[Warning: General spoilers ahead.]
Premiere week for Haven 5B has arrived and we have some advance goodies for you.
The two-hour premiereÂ is the firstÂ two episodes, “New World Order” and “Power,”Â and picks up right at the moment we last left off. Except now,Â the main crew plus the town itself areÂ in a pickle becauseÂ a whole new world of TroublesÂ has beenÂ unleashed and nobody can leave. That’s going to go as well as you think, but the teamÂ decides to face it down with a new transparency, which is a bit revolutionary this far into the show.
I’m happy to see everybody back on board, and I’m hopeful that the 13 left will have a fixed conclusion, as the cancellation wasn’t a complete surprise after all. We had the chance to chat with Emily Rose and Adam Copeland on a conference call last week, and this morning, I spoke one on one with Lucas Bryant. We’ll have those full interviews soon, but the key takeaway from talking with all three is that theyÂ knew going into these episodes that this would be it, so that was present of mind. Each kept a production slate as a memento–Rose and Copeland from their last scenes, and Bryant from the episode he directed.
Here’s what each had to say about being able to go out with “the end”Â in mind vs. wrapping up with an open-ended finale followed months later by a cancellation.
“We were [aware]. We couldn’t talk about it. I knew that it was more than a possibility,Â from the beginning of doing the last 26, really. I was thankful that we had that knowledge. We had a long time to celebrate the end. We also knew that nothing was for certain, especially in this industry, so we weren’t 100% that it was the end, but we had the directive to ‘wrap it up,’ so I think that was a gift in many ways. It was probably a nightmare for Matt [McGuinness] and Gabby [Stanton].
To have that long, knowing that we were heading toward something, gave us all sorts of story potential and character potential [and] personal time to go through the grief and to really appreciate each other and [that we were] finishing rather than [to] just be surprised with a phone call that it was over. Thank God that didn’t happen. I think for fans, too, thank God, that we got to do all that you’re going to see.”
“The cool thing about this season…contrary to what was initially put out there, is that…our planners were really planning for it to be the end. We were, from the beginning, speaking with [Matt] and [Gabrielle] about where these characters would land. [We] we were treating…the end [as] a series finale. Itâ€™s always been in the plan.
“It was a tough process because I found myself being satisfied in a lot of ways and being sad in a lot of ways and having to kind of examine, ‘am I bummed about this aspect because I just donâ€™t want to say goodbye to this person, this character Iâ€™ve gotten to live with so long?’ But I do think, looking back on it and being…nine months away from that experience of shooting those final episodes, I really do feel a sense of satisfaction and nostalgia when I think about filming those last couple episodes.
There was good closure. [I] do think thereâ€™s going to be fun speculation at the end. I think every good show has a bit of that intrigue that they still leave you with because at the core of our show is the mystery. So thereâ€™ll always be things that I think will leave the fans being able to [wonder], ‘Well what about this, and what about this?’ But itâ€™s not any massive questions [left open. I] feel like itâ€™s just more like the kind of questions you want to be thinking about and leaving it up to the audience so that they can…carry that journey on however they would like to in their minds.”
“I think you never absolutely…100 percent of the time get everyone to agree, ‘OK…that was perfect.’ Itâ€™s just impossible. Thereâ€™s too many jaded people in the world. But I can say that it feels like the knots were tied [in the finale]. It doesnâ€™t feel like there [are]Â loose ends, which I think was important to all of us. From the creative standpoint, from the performing standpoint, the last thing you want is like, ‘Yes, but what about?’ And I donâ€™t think there is that, personally.”
Check back Wednesday for aÂ proper preview of the Haven premiere, which begins Thursday night at 10/9c (opposite a ton of other TV, so plan accordingly!)
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