Orphan Black Season 4 synopsis offers intriguing plot details and teases a new male clone

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Sep 29, 2015, 12:18 PM EDT

BBC America has revealed that production on the highly anticipated fourth season of Orphan Black kicked off yesterday, with the amazing Tatiana Maslany returning in her ground-breaking — and Emmy-nominated — performance in the role of multiple clones Sarah, Cosima, Helena, Alison (my personal favorite) and Rachel, as well as new clone Krystal.

Also back this upcoming season is Ari Millen in the role of a new male clone we’ve not yet encountered before (and he sounds like a doozy). Millen wowed us last season when he took a page from Maslany’s book and tackled different Project Castor male clones: Mark, Seth, Parsons, Styles and Rudy.

Where Season 3 had our seestras fighting for their very survival and facing off against the military Castor clones, the fourth season will take us back to the beginnings and the clone who started it all: Beth Childs. Here’s the extended synopsis of the Season 4 plot.

Sarah, reluctantly return home from her Icelandic hideout to track down an elusive and mysterious ally tied to the clone who started it all — Beth Childs.  Sarah will follow Beth’s footsteps into a dangerous relationship with a potent new enemy, heading in a horrifying new direction. Under constant pressure to protect the sisterhood and keep everyone safe, Sarah’s old habits begin to resurface. As the close-knit sisters are pulled in disparate directions, Sarah finds herself estranged from the loving relationships that changed her for the better.

Returning this season is Jordan Gavaris as Sarah’s battle-worn foster brother Felix; Maria Doyle Kennedy as Sarah and Felix’s foster mother Mrs. S; Kristian Bruun as Donnie, Alison’s partner-in-crime and husband; Kevin Hanchard as Art, Beth’s detective partner who’s torn between his job and his loyalty to the clones; Skyler Wexler as Sarah’s long-suffering daughter Kira; Ari Millen as a mysterious new Castor clone, the likes of which we’ve never seen before; and Josh Vokey as Scott, Cosima’s lab partner. Also returning this season is James Frain as Ferdinand, an intimidating “cleaner” for shadowy organization, Topside; Allison Steadman as Kendall Malone, “the original”; and Rosemary Dunsmore as Susan Duncan, Rachel’s adoptive mother and one of the leading scientists of Project Leda. Joining the Orphan Black cast this season is Joel Thomas Hynes as Dizzy, an edgy, self-reliant hacker who doesn’t conform to group mentality. Additional casting for the series will be announced in the coming weeks.

I’m glad to see our core characters back for more Clone Club shenanigans next season, but I worry about the sisters’ bonds being fractured when the show returns in the spring of 2016. I'm also glad to see James Frain make it back as Ferdinand. His character is so deviously twisted, I just loooved to hate him. But where's Michiel Huisman? I’m guessing the actor is too busy being a series regular on Game of Thrones to return as Cal Morrison. Hopefully he’ll manage to pop in once in a while to check in on Sarah and their daughter Kira.

What do you think about Orphan Black’s Season 4 synopsis? Are you excited for the show to return?

(via BBC America)