Something that has been consistent about “Falling Skies” is that each season begins with a time jump. Will that be true in season 4? On Wednesday, Aug. 28, Zap2it posted an interview with Noah Wyle that features some teasers, including just that.
After the last two seasons kicked off with time jumps of months, Wyle has revealed that we’re not going to be missing out on seeing what happened for quite that long when season 4 begins: “The first episode is going to start about two weeks after the last one ended, so we’re picking up with these characters pretty freshly.” As season 3 ended, the 2nd Mass was back on the road, just like old times, leaving the Volm behind to deal with the Espheni in Boston (a much better deal than shipping off to Brazil like their former allies wanted to do with them) and Tom was reunited with Anne (Moon Bloodgood) and their daughter—their now seven-year-old daughter.
“Tom is still getting to know this new daughter of his, who he thought was six months old and looks very much like a seven year old,” Wyle said. “And her growth rate will continue to be pretty accentuated.” In the finale, Tom and Kadar (Robert Sean Leonard) did discuss Lexi’s growth rate, and the scientist didn’t know what to expect. Who would, though? It’s not like they have another half-alien kid out there to study. This isn’t like looking at the effects of the harnesses on the kids; this is taking things to a whole other level. After all, she de-bugged Lourdes of all those eyeworms with basically one touch when it took a painful, life-threatening procedure to de-bug Hal of just one.
Speaking of Tom and Anne, it sounds like they’re going to have some problems coming up in the beginning of season 4. “There’s a big thing that happens in the first episode that they have to get past,” he explained. “Tom is on this linear track being Tom and Anne gets radically redefined as a character.” There was something very different about Anne when we briefly saw her in the woods in “Brazil,” and we’re not so sure she can be trusted after spending all that time with the Espheni and coming back suddenly all smile-y about the daughter she was so wary of in the beginning of the season. When we spoke to Remi Aubuchon about the finale, he agreed that there is reason to be suspicious of Anne and Lexi. “I think if you look at that last scene between Tom and Kadar, there’s a little hint that Kadar is not completely convinced that this is real, and he doesn’t quite know how to give that news to Tom,” the EP told us. “But it’s very clear that there’s something a little odd going on here.”
The season 3 finale saw Maggie kill Karen (after Tom took her down with a shot himself), so what does that mean about the main big bad in season 4? “The big baddie of the season, he doesn’t look as menacing as Jessy Schram did,” the actor teased. “Now our bad guys can look like bad guys again.” But with the 2nd Mass and the Volm both after the Espheni, how strong will the enemy really be in season 4?
Finally, season 4 is also going to focus more on the characters. “We’re going to pull it back a bit and focus more on these characters and interpersonal conflict,” Wyle explained, adding, “there’s a couple big story lines that are going to run over the course of the season.”
“Falling Skies” season 4 will air in the summer of 2014. What do you think of the latest spoilers? Head to the comments with what you want to see next summer from TNT’s hit sci-fi series.
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