As TNT’s Falling Skies (Sundays at 10/9c) launched its third season, we discovered that Tom and Anne’s baby may be one very special child, paralyzed Hal somehow went for a naughty night stroll, the harnessed young’uns proved they’re no longer kidding around and a familiar TV doctor made a House call. TVLine invited EP Remi Aubuchon to field questions about the premiere’s big twists and what’s to come.
PREGNANT PAUSE AHEAD? | Dr. Anne Glass may have given birth, but cast member Moon Bloodgood was still very much pregnant at this point in production. As such, Falling Skies had to find a way to weave in her imminent maternity leave. “Her disappearance is pretty well integrated into the story,” says Aubuchon. “Although we certainly kill off main characters if we have to, she’s too valuable. She’s also an important presence to the Masons, to the 2nd Mass and, overall, to the population of Charleston, so if she disappears, it’s a big deal.” Bloodgood’s absence actually proved to be a bigger deal than expected. “I knew we were going to have limited time with her, but I didn’t realize how limited it would be, to be honest,” Aubuchon admits. “We had to do a bit of heavy lifting to figure out how to make that story coherent for the rest of the season, but I think we pulled it off — and it made it even more exciting in some ways.”
HOW SCARY WILL HAL’S ‘NIGHTMARE’ SCENARIO GET? | Though Hal’s paralysis in and of itself presented a “challenge” to him and lady love Maggie, the dark reality of what he has been through — and is capable of — steers this story in an eerie new direction. “When he realizes that he can actually walk, that Karen has really done something to him, it doesn’t actually help the situation but instead makes it worse,” says Aubuchon. “Because now he realizes, ‘I could actually be a time bomb about ready to go off’ — and that frankly brings Hal to the brink of insanity.” But as he teeters on the edge, expect a surprising “character” to step in and take control of the situation. As Hal’s portrayer, Drew Roy, tells us, “It all culminates in the sixth episode, when it gets real messy. That was my favorite episode I’ve ever filmed.”
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WILL EX SEX DESTROY THE WORLD? | Meaning, does Karen’s agenda involve more than just hot ‘n’ heavy late-night hook-ups? In a word (or two): “Oh yeah,” Aubuchon confirms. “What makes Karen a really scary villain is that she still has a thing for Hal but she’s also become an Overlord, so she doesn’t see any problem using her old boyfriend for nefarious means. And that’s what’s so horrible about it. It’s like, ‘Oh my God, she’s seducing Hal — who’s going for it! — but really she just wants to destroy the entire world. There’s that part of her that believes she’s going to make everything all right with Hal, like, ‘If only you could see what it would be like for us to be together ruling the world!’ So… she’s got issues!”
IS TNT OK WITH KILLING LITTLE ‘MONSTERS’? | With the introduction of the fully assimilated (and thus fully deadly) harnessed kids, Aubuchon says that “to a certain extent” the show must be careful about having the rebels rub out too many rugrats. “They are children after all, but what we really tried to do is show the horror of their evolution, how they turned into monsters. They’re no longer our children anymore — they’re aliens — and we feel horrible about it. But at the same time, they’re a threat, and we have to deal with it.”
FOR HOW LONG IS ROBERT SEAN LEONARD IN THE, UM, HOUSE? | House fans who were delighted to see (after they ultimately recognized) TV’s erstwhile Dr. Wilson playing the scraggly, agoraphobic Dr. Cadar can count on the batty genius appearing in at least five total episodes — including one that sets up the aforementioned vanishing of Bloodgood’s Dr. Glass.