With Season 3 done and to the wind, Orphan Black clones 10 more episodes for Season 4, premiering April 2016. Tatiana Maslany stars in the BBC America series as Sarah Manning who continuously runs into clones of herself having no recollection between the clones themselves. Part of a diabolical scheme to scientifically understand and force human evolution, Orphan Black portrays the taboo subject of genetic cloning on the human race.
Fans have become accustomed to the show’s season finale endings involving a myriad of cliffhangers. However, Season 3 took a turn by answering a few questions that had long been brewing in the first two seasons. Entertainment Tonight sat with co-creator John Fawcett to discuss a few of the changes that Season 3 ended with, while preparing for what Season 4 will bring.
Fawcett said that fans should have expected much closure for the cast in the Season 3 finale. He expressed that the third season began getting extremely complex and therefore naturally needed to find conclusions, allowing for Season 4 to begin with a fresh start. Though the show overall has been gaining traction with series-watchers, critics question what is missing that has not garnered the show any Emmy nods.
The series has won many Canadian awards including the Peabody Award in 2014. However, with Maslany playing such diverse characters and (according to fans) doing it extremely well, it is perplexing as to why Maslany, if not the show, has not at least been recognized for her outstanding performance. According to Deadline many other actors would have run away from such an opportunity to play such a role as Sarah in Orphan Black, however, Maslany has taken the reigns and gained major fanfare because of it.
With Cosima and Delphine’s relationship in the air, due to a gunshot wound to the chest, Sarah’s mother miraculously alive after being presumed six feet under, co-creator of the show, Graeme Manson, says he wants to be able to gain some of the first season’s mystery back with Season 4. Manson says that he enjoyed the thrill of the mystery that made Season 1 so popular with fans of the show. He goes on to express that with so much that has happened in Season 3’s finale, there is an incredible canvas for the writers to paint on, a canvas on which Orphan Black clones 10 more episodes for Season 4 upon.
Not too much has been said as to where the direction of the series is going to go, but fans and critics alike are hoping that whatever the direction, it will start to gain some Emmy and possibly Golden Globe nominations. With a whole other year to go, Orphan Black has plenty of time to create mysterious and thrilling plotlines. Aside from the sci-fi drama’s fan base on Monday nights, it is slowly gaining fanfare with online watchers as well.
Fans say that the only thing pulling audiences in and possibly keeping the show (and its actors) from gaining noteworthy American awards is due to the extremely sensitive subject of cloning one’s DNA. Over the past few years cloning has been a hush-hush subject but still one that causes extreme controversy among the American people. What if the government really could clone someone? What if they already have? These are the questions many viewers of the show have asked themselves, and if they are asking so are the big-wigs behind awards and ratings.
With Orphan Black set to clone 1o more episodes for Season 4, critics and fans are hopeful that the show will bring riveting stories, brand new characters, and plot twists that are sure to lead to yet another jaw-dropping season finale. The show can currently be seen on Thursday nights on BBC America with a season premiere slated for an April 2016 release.
By Danyol Jaye
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