The cast and crew of “Orphan Black” were at San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend, and to preview the fifth and final season of the series, executive producers and show creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett, as well as series stars Tatiana Maslany, Kevin Hanchard, Kristian Bruun, and Jordan Gavaris were on hand to say goodbye and to preview what lies ahead for the clones.
At the TVLine Comic-Con suite, Manson, Fawcett and the actors spoke about the final season with reporter Michael Ausiello, and Maslany said that she felt “really sad” now that the show is ending.
“I keep thinking about it, in terms of like, when you finish school, and then you have that emptiness after, like, ‘Who am I? What am I doing?'” said Maslany.
When asked about the season 5 plan, Fawcett said that he and Manson have a lot of expectations for themselves and the ending has always been important to them. As to whether another clone will be introduced in the upcoming season, Manson said that they don’t feel that it’s necessary to add another clone to the series.
“We have such a solid cast of clones… we certainly could and it’s on the table but there’s a number of clones that need their stories closed out,” said Manson, adding that they have 10 episodes left for the series and that they’ll see if it’s possible to introduce more clones.
Manson also revealed the reason why they were ending the series with season 5, saying that they wanted to avoid a decline in quality.
“We always sort of had five seasons in mind, and the thing that we just didn’t want to do is get soft around the middle,” he explained. “We really think that it’s cooler to cancel yourself than to get canceled, than to peter out.”
Season 5 of “Orphan Black” is slated to premiere in April 2017 on BBC America.