent countless hours discussing Nick and Jess' on-and-off relationship, it was important to nail the couple's final sendoff.

Over the years, "we would have conversations about what felt right and what didn't feel right," in regards to the relationship, Johnson said. "[Show creator] Liz Meriwether was really open. So Zooey and Liz could have meetings, and I could have meetings with Liz, and we were able to figure things out together. And I think that's really rare. The more I talk to other people and hear about this business -- that was a really rare gift."

So what was the one moment Johnson wanted to see come to fruition? "I was really happy that Nick and Jess got married," he said. "That was something I really wanted."

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NEW GIRL: Jake Johnson (L) and Zooey Deschanel star in the 'Virgins' season finale episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, April 30, 2013 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
NEW GIRL: (L-R) Jake Johnson and Zooey Deschanel star in the 'Elaine's Big Day' season finale episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, May 14, 2013 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
NEW GIRL: Zooey Deschanel as 'Jess' and Jake Johnson as 'Nick' in the 'Parking Spot' episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, February 19, 2013 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
NEW GIRL: Zooey Deschanel as 'Jess' and Jake Johnson as 'Nick' in the 'Parking Spot' episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, February 19, 2013 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
NEW GIRL: Jake Johnson (L) and Zooey Deschanel star in the 'Winton's Birthday' season finale episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, May 7, 2013 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
NEW GIRL: Zooey Deschanel and Jake Johnson (R) star in the 'Elaine's Big Day' season finale episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, May 14, 2013 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
NEW GIRL: Jake Johnson and Zooey Deschanel (R) in the 'TBD' episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
NEW GIRL: Zooey Deschanel and Jake Johnson (L) in the 'The Captain' episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
NEW GIRL: Jake Johnson (L) and Zooey Deschanel in the 'Birthday' episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
NEW GIRL: Zooey Deschanel and Jake Johnson (R) in the 'Prince' episode of NEW GIRL airing Sunday, Feb. , 2014 (approx. 10:30-11:00 PM ET/7:30-8:00 PM PT), immediately after FOX Sports' coverage of SUPER BOWL XLVIII on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
NEW GIRL: Zooey Deschanel and Jake Johnson (R) in the 'The Box' episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
NEW GIRL: (L-R) Zooey Deschanel and Jake Johnson in the 'The Captain' episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
NEW GIRL: L-R: Jake Johnson and Zooey Deschanel in the 'All In' season premiere episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
NEW GIRL: Jake Johnson and Zooey Deschanel (R) in the 'Birthday' episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
NEW GIRL: L-R: Zooey Deschanel and Jake Johnson in the 'Sam Again' episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, March 29 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
NEW GIRL: L-R: Jake Johnson and Zooey Deschanel in part one of the special one-hour Jeff Day/Helmet episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, April 19 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
NEW GIRL: L-R: Zooey Deschanel and Jake Johnson in part two of the special one-hour Jeff Day/Helmet episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, April 19 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
NEW GIRL: L-R: Zooey Deschanel and Jake Johnson in the 'Jaipur Aviv' episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, Oct. 18 (8:31-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
NEW GIRL: L-R: Jake Johnson and Zooey Deschanel in the 'Hike' episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, Jan. 24 (8:00-8:31PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
NEW GIRL: L-R: Zooey Deschanel and Jake Johnson in the 'Glue' episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, Feb. 7 (8:00-8:31 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
NEW GIRL: L-R: Jake Johnson and Zooey Deschanel in the 'Five Stars for Beezus' season finale episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, April 4 (8:00-8:31 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
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And while he personally wanted to see the wedding unfold, an even bigger priority for Johnson was to give the fans what they wanted to see. He repeatedly emphasizes his appreciation for "New Girl"'s devoted fanbase -- it's even influenced his decisions outside of the show, like his partnership with Natty Light for its new college loans campaign.

"When I was told about it, I thought it was honestly pretty cool, and I thought, if a fan reads this or follows me on social media, and then enters the competition to win $40,000 to help with their student debt -- I feel like I'll have paid them back a little bit for watching the stuff I do," he said.

And as the fans watch this final episode,  "I really hope they get what they want out of this show, because they surely gave us a lot," Johnson said. "We owe them everything."

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NEW GIRL: L-R: Jake Johnson and Zooey Deschanel in the 'Five Stars for Beezus' season finale episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, April 4 (8:00-8:31 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
Actor Jake Johnson attends 'The Mummy' New York Fan Event at AMC Loews Lincoln Square on June 6, 2017 in New York City. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 20: Actors Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella and Jake Johnson attend the Universal Celebration of 'The Mummy Day' With a 75-Foot Sarcophagus Takeover At Hollywood And Highland held at Hollywood & Highland on May 20, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
NEW GIRL: L-R: Guest star Megan Fox and Jake Johnson in the 'San Diego' season finale episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, March 28 (8:00-8:31 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
Jake Johnson during a BUILD series event to promote The Mummy, held at Shropshire House, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 1, 2017. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)
NEW GIRL: L-R: Guest star Megan Fox and Jake Johnson in the 'Wig' episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, Feb. 16 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
NEW GIRL: L-R: Jake Johnson and guest star Megan Fox in the 'Glue' episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, Feb. 7 (8:00-8:31 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Jake Johnson discusses 'The Mummy' with the Build Series at Build Studio on June 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
NEW GIRL: Jake Johnson in the 'Socalyalcon VI' episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, March 14 (8:00-8:31 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
NEW GIRL: L-R: Zooey Deschanel and Jake Johnson in the 'Raisin's Back' time period premiere episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, Jan. 3 (8:00-8:31 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
NEW GIRL: Jake Johnson in the James Wonder episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, Nov. 1 (8:31-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
NEW GIRL: L-R: Jake Johnson and Zooey Deschanel in the season finale 'Landing Gear' episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, May 10 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT ) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
Actors Zooey Deschanel (R) and Jake Johnson, stars of new comedy series 'The New Girl', take part in a panel session during the FOX Summer TCA Press Tour in Beverly Hills, California August 5, 2011. REUTERS/Fred Prouser (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
NEW GIRL: Jake Johnson in the 'Glue' episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, Feb. 7 (8:00-8:31 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
NEW GIRL: Jake Johnson (R) and Lamorne Morris in the 'Party Time' episode of NEW GIRL airing Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014 (approx. 10:30-11:00 PM ET/7:30-8:00 PM PT), immediately after FOX Sports' coverage of SUPER BOWL XLVIII on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
NEW GIRL: Jake Johnson (L) and Zooey Deschanel in the 'Birthday' episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
NEW GIRL: (L-R) Jake Johnson and Zooey Deschanel in the 'Thanksgiving III' episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
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