UPDATED: BBC Releases Early Season 4 Synopsis for Orphan Black

Monday, 28 September 2015 - 2:57PM
Orphan Black
Monday, 28 September 2015 - 2:57PM
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.

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Season 4 of the drama will see leader-of-the-pack, Sarah, reluctantly return home from her Icelandic hideout to track down an elusive and mysterious ally tied to the clone who started it all - Beth Childs. Sarah will follow Beth's footsteps into a dangerous relationship with a potent new enemy, heading in a horrifying new direction. Under constant pressure to protect the sisterhood and keep everyone safe, Sarah's old habits begin to resurface. As the close-knit sisters are pulled in disparate directions, Sarah finds herself estranged from the loving relationships that changed her for the better.
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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

BBC released the extended official synopsis, with the following paragraph added with all of the series regulars:

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Returning this season is Jordan Gavaris as Sarah's battle-worn foster brother Felix; Maria Doyle Kennedy as Sarah and Felix's foster mother Mrs. S; Kristian Bruun as Donnie, Alison's partner-in-crime and husband; Kevin Hanchard as Art, Beth's detective partner who's torn between his job and his loyalty to the clones; Skyler Wexler as Sarah's long-suffering daughter Kira; Ari Millen as a mysterious new Castor clone, the likes of which we've never seen before; and Josh Vokey as Scott, Cosima's lab partner. Also returning this season is James Frain as Ferdinand, an intimidating "cleaner" for shadowy organization, Topside; Allison Steadman as Kendall Malone, "the original"; and Rosemary Dunsmore as Susan Duncan, Rachel's adoptive mother and one of the leading scientists of Project Leda. Joining the Orphan Black cast this season is Joel Thomas Hynes as Dizzy, an edgy, self-reliant hacker who doesn't conform to group mentality. Additional casting for the series will be announced in the coming weeks.
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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.


Via CBR.

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