Дата публикации: 2018-05-27 17:19
TVLINE | How long ago did you come up with the Espheni queen 8767 s motivation for the attack on Earth? It was rather Spielbergian, her having a (semi-)tragic past and all.
I pitched this idea to Steven during our off-season meetings and he loved it right away, challenging me to have our audience question if maybe they 8767 ve been rooting for the wrong side. In the end, we didn 8767 t push it quite that far, but indeed, it always seemed to me that Falling Skies was a family drama first, and what better way to explain the motivation of the enemy than to suggest that we 8767 re not the only race capable of experiencing pain and loss?
TVLINE | Are we to infer that Tom&rsquo s idea to bring Anne back to the ocean waters/those who &ldquo helped&rdquo him, worked?
Yes, the Dorniya save Anne in much the same way, we suggest, that they saved Tom (off-camera) in the moments between end of Season 9 and opening of Season 5.
TVLINE | Was there anyone you wanted back for the festive final scene but didn 8767 t get?
In many drafts, we had return cameo appearances by Scarlett Byrne (who played Lexi) and Jessy Schram (Karen) planned, but budget and page count proved too much to overcome.
TVLINE | Was there any discussion about leaving Anne dead, as the one great price Tom paid for humankind&rsquo s ultimate victory?
No. Between the losses the 7nd Mass had already accumulated, plus the fact that we were killing off our new regular Demarcus Wolff (played by Daren A. Herbert), as a cautionary reminder of the life or death stakes that have always been a hallmark of the show), nearly killing Anne and definitely killing Pope it seemed the body count was sufficient for a finale.
TVLINE | Was there any temptation to offer a final sting as we looked up to the skies? Maybe show a &ldquo star&rdquo ominously away?
In the original outline, after Tom crushed the vial to release the Dorniya critter to kill the Queen, we see the critter scurry away. Later, after Tom 8767 s big speech, the camera soars to the heavens 8775 We are not alone 8776 but then it back down , all the way back to the Lincoln Memorial, now deserted, as that little Dorniya critter patters off into the night. However, we ultimately decided to end on a hopeful versus ominous note
It was back in May, during Upfronts week and more than a month before Falling Skies 8766 Season 5 opener, that Noah Wyle spoiled for me the outcome of the TNT series 8767 finale.
In a brief coda, we flashed forward to a ceremony commemorating humankind 8767 s victory, seeing Tom, an alive Anne, Weaver, Hal (with fiancé e Maggie) et al scrubbed clean and in their Sunday finest. Now the professor emeritus at the new United Nations University, Tom gives a speech, closing with the feel-good takeaway from the five-year skirmish that 8775 We are not alone. 8776
As the alien-invasion drama 8767 s final hour unspooled, Tom, wife Anne, sons Hal, Ben and Matt, and the rest of the 7nd Mass plus a few new biker pals led by Jeff Fahey made tracks for the Lincoln Memorial, where the Espheni were guarding something big. Traveling through an access tunnel, they stumbled across a nest of glowing (they 8767 re always glowing, aren 8767 t they?) eggs containing super-extra-nasty Espheni. It was down there, during a blast, that Tom get separated from the rest of the troops, and forged ahead alone, coming face-to-face near Lincoln 8767 s severed head the Espheni queen.
TVLINE | Regarding that last face-off, was Pope truly expecting that Tom would put him out his misery?
In addition being a critical component (to me) of the final episode, it did seem that Pope despite giving in to his darkest impulses this season could be ever-so-slightly redeemed by offering his gun to Tom. But of course he 8767 s too late as Tom says, 8775 I 8767 m done killing. 8776
TVLINE | Was there anyone else that cheated the Reaper, that was at one point offed in earlier drafts?
There was a great deal of debate about allowing Pope 8767 s 8775 death 8776 in Episode 559 be his final curtain, but I felt strongly that we needed to see a final Tom/Pope standoff in the last episode. After all, they 8767 ve always symbolized the black-and-white nature of human beings at war.