John Fawcett talked to The Nerdist to discuss Orphan Black‘s third season finale and what’s in store next year.
Orphan Black ended its third season with a bang, as those of you who have watched it know. If you haven’t yet seen it, please consider yourself warned: major spoilers ahead!
While season three did not end with a cliffhanger like last season, it did leave us with some clarity, in addition to a good number of questions. First, we learn that the Neolutionists (remember them? I’d all but forgotten!) were controlling a whole heck of a lot more than we originally thought with Doctor Nealon — complete with creepy worm and all — being revealed to be a part of the Neolution movement. And is then shot by Delphine and is presumed dead. So what role with the Neolutionists play in season four?
Nerdist: I have to say, I’m so pumped you guys are doing stuff with the Neolutionists. I’ve been wondering for the past two seasons, “When are they coming back?” and then all of a sudden it was just, like, crazy Neolutionists everywhere!
JF: Yeah, mayhem. It’s MAYHEM. That is what’s exciting about where the show is going next with Neolution; that they can be everywhere, that they are everywhere. And that gives us this real feeling — as we sink deeper into the rabbit hole with Sarah again — that we’re almost back at the beginning, like, not knowing who’s the real [or]who’s she’s supposed to be fighting. Now that we’ve solved a certain aspect of the mystery of season three, it’s like, ‘This goes much deeper.’ So for Sarah, I really wanted a little bit of a feeling of returning to season one and the unease that goes along with that. We knew that that was the plan all along — the return to Neolution in Season Four.
As for Delphine, well things did not end as well for her. Doctor Nealon warn her that she would be dead by morning, it looks like he was right, with her getting shot in a parking lot. As for who shot her — that we don’t know. Someone with whom she was familiar, surely, and perhaps a person she did not view as a threat. Scott? Gracie? Someone we’ve yet to meet? Time will tell, but it does look very likely as though Delphine did not survive the attack, which many fans, myself included, are still struggling to deal with.
Nerdist: Switching gears slightly, but: people are going to be very upset because of what’s happened to Delphine. How do you guys come to that decision?
JF: Well, it was a hard decision to make. We kinda knew that it was gonna happen; that it was on the table and it was the plan as we were figuring out season three. Obviously, we know that the fans love Delphine and love that relationship, but it’s a tragic love story and it’s a very, very important part of the continuing journey of Cosima and, hopefully, the sisters.
Finally, what is going to happen to Castor? Starting of the season as enemies to Leda, there has been a shift, with Mark and Sarah having worked together on a number of occasions, and with some of the most disturbed brothers gone, where does that leave Mark and the rest of Castor? According to Fawcett, not over yet!
Nerdist: So where does Castor stand now? I know that we know Mark is alive. Is the whole ‘mayfly’ aspect of him and trying to cure him as well going to continue into next season or are they kind of just done?
JF: Oh, it’s certainly a continuation. We would never just drop that storyline, but certainly this is a win for Sarah and it’s a win for Leda. It’s some answers and resolutions — it’s a feeling that we’ve kind of triumphed, to some degree. Mark is still hanging in the wind; he is kind of the emotional core of Castor. We still have plans, obviously, for Castor and for Ari [Millen, the Castor clone actor], and that’s not closed out, but it was important that this feels like a win. I mean, considering this season Castor was kind of a foe that we were fighting and, to some degree, that we wanted to have answers about, I feel like we got that from that middle part. That leading up to the climax, which was this sense of truth now.
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