BBC America’s “Orphan Black” will air its twist-laden season two finale this Saturday at 9 p.m., and Variety has a first look image from the climactic episode, which sees embattled grifter Sarah Manning (Tatiana Maslany) forced to surrender herself to the shadowy Dyad Corporation in the hope of rescuing her daughter, Kira (Skyler Wexler).
In the exclusive photo below, Sarah comes face to face with Dr. Nealon, a Dyad insider who makes the dearly departed Dr. Leekie look like a paragon of virtue and restraint. Dyad has been hot on Sarah’s trail since the show began, and now that they have her in custody, you can be sure that their plans for our fertile heroine involve more than sitting down for a soothing cup of tea.
Variety got a chance to preview Saturday’s finale, and while this season has been a roller coaster of plot twists and emotional scenes, the biggest are most assuredly still to come. The episode gives Cosima in particular a chance to shine, despite the scientist’s rapidly deteriorating health.
One of the many joys of “Orphan Black” — in addition to Tatiana Maslany’s consistently compelling, multifaceted performance — is seeing how creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett challenge themselves in terms of technical effects and clone-on-clone confrontations. It’s safe to say the finale takes those ambitions to new heights.
“We are constantly trying to push the envelope and trying to figure out what is the next most challenging thing that we could try. How many clones can we stick in one scene? How much interaction can we actually get? How dynamic can we make the blocking to really incorporate the moving camera?” Fawcett told Variety following the “Orphan Black” panel at the recent ATX Festival in Austin.
Pro-clone Rachel will also have a chance to prove whether or not she’s as villainous as she appears, now that she has Kira in her clutches. The show’s creators have slowly been peeling back the layers of the icy, reproductively-challenged businesswoman this season, but her ultimate goals remain fairly opaque.
“It’s nice to see the places where she’s weak or she’s human or where she shows actual emotion to us,” Fawcett noted in Austin. “She starts life in our minds as kind of the villain. Here’s our good guy, here’s our bad guy. But that’s kind of how Helena started off too. The deeper you go with a character, the more you hang flesh on it, the more real it becomes and the less villainous she is because you start to see the living, breathing human underneath it.”
As “Orphan Black” has so often proved over the course of its ambitious run so far, nothing is ever exactly how it appears, so expect the unexpected when “By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried” airs Saturday, June 21 at 9 p.m. on BBC America.