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With a myriad of cliffhangers to resolve, it's a TV blessing that La Brea has already been picked up for a second season. Creator/executive producer/writer David Appelbaum already unpacked those various dangling narratives with us, so SYFY WIRE also took the opportunity to grill him about what audiences are going to see when the new season makes it back to our screens.
***Spoilers below for the La Brea Season 1 finale***
"There will be multiple time periods," Appelbaum confirms. Despite Gavin (Eoin Macken) and Izzy (Zyra Gorecki) jumping themselves into 10,000 BC to find Eve (Natalie Zea) and Josh (Jack Martin), the finale made certain that plenty of characters will still be out of time with one another. In particular, Josh and Riley could be anywhere, and there's also the modern day scientists and Feds trying to rescue everyone.
Asked where and when everyone will be, Appelbaum is cagey. "I don't want to give away exactly what time periods we're going to see in Season 2 because I think that's going to be one of the fun surprises. We definitely will be in 10,000 BC and other time periods, but I think it's something we want the audience to be surprised by when as we get into Season 2."
But Appelbaum does admit at least one thing, "We definitely know where Josh and Riley are. We have a good idea for what their journey is going to be."
In fact, the writers already have Season 2 broken because of the long two-year production period for Season 1. "One of the great things about the lucky accidents about the show is that it had a really long gestation period," the EP explains. "We began to shoot the pilot right before the pandemic hit, and then everything got shut down. But we still kept a writers room going for the period, over about a year, until we got picked up for series. It's given us a lot of time to think and plan about where we wanted to bring the show. We don't have every little piece mapped out, nor do we want to. But we do have a lot of big signposts for both this season and beyond."
Perhaps the biggest "what?!" moment was the reveal of the modern-looking building in 10,000 BC that Dr. Aldridge claims ownership of in the last moments. Appelbaum says it will play a big part in Season 2.
"We're going to reveal a lot more of the mysteries behind what this building is and why it's here," he shares. "She's going to be an important part of that. And I think one of the great things about the show is that we do pose a lot of questions, but we really tried to give answers and not make the audience frustrated. A lot of shows can put things out there and not come back to them. But things like the barcode on the cow or the building, or the Civil War gold, or the people who are electrocuted are all things that we know we've set up and we're planning to come back to, and give fun answers to. But Season 1 is only 10 episodes, so there's only so many answers we can give. We do have a lot of ideas to keep pushing these mysteries forward and opening up new mysteries as well."
Now we all just have to be patient for the announcement of when Season 2 will premiere.