How Wash would bring back Firefly (and how he thinks it'll happen)

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Feb 7, 2013, 10:38 AM EST (Updated)

So does Alan Tudyk think Firefly should come back? Duh, of course!

Just because Tudyk's affable everyman met his grisly demise on the sharp end of a leaf on the wind doesn't mean he's against the show making a big comeback. Quite the contrary, in fact. The man who once was Wash thinks it's nigh on inevitable. His reasoning is more than just that fans love it or that Joss and Fillion are still game, it's because he thinks there's a business model that would make it work. That model? Netflix. And he sites critical darling Arrested Development as proof.

This was taken off the air right about the same time that we were, and that was a show that was on Fox, with a bunch of people who have gone on to do many other things, and they’re getting them back together for another 14 episodes. So it can be done.

Tudyk recognizes that many things would have to happen first -- Joss would have to finish that pesky Marvel work, and Nathan's show, Castle, would have to finish -- but he feels that the fan interest is unwavering and timeless.  Considering that every con we've ever been to is full of Browncoats, it's kind of hard to argue.

But more than that, Alan Tudyk even has a plan!  What does he think should happen?  Unsurprisingly, it's all about Captain Tightpants himself, Mal Reynolds.

You could find Mal living on some moon somewhere, and then somebody finds him. It’s that old set-up where somebody finds him and they’re like, ‘you’re needed.’ Something happens that he saddles back up, gets in the ship and goes. And he puts the band back together. And finds everybody wherever they are, to go do something.

So it's Paul Darrow's idea for bringing back Blake's 7 mixed with the Blues Brothers?  Yeah.  Okay.  Yes!  Make that happen.  Just one question.  Is Wash coming back as a ghost/robot/ghost of a robot?  Don't hold your breath.  Tudyk doesn't think it's worth the trouble of finding as elaborate excuse.

Tudyk did visit with Whedon and company at the S.H.I.E.L.D. set, although he insists it happened entirely by accident.

...a Firefly fan was there who worked on the lot, and they asked if I was there to see S.H.I.E.L.D. And I was like, ‘what? They’re here?!’ So I texted Jed and was like, ‘where the hell are you?’ And I went by and Joss was there, it was very cool.

Just by happenstance, eh?  Maybe it's just our fan hearts all a-flutter, but we think he'll turn up on the show eventually.  Preferably as the robot ghost of Hoban Washburne.

(via hypable)