The “Orphan Black” team is always very careful not to spill too many details about future episodes, so when speaking to reporters about Season 3 they did not reveal much info — except for the fact that the season is leading toward the best ending yet.
“The thing that I am most excited about for this season is that we have an incredible season end, and I think probably the best yet. It’s something I’m super excited about,” showrunner John Fawcett tells reporters at the winter TV press tour, making the three-month wait for Season 3 that much more unbearable. “For us it’s always just challenging each other and challenging our technological abilities and challenging Tatiana [Maslany] and trying to go in a direction that people aren’t expecting.”
The “Orphan Black” world expanded exponentially in Season 2, and Season 3 will see more new characters introduced thanks to Project Castor and the new male clones. Fawcett acknowledges the difficulties in balancing storylines with so many characters.
“This season has been the hardest to write yet,” he says. “There is the big overall conspiracy and puzzle and mystery that we’re trying to tell, but there are so many other characters that we love. … It’s fun and terrifying. It’s been challenging, that’s for sure.”
Additions include Justin Chatwin as an “old high school flame of Alison’s, and kind of gets in the way a little bit and causes a little bit of issues between Donnie and Alison,” Fawcett says, and James Frain joins the premiere as a “dangerous threat to our girls. … He’s a very intense, scary character.”
Plus, there’s a terrifying scorpion that makes an appearance in the sizzle reel played for reporters that Fawcett says “is a cast member,” whatever that means.
And then there are all the male clones played by Ari Millen. We already met Mark in Season 2, and we’ll come to know Rudy, the crazy-eyed clone Sarah met in the Season 2 finale, as Season 3 begins.
“The one thing you can say about Rudy is he likes to get under people’s skin and he will just peck at you and peck at you until you blow up and then he’s won,” Millen says.
Adds Fawcett, “Rudy’s a threat to the sisters, to the girls. Rudy is a dangerous character who is very, very smart and very ruthless, and the guy’s seen some action. He’s a trained fighter.”
“Orphan Black” Season 3 premieres April 18 on BBC America.