The ratings might be minuscule, but the fan love for BBC America’s Orphan Black was on full display at San Diego Comic-Con — and the cast and crew were out in force to talk up what’s coming for our favorite clone thriller.
The writers threw out a major curve ball in the season finale, introducing a male run of clones played by Ari Millen as part of the mysterious Project Castor, and Millen said he’ll be bending Tatiana Maslany’s ear for advice on playing multiple characters. Maslany also praised Millen, noting he has a “well of depth” they’ll be mining in season three.
Oh, and it was also revealed that Paul was supposed to kill Millen’s main character in episode six — but the writers liked him so much they kept him around. Crazy, right?
When asked what type of footage was left on the cutting-room floor, the producers revealed there’s quite a bit of footage from lovable loser Donnie’s (Kristian Bruun) journey this season. Donnie’s journey from pawn to halfway decent husband was one of the best arcs of year two, so we can’t wait to see some of those when the Blu-ray release hits.
Sarah’s broth Felix (Jordan Gavaris) got to show some depth this season as well, while the duo were angry and separated for a period. Gavaris said those were “hard” scenes to play but he was proud he was able to show a less theatric side of Felix:
“There was no acting required. Every time we went to perform the scene, I just felt so bad for the poor guy, who has put himself on the line every time for this girl who he cares a great deal about. And he feels so alone, and so alien. And this is someone who's felt alone for most of his life, so to feel that way because of his sister — that was a knock.”
Of course, you can’t talk Orphan Black with touching on the big snub. A geeky corner of the Internet exploded when Maslany was (once again!) snubbed by the Emmys, failing to garner even a nomination for her fantastic performances as a half dozen different characters. When the topic came up at the panel, Maslany handled it with aplomb:
“I just think that we're at a point where television is extremely exciting. I just feel really lucky to be at this point in television history making a show like this, and in the company of shows like that. The Emmys is lovely and wonderful, but to me it's more about hearing the response from the fans... Being in this room — that's why we do it.”
The panel for Orphan Black was reportedly packed, which is great, but the series still deserves a few million more viewers. So if you're looking for something to binge this summer, it's one of our top recommendations.