7 Things We Learned at the ‘Orphan Black’ TCA Panel

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Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris, and creator Graeme Manson spilled some series secrets during BBC AMERICA’s TCA panel for the drama’s upcoming season. If you’re hoping to start Season Two spoiler-free, back out now! For the rest of #CloneClub who can’t wait ’til April 19th, read on…

Sarah’s on the run.

Season Two kicks off with Sarah frantically searching for her missing daughter, Kira. “Paul, what is going on? Did Rachel take my family?” Sarah yells into her clone phone, launching a season-long power struggle between Sarah and Rachel. “I’ve learned a lot from Sarah’s strength,” said Maslany. “She’s so gutsy, such a survivor. She comes up in life when I need her.”

Cosima’s in trouble.

Last year’s season finale saw Cosima facing a mysterious illness. “Cosima to me has always been the one most fascinated with life, so it’s interesting for her to be facing her mortality,” said Maslany. “It’s hard because she’s my favorite clone,” added creator Graeme Manson. “We’re putting her in this really heartbreaking position.”

Alison’s in for some “explosions.”

The secret Alison’s keeping about Aynsley’s death will “eat at her in an interesting way,” said Manson. “She’s got some explosions coming up.” Hopefully her craft room stays intact.

More Fee!

“In Season One, Felix was very much an integral cog in the mystery in the inception of the story and Sarah’s journey,” explained Jordan Gavaris. “Season two helps establish him outside of the clones and as an individual.” But there’s trouble ahead for Sarah and Felix. “[Felix]‘s relationship with Sarah is tested,” said  Manson. Their argument will come to a head, and according to Gavaris, there will be “many tough decisions to be made.”

Tatiana can’t believe herself.

“The Golden Globes thing is wild,” said Tatiana, on her 2013 Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a TV Drama. “I’m blown away by it, just trying to breathe in it and take it one day at a time. It’s totally out of my league.”

It’s tough playing pro-clone.

Tatiana admitted playing Rachel is a challenge, namely because of “her entitlement and wealth and power.” But playing pro-clone has perks. “It terrified me, but that’s what’s so awesome about this show,” said Maslany. “I get to try out things that no one would cast me in normally. I don’t think people would come to me for power CEOs normally.”

#CloneClub rules.

Tatiana didn’t leave TCAs without giving props to Orphan Black’s awesome fans. “We’re a niche, odd little show that could have fallen under the radar. Because of TV critics, and bloggers, and the Clone Club, people were talking about it and got the show out to a wider audience.” Keep up the good work, #CloneClub!

 

 

Orphan Black returns to BBC AMERICA on April 19, 2014.

 

  • Eugene Unger

    Will video of the panel be released?