Departing Falling Skies showrunner Remi Aubuchon has opened up on some of the big questions posed in the Season 3 finale and teased the plan for Season 4.
Warning: the following contains spoilers for the Falling Skies Season 3 finale, “Brazil”.
Continue reading for what Aubuchon had to share with EW about the tough decision to kill Overlord Karen, Lexi’s strange abilities, the plan for Season 4 – and more – below.
On the reveal that Cochise knew all along about the plan to relocate the humans to Brazil:
That’s one thing we knew right at the beginning that we were going to do – that even Cochise knew right from the beginning [about the plan to send the 2nd Mass to Brazil]. And we talked to Doug Jones [Cochise] about this as well, that Cochise knows what’s going to happen.
On the decision to kill Karen:
It was partially driven by Tom’s journey and story. He had been through such hell this season. And believe me – we went back and forth on it a lot. Even though that was a notion that we had right at the beginning, we often kept trying to talk ourselves out of killing Karen, and one of the main reasons is because we just love Jessy Schram so much [..] but at the end of the day, we really felt that Tom needed that victory. And even though it may be a hollow somewhat muddy kind of victory, we just felt like he really needed to be able to – for lack of a better way to say it – just kill that bitch. But it’s of course bittersweet because Karen was one of us. Just as she’s dying and she’s asking for forgiveness – of course that’s when Maggie just goes, “the hell with this” and puts her out of her misery.
On Lexi’s abilities:
To be honest, [extracting Lourdes' eye worms was] as far as I got. And so, who knows what they’ve got in mind for the fourth season? We had an inkling that Lexi was a special child. And I think that the big question that is a little subtle but is definitely there is, is that Anne and Lexi? Tom saw them dead. It’s a little coincidental that all of the sudden Anne and Alexis show up in the middle of the woods [..] certainly our thought was to leave that as an open question. Is that even Anne? Why is she sleeping all the time?
On how much of the show’s larger mythology has been mapped out:
I’ll tell you that we have worked out all of that big mythology and know what the big picture is in what’s happening [..] we knew where the Espheni came from and where the Volm came from so we could kind of get an idea of what strategically they were doing. That’ll all be revealed, maybe even in the fourth season, but I felt like we needed to know all of that stuff rather than just faking it, which I’d seen other shows do, but we didn’t want to do that.
On where the mythology and characters will go in Season 4 now that new showrunner David Eick has control of the reigns:
At the beginning we had several conversations. David and I are friends, so we’ve known each other for a long time. I actually recommended him for the job. And we sat and talked about mythology. We talked about where I was going, what I hoped to leave on his plate for him to make some amazing meal out of. But once that initial conversation was done, I kind of left it to David to figure out what to do. And David and [new Season 4 producer] Carol Barbee and the rest of the staff there have years of experience, and I feel really confident that they’re going to come up with something really cool for the fourth season.