Drew Roy and Sarah Carter said learning that the upcoming fifth season of TNT’s Falling Skies will be the show’s final season wasn’t necessarily a sad occasion and instead they both appreciated knowing before the final season that it would be the sci-fi show’s last. At the 2015 WonderCon, Roy said, “I think it’s a blessing to know you’re going into your last season, so it doesn’t feel like a failure when you don’t get your next one. After you shoot five seasons and you hear that you’re not going to get a sixth, you’d feel like you failed which you didn’t. Five seasons is huge. So, I thought it was a blessing that we knew and that you could craft it that way, and that we knew it was coming to an end.”
Knowing that the end was coming after this season didn’t change the way either Carter or Roy played their characters. “I think you take every season as it comes,” said Carter. “You do your best with what you’re given. I think knowing that it was the final season, it adds some sentiment probably, more than anything. We love each other. We’ve become family and it made going to work really special. There were a lot of lasts this season. Like, the last time you wore your boots, the last time you shot this gun, you’re working on this location.”
“When you’re shooting a TV show, it’s not like a movie where you can craft this whole arc so you can’t really play it differently. It’s like [Sarah] was saying, whatever you’re presented with is what you’re presented with and you have to deal with it. So it’s episode by episode,” added Roy. “I don’t feel like I approached it any different.”
Asked if they’re satisfied with their characters’ final outcome, Roy replied, “I think so. The thing is that to think about what your story could be or what you want it to be doesn’t really do you any good, you know? If you’re given this story, you figure out how you can make that story the most personal or interesting to you. I don’t even think about what it could have been, so to me, yeah, it’s great. That’s what we were given and that’s what we did.”
Last year at WonderCon Carter dropped the bomb that there would be a love triangle. So, what big news could they divulge about the upcoming fifth season? “As soon as the trailers start appearing I feel like it’s spoiler alert all the time!” said Roy, laughing. “I think, ‘Holy cow, they showed that?!’ So, I feel like I can tell you anything.”
“I feel like with Maggie, though, the main thing is her relationship to the spikes and how that affects her relationship to Hal,” explained Carter about season five which debuts on June 28, 2015. “That becomes really important. And she makes a tough decision around the spikes and around Hal…”
“…and Ben is a part of that decision,” added Roy.
“It’s just a mess! The love triangle is pretty heartbreaking. It’s another heartbreaking season for Maggie in a lot of ways. But she’s cool. She prevails,” said Carter.
The Season Five Plot:
In Falling Skies, Noah Wyle stars as Tom Mason, a college professor who became an unlikely resistance leader following a massive invasion by an alien race known as the Espheni. Moon Bloodgood is Dr. Anne Glass, a pediatrician who became the survivors’ primary physician and newly battle-hardened losing her daughter in a battle to destroy the alien power core. Will Patton is Colonel Weaver, the gruff and emotionally scarred commander of the 2nd Mass who has been leading the battle against the invaders.
Last season on Falling Skies, the Mason family and the remaining 2nd Mass found themselves under brutal attack by a new Espheni war machine – and a new, deadly creation unlike anything previously encountered. Divided like chattel and spread to the winds, they forged new relationships and fought harder than ever in order to survive.
As season five opens, all breed of beast and mutant are running rampant on earth. The Espheni’s power core has been destroyed, and humans are now ready to fight on their terms, even if it means resorting to hand-to-hand combat against the enemy. After four years of being tortured, imprisoned and mutated and having their loved ones stolen from them, Tom and the 2nd Mass are filled with rage, ready to destroy the enemy in an all-out battle to determine the fate of Earth.
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