Orphan Black Season Finale: Graeme Manson on Season Five and the Future of Cophine

Friday, 17 June 2016 - 1:11PM
Orphan Black
Friday, 17 June 2016 - 1:11PM
Orphan Black Season Finale: Graeme Manson on Season Five and the Future of Cophine
Orphan Black just left us reeling with arguably its darkest finale yet. Between Rachel's descent into murderous madness, Cosima's close brush with death, and an ending that left almost all of our clones in mortal peril, this episode wasn't pulling its punches--with the exception of the Krystal comedic relief, of course ("Is that what you think I look like?").

But where does this leave us for season five? Evie Cho has seemingly been replaced with Rachel as the main antagonist (which is a vast improvement, as Rachel is both scarier and more emotionally tied to the other clones). Cosima and Delphine have been reunited, but Cosima's health is still somewhat up in the air, as is Delphine's safety. And then the season ended with the kicker of the introduction of Neolution founder P.T. Westmoreland, who is not only still alive, but has been sending Rachel all of those eerie visions through her artificial eye (which he designed, apparently). 

In an interview with TV Line, Graeme Manson answered all of our burning questions about next season (or some of them, at least), starting with whether Delphine will return for next season:

Opening quote
In some capacity, for sure. It was always our desire to bring Delphine back, and we had to play tight-lipped and deflect and lie and keep our secret last year. It wasn't easy or pleasant. But these are the vagaries of actors with busy schedules. I don't know what it looks like [next season], but again, we're going to do our best to let the story of Cosima and Delphine play out through the show.
Closing quote

So in other words, Delphine may not be back as a series regular next season, and their happy ending may not happen right away, but the two are clearly endgame, which is all we really need for now. Plus, in the middle of this Kill Your Gays epidemic, it's a relief that they never planned to kill such an important LGBT character off.

And as for the fates of the other clones, everyone is in huge danger when we leave off, but according to Manson, Sarah's the one who's having the roughest time of it right now:

Opening quote
We have to be worried about everyone equally. But Sarah's got two main issues: She came to the island to rescue Cosima, and now Kira is a hostage back with Mrs. S. So Sarah's got two huge concerns, not to mention she's pretty beat up and bleeding.
Closing quote

From what we know about Sarah and Mrs. S, it's pretty likely that both of them will claw their way out of the scrapes they're in. And as for Cosima, she may finally be out of the woods. It's hard to believe that after all this time, that injection really was the cure, but Manson says that we can rest easy... for now.

Opening quote
I think we can all take a breath of relief… But let's not forget that gene therapy is an experimental procedure, in the real world as well as on the show.
Closing quote

And finally, there's the introduction of Westmoreland, which will likely be the primary driver of next season, which will sadly be the show's last.

Opening quote
We've thrown open this door of P.T. Westmoreland, and we've spent some time on this island. We're very excited to explore that world.
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