Orphan Black is returning for a fifth and final season next week, and ahead of the show’s hotly anticipated premiere, BBC America has released a killer first sneak peek.
Everything comes full circle for our clone sestras when Season 5 debuts on June 10, and viewers can expect to see plenty of flashbacks to flesh out the story of Cosima, Sarah, Rachel, Helena and Alison, all played by Emmy-winning actress Tatiana Maslany. Which leads me to this first clip.
We see Helena going on a murderous mission where she encounters another clone. So the question is: Has this particular scene been plucked from one of Helena’s flashbacks, or is it taking place in the present day? I’m really hoping it’s a flashback, but as you guys know, Helena is still not averse to murdering people when they threaten her clone family or her babies, so it is possible this is taking place in the present day. Or (and this is a possibility), it's all a dream. Yeah, that would actually make a lot of sense.
Here’s what show creator Graeme Manson said in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly about the use of flashbacks:
“We really enjoyed opening that can of worms last year. It’s not easy, but it’s really a great thing for the fans to be able to go back into a flashback and learn something new about these characters that we spent so many seasons with now. So, we sort of pressed ahead with something similar this year. We figured in our final season what you really want to do is you want to take a look at these girls, and maybe just sort of ask how far have they come, where were they before?
So, we took a few episodes these seasons to create some character-focused episodes — so Cosima, Sarah, Rachel, Helena, Alison, they each sort of get their own character-focused episode, and those episodes are going to use flashbacks to open up their backstory, and tell us something new about these girls that we think we know so well.”
Check out the clip, and let us know what you think: