Warning: The following story contains spoilers from the Dallas Season 3 finale – continue at your discretion.
Dallas is still awaiting renewal but executive producer Cynthia Cidre has further teased her “emotional” Season 4 plans in a new interview with TVLine.
On Christopher’s death and how it opens Season 4 up to “new emotional things”:
You know, we just always want to keep moving, like a shark. It’s like Woody Allen says in Annie Hall. We’ve established ourselves as a show that spins your head on your shoulders at the end of the season. We kept thinking, “We can’t do that,” and then, “Maybe we can,” and that went on for months. We actually shot a completely different ending [Where Christopher lives], partly to cover it up, but also because we had to make sure we could get away with it. It was expensive. … I hope it was OK, and I hope the fans can live with it. It opens up a lot of stories for Season 4, some really interesting new emotional things. We were sad to say goodbye to Jesse, but he totally understood. He knew these things happen on our show.
On the decision to jump six months ahead in Season 4:
“Move on” is not what I would say. This is a massive tragedy in their lives. We made the choice of the six-month jump for several reasons. First, it’s exhausting to pick a season up a minute after the end of the last one. That really prevents you from coming up with fresh stories. The second reason is that Elena is pregnant, and we didn’t want to have her pregnant for the entire season. We needed that baby to be born, so that really sealed the deal. Believe me, the scars of that explosion are on everyone in every moment. It affects everything that’s going on. There’s no funeral, but there will be flashbacks to things like the funeral and the graveyard and the explosion.
TNT is keeping mum on the future of Dallas, but Cidre remains confident that a pickup will come. In the event that the show doesn’t get renewed, Cidre said she may publish the scripts for the first two episodes, which reveal the father of Elena’s baby.
Read the full interview @TVLine.