Timeless showrunners preview Flynn and Lucy's season finale showdown, key to ending Rittenhouse
Time is running out for the TimeTeam to tie up loose ends on Timeless. In Monday’s season finale, “The Red Scare,” will Lucy (Abigail Spencer) finally save her sister? Will Flynn (Goran Visnjic) ever save his family? Will the conspiratorial Rittenhouse fall once and for all? Will Wyatt (Matt Lanter) find redemption after having skipped out on the team? Will Rufus (Malcolm Barrett) survive?
EPs Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke can at least answer that last burning question. “We’ll address pretty quickly what his fate is,” Ryan says. “The injury will be much more of an obstacle in the finale. It’s about the consequences of that shooting and how the team addresses it from there.”
Instead of dwelling on Rufus’ survival, the finale will be about turning points for the characters as they realize they’ve been in this cat-and-mouse chase for too long. Flynn will want to take out Rittenhouse by crashing their summit in D.C. in 1954 — he learned the location during his last trip, to Chicago in 1931 — and blowing the entire party up in flames, but he’s also torn on how much this will accomplish. After all, he’s tried to take out Rittenhouse with bold plans before (remember the midseason finale?) and it’s only led to more death.
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“Flynn is in an interesting, conflicted position,” Kripke says. “He’s both incredibly driven, and he sees this potential solution to his problems right in front of him, but by the same respect, he’s having very reasonable doubts. Nothing he’s done so far seems to work. People just seem to keep getting hurt.”
And just like Flynn, Lucy’s feeling on the fence about her mission. She may not be driven by obsession and bloodlust, but she’s also lost family and her pain will inform her actions in the finale — including the way she acts toward Flynn in their final confrontation. “Lucy is having those same doubts because they’ve been going through these adventures throughout the season but no matter what they do, things don’t seem to change,” Kripke explains. “They seem to be going through the same cycle of violence, and Lucy, to her credit as the brilliant teacher she is, she’s really searching for a new solution.”
So what exactly will that solution be? Clues lie in Lucy’s familial history with Rittenhouse — as well as with Connor Mason (Paterson Joseph). Yes, the tech titan who turned his back on the team may also be key to a way out of the never-ending chase. “It certainly appears that Connor Mason is getting fully on board with Rittenhouse,” Ryan teases. “The noose is tightening around our heroes in that regard, but in the finale, Connor Mason wonders why that is.” Sounds like everyone’s on the verge of changing their minds…
Timeless airs Monday at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.