Get ready to resist again when “Falling Skies” season 3 premieres in just a couple short weeks. On Wednesday, May 22, we joined a conference call with executive producer Remi Aubuchon and new cast member Doug Jones, who plays Cochise, the leader of the new aliens, the Volm to find out what’s going to be different in the post-alien invasion world this summer.
When “Falling Skies” season 3 picks up, it’s seven months later, and they’ve formed an alliance with the Volm. The big question, of course, is whether they’re friends or foes, and while Jones thinks Cochise comes off as friendly, not everyone—specifically Weaver and Pope—is on board with these new aliens, despite what they’ve brought to the table for the resistance. However, Cochise is most interested in Tom Mason, and that’s because, as the actor shared with reporters, “he’s the leader of his people, I’m the leader of mine, and we have a lot of responsibility to share together.” But it’s by looking at Cochise through everyone’s perspective that we’ll “get a better idea of where [he’s] headed.” While the leader of the Volm is not a comedic character, he does have his moments. “He’s trying to fit in, he’s trying to get the humans’ ways, and there are some moments that will make you chuckle.”
Yes, Tom is now the president, and Aubuchon previewed that we’ll see him “struggle to find himself as a leader which he was not born to [and is] not particularly comfortable with, and trying to balance that with the needs of his family, and knowing that instinctively, he feels he’s doing the right stuff even against the odds of it not appearing on the surface of being the correct path to take, specifically with his relationship with Cochise and also the decisions he makes” in his new role in the New United States. (Check out what Noah Wyle had to say about Tom’s leadership and season 3 here.)
Season 3 is going to see an expansion of not only the scope of the world as they know it on Earth, but also of the mythology, done by bringing in the Volm and deepening our understanding of the Espheni and the Overlord. “The challenge, of course, is always how much and how fast do we expand that world out,” the EP admitted. “But I think what’s fun about bringing new characters in with new perspective, new experiences of how they faced the common trauma of the alien invasion, [is it] actually enhances and makes for better storytelling the more we expand out the human experience of it all.” We’ll be meeting characters outside of the 2nd Mass, specifically Marina and Roger Kadar, played by Gloria Reuben and Robert Sean Leonard respectively. “Marina has her own experience not only of the invasion but she clearly seems to have a sense of politics,” he explained. “She was in the background in Charleston way before Tom and the 2nd Mass ever showed up.” As for Kadar, the “mad scientist” of Charleston, who has “been keeping the infrastructure alive all this time,” he “has such a very deep trauma in his experience with the invasion that he won’t even come to the surface to interact with other humans.”
Finally, while it does seem like they’ve set up shop for the long run in Charleston, which is their “headquarters” of a sort, that won’t keep them from “moving around a lot” in season 3. According to the showrunner, “The storytelling of this season needs a place like Charleston to be able to bounce off of other places that we go to in the season. So in many ways, I think it’s a positive change-up and not just done because we like to have some warmth in our lives when we’re shooting. It was also really to basically be able to kind of energize the storytelling.”
“Falling Skies” season 3 premieres June 9 at 9 p.m. on TNT.
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