“Orphan Black” lead star Tatiana Maslany recently shared some details about the “bloody” finale of the hit BBC America series.
While speaking with TV Line, Maslany expressed her excitement over the ending of the show and added that she’s curious about how fans will react to the season ender. “We really wanted to finish it in ‘Orphan Black’ style, and also kind of surprise the audience. So, hopefully they get some of that. We’ve had some major things happen this season that have broken the hearts of the clones and altered them forever. So we see some of the consequences of that. It’s a really different episode for us, as well,” she said.
When asked which Leda clone she had the most difficult time saying goodbye to, Maslany said that she was especially drawn to Helena, but it’s Alison that she will miss the most. In fact, Maslany suffered from a nosebleed on the last day that she portrayed the character on set.
“Like, my body had a really visceral reaction to saying goodbye to Alison. I was doing a scene that happens in episode 9, where I’m Skyping with Cosima, talking about Siobhan’s funeral and her death. It was the last scene that I shot at Alison. So I was already upset doing this scene, and then also just saying goodbye, and my nose just started bleeding profusely. It was a mess, a disaster. So I was just, like, covered in blood, and that was my last moment as Alison. Which was so telling in terms of how little I wanted to let go of the character,” she recounted.
Meanwhile, Maslany’s other character, Sarah, will have a major storyline in the finale. Not only will she focus on Mrs. S’ (Maria Doyle Kennedy) funeral, but she will also be responsible for the safekeeping of Helena. Maslany said that the finale will kick off with Sarah trying to be resourceful with the help of the people closest to her.
“So that’s certainly where we start that episode. But it’s this kind of blind crashing into whatever’s coming at them,” she said.
“Orphan Black” Season 5, episode 10 will air on BBC America on Aug. 12 at 10 p.m. EDT.