Will Patton Previews Falling Skies Finale (Another New ET!), Hints at 'Even More Intense' Season 3

As TNT’s Falling Skies enters its Season 2 finale (this Sunday at 9/8c), the 2nd Mass is having to swallow a heaping serving of Be Careful What You Wished For, says Will Patton, who plays Capt. Daniel Weaver.

“It’s what we wanted… and yet it doesn’t quite seem right for some reason,” he says of the chain of events that landed de facto U.S. president Arthur Manchester (Lost‘s Terry O’Quinn) in the brig and handed General Bressler (Eureka‘s Matt Frewer) unchecked control of the Charleston outpost. “It seems like it went in a direction that wasn’t what we were expecting.”

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Make no mistake, the 2nd Mass arrived in Charleston prepared to keep up the good fight against the Overlord and his lanky brethren. But when Manchester, an old history prof of Tom Mason’s, presented himself as being a passive politico, Weaver & Co. lobbied to join the Skitters in their rebellion. Bressler, however, skipped a few pages in the playbook and declared a form of martial law.

“Whatever the hell he’s doing has thrown things into a kind of chaos that affects the entire populace of Charleston — and in a way that could be very dangerous for all concerned,” says Patton. “He just sort of does this crazy, ‘Let’s throw out the government’ thing when it seems there might have been a step in between!”

The visiting 2nd Mass and the Charleston settlers had better make sense of the sitch fast, because an inter-planetary battle is on the season finale’s itinerary — “and it is a good one,” Patton teases. The actor says that on top of the Mechs, Skitters, “cockroaches,” “eyeball worms and fish heads” that we and the characters have met thus far, to watch for the introduction of yet another new extraterrestrial life form as the hour unfolds.

All of the above leads to an out-of-this-world cliffhanger which Patton can literally only imagine, since at the time we spoke on Thursday, he had not yet watched the final cut laden with special effects. “I’m going to be as surprised as you when I look at the thing,” he says, “but I have heard that it’s pretty amazing.”

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All told, Patton says the Steven Spielberg-produced sci-fi drama “really stepped up a notch” in its sophomore run — while Season 3, which has already been ordered, “is going to take it to yet another level.”

Measuring his words carefully, having obviously gotten a whiff of what’s on tap for the next cycle, he ultimately allows, “I hesitate to say anything more — and I’m not supposed to say much… but it’s going to get even better and become even more intense.”

What “amazing” twist do you think will end Falling Skies Season 2?

Comments (12)

  • Seem like he left one lifeform we have met out of his list. The little min-skitters/spider looking things. Wonder what we will be meeting next. I can only assume out of this world and effects laden means the finale takes place on the overlord’s ship maybe. Would be cool if it was another planet. Thanks for the info, can’t wait!

    Comment by Chuck Finley (AJ) – August 17, 2012 07:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Maybe it takes place on a moon… I mean, a space station that could be confused with a moon.

      Comment by Michael Sacal – August 17, 2012 08:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Season 2 has been fantastic, can’t wait for 3

    Comment by Laurel – August 17, 2012 10:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Season 3 needs to be longer than 10 episodes though. 12-13, 16 preferrably.

    Comment by malcom1985 – August 17, 2012 10:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I could be wrong, but I’m speculating that this ” other ” lifeform to introduced could be another alien civilization, come to relieve the Overlords of their latest asset.

    They’re obviously not going to kill off our heroes with another orbital bombardment, so those luminous ” pods ” seen dropping to the Earth in the preview trailer could be the first wave of an invasion force, setting the stage for a major battle in Season 3.

    Also, in agreement with the above that they should increase the number of episodes per season.

    Comment by -S- – August 18, 2012 05:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The previews for this really make me want to watch it but I don’t want to jump in on the second season.

    Comment by tp – August 18, 2012 07:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’m pretty sure you can jump in with season 2. The first season was very uneven, while season 2 has been quite an improvement. It’s definitely not the next BSG, but it’s the best scifi/space show I’ve seen since BSG ended. Glad the story will continue with a 3rd season.

      Comment by Sareeta – August 18, 2012 11:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I disagree. Even though Season 1 was uneven, I think you’d miss a lot of the background, interpersonal realationships and history. If you go in expecting less, then you will be pleasantly surprised. You can get season 1 on Netflix.

        Comment by meleliot – August 19, 2012 08:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • It’s no longer on Netflix. :o(

          Comment by tp – August 19, 2012 04:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Yes it is. Just not streaming. It’s only three discs.

            Comment by meleliot – August 19, 2012 06:20 PM PDT  
      • Yup,really need to watch season 1 to get a sense of the loss and origins of people in season 2.

        Comment by Shaun – August 19, 2012 10:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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