This post contains spoilers for the first season of Orphan Black, and includes speculation on Season 2.
The gripping, edgy, mind-bending, wild, funny, unpredictable, exciting Orphan Black is primed for its new season. Debuting on April 19 on BBC America, the early buzz on this new season promises to make the jaw-dropping season one look like a Disney adventure. Or as actress Maria Doyle Kennedy, who plays the infamous and indomitable foster mom, Mrs. S., put it to Entertainment Weekly Radio, “Season 2 is like Season 1 on crack.” You can hear her entire interview on the Inside TV podcast.
Where did we leave off?
When last we left Sarah and Beth and Katja and Alison and Cosima and Helena and Rachel, all living clones were at a cataclysmic juncture. Alison had watched her frenemy Aynsley choke to death in the kitchen without giving aid then signed her life and her family over to the dubious “protection” of the nefarious Dyad Institute before reconciling with her estranged husband Donnie, only for the audience to see Donnie meet the dodgy Doctor Leekie and prove once and for all that he’s been Alison’s Dyad Institute monitor all this while. Cosima has reconciled with Dyad spy Delphine and together the two scientists have unearthed a patent woven into the clone’s DNA, which confirms beyond a doubt that the clones are considered property, not humans with inalienable rights. She warns Sarah in time to keep her from capitulating to pro-clone Rachel’s demands while caught up in the emotional upheaval following Sarah’s killing of her troubled, murderous clone and actual blood sister, Helena. Cosima has also realized she’s contracted the same blood disease that was killing clone Katja before clone Helena killed Katja more directly with a shot to the head.