“After the Black,” a 30-minute follow-up talk show, will air weekly with new episodes of “Orphan Black’s” fourth season, the network announced Saturday at WonderCon. “Innerspace” hosts Ajay Fry, Morgan Hoffman and Teddy Wilson will host cast, crew and special guests to discuss what’s next on the series, special segments and behind-the-scenes footage. Fans will get an exclusive first look at the upcoming episodes and insight into the making of the series.
Tatiana Maslany (who stars in the drama as multiple clones) and Kevin Hanchard will appear on the first installment, which will air at 11 p.m. immediately following the fourth season premiere of “Orphan Black.”
“After the Black” is produced by Bell Media In-House Productions.
The new season sees Sarah (Maslany) returning home from her Icelandic hideout to track down an elusive new ally tied to deceased clone Beth (Maslany), whose identity Sarah stole in the series’ first episode. With the stakes higher than ever before, Sarah and her sisters band together to uncover the missing chapter of the clone conspiracy – following Beth’s footsteps into a dangerous relationship with a potent enemy who holds the key to their survival.
During the WonderCon panel, showrunners John Fawcett and Graeme Manson offered a few hints about the show’s upcoming fourth season.
After leaving Sarah “in a place where you feel a false sense of security” at the end of Season 3, Manson said, “we really wanted to look back at the first season” and delve further into Beth’s backstory and what led her to that fateful night on the train tracks.
“What did Sarah miss?” Manson mused. “There’s more story there.”
In addition to exploring some previously unexplored plot threads from Season 1, Fawcett said the show will also return to the tone of the freshman season: “We wanted to get that feel of Season 1 back, you don’t know who the bad guy is.”
Maslany’s co-star, Jordan Gavaris, compared Season 4 to “a very fast train going towards a very scary tunnel,” offering one tease for the potential threats of the new year: “I think it’s worth saying that we know who Dyad is… [but] Neolution isn’t a company, it’s a concept – they’re everywhere and nowhere.”
While the producers remained tight-lipped on the fate of Delphine (Evelyne Brochu) after Cosima’s ex was shot in the season finale, they revealed that whatever happens, she does have a part to play in the new season. “Delphine had such a brave journey last year and for us as storytellers, what we’re talking about right now is a mystery,” said Manson. “It is a big part of Season 4, what happened there.”
“At the beginning of the new season, Cosima is having difficulty moving on,” Fawcett agreed. “She’s trying to come up with answers so she can move on.”
The relationships between the clones and their loved ones will remain an integral part of “Orphan Black” but those dynamics will be tested in the new installments, especially between Gavaris’ Felix and Sarah.
“There’s some friction, and Felix has to sort out what Sarah means to him and what S (Maria Doyle Kennedy) means to him now that there’s this blood tie [between them],” Gavaris said. “There’s jealousy at play. He gets a lot of intimacy from Sarah and a lot of connection … If he’s not getting it from Sarah, maybe he’s getting it from somewhere else…”
Donnie and Alison are “just trying to find that normalcy in our surburban life” after the craziness of Season 3, said Kristian Bruun. “Plus we also have a new roommate – Helena; she’s pregnant, always hungry, slightly crazy.”
Kevin Hanchard’s Art, meanwhile, is “definitely in Clone Club at this point,” the actor said of his role in Season 4. “There’s some tough choices that Art has to make. That allegiance and love that he still has for Beth push him in that direction, and he’s all in for the sisters at this point.”
In addition to new clones, Season 4 will also see a return for last year’s fan-favorite addition, Krystal.
“Orphan Black” Season 4 premieres Thursday, April 14 at 10 p.m. on BBC America.