Falling Skies' Final Battle: Noah Wyle Previews 'Strong' Finish, But Warns 'Not Everybody Makes It'

Falling Skies

Unlike the 2nd Mass, which over the years has been led into battle by and large by history prof-turned-resistance leader Tom Mason, TNT’s Falling Skies has not enjoyed the best continuity of leadership.

Season 1 of the Steven Spielberg-shepherded alien-invasion drama had Mark Verheiden (Heroes, Battlestar Galactica) as its showrunner. Then for Seasons 2 and 3, Remi Aubuchon, whose resume highlights at the time included Caprica (which he cocreated), The WB’s Summerland and ABC Family’s Wildfire, then took the reins. But before Season 3 even hit the airwaves, Battlestar Galactica vet David Eick was FALLINGSKIESmech2_600announced as the next showrunner, a position he held for both Season 4 and the series’ farewell run (premiering Sunday, June 28).

Series lead Noah Wyle, who is now an executive producer on TNT’s The Librarians, told TVLine at Turner’s Upfront soiree, “Now that I’m on the other side of it… this has not been the easiest show to do. [That many] showrunners in five seasons is a bit of a record, and you feel that sort of ‘schizophrenia’ in the writing. It’s reinvented itself a couple different times.”

To Wyle’s point: Whereas Season 1 was a Walking Dead-like travelogue about plucky survivors, Season 3 evoked Revolution with its exploration of an ersatz U.S. government. Most recently, Season 4 splintered the 2nd Mass, directing some to a commune that was quietly lorded over by the ever-evolving Lexi, while Tom, Weaver and others were relegated to solitary confinement at an Espheni ghetto. That cycle concluded with Tom and his hybrid daughter trekking to no less than the moon, to destroy their adversary’s power core.

That plan however hit a snag, leaving Lexi to commandeer the Overlord’s ship and embark on a kamikaze mission. Tom meanwhile spun off into space in an aimless Beamer, Falling Skies Season 4 Finaleultimately waking up in the company of a partially seen, omnipedal E.T. whom he deemed “beautiful.”

The series’ fifth season, which was announced as its final run almost a year ago, picks up immediately after Tom’s awakening, Wyle says — and (per TNT’s synopsis) with “all breed of beast and mutant running rampant on Earth,” now that the Espheni’s power source has been unplugged. After four years of being tortured, imprisoned and mutated, and having their loved ones stolen from them, the 2nd Mass is ready to get down and dirty with the enemy in an all-out battle to determine the fate of Earth.

“It’s so rare that you get to script your own ending,” TV vet Wyle notes, “so we saw that as a privilege — like, ‘OK, let’s make sure that we cross all of our Ts and dot all our Is and explain how this whole thing started.'” As such, he says this farewell run is “hopefully a satisfying one.”

“We tried to answer all the questions, to unravel all the mythology, and make it as satisfying an ending for the audience as it was for [the cast] to get our own sense of closure,” he adds.

As a result, Wyle hears that Season 5 (which wrapped filming back in February) boasts “10 of the strongest episodes we’ve ever done.” So “in the final analysis, we finished strong, and I’m proud of it.”

But for the stalwart fighters of the 2nd Mass, some may not live to be a part of that royal “we.”

“We thin the herd along the way,” Wyle hints of the casualties to come. “Not everybody makes it to the finish line.”

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  1. Matt says:

    I think one of toms sons dosent
    Make it

  2. wrstlgirl says:

    The ONLY reason I didn’t pull the plug on last season was because I knew the show was going to end this year. Hoping these final episodes are great and we get an awesome finish.

  3. Long as you don’t kill my favorite Weaver I’m happy. That’s my daddy

  4. SPAMMER says:


  5. Steve F. says:

    Hopefully the writing is much better than the last two seasons – and that Pope makes it to the end!

  6. GeoDiva says:

    I couldn’t stomach Season 4 and quit. However, I may check out the beginning of Season 5, for old time sakes.

  7. PL says:

    I just hope the last season has a sci fi storyline ( i.e. a good story like The Matrix ), and doesn’t continue to be a show which is like watching a video game.

  8. James D says:

    for all its faults (I’m sure that is partly because of so many show runners) I really enjoyed this show and I will definitely miss it next summer, I hope Noah picks up another pilot soon he’s a very good actor i think. As for who dies top of my list is one Tom’s sons probably Hal, and or Maggie. I hope Anne makes it she’s had it rough she deserves to survive, While i think it is possible Tom dies as well I’m not betting on it.

    • DMK says:

      I’m hoping that Noah shows up a few more times on Season 2 of The Librarians.

      • tvwatcher4591 says:

        I liked the first season. Noah looks very different clean shaven.

      • Kristy says:

        I got to meet him at Steel City Con in Pgh back in April, and I asked him if he would be moving over full time to The Librarians. He said he will be in every other episode because wants to be able to spend more time with his kids.

  9. LK says:

    The first two seasons I enjoyed… the last season was a mess though so hope this one is better.

  10. Eli says:

    Bring back KAREN!!!

  11. Joey Padron says:

    Good preview about final season. Can’t wait to see it later this month!

  12. TrudiV says:

    I hope they all die.
    I am sick and tired of all of them.

  13. Danofive0 says:

    I will get it on DVD when it comes out Season 5….
    Then I will have complete set….

  14. tvwatcher4591 says:

    This show has been getting better with each season.The best send off would be a two hour movie you would have to go to the theater to see. But the network will show the series finale in prime time television. There should be some sort of spin-off to keep the franchise alive.

  15. Paul Greenlee says:

    pleaseohpleaseohpleaseohplease kill that annoying little fricking Matt.

  16. Lilly77 says:

    I think Tom will die in some kind of noble final sacrifice. It’s just that kind of show.

  17. dogdaysooner says:

    last season the replacement show runner pretty much ruined the series. doubtful if I watch this year maybe the series final to see who makes it out and who dies.

  18. The Editor says:

    Reblogged this on Entertainment Suite.

  19. Luce says:

    season 4 was AWFUL on so many levels (don’t even talk to me about that dumb ass love triangle) and i just hope they can salvage it and make something good out of these last 10 episodes. hopefully anne survives, she’s the biggest badass of the whole show!

  20. Beth says:

    Season One was brilliant. Season Two was good. Season 3 and 4 were almost unwatchable. They went so far away from the bond between the Masons and into the soap opera cliché of the baby and the dreadful Anne that I stopped watching. I may check out the final season to see if they listened to the fans’ feedback at all.

  21. Nancy says:

    I have watched Falling Skies since the beginning and will watch to the end, no matter how many don’t make it.

  22. Nate says:

    Great show hate to see it end