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‘HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER’: WHAT’S NEXT FOR LILY AND MARSHALL? PLUS, MOTHER SCOOPAGE
As Lily has indicated in the past few episodes of this season, she’s less than happy about Marshall’s secret-keeping ways, and when his road journey finally brings him to the Inn, there will be blood. Kidding. But there will certainly be some “twists and surprises,” as executive producer Craig Thomas teases.
“This season — especially the second half of it — is largely about showing where our characters will be heading in the future, so the debate of who will get to pursue their dream, Marshall or Lily, is a big one in determining their next life chapter,” he says. “And it’s such a real issue in any couple: Who’s gonna get what they want and who’s gonna sacrifice?. … The way it plays out contains some pretty big twists and surprises.”
So when WILL Marshall finally get to the Inn? You’ll see, but Thomas promises, “We will get to this issue sooner than later in the second half of the season.”
Lastly, while I’m sure you all have heard, episode 200 is very much Mother-centric and something EP Carter Bays called “a really different, strange episode” that will cover eight years of the Mother’s Life. What you may not know? “We were all fighting tears by the end of [the run-through],” Bays says, “and that’s a credit to Cristin [Milioti].” Thomas adds: “It’s a new trick. We’re showing a new trick in episode 200 that we never could have done in any other season. And to me, more than anything else, episode 200 is why we did season 9. If you were going to epitomize it in one 21-minute capsule, this is why we did season 9. And you’ll see what I mean when you see it.”
‘SLEEPY HOLLOW’: FOUR BURNING QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Sleepyheads, I adore you and all your questions. And I promise there’s much more from my chat with executive producer Alex Kurtzman coming. Look for some great stuff Monday and in an upcoming issue of Entertainment Weekly. For now, here are four of the questions you sent me via Twitter, answered!
After the introduction of Capt. Irving’s family & the announcement of Ichabod’s father, will there be more family members added? — SHollowSource
Well, as you pointed out, Ichabod’s dad is on the way and will be played by Victor Garber. Beyond that, though, Kurtzman said they “very well might” explore bringing in Abbie’s father next season. “There’s definitely a story to be had there and a deep and impactful one for Abbie and Jenny. So it’s entirely possibly that we will,” he says.
I loved Tom Mison’s brilliant sword fighting scenes. Will we see a lot more of him fighting in future episodes/season 2? — @savvyanna10
The upcoming season finale is “massive,” according to Kurtzman. And he means that in more ways than one. “What we love about it is that it’s massive both emotionally and size and scope,” he says. “I think one of the things we’ve always felt is that one of the first questions we always ask when breaking an episode is what is the story about emotionally? It’s not what’s the monster of the week. It’s what’s going on with our characters.”
Will we learn what happened to Baby Crane? At least his name? Thank you! — @Dionysius1
Yes. You’ll find out what happened to his son in the next episode. The next episode is going to be about Ichabod finding out what happened to him.
Anything about Abbie’s storyline in particular we can look forward to? — @shiftingnewton
We’re going to learn some more details about her family AND answer some major questions about Abbie and Jenny’s encounter with Moloch. “One of the big things we’re going to start tackling is what they don’t remember about what happened to them in the forest that day,” teases Kurtzman. “They only remember seeing Moloch and then they blacked out and woke up by the side of the road and then don’t remember what happened. So the mystery of what happened to them is something we’re going to play out. And that may provide us with some answers for some of the bigger threats that are coming.” That’s right…BIGGER. No wonder they needed a two-hour finale.
‘REVOLUTION’ BOSS TEASES MONROE’S SON
An exciting mid-season finale on Revolution is going to lead into a second half that will see Monroe on daddy duty! As you may have heard, Mat Vairo is set to play his son, named Connor, in a recurring role when the show returns Jan. 8.
“Trusting that guy into the position of father has brought out some really unexpected and interesting colors in the character,” teases executive producer Eric Kripke.
And not long after we meet Conner, he adds, he will find himself among the group of people hoping to bring down the season’s big bad. “The second half of the season is part of our group marshaling their forces and pulling everyone together — that includes Monroe’s son and Neville — and bringing everyone together against the bad guys,” he says. “Meanwhile, the bad guys’ plan becomes terrifyingly clear as well as the audience getting to know really the big bad of the season, which is the president of the ‘United States’ — in quotes. All the chess pieces are moving into position for a final confrontation.”
Bonus scoop: Look out for the addition of a female warlord named Duncan (played by Katie Aselton), who, Kripke teases, “has a war clan similar to Titus, except she’s not completely bird-sh– crazy.” “Our heroes — though they were battling war clans at the beginning of the season — find themselves in the interesting and uncomfortable position of allying themselves with a war clan in the second half of the season in order to defeat the patriots.” Hit the casting couch in the comments!
SIDE DISHES: Scoop on Elementary, Supernatural, Arrow and more
Let’s talk Elementary for a moment, please? Could you tell me if we’ll learn more about Watson in the coming episodes? I’m a bit unsatisfied with the way they’ve been handling her backstory. We had a brilliant episode in which we’ve learned about what happened in the OR, but ever since then, and before even, we sometimes learn more about the characters from the case of the week than we learn about her. She gets a friend for like 2 seconds in a episode and that’s it. I’m asking this because the writers and Lucy Liu keep saying she’s supposed to be Sherlock’s equal and not his sidekick, so I’d like to know about her, at least, as much as I know about Sherlock. I’d really appreciate if you could answer this one. –Amanda
A script is being written as I type that will very much be a peek into Joan’s family, in particular her father! “I don’t think we’ve ever said any of this explicitly in the show, but the way we’ve always imagined it is Joan’s birth father fell out of the picture and her mother remarried with the last name Watson. So this story is based on that understanding of her circumstances,” says executive producer Rob Doherty. “We’re just going to find out a little more about what went down when she was a kid and a little more about the status of her birth dad.” But, he adds, this isn’t an episode that will see the introduction of her father, saying, “We may meet somebody down the line, but this episode is another little window into who Joan is and where she comes from.”
LOVED Barry Allen on Arrow, Sandra. I was honestly ready to hate on him, but he’s so cute, and I don’t just mean physically. I thought the character himself was really charming and the opposite of a cocky superhero I was expecting. I would love some scoop. — April
I loved that Barry was essentially a bit of a fanboy himself, and I think that added to the “cute”ness you reference. That said, in this next episode, Barry’s going to learn that meeting your heroes isn’t all its cracked up to be. Extra dish: Something VERY concerning happens to Roy in this episode. Well, Roy and another person, now that I think about it. These incidents aren’t related, but the effects of both could(/will) be life-changing.
I’M DYING AFTER WATCHING SUPERNATURAL‘S MIDSEASON FINALE!! I NEED SCOOP!! — TIFFANY
WHILE WE ALL KNOW THAT DEAN HAS A HARD TASK IN FRONT OF HIM — DEALING WITH KEVIN’S DEATH AND ALSO TRACKING DOWN GADREEL — BUT IN LIGHTER NEWS, I HEAR THE SECOND HALF WILL SEE THE RETURN OF GARTH (DJ QUALLS). WE’RE GOING TO GET AN ANSWER ABOUT WHERE THE HECK HE’S BEEN AND I THINK YOU WILL BE SURPRISED. SPOILER ALERT: THERE WILL BE HUGS. ELSEWHERE, AND ON AN UNRELATED NOTE, I HEAR THE SECOND HALF WILL SEE SOME PEOPLE WE ABSOLUTELY DID NOT EXPECT TO SEE. MORE ON THAT SHORTLY…NOW, I HAVE TO ASK, WHY ARE WE YELLING?!?
Any scoop from Teen Wolf premiere? — Nancy
There’s a heart-stopping opener featuring Stiles that will freak. you. out. I’d go out on a limb, in fact, and say this is one of the scariest episode they’ve done all season.
I always look forward to The Middle Christmas episode. Have you seen it? And where do you think it will rank among my faves? — Susan
Top 2, for sure. I’ll just say this: Immediately after the episode airs, you’re going to download “Cat’s in the Cradle” and probably cry. It’s full of ALL the Christmas feels.
AAHH!!! LOVED the Sherlock pics!!!! Now scoop please. — Dessie
Martin Freeman says when the show returns in January, we will find that John has “moved on” from where we left him in the end of the second season, and, in fact, has a new love! “He’s got his own life with a lovely woman who he lives with and works with, and he’s let that other part of his life fall by the wayside a little bit so when eventually, there is obviously a reunited moment, it’s going to have hilarious consequences,” Freeman says.
Any scoop on Grimm? Something on Alexis Denisof’s debut, perhaps? — Tori
I’ll have a few pretty sweet First Look photos of Denisof’s Viktor for you on Monday! But until then, Denisof tells me that he has high hopes for fans’ reaction to the character. “I hope he’ll be the villain you love to watch,” he says.
PAUSE for a Mentalist ALERT:
Fans and foes — or maybe just fans: I’m talking to executive producer Bruno Heller and invite your scoopy queries! Resume…
Can you give Brooklyn Nine-Nine a little love? That show deserves some attention. — Lacey
It certainly does! In fact, I’m happy to share that it was one of the few shows I didn’t have to MAKE my family watch while I was home for the holidays (a.k.a.: a miracle). That said, when I caught up with Andy Samberg, I asked him what he thought about the show’s long-term prospects and whether or not he saw it eventually adopting Parks and Recreation-style long-term arcs. “I think, particularly on a big network like Fox, the mission statement in the beginning is you need to make the first bundle of shows kind of similar because you never know when someone’s going to jump in,” he said. “Obviously you want to change it up as much as you can, but you also want to really nail home some dynamics. And the thing we started on was Jake and Holt and their friction. But definitely expanding it is something everyone has been talking about and excited about.” He added that his confidence in executive producers Dan Goor and Mike Schur, both of Parks, leaves him without any worries about the show’s creative direction. “Any time you have [Schur and Goor] at the head of a show, you know that when they choose to do it, it’s going to be awesome and interesting and real and vulnerable and funny,” he says.
Holy, Scandal, Sandra. My jaw is on the floor. I know ANY mid-season finale tease you give me is going to be vague…but I want it anyway!!!! — Lizzie
When I spoke with Guillermo Diaz about the episode, he claimed, “I think Shonda’s outdone herself. Characters end up doing things you wouldn’t expect. It’s a wild ride. We can’t wait for the fans to see it and experience what we’re shooting now. It’s good. It’s so hard to say! There’s so much we’ve shot, so I’m trying not to reveal too much.”
Any Parenthood scoop? — Dee
I hope I’m not the only one super concerned about the sale of the Braverman house. I feel for Camille, I do. But I’m with Zeke on this one. THE MEMORIES!! (I’m not good at letting go, guys…) I’m even more concerned upon hearing that an upcoming episode will find them showing Casa Braverman to an interested buyer. It’s ALL TOO FAST.
(Carrie Bell and Katie Atkinson contributed to this column)