Last week, Orphan Black returned with a bang. After the cliffhanger revelation of Season 2, the series wasted no time in showing just how different the male clones are from the female clones and man, are they different! The series is known for its many twists and turns throughout the story and if the first episode of Season 3 is any indication, the show will remain true to form. We had a chance to sit down with some of the cast and crew to pick their brains about the upcoming season and they were more than happy to dish on what fans can expect from the series. Well, as far as they were allowed to divulge, of course.
During a recent press event, we were given the opportunity to pose some questions to series stars Dylan Bruce (Paul), Jordan Gavaris (Felix), Kristian Bruun (Donnie), and Evelyne Brochu (Delphine), as well as series writer and co-creator Graeme Manson. While the group did remain rather tight lipped regarding specifics of the new season, they were able to give us a few hints as to the direction their characters will be heading.
NB: Orphan Black is a series with plenty of twists and since the first episode, I have been worried that Felix may not be who he says he is – that he, in fact, may be a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Is this something that viewers should worry about in Season 3?
Jordan: If it is something to worry about, I’m not aware of it. At the same time, we’ve also had many conversations where if one of us does turn out to be, I love that expression, a “wolf in sheep’s clothing”, we don’t want to know. I wouldn’t want to know because then it would end up affecting how I’m…I would love the idea of having that revelation come later and getting to go back and say “oh my god, he was pretending this entire time!”. I don’t want to say that’s happening, I have no idea, as far as I know that’s not happening, but it’s Orphan Black so anything can happen. I didn’t think we were going to have male clones at the end of Season 2, either!
NB: For the audience, every scene is surprising because we have no idea where the series will be going. You guys actually know where it’s going, for the most part, but do you still get any “holy shit!” moments when you’re going through the script? Will we be seeing any of these moments in the upcoming season?
Dylan: For sure!
Kristian: Almost every episode because that’s the first time we get to see it, when a script comes through to our email and usually when it does, I know I have to just drop everything to start reading it right away to see what happens. Almost every episode, there’s a “holy shit moment”, it’s awesome. It’s so…Yeah!
Dylan: This is my favorite season yet and that’s saying a lot.
Kristian: This is the one I am most excited about. It’s just so exciting. For us…I read the script, I then immediately read it twice: when we get the email, then when we sit around as a cast and read it before before we shoot each episode. Then, I forget about everything else. I just want to focus on the scenes that I’m in because I don’t want to know, I don’t want to remember what happens because I want to experience it again.
Dylan: It’s because we’re all fans too. I don’t like watching the episodes before they actually hit the air. Its fun to watch when it comes out.
NB: As fans, do you have a favorite clone?
Kristian: I actually haven’t seen Ari Millen’s stuff yet with the Castor clones…
Dylan: He’s awesome, by the way! He’s really good.
Kristian: …I can’t wait to see it on screen for the first time. I’ve been on set and everything but in terms of last season, Rachel was my favorite. She was cool. So, so fascinating!
Dylan: I love her and Cosima. I think they’re fantastic together. For some reason, I love the comedy aspect as well, with Donnie and Alison, so whenever Donnie and Alison are on screen, I just love it.
Evelyne: I’m a Cosima fan. I’ve always been, all the way, Team Cosima!
After mentioning that he has some screen time with Helena this season, we couldn’t resist asking Dylan if he would be part of another dance sequence this season.
Dylan: I wish because I kind of have moves! We were talking about doing a dance off, right? No?
Kristian: He SAYS he has moves but…
Dylan: Im actually like Zoolander. I can’t turn left.
Kristian: But his Blue Steel is amazing!
Dylan: I’ve been working on it for years.
Dylan wouldn’t give us an example of his moves, unfortunately, so we are left to wonder just how great those moves could be…
After the laugh, things became serious again as we questioned series writer and co-creator Graeme Manson.
NB: Graeme, as a writer, these characters are pretty much like your children. Do you ever get to a point where you think that you just can’t torture a certain character any further? That they’ve been through enough?
Graeme: I agonize over how much pain we put them through. Even Helena, who can hack it, who can take it. “Are we just being too mean to Helena? Can we just give her a lollipop? Make her feel better?” So, we do agonize over it but that’s drama. The harder you make it on those characters, the greater the triumph if they can come out of it.
NB: One of the big differences between American television shows and those that air on BBC is the amount of episodes per season. When approaching a 10-13 episode series, how does it affect your writing process?
Graeme: We’re really comfortable with 10 and we don’t want to make it more because its a mystery and we don’t want it to spin its wheels; we want to keep the pace. 10 episodes allows us to keep the pace. If we went 13, I think the air would come out a little bit and Tatiana might just collapse.
NB: We now have an Eve and an Adam to look out for in the series. Will we be seeing different clones in the next season or will you be sticking to the model already in place?
Graeme: I don’t want to do any other clones, not yet. For now, we’ll just focus on these two amazing actors.
It’s interesting that the series writer didn’t come out and say “no” when asked about the additional clones and the way he answers seems to leave the door open to the possibility in the future.
In Season 3 of the hit series, the stakes are higher than they have ever been and with the Castor Clones closing in, a war is sure to brew. Take a look at tomorrow’s episode, “Transitory Sacrifices of Crisis“:
What are you hoping to see this season? Do you think there are still a few “wolves in sheep’s clothing” lurking around? Who is your favorite clone?