UPDATED: BBC Releases Early Season 4 Synopsis for Orphan Black
It seems really early to get a synopsis for season four of Orphan Black, which doesn't premiere until April at earliest, but we're not complaining. It's never too early to get excited for Clone Club.
Although it stays reliably vague, there's still a lot to unpack in this summary. First, it seems that we'll be continuing the focus on poor departed Beth Childs, who was revisited several times in season three, most memorably in the devastating "Certain Agony of the Battlefield." If you've read my reviews, you know I'm a sucker for everything involving Beth, but there is still a danger of overusing her, so I'll be curious to see what they come up with.
It also seems that Sarah's romantic life will be taking a new direction, as she is going to get into a relationship with someone new that is comparable to the Beth/Paul debacle. If I had to guess, I would say that this relationship will be with the character played by new series regular Joel Thomas Hynes, who was previously best known for his work on Rookie Blue. According to THR, he plays "an edgy, self-reliant hacker who doesn't conform to group mentality," which certainly sounds like sinister love interest material. But it's also possible that he'll play the "elusive" ally of Beth Childs, as hackers can be difficult to track down.
The season may take on a darker tone than usual, as it seems that Sarah will go into a tailspin and revert to her con woman ways. Mad Men writer Semi Chellas has just joined the series as a consultant, so that's another writer on board with experience writing antiheroes.
UPDATE - 05/17/16 04:33 pm
Most of these characters were expected to return, although Ari Millen returning as a new Castor clone is a surprise. Most of the boy clones were (spoiler!) killed off over the course of last season, but Mark was still alive when all was said and done. I guess he and Gracie really did go find greener pastures.
We're glad that Josh Vokey has been upgraded to series regular, as he does great work as Cosima's trusty partner Scott. Missing from the list are Ksenia Solo as Shay, although we can probably assume that she'll be back as a recurring character, as well as Michiel Huisman and Skyler Wexler as Cal and Kira, respectively. This might be another indication that Sarah's love life is getting a reboot, although Huisman was never a series regular and is busy on Game of Thrones, so he'll probably be back on a recurring basis as well.
Orphan Black season four is now in production, and will wrap shooting in March. There's no official premiere date yet, but it is set to air on BBC in spring 2016.