Orphan Black has closed down the lab for another season with Saturday’s latest finale “History Yet to Be Written,” though the #CloneClub will have plenty of challenges ahead in Season 4. Now, creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson break down some of those finale twists and deaths, also previewing what to expect from an increase in body-horror next year.
As has become tradition for Orphan Black finales, the Season 3 finale sets up Season 4 with yet another layer to the clone conspiracy — a conspiracy that grows ever larger with each passing season. “History Yet to Be Written” checks off all the appropriate boxes with a riveting narrative climax that services fans while enriching the overall series direction.
After a season spent with clones of both genders and bullet-ridden history on either side, Orphan Black’s third year will complete its next DNA sequence this Saturday with Season 3 finale “History Yet to Be Written.” The BBC-A has released the full set of photos from Saturday’s finale, but will the Castors cash out their original maker, expose yet another layer of conspiracy?
The penultimate episode of Orphan Black’s third season is a good and bloody one, primarily focusing on mothers and intimate relationships as S., Sarah and Felix head back home to London to pursue the Castor original. What they find offers yet another shocking twist, even if we’ve grown accustomed to the prevalence of twists that end pretty much every episode.
This week, Orphan Black finally reintegrates Alison and Donny’s sitcom with the rest of the plot — sure, that doesn’t seem like major news in the face of Crystal, the latest Leda clone, or that oh-my-god-are-you-serious Ocean’s 11 ending, but it is kind of a big deal. So far this season, Alison and Donny have remained on a suburban island, and if not for the two of them giving us pretty much the best, most insane Orphan Black scene of all time, I’d want to vote them off.
There is so, so much going on in this week’s Orphan Black. So much much-ness. “Certain Agony of the Battlefield” is not only the most eventful episode of Season 3 thus far, but it’s an important episode which marks a turning point, as sides are chosen and Dr. Virginia Cody’s real aims are finally revealed.
Orphan Black has afforded us some magnanimous moments and GIFs across its three seasons, but tonight’s “Certain Agony of the Battlefield” took the clone dance party up a few notches. Like, hundreds of notches. As of this moment, you are hereby #blessed with every GIF you could ever need of Alison and Donnie Hendrix twerking in their underwear. Oh my, yes.
Reunited and it feels so…well, it should feel good. Sarah and Helena are finally reunited, but not under the best circumstances. This week’s Orphan Black is tighter and more driven than the first four episodes, as “Scarred by Many Frustrations” sees Mrs. S. and Felix taking on a fragile new ward, while Sarah tries to convince Helena (and her scorpion friend, I guess) to help her break out of the Castor base, and Cosima makes a fun new sexy time friend.
Orphan Black kind of has an Ari Millen problem. These Castor clones are dropping dead left and right, and it seems to indicate that Millen isn’t quite up to the challenge of portraying so many different characters like Tatiana Maslany can. “Newer Elements of Our Defense” introduces yet another Castor clone as the literal brains behind the operation, giving Helena a chance to really shine in an episode that otherwise spends too much time spinning its wheels.
That’s the great thing about clones. No matter how many we meet, you know you’ve never really seen the last of them. Hence, no matter what happens to Sarah, Allison, Cosima, Helena, Rachel or the rest, Orphan Black will officially return for Season 4 in 2016.