“Orphan Black” has a premiere date, and now thanks to an interview with the producers and Entertainment Weekly we know a little more about what’s in store for our favorite clones: a battle between punk rocker Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) and menacing clone prototype Rachel (Tatiana Maslany).
“Our launching framework for season 2 is really the war between Sarah and Rachel,” executive producer John Fawcett tells EW. “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 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.”
Adds creator Graeme Manson, “No one is just who they seem on ‘Orphan Black.’ That’s the most important thing.”
Much like season 1, the second season of “Orphan Black” will be fast-paced, with answers to some of the many, many questions surrounding the show’s mythology answered immediately. “Right off the bat we’ve really hit the ground running. We left a lot up in the air, so it’s been a lot of fun figuring out how and when and where those balls land and how they land in unexpected ways,” says Manson. “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.”
Adds Fawcett, “I also think one of the big things we’re going to have to deal with in season 2, which is finding its own twists and turns, is Cosima’s (Tatiana Maslany) illness. And that is a very pressing bit of drama that is not just straight ahead. It’s got a lot of mystery to it. It’s got a lot of twists and turns to it and it is thematically a big part of season 2 also.”
Manson explains, “It’s a genetic mystery. It’s a genetic biological mystery and it feeds into some of our body horror and it feeds into our science mystery.”
Read more about season 2 — including whether we’ll meet some new clones (also played by Tatiana Maslany, obviously, and spoiler alert, it’s a yes) — and check out a new photo over at EW.