It has been a year of adjustment for Tom Mason (Noah Wyle) and really all of the former 2nd Mass on TNT’s Falling Skies. From dealing with a son who was paralyzed, to becoming acting President, to learning that same son had been taken over and that there was a mole amongst the group, to surviving a plane crash and a couple of city explosions, to losing his wife and daughter, you’d think the former teacher would just want to take a break for a little while. But of course he can’t. Not only is he the leader of his family, but he is the leader of these people, and he has to keep them safe and sane as life around them drags them into a sea of suspicion and threats come from every corner– even in their own camp.
“The finale satisfyingly enough ties up a lot of loose ends. Before, we’ve left more questions than answers, but this year we answer a lot. There’s still some stuff that gets left hanging [for next season], but we deal with Karen; we deal with the mole; we deal with the Ashfini grid,” Wyle said to LA TV Insider Examiner when we caught up with him at the TNT 25th Anniversary party in Los Angeles last week.
The way Tom Mason– and the show itself– “deals with” Karen (Jessy Schram) and Lourdes (Seychelle Gabriel) will vary and of course be reflective of their characters themselves. Karen was a lost cause from the jump in the first season, and she has done nothing but try to take down the Masons– and the human race in general– ever since. But Lourdes was much more recently infected, and as a beloved and once-trusted member of the community, there will be a strong contingent who want to try to save her.
“When we had our Comic Con panel, we showed the clip of me shooting Karen in the head, and the crowd– everybody went crazy. And I felt like saying ‘Don’t get too excited, it’s just a hallucination’, and I’m sure they were very disappointed when they watched the episode last week. But they may feel that same sense of excitement again before the end of the season,” Wyle said.
But when it comes to Lourdes, Wyle pointed out that we’ve already seen an extraction successfully take place with Hal (Drew Roy), leaving that character to slide back into the group, even if still with suspicions surrounding him. Once the group realizes Lourdes wasn’t acting of her own free will– and they have by finale’s start– it should be a matter of saving her, too.
“We will be made aware of [her infection], but it’s a very odd way that we find out,” Wyle said.
“Everybody’s paranoid, of course. If the least suspicious of us could be guilty, we have to look at everything now; we have to be vigilant. Although we do have one major victory by the end of the season that kind of mitigates it a little bit.”
Still, whether or not Lourdes can be worked back into another season could be up in the air, as the procedure performed on Hal was very touchy and she was the one to have to perform it the first time around. Plus, she is full of many more eye-worms than he was, and there really isn’t time or place to strap her to an operating table. And then there’s the notion of course that she blew up Charleston, so not everyone may be forgiving enough to open their arms back up to her.
As Wyle’s Tom says in the finale, every step forward just reminds him how much more there is to do. He and his family would like to believe this the beginning of the end and that they can get back to some kind of normal life “after,” but “after” may still be a long ways away. Season four of Falling Skies has been ordered with 12 episodes in the year.
And though Tom chose to trust and work with the Volm, what if that was only temporary, and once the Ashfini are forced to retreat, the humans may not be of use? Wyle would only smile and say that we were “onto something there,” as well. Going separate ways is one thing, but turning on them would be quite another. Though Cochise (Doug Jones) has proven himself to have surprisingly human attributes, things are certainly not what they seem.
And the same is actually true of Anne (Moon Bloodgood) and the baby. Though Tom thinks they are dead, per Wyle, we never actually saw what went down when they were captured. This absolutely leaves room for them to return. After all, alien technology is very advanced, as is the baby herself.
“There will be more death, but there might [also] be a resurrection,” Wyle said.
“Hal’s eye-bug came from Karen so therefore she was able to manipulate him using it. [Tom’s] eye-bug came from Red Eye who was one of the rebel Skitters, so whatever [he] had, was passed down to Lexi. There might be a positive spin to that. If there was something that was demonstratively positive that he saw, then he’d have no choice to accept her [alien-ness] has a positive thing.”
What level of positivity would that have to be and what would happen to her if and when she did it? We certainly hope the finale answers all of these questions, or it will be a really long wait until the next season!
Falling Skies airs its season finale on August 4 2013.
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