This Sunday on Falling Skies (TNT, 10/9c), Tom and Pope will realize that although they survived their Espheni-evading plane crash, they now must endure their trek through a forest teeming with Skitters — all while trying not to kill each other.
Previewing the intense times ahead for the frenemies, Noah Wyle tells TVLine, “This is the culmination of a long-burning feud between these two guys who really don’t like each other yet have always gotten along because they’ve respected each other’s skill sets and the necessity of them to survive.”
That modicum of civility and professional courtesy, however, always came in the presence of a larger community, with eyes watching. “But there’s no witnesses out there in the woods…,” Wyle points out, ominously. “Anything could happen.”
One thing that definitely does happen is an opportunity for new insight into the puckish Pope, who for two-and-a-half seasons now has fought alongside — and, yes, occasionally against — the good people of the 2nd Mass.
“You learn a quite bit about Pope’s backstory — and it’s not what you expect,” Wyle shares. “It’s mixed. It’s troubled. But it’s also a lot more suburban than you would have thought.”
Of course, if (OK, when) Tom ultimately does make it back to Charleston, the headaches will be far from over. After all, he will likely be hit with the news that baby momma Anne 1) drugged Lourdes and 2) KO’d Dr. Wilson, er, Cadar, with an iron wrench in the name of 3) disappearing with their extraterrestrially funky newborn.
Assaying Tom’s reaction to his lady love’s brash act, Wyle says, “He’s going to go f–king nuts. He is.”
Standing here at the midpoint of Season 3 and looking down the road, Wyle promises “a couple really big shows towards the end of the season that I’m really proud of,” feeding into a finale he says is “epic” and, apparently, action-packed.
“We saved a lot of our war chest special-effects money for that show in particular,” the actor reveals. But even amidst the promise of mega-pyrotechnics, Falling Skies’ latest run may go out with a different kind of bang.
“As opposed to some of the other seasons where we’ve ended on a cliffhanger,” Wyle says, “this one has more of a sense of closure, and completion.” (With reporting by Vlada Gelman)