Orphan Black showrunner on Season 4 'reset,' that deathly S3 cliffhanger

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Jun 22, 2015

BBC America’s sci-fi series Orphan Black continues to be the best show pretty much no one is watching, and the season finale delivered all the thrills and chills we’ve come to expect from the Clone Club.

Spoilers ahead for the Season 3 finale of Orphan Black!

With Delphine’s (Évelyne Brochu) life hanging in the balance, co-creator John Fawcett would neither confirm nor deny which direction they plan to take her story in Season 4. We’d like to think the fact that she’s a main character will mean she’s coming back, but Orphan Black has already taken out a fan-favorite series regular this year (R.I.P. Paul), so anything is possible. Fawcett told Variety they wanted to leave that a “hanging cliffhanger” so fans will spend the off-season asking that question.

Though Delphine’s life is a big ol’ question mark, the rest of the season ended on a relatively happy note. We got the sisters back together, and Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) got her long-awaited hug with her daughter Kira (Skyler Wexler). We also got a ton of answers about the big mythological arcs within the series, though there are still plenty of mysteries on deck for next year.

Considering year three was one of the most ambitious yet, Fawcett said they wanted to bring it to a meaningful conclusion and not go with a trademark cliffhanger as they’ve done in previous seasons. It was a nice change of pace, and Fawcett said the wrap-up is a nice way to jump into some fresh stories next season:

“It was really important for us in one of our most complex seasons to end with a lot of answers and feel like we’ve had some triumph and victory, and be in a place at the end of season three where we could go ‘now we can take a breather, we can reset.’ We didn’t want to end the season in some giant cliffhanger that meant we were gonna have to start exactly where we left off. We wanted to feel resolution and have more of an emotional ending to season three, so that it gave us a chance to reset for the beginning of season four. We just wanted a very different feel.”

Orphan Black is set to return next year for its fourth season. What’d you think of Season 3?

(Via Variety)

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