Clone saga ‘Orphan Black’ starring Tatiana Maslany in multiple roles, doesn’t return until April (on BBC America here in the US), but the above image was released featuring Maslany as both protagonist Sarah Manning (on top) and antagonist Rachel Duncan (on the bottom). And now the creators of the show, John Fawcett and Graeme Manson are opening up a bit about the upcoming sophomore season.
First of all, regarding the photo above, Fawcett stated “Our launching framework for season 2 is really the war between Sarah and Rachel.”
But the creators plan to keep fans on their toes, by revealing twists and turns to develop the characters. Expect more from Rachel. As Fawcett says:
“For us, using Helena as an example, it was very interesting to draw a character that began really as one thing — for example, a serial killer — and then through the course of a few episodes become able to add layers and add flesh to the point where you could understand her and be sympathetic to her. So, to me, that was about creating a really dynamic deep interesting character that wasn’t just a cartoon. And I think we feel the same about Rachel. I think you could probably tell from the end of season 1 that Rachel’s got a little bit of heavy to her. And I think what’s interesting to us is that we’re having fun creating a new character this season who isn’t just a heavy. There’s other aspects to her. And that’s been a really fun developing a new girl… Even as a villain, Rachel is going to hold a lot of surprises for us. She’s been a really fun nemesis for Sarah.”
“No one is just who they seem on ‘Orphan Black’. That’s the most important thing. Maybe things get set up as kind of a cliché or as one thing, but we’re always trying to bend it and find the layers to keep it fresh and original… As for Rachel, we did leave last season knowing that Rachel was a child of Neolution, therefore much connected to the origins of the experiment. So I think Rachel is going to help to open a window for us and we’re going to begin to understand a lot more about the conspiracy.”
But the focus won’t be solely on Rachel. Expect more clones this season. Fawcett states “We are really excited about doing that. We want to do it in a way that is unexpected. We want to do it at a time that’s unexpected. But it is obviously something that we talk about a lot. And it’s part of the fun of making ‘Orphan Black’ and making a show about clones is that we can be having those discussions. We have some surprises in store.”
The show’s fan base continues to grow as it expands across the globe to new territories. It airs on BBC3 in the UK and Space in Canada. And as stated, it returns to US airwaves in the spring.
Are you looking forward to the return of ‘Orphan Black’?