“Orphan Black” begins its second season on Saturday (April 19) and — if you can believe it — it’s even more intense, action-packed, scientific, romantic (and whatever other superlatives you can think of) than Season 1. And there are even more characters!
Co-creator Graeme Manson tells Zap2it, “You take a very complex, challenging and somewhat ludicrous premise like clones and we’re going to push it and at the end of Season 2 nobody is going to say that we didn’t go for it, for better or worse.”
Here are a few things you can expect to see, courtesy of Manson and co-star Jordan Gavaris, who plays the delightful chameleon Felix on the BBC America drama:
– Felix (and his butt). “What we made sure of this season is that we see more of Felix’s personal life,” Gavaris says. “By that he means his butt,” interjects Manson. “By that I mean my naked butt,” Gavaris confirms. “And sometimes my not-naked butt, sometimes just my clothed butt. We see more of his personal life. Felix has many love interests, which ones we’ll be privy to, I can’t necessarily say.”
– Distance, possibly, between Sarah and Felix. “The relationship in particular between he and Sarah is going to change and come to a crossroad,” Gavaris says. “There are a few different ways that it could go, and I think that development in that relationship will force him to make new allegiances outside of the Clone Club and with other members of the Clone Club. And they may be good, they may be bad, they may be allies, they may be enemies.”
He continues, “Felix is going to have a hand in a lot of cookie jars, which is fun, that he gets to intersect every character arc on the show, essentially. It’s a fun challenge for me, because the next best thing to getting to be the actor playing a bunch of different roles is getting to play with the actor playing all the different roles.”
– Alison and Felix grow closer. “Felix’s relationship with Sarah is definitely challenged and Felix reaches out and makes some other allegiances,” Manson says. “We all like the Felix-Alison pairing, and we get to have a little more fun with those two for sure.”
– The cops are still on the prowl. Teases Manson cryptically, “Art and Angela Deangelis, are still sniffing around the edges of, of it, and they’re going to find out some stuff — that’s about as far as we can go with that.”
– Romantic relationships. “Well, I think Cosima and Delphine are one of the most interesting relationships I have ever written,” Manson says. “I love the fact that Cosima has made romantic mistakes. It’s just reality that, that people stick in relationships with people they don’t trust, right? But has she learned a lesson? Maybe she might be a little wiser this year, she might’ve learned some lessons this year. But we still have this, whatever the level of trust is, there is, it is still a very romantic relationship and fraught and hot and, and it’s this really cool scientific romance, which I find really interesting.”
– Trust issues for all the clones. “It’s degrees of trust. It’s not just as easy as ‘Oh! I can’t trust you’ its like ‘Do I trust you enough to be able to use you?’ and those kind of questions — for all these relationships. Maria Doyle Kennedy’s character, Mrs. S, is bit of a sleeper in the first season. We’ve got a lot of stuff to unpack with her.”
“Orphan Black” airs Saturdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on BBC America.