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Spoiler Room is back for the second week, and you know what that means: Some great television is just a week away. Yep, Oliver and Felicity’s first date on Arrow is now one week closer. Finding out how far Sam Winchester will go to save his brother on Supernatural is one week closer. Olivia and Fitz exchanging longing looks on Scandal is one week closer. I have to stop now because all this talk is making me want to stop writing and start re-watching.
This week, I chatted with executive producer Cynthia Cidre about pretty much everything—the crazy things that have happened on Dallas, will happen on Dallas, and where fans can expect to find themselves by season’s end.
The final episodes take place in the span of about a week. “The whole season only takes place in about 22 days,” Cidre said. And that means the second half of the season will take place over the span of a week to 10 days, Cidre said. So with that, fans can expect things to pick up right where we left off. “The next episode is basically the hospital where Sue Ellen is taken for smoke inhalation and Pamela’s there because of the overdose, so it’s sort of a hospital episode. It’s really good. Episode 9, 10, 11, they got better because all of our stories start to come together and climax.”
The fire was Sue Ellen’s wake-up call. “And the rest of the season is pretty compressed,” Cidre said. “There’s some physical danger for Emma and Ann and then John Ross, so she’s involved in that because of course as a family, she’s quite worried about it and all of that, and then come season four, we’re going to take her in a completely different direction vis-a-vis her addictive personality.”
Pamela hasn’t forgiven John Ross. “He keeps trying to apologize but she’s not having it. So yeah, so that’s sort of their path for the rest of the season. It’s very very rocky and she will have none of it and she wants revenge.” And for those of you thinking Pamela’s overdose was an accident, think again: “At first, it was just going to be a ménage a trois and then I thought no no no, she’s going there to punish them. She’s going to overdose and make sure that every time they look at each other, all they think about is vomit.”
Nicolás’ wife is sticking around for a bit. Cidre revealed that Nicolás’ wife will be in at least three more episodes, but she can’t guarantee much more than that. “She has an important part in the conclusion but it’s not like a delicious long scene like we had hoped. I was even thinking of her for season four, but I think she just took a show. She was awesome. She was gorgeous and just perfect for his wife.”
There’s a new cartel boss in town. Cidre said the cartel will remain the biggest threat to the Ewings, along with the Rylands. “We didn’t mean it to be that big of a cartel season but then we cast it well. I loved Antonio [Jaramillo], the guy playing Luis. And then [he] has a boss whom I don’t think you’ve met yet, and we cast that really well too.” As for Drew, he shouldn’t have the Ewings too worried. “Drew is a threat but that’s an emotional threat, and he has some wonderful turns coming up in the next two episodes. It’s either at the end of 9 or at the end of 10, he has one of my favorite scenes of all time,” Cidre said.
Harris will return to his old ways. Fans have gotten to see a bit of a nicer side to Harris as of late, but don’t expect that to stick. “I was challenged at the end of season one because he was such a scumbag with Ann,” Cidre said. “And I said, ‘I bet you we can rehabilitate him.’ And everybody said, ‘You can’t do that,’ and I said, ‘Watch. We’re going to make his mother worse.’ And so we brought in Judith [Light]. And she rehabilitated him and then we made him part of the CIA, so we sort of got him halfway there and you see that he really cared about her and that there’s a lot that went wrong because of his mother. But Mitch [Pileggi] is so good at playing bad that believe me, by the time we’re done, we’ll be back there again.”
Southfork will rebuild (and add a wing?). Although it won’t happen this season, Cidre is already planning to have Southfork rebuild post-fire in season four. “For season 4, we are going to jump ahead six months. And then the house will be rebuilt. And we’re hoping to even add a wing to it somehow in CGI. We’re going to explore that because it’s just pretty hilarious that there’s 5 billionaires living in a three bedroom house,” she said.
The Cliff Barnes storyline is resolved by season’s end. “It will be resolved for sure,” Cidre said of the whole Cliff-Barnes-being-framed story. “It’s resolved, it all comes out, and Pamela deals with it. I think it’s in [episode] 11—it’s almost like a one-act play, and it’s where Elena finally figures it all out and then the chickens come home to roost because she gets a hold of J.R.’s letter, and so she realizes what’s happened and she just accuses all of them in like a scene from Clue. It’s a really really good episode.”
Bonus Scoop: Juan Pablo Di Pace teased what’s coming up for his character, the very mysterious Nicolás: “He’s always like five steps ahead of everyone else because it’s all a big lie. This guy has been used to lying since he was a kid. He grew up in the streets so he had to survive in a way, and I think he survived by lying to everybody, hence the change in the name from Joaquin to Nicolás. And he built up this whole personality on lies so he went and learned how to speak well and learned how to dress well and made all that money and now, on the outside he looks like this James Bond refined man, but on the inside, he’s a street rat, so he just plays everybody.”
And in terms of Nicolás puncturing Elena’s diaphragm in the finale, Di Pace talked about where the couple will go from here. “The one true thing about him that I will say is that he does adore her,” Di Pace said. “She’s the love of his life. So to puncture that diaphragm is to secure that. He knows it’s all going to go down the drain, the shit’s going to hit the fan at some point, [and] she’s going to find out at some point things about him that he doesn’t want her to know, so I think it’s a way to secure her and say, ‘OK if you’re going to hate me, at least we’ll be tied for life.’ That’s how twisted he is. He’s really really twisted. But there’s even more stuff that you’ll see. He’s not a nice person.”
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The coming ‘love’ triangle between Hal/Maggie/Ben has a lot of us on edge. Can you give us any information about Hal and Maggie’s future that can boost our spirits? We need them together! Thanks! – Nettie
I would feel really bad if I had to tell you Hal and Maggie were done, so it’s a good thing I don’t! Sunday’s episode of Falling Skies, which is titled “A Thing With Feathers,” shows the 2nd Mass trying to pick up the pieces after an alien attack. Bad news: That attack leaves Maggie fighting for her life. Good news: It also leaves Hal fighting for Maggie!
On @Gotham any chance we will see Bane or Ra’s al Ghul and his daughters? —Álaric
I can tell you that from seeing the pilot myself, there are quite a few hints at future villains, though sadly, neither Bane nor Ra’s made the cut. And considering how the show focuses on the upbringing of these villains, it seems unlikely we’ll see Bane anytime soon. After all, at least in the comics, he spent his childhood imprisoned outside of the U.S. As far as Ra’s is concerned, at least we know he’s coming to Arrow, right?
Love that the Spoiler Room is back! I’ve been dying for information on Oliver Queen and Felicity Smoak on Arrow as its third season approaches. It sounds like their date blows up (literally?) and I’m wondering how this affects them for the rest of the season—both romantically and as teammates. I think they’re a fabulous couple and I’m rooting for them to come out of this stronger, together, at the end. —Nancy
Hey, Nancy! Spoiler Room is happy to be back, and I fully understand your desire for Olicity scoop. I don’t have any specifics on their explosive first date, but it sounds like there’s something—or should I say someone—else who will play a bigger role in potentially hurting Oliver and Felicity’s relationship this year. Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg talked about how they cast Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer, and how one of the key things they loved was his chemistry with Oliver’s Girl Wednesday. “[Brandon] actually did a chemistry test with Emily [Bett Rickards] and we didn’t have any doubt [before], but when everyone saw that, the two of them just jumped off the screen together. It’s funny because we had a picture of Stephen, Stephen’s headshot, and we had Emily’s headshot, and there was a blank on the board. Once you put Brandon’s up there, you’re like, ‘Oh yeah, these are two guys.'” So perhaps we’re worried about the wrong type of explosion?
Does Elam survive the bear attack? —Victor
It’s a good day to be a Hell on Wheels fans. This answer is a simple one: Yep.
One storyline that was being discussed involves Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette, and David McCallum all partaking in a crossover. As for the New Orleans show itself, don’t expect it to have the same feel as Washington. The writers are working to really infuse the stories with the local culture, not to mention that the New Orleans office doesn’t have nearly as many resources as Washington. Seriously, we’re talking like three or four people working hard.
I’m wondering what Kaling and the other writers have planned for the upcoming season of the Mindy Project now that her character and Danny are an item. Last season’s finale was arguably one of the series’ best episodes, but the show will lose a lot of its charm if these two remain blissfully coupled. Like in real life, people are far more boring once they’ve paired off. Also, Beverly deserves some more screen time. Will she get it? —John
I’ve got nothin’ on Beverly, but I can tell you a little something about all that Mindy-Danny business. It sounds like, at least for now, the couple is going to remain an item. However, if you’re worried about the show losing its hilarious date-of-the-week routine, there’s no need. Adam Pally told me all about Peter’s love interests this year, and it sounds like he will be quite the ladies man. “I think Peter’s going to pick up with a girl he met last year who had a kid played by the great Tracey Wigfield, who’s a writer on the show and who’s so hilarious, and then I think there probably will be a lot of love stories in store. I think one of the things Mindy [Kaling] wanted to do this season was kind of explore the single life through Peter since the Mindy character will now be domesticated,” he said.
Any Beauty and the Beast News? #batb —BarbaraAnn
Here’s a little something to hopefully hold you over: Remember Cat’s sister, Heather? Expect to see more of her in the future.
Julie Plec hinted at Comic Con that there would be something for Delena fans in the first few episodes of season six I’m wondering what that is maybe flashbacks between them or something of the sort? —Margarita
I’m setting up a chat with Plec in the next couple of weeks, so I’ll know more soon, but I did hear a little something about flashbacks to Elena and Damon’s summer of lovin’. You remember the one, yes? I can’t guarantee anything at this point, but I felt I owed you TVD fans something, so let’s hope I’m right.
I’d love some scoop on Sam in season 10 of Supernatural. Will he be having more of a central role, after being sidelined for much of the last season? Will he be the one who gets to save Dean? Thanks! —Frances
Fear not, Sam lovers! Despite Dean having such a big storyline with the whole being-a-demon-now thing, executive producer Jeremy Carver assured me that both brothers will get their share of screen time. “I know there’s always this concern of one brother having the story, one brother not having the story, but both brothers will very much be having stories,” Carver said. “It just so happens that at the beginning of this year, their stories very much revolve around the well being of each other, which we like.” As for those of you who went to Comic-Con, you saw footage from season 10 episode 3 in which the brothers finally come face-to-face. However, when asked if the brothers don’t see each other until the third hour, Carver said that was “Rightish.” So maybe those storylines will overlap sooner than we think!
#GreysAnatomy how will the season 10 cliffhangers affect Meredith? —Álaric
At this point, all I know is that this season is being labeled the season of Meredith, and considering the very exciting news that Kate Burton will reprise her role as Ellis Grey in a flashback or two, I’m betting the whole half-sister thing is going to be just as much on Mer’s mind as her troubles with McDreamy. Let’s just hope her new sibling gives us some more of those great Richard-Meredith bonding moments.
(Marc Snetiker contributed to this column.)