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Orphan Black Season 5

Orphan Black @ Comic-Con: 12-Clone Scene (!), Musical Number on Tap?

Knock knock, it’s the man with all the answers to Orphan Black‘s mysteries.

As hinted at in the Season 4 finale when Rachel received a special visitor at her stoop, “The revelation is that the founder of Neolution [P.T. Westmoreland] is somehow still alive,” co-creator Graeme Manson said at the show’s San Diego Comic-Con panel on Friday. “That is part of the big mystery for next year.”

“We all want answers,” co-creator John Fawcett shared. “This is stepping through that last door. I don’t know if you’ll call him a bad guy, but it’ll be interesting to see what this man is all about.”

The creators have yet to pick a theme for Season 5’s episode titles — that will come after they’re all written — but they did reveal a popular reference point in the writers’ room: The Tissue-Culture King, a short story by Julian Huxley.

As for the decision to conclude the show next year, it was always part of the plan to go out while creatively on top.

“We had five seasons in mind,” Manson explained. “The thing we don’t want to do is get soft around the middle. We think it’s cooler to cancel yourself than to get cancelled or peter out.”

“And [star] Tat [Maslany] works too hard. We don’t want her to cry in the lunch lineup,” Manson joked.

The chameleon actress doesn’t know how the series will wrap up, but the producers have long known the ending – and Maslany may have her work cut out for her before reaching the finish line.

“We just want 12 clones in one scene,” Fawcett half-kidded(?).

Not a joke: Fawcett revealed that there are plans to have an actor in a musical segment, a la Alison in her local neighborhood production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Orphan Black returns for its fifth and final season April 2017.

Press PLAY below to watch the show’s blooper reel.