9 Things to Know About 'Falling Skies' Season 3
The weary and scarred characters of TNT's "Falling Skies" have been battling aliens for two seasons. But everything changes when a new alien race descends on them — the Volm come in peace.
When Season 3 of "Falling Skies" premieres June 9 at 9 PM, resistance leader Tom Mason (Noah Wyle) and his 2nd Mass crew of soldiers are actually safe. (Well, safer.) They're building a home in Charleston and with the help of the Volm, fighting and winning against the evil Espheni aliens.
But could this just be the calm before the really big storm? Yahoo! TV chatted with the cast on the show's Vancouver set about the new world order, new characters, and new romances. Check out what they had to say!
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1. Season 3 hits the fast-forward button.
Season 2 ended on one major cliffhanger, with a new alien species emerging from their ships. The new season does not pick up where it left off, though.
"We employ a bit of a time jump," Wyle explained. "The first episode starts seven months after the finale, so a lot has happened in the interim. This new race of beings called the Volm have landed, proven themselves to be trustworthy, and pitched an alliance with the humans to fight their common enemy, the Espheni, the Overloads of Skitters, we met last year."
2. The new aliens want to be friends.
As Wyle said, Tom Mason makes an alliance with the Volm, who seem friendly … for now.
"We make an analogy to World War II and the alliance that was started between the United States and the Soviet Union. They weren't the best partners, but they were the partners that were available and most effective to side against Germany," Wyle said. "You have to make a deal with the devil sometimes, and we're hoping that this doesn't come back and haunt us."
3. Hello, Mr. President!
The 2nd Mass is still hunkered down in Charleston, and as the main representative in the Volm alliance, Tom takes on a new job.
"I got a bit of a promotion. I've gone from civic leader to President of the new United States of America," Wyle said, adding with a laugh, "There's a learning curve to power."
No longer on the run, the people in the city begin to build a life for themselves that isn't just about survival.
As Sarah Carter (Maggie) explained, "We're at the beginning stages of creating a culture, a society, a political system … We're really trying to build a new narrative."
Of course, with that comes "the growing pains of any fledgling democracy and a little bit of power struggles, and the decisions and stuff that need to be made," pointed out Colin Cunningham, who plays wily gang leader John Pope.
4. It's all in the eyes with the Volm.
While it may seem surprising that any humans would willingly ally with aliens, the cast members said the Volm's eyes are what make them look trustworthy.
"My character has a more sympathetic face, and it does come from his eyes," said Doug Jones, who embodies Volm leader Cochise. "And his demeanor is very friendly. He has a diplomatic demeanor, even though he's kind of a warrior. He's seen a lot of battles in his day."