I remember going to Toronto’s National Fan Expo the summer after Lost Girl aired its first season, and this was back when the Expo was confined to the south end of the Metro Toronto Convention Center. The Q&A for Lost Girl was set for 11 am Saturday in one of the medium sized panel rooms; it wasn’t the huge one reserved for the celebrity guests, but it wasn’t one of the small ones reserved for comic book discussion or indie film screenings either. Arriving at the Q&A, it was apparent that this “small” Canadian show had struck a chord, because it was standing room only. Four years later, Lost Girl is still filling rooms at Fan Expo. Bigger rooms.
The cast was split for the occasion. Half – including Zoie Palmer, Rick Howland and Ksenia Solo – were at Dragon Con in Atlanta, while Anna Silk, Kris Holden-Ried, Rachel Skarsten and Paul Amos got the hometown welcome at Fan Expo. Showrunner Michael Grassi and executive producer Vanessa Piazza were also on hand to talk about the pending fifth and final season of the show. The final season will be split Breaking Bad style with eight episodes premiering this December on Showcase and in 2015 on Sy-Fy, with the back eight airing the following year.
“Buckle up,” Silk said when asked to describe the season. “[Bo] is very much clear headed, she’s on a mission and taking no prisoners.”
Top amongst the things Bo will be dealing with is the matter of her father. Is he really a bad guy, and if so, how bad is he. Silk explained that Bo’s quest to understand herself and where she came from has driven the character this far, no matter how scary or disappointing (see her mother’s killing of the series’ first Ash), the journey’s been. “It’s terrifying, but to have those answers is just as frightening,” she said.
As Bo’s personal life in the fifth season, Silk as asked who the succubus heroine might end up with this season. “Anyone she can!” said Holden-Ried before she could answer.
“It’s Bo, and it’s the nature of who she is and what she is,” Silk later said. “I can’t wait for you guys to see this season. It’s epic!”
But the actor who plays the original wolfcop Dyson really stuck his foot in his mouth a moment later when cast members were asked to react to the sudden death of Kenzi in the fourth season finale. “Kenzi is such a great part of our family,” said Holden-Ried, who realized immediately that he talked about Kenzi in the present tense. “Am I fired?” he asked Grassi and Piazza.
On a serious note, there was praise for the way that the show’s developed the “triangle” between Bo, Dyson and the human doctor Lauren, and not fulfilling the standard trope of making the latter two bitter rivals for Bo’s heart. “They’ve really learned to love and respect each other,” said Holden-Ried. “It’s a supporting, loving environment where we’re not coming in to try and undermine each other.”
Another casualty in the bloodbath that was season four was K.C. Collins’ Hale, who was killed by the druid Massimo, creating a vital crack in the typically solid Bo-Kenzi friendship. “We love K.C. so much,” said Grassi, “but from the brainstorming for season four we knew we were going to [kill Hale], and it was for story purposes because we knew what kind of effect that have on all the other characters.”
One of the interesting nuggets to come out of that story arc was the revelation that Massimo was the son of dark fae leader Evony and raised by the mesmer Vex. In that context, Massimo was pretty understandably screwed up, and it’s pretty understandable that Vex has a lot on his mind in season five.
“He’s currently partying in Berlin and trying to keep away from the rest of the gang,” Vex’s portrayer Amos said. “He has a lot of regret about what he did to Kenzi, so he has to come back and try and make amends.”
Amos also said that we’ll get some more dimension to both Vex and Evony, as the former deals with his guilt and the later deals with her new humanness courtesy of magic sex with Lauren. “We get to see different layers to [Evony], and different layers of Vex as they’re breaking out of these caricatures of being evil people,” he added.
Speaking of dark characters trying to do good, Skarsten said we can look forward to a more balanced Tamsin in the new season, with her snarky side starting to re-assert itself. “Tamsin in season five is a mixture of three and four,” she said. “I’ve really come to adore Tamsin from season three. She’s more vulnerable [now], but she’s still got a sassy attitude and the one liners.”
Evidence of Tamsin’s skill with a put down was shown in a preview clip before the Q&A, as well as a tease about Bo and Tamsin’s upcoming undercover mission as cheerleaders. The fans in attendance enjoyed seeing Silk and Skarsten “Bring it On,” but maybe out of surprise that it really took Lost Girl five years to visit the idea of Bo as a cheerleader.
“Wait until you see what else she wears,” Holden-Ried teased again.
Piazza was given a sound chorus of boos about it being the final season of Lost Girl (“You’ll get tired eventually,” Holden-Ried said waving off the boos). But the producer said that it’s an occasion celebration not for sadness. “We have a very powerful two seasons ahead with lots more cons,” she said, “and I think everyone should get excited for December.”
“Everyone has so many stories to tell,” Grassi added. “Knowing that this season will be the end will allow us to create the most impactful season yet.”
Mostly though, there’s pride. Pride that in some small way, Lost Girl has done its part to break down barriers. “[Lost Girl] has had a lack of labels, and a fluidity of gender and sexuality, and hopefully that’s what the future looks like,” said Piazza