'Dallas' Star Julie Gonzalo on Midseason Finale Shocker: 'It's Going to Be Such a Change' for Pamela

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Kimberly Potts
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We're not spoiling anything — because of that surprisingly detailed preview that aired after last week's episode — to say the "Dallas" Season 3 midseason finale includes a fire at Southfork, Pamela's discovery of John Ross and Emma's affair, and Pamela confronting her cheating husband and his mistress in a hotel room.

But as Pamela herself, actress Julie Gonzalo, says, it's what happens after the newest Mrs. Ewing confronts her straying spouse that will have viewers reeling.

"It's not going to be something [viewers] can guess," she tells Yahoo TV. "It's going to be just a little bit out there."

Thinking back on the many misdeeds of original bad boy J.R. Ewing, and now those of his son, it's no small statement to say what happens in the Pamela/John Ross/Emma triangle tops pretty much everything that's happened in the "Dallas" universe since J.R. was shot and Pam found Bobby in the shower.

Add to that a burning Southfork, a distraught (and increasingly drunk) Sue Ellen, Drew Ramos's discovery that J.R. destroyed his father, and the continuing battle between Bobby and John Ross for control of the family company and the family home, and the midseason finale ends with trademark cliffhangers aplenty.

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But it's the meltdown of Pamela's relationship with John Ross that's front and center, as the heartbroken daughter of Cliff Barnes not only learns she can't trust her husband, or her friend Emma, but she also feels betrayed by other members of the Ewing family.

"She has given her faith to this man. She trusts no one. She's got no friends. Her father was the biggest betrayal of her life," Gonzalo says. "Now the one man that she's like, 'Oh my God, I'm in love with him, because I can see eye to eye with this guy. We're so similar in so many ways, and have so many similar goals. We can be partners'… now he has betrayed her and humiliated her. This is such a huge blow.

"And the family. She was lacking a family, [but now] she's a Ewing… as dysfunctional as it is, it's a big family, and there is that motto of the Ewings, when there's somebody attacking them, they unite and attack back. But this is all happening within [the family]."

Gonzalo, who was previously best known for roles on "Veronica Mars" and "Eli Stone," says she's excited about the evolution of her character on "Dallas," as Pamela has never lacked for dramatic, and traumatic, turns, but always manages to land on her feet.

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"I couldn't be happier with the way that the writers have written Pamela. I really have a lot of fun," she says. "I can't give away too much about what's going to happen, but to see her from where she was from the beginning to [the midseason finale, then to where she is from this episode to the season finale… it's going to be such a change.

"I think that's the beauty of 'Dallas,' what made it so popular back in the day, the fact that you can't trust anyone, and the backstabbing, and betrayal and comebacks. That is what makes a good soap, and that's what we are. And it's fun. It's fun to watch and see. [The cast] really, really loves this season and how fast-paced it's been. Hopefully, we get a fourth season to keep showing this family doing what it does in such a crazy way."

The "Dallas" midseason finale airs April 14 at 9 p.m. on TNT.