Warning: This article may contain spoilers for Orphan Black.
With the season 4 premiere 0f Orphan Black just a couple of weeks away, Tatiana Maslany, the series' star and producer, is teasing details about our favorite clones, who won't be returning, and where the Clone Club journey will lead Sarah Manning's investigation. Maslany reveals that season 4 of Orphan Black will lead fans, as well as Tatiana's own clones, on a winding path of twists and mysteries, almost to the point of confounding Maslany, herself.
Orphan Black Star Tatiana Maslany Talks New Twists And New Discoveries
Tatiana opened up the interview by responding to questions about her experiences in playing so many different characters on a single show, which Orphan Black fans all agree has been accomplished so well by Maslany that it's often difficult that this is basically a one-woman show. The actress says the story arcs are ingeniously written to introduce and explore the mysteries of the cloning projects, but, as an actress, she admits her brain isn't wired to analyze such brainteasers in the same way that her Orphan Black character proves to be so cunning.
"It's an in-the-moment, impulse and instinctual thing. It's how does a person feel about the situation they're in. How does it make them react," says Ms. Maslany. "Sometimes I get lost in the plot a little bit. For me, I have to stay in the present moment and not think too much about where we're going, or what's controlling events."
Moving on to talk about season 4, the Orphan Black star says the central story arc will bring Sarah Manning back to the beginning, showing viewers some things that they have seen in previous seasons of Orphan Black, even though they may not have recognized the significance of those things earlier. Tatiana adds that there are mysteries to be answered that are left over from those earlier story arcs, since Sarah now knows about clones and can make better sense of things she came across in the first season of Orphan Black, when she was incapable of really understanding the meanings of those things.
Tatiana Maslany Reveals Who's In And Who's Out Of Clone Club
Tatiana kicked off a discussion of her individual clones on Orphan Black with the one that fans most love to hate, Rachel. Speaking of the clone willing to subject her own sisters to any manner of torture, Maslany says Rachel is the most lost of all of them, in a sense. The Orphan Black star seems to pity Rachel, as she describes the clone as someone abandoned with no one to turn to for answers. She adds that, because Rachel knows so little about what's going on, she may be the most vulnerable clone of them all.
Meanwhile Cosima will be facing challenges of her own. The Orphan Black scientist clone will be continuing with her research for a cure to the illness that has affected her and so many other clones, but she will have to go forward alone.
"Cosima has just lost Delphine," explains Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany. "So she's in the middle of dealing with that while at the same time pushing forward her own research about her biology and where she fits into the mystery."
In season 3, it seemed Sarah and Kira (Skyler Wexler) had found a small measure of bliss together in their Icelandic hideaway, but Maslany says that was never going to last. Sarah is dedicated to solving the mysteries of Clone Club, so, as much as she might like to spend an eternity playing with her daughter far removed from the dangers of Project Leda, the real world will soon draw her back.
The season 4 premiere of Orphan Black will air on Thursday, April 14, on BBC America.
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