Warning: the following story contains major spoilers from the Nikita series finale, “Canceled”. Continue reading at your own discretion.
Nikita executive producer Craig Silverstein has opened up on the spy serial’s series finale.
Nikita‘s four season arc came to an end with a twist that saw the team finally ‘cancel’ Amanda, sending her back to the basement – for good – with the team essentially getting their happy endings. For Nikki and Michael that meant continuing to fight the good fight between sipping cocktails on the beach.
On why Ryan’s death was integral to the show’s final resolution:
We knew we didn’t have to deal with the grief of a girlfriend. They could all mourn him together. But also, we needed a sacrifice, someone close on the team to die in order [for us] to believe that Nikita would go on this dark rampage, but also to understand how heroic it was for her to not give into that and trick Amanda.
On why sending Amanda back to the basement was a fate worse than death for the character:
She started in the basement as Helen. The only other [ending] we had [in mind] was this image of her in a padded cell saying, ‘I’m Helen, I’m Helen,’ over and over again, because she had worked so hard to create Amanda and to steal her sister’s identity. Amanda and Nikita [..] had upped their game… Amanda realized that she’s learned a lot from Nikita — and Nikita did as well, but she made the better choices.
On the plot-points they never got to fully close or bring back:
We wanted to bring back Cyrus (Isaiah Mustafa), we wanted to bring back Percy (Xander Berkeley). There are a bunch of people who were on the wishlist. We also had this wish to show how in-depth it was, the process by which they made these doubles. We didn’t have enough time to really get into it as much as we really wanted to or as much as we had already worked out behind the scenes. There are some loose threads out there that were abandoned — but I’m sure for some fans they won’t mind they were abandoned — like Michael’s son and blondie Cassandra (Helena Mattsson). But honestly, I would have liked to have brought that back and pay that off or at least addressed it. Alex’s mom — these are things that we never forgot, but there’s limited time. And they didn’t work out as well as we wanted them to. I don’t think there was ever anything we did on the show where we said, “OK, pretend that never happened.” We always remembered that it happened.
On the importance of giving Nikita and Michael a happy ending:
For me it was important… if it was earned. I don’t have a real desire to see someone come to a bad ending. I’m never quite sure what the point of that is in something that is essentially entertainment, where everyone is striving hard to find that happy ending — is it for surprise value? [Laughs] For that one moment it’s great, but then it leaves a bad taste in your mouth, and I’m not sure what the value of that is.
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On the alternate ending that never was:
We did think of a lot of endings in which Michael and Nikita didn’t end up together. I still think that there is a satisfying ending out there, one that I saw hazily, in which Nikita went off on her own and Michael got back to a normal life, which is something that he always wanted. But with everything going on, there wasn’t enough time to make that ending right and satisfying and to have a real, viable alternative for him that caused the audience a lot of heartache but that they understood. So, the happy ending worked, too. [Laughs]