'Orphan Black' Team Leave Door Open for Special Episodes After Final Season: 'A Very Helena Christmas!'
By Philiana Ng
Ahead of the fifth and final season, the Orphan Black team said farewell to the fans one last time at Comic-Con.
Executive producer Graeme Manson explained why it was time to end the beloved sci-fi drama, led by Tatiana Maslany, after the new season.
"We had five seasons in mind. The thing we don’t want to do is get soft in the middle. We really think it's cooler to cancel yourself or peter out," Manson said during Friday's panel. "Tat works too hard. We don't want her to cry in the lunch lineup. We cry in the lunch lineup, so we gotta go easy on ourselves."
They did leave some possibility for the Orphan Black universe to continue beyond the fifth season, mentioning the option of doing holiday-themed specials. (Moderator Scott Aukerman even pitching some spinoffs.)
"This is our last chance. We gotta do a Christmas special!" Manson said, half-joking. Cast member Kevin Hanchard threw out an idea that seemed fitting and totally doable: "A Very Helena Christmas!"
To celebrate the final 10 episodes of Orphan Black, one fan will win a walk-on role on the series, though the producers admitted they hadn't yet created the character.
Earlier this month, Maslany received her second Emmy nomination for her unbelievable work playing multiple clones, which led to a touching standing ovation.