Orphan Black‘s season four finale reunited soulmates Cosima and Delphine, gave us an epic clone vs. clone battle, brought us the funny through Krystal, answered some lingering questions and made us ask a few more.
Just before the epic season finale, BBC America announced that the fifth and finale season of sci-fi drama was a go. The last 10-episodes of Orphan Black starring Emmy-nominated actress Tatiana Maslany have been ordered from Temple Street and is set to hit our television screens in 2017.
The fourth season brought viewers new villains like Evie ‘Evil’ Cho (Jessalyn Wanlim), introduced us to new family members such as Felix’s biological sister Adele (Lauren Hammersley) and, as usual, gave us plot twist (and twists on those twists).
Last night’s episode also offered answers from mysteries left by the last season — from who shot the French doctor (it was Detective Duko) to who controls Neolution (right now, it seems to be a board — but with ‘the man behind the curtain’ in ultimate power — this one’s always hard to say). It brought answers with the funny — as Krystal ‘weird things always happen to her’ Goderitch seems to get sucked into the clone drama despite Clone Club trying to spare her from it all. After her demand to know more, Sarah revealed she was her clone — but Krystal didn’t accept it as she said, “She’s like a seven on a good day — and I’ve been told I’m a ten.”
The finale gave us all the feels as it reunited two couples — fan favourite
soulmates Cosima Niehaus (Maslany) and Dr. Delphine Cormier (Evelyne Brochu) — and evil-again Rachel Duncan (Maslany) with sketchy Ferdinand Chevalier (James Frain).
It was the reunion Cophine fans have been waiting for since Delphine was shot last season. Revealing the French doctor (with the fantastic hair) was very much alive last episode and hinting that she was possibly on the same island — the pair were brought back together after Cosima, with her mini-clone-sestra in tow, was led to the camp she was at. The greeting was cut short due to hypothermia. Of course, this invited the opportunity for Dr. Cormier to strip down and climb into bed with her and generate some heat — for, yknow — medical reasons. But the kiss between the two that followed let fans know the crazy science duo were still in love. The whole scene was oddly romantic.
For those curious about the fate of Cophine, the good news is it looks like Brochu will be returning — at least for some of the final season. Though next season is still up in the air, executive producer Graeme Manson told TVLine that Delphine will be back next season in some capacity.
“It was always our desire to bring Delphine back, and we had to play tight-lipped and deflect and lie and keep our secret last year,” Manson said, “It wasn’t easy or pleasant. But these are the vagaries of actors with busy schedules. I don’t know what it looks like [next season], but again, we’re going to do our best to let the story of Cosima and Delphine play out through the show.”
On another part of the island, Rachel returned and proved she could reach a new level of evil. After a heated talk with mom, words were exchanged and the younger Duncan stabbed her mother in the gut. Sarah, after missioning over to the island with the intention of rescuing Cosima, found herself in a serious showdown with the raging pro-clone at the house. Here, Rachel took out four seasons of anger on Sarah with her walking cane and proceeded to stab her in the leg. Eventually, Sarah bailed from the scene — only to call Mrs. S to find out that Ferdinand had her and Kira and gunpoint. How will Sarah get out of this one?
Of course, co-creators John Fawcett and Manson are ready to bring audiences a finale season that will hopefully tie up all the loose ends and possibly answer all lingering questions. “We are excited to deliver an epic conclusion to the tale of Sarah and her clone sisters. The past four seasons have been a phenomenal adventure and we are eternally grateful to our loyal fans who have loved the twists and thrills of our weird little show,” they stated in a press statement, “We are thankful to our partners at Temple Street, and to BBC America and Space for their support and giving us the opportunity to end on a high.”
It was a dark and twisted finale that deserves high praise. A perfect way to end the season and some excellent set up for the next. We can’t wait for season five!
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