'Orphan Black' Season 2 Finale Spoilers - Creators Talk About the New Clone!
SPOILER ALERT: DO NOT CONTINUE IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE SEASON TWO FINALE YET!
There were some major revelations in the season two finale of Orphan Black and now the series creators are shedding some light on what went down.
Final warning, don’t read on if you don’t want to get spoiled!
As we headed into the finale, Sarah’s daughter Kira was kidnapped by Rachel after going through a bone marrow transplant surgery to help save Cosima. The season finale episode starts with Sarah surrendering herself to the Dyad Institute in hopes of getting her daughter back.
Click inside to find out the biggest plot moments from the Orphan Black finale…
Rachel (Tatiana Maslany) and Ethan Duncan (Andrew Gillies)
Here are the major things that went down:
- Rachel’s father Ethan Duncan kills himself to get away from her because she is so evil and so that he doesn’t have to give her the code to a gene sequence that would allow her to make more clones.
- The genetic code was actually written down and is in a book that was given to Kira and this can be used to save Cosima.
- Rachel gets stabbed in the eye with a pencil launched at her by Sarah, who escapes from the Dyad Institute and brings home Kira.
- Sarah, Cosima, Helena, and Allison have a dance party and it is one awesome moment.
- Helena gets kidnapped by some military men and gets put on a plane to who knows where.
- THE BIG REVELATION: There’s a whole separate clone conspiracy called Project Castor that involves male clones – specifically Mark the Prolethean guy, who gets married to Gracie at the end of the episode. We meet two of his clones briefly at the end. One of them is a military man working at the plane that Helena gets brought to and the other (who seems kind of nuts) is in a holding cell that Marian Bowles brings Sarah to see.
Mark the Prolethean (Ari Millen)
Here is what the series creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson had to say about the plot twist (via Entertainment Weekly):
EW: Let’s start with the big twist at the very end. Tell me how and when you came upon the decision to add a group of male clones, one of which we have already met as Mark the Prolethean?
JOHN FAWCETT: The genesis for that was between season 1 and 2. There had been a lot of discussion about introducing male clones in season 2, and honestly the decision to have Mark be the male clone was something that we arrived at kind of as we were getting into the beginning of season 2, once we had started shooting and we had Ari in as Mark. What’s interesting about this is that Ari Millen is a really talented guy and he’s someone that we had brought in as this new Prolethean character, and we had planned to kill him in episode 6. And after he did some significantly great work for us in the early get-going of the season we started to focus our eyes on him as very strong potential for our male clone, and that’s kind of how that happened.
EW: When did you let Ari know he was going to be playing multiple clones and what was his reaction to that news?
FAWCETT: We didn’t tell him until the season finale.
GRAEME MANSON: Yeah, I phoned him before we started rolling on episode 210 and I said, “Are you sitting down?
FAWCETT: We let him know just before we put out scripts for episode 210. Graeme called him, which was a big surprise to him. We were keeping that under wraps to everyone.
MANSON: But it’s important to note that he won the role, because we really liked what he was doing. We like him, we like the dimension that he brought to the Mark character, and it made a lot of sense to us story-wise because the end looped back to the beginning again, and we like that sort of structure.
EW: When you say you were originally going to kill him in 206, had you figured out how he was going to die? Was Helena going to kill him?
FAWCETT: Actually, it was going to be Paul, We had the scenes with Paul and Mark at the bar together while Helena is dancing with Jesse and the continuation of the two handlers was going to be a clash of two killers against each other outside of Duncan’s house, and Paul was going to kill Mark. That was up in the original boards and the plans for episode 6 at the beginning of the season, and then Ari kept doing these great scenes and we just couldn’t kill him.
Sarah (Tatiana Maslany)