Orphan Black Promises Tension Between Sarah and Felix, and an "Explosive" Alison in Season 2
Orphan Black stars Tatiana Maslany and Jordan Gavaris, along with series creator Graeme Manson, took the stage at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour today to discuss Season 2, which premieres April 19 in case you've been living under a rock under a bigger rock under the Atlantic Ocean for the last few months.
The critically acclaimed first season ended with Sarah discovering that Mrs. S and Kira had been kidnapped, Alison taking the deal from the Dyad Institute, and Cosima finding out that she's suffering from the same mysterious illness that plagued Katja, in addition to learning that the clones are patented. During the panel, critics were treated to the adrenaline-fueled first scene from Season 2, which picks up immediately after the finale, and from the looks of it, Orphan Black has no intention of slowing down anytime soon.
“We are going to take some risks with our premise and we are going to push, technically, what we’ve done in the first season," Manson said, explaining that when the story picks up, Sarah is reckless in her search for Kira and the truth about her own history, while Alison is facing her own guilt at letting Aynsley die.
"She's a tense person to begin with," Manson continued. "The secret that she's keeping is really going to eat at her in an interesting way. She's got some explosions coming up."
Manson also confirmed that he always knew Donnie would be Alison's monitor, but said the way everything eventually played out with Aynsley was not necessarily there from the start. "We have a longterm plan that's pretty elastic conceptually," he said.
As for Cosima—who Manson admitted is his favorite clone (uh, dude, really? I think you meant to say Alison)—she's now facing her own mortality, and going forward, it plays into the story in a big way. "Examining her illness and looking into her own science is part of our mystery," he said. So let's hope Cosima's time spent at the Dyad Institute will give her the opportunity to discover a cure for the illness, because a Cosima-less world is not a happy world.
Speaking of a non-happy world, the relationship between foster siblings Sarah and Felix is going to be tested this season. Gavaris hinted that Felix will be growing as an individual, gaining his own identity, and becoming more than just Sarah's backup or sounding board. He'll also be building relationships and allegiances with other clones (more Felix and Alison, please!). When asked if there's any possibility that other characters might eventually be revealed as clones, Manson shot down the idea, but said that everyone should have a Felix clone. Gavaris joked, however, that "the world can only handle one Felix."
Truer words have never been spoken.
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