All good things must come to an end — and for “Orphan Black” that time is quickly approaching. The cast and crew hit the PaleyFest carpet Thursday (March 23) to say their goodbyes. And while they were tight-lipped regarding upcoming spoilers, show creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett were able to give us some insight on their journey from Season 1 to now.
“I don’t think Graeme and I ever thought in our wildest dreams that we’d ever go five seasons,” Fawcett tells Screener. “I think we sort of had three in mind, to begin with. We had to find some material to get to the ending we’ve always talked about. But, I think, it’s essentially what we set out to do.”
Over the past five seasons, the two have of course spent a lot of time exploring every character. For Graeme, the one member of the Clone Club he’s going to miss the most is Sarah (Tatiana Maslany): “She’s the hardest to write — she’s the plot and the spine. I’ve spent so much time with her, in a love/hate relationship… I’m going to miss her terribly. And I’m going to really miss Felix! He’s a piece of cake to write, I love writing Felix.”
“He’s very good at writing Helena,” Fawcett adds. “Every time Graeme writes Helena, it’s amazing.”
As for the final episodes, the EPs gave us a few things to expect. “There’s a real journey this season. You get to know these sisters that you thought you knew really well… You get to know them better. And poor Sarah and Helena go through the wringer,” Graeme hinted, John adding, “It was important to us, as we headed out, that we give each of these Leda sisters their own kind of character-centric episode — and that, I think, the fans will really like.”
“Orphan Black” Season 5 premieres Saturday, June 10 on BBC America.