The final moments of ‘Timeless’ Season 2 were full of more than a few shockers, and the series’ co-creator Shawn Ryan reveals the thinking behind the episode’s biggest reveals, what they mean for (the potential) Season 3, and how superfan Kelly Clarkson could become a part of the series.
‘Timeless’ spoilers ahead! Read at your own risk!
According to the Ryan, the finale twists weren’t planned until about midway into the second season:
“Around episode 7 and 8, we started talking about how we wanted to finish. So when we got to these last two episodes, we had a good idea what we wanted to do with Wyatt and Jessica, the killing of Carol and Nicholas, how we wanted to progress the Wyatt-Lucy relationship, and what we wanted to do with Rufus. We knew very early on in the season that we wanted to do this prophecy of Rufus dying and then actually live up to it, but the biggest twist, the one at the end of the future Wyatt and Lucy, was one of the pieces that we broke really late in the game.”
The finale sets up Emma as the big bad for Season 3 but her commitment to Hulu’s ‘The Runaways’ may prove to be a bit difficult in how involved the character can be next season:
“… Annie, who has been amazing, is a series regular on Marvel’s The Runwaways [on Hulu.] She was a recurring guest star for us this season, so we’d have to see what her schedule is going to be and if she’d be open to coming back. We have to wait until we hear about a Season 3 pickup before we can have any of those conversations. If we can get her, I imagine we’d proceed with her, but if we can’t then we’d figure out going in another direction. I look at these business kind of things as a way to push you creatively.”
While the twist was unexpected, there actually was another ending the writers had planned that would drive a Season 3 arc:
“The initial plan was that Season 3 would answer how…when you have a time travel show and can go back and change history, you want to be careful with the deaths you present on the show because there’s always the thought that they may not be permanent because you can go back and tweak things. Our initial plan was, they are hell-bent on a way to save him in Season 3 but then when the pitch came in to have the second lifeboat arrive, it was a great idea. When I first heard the pitch I thought, “Wow that’s actually really cool because we can actually go through with killing Rufus but still have some hope at the end.” It felt like a great emotional finish for all the turmoil that we put Lucy and Wyatt through earlier in the season — and it gives us a ton of juicy moments to explore in Season 3.”
As for that ending, Ryan has assured we haven’t seen the last of this particular Lifeboat pilot:
“The final line of Season 2 is, “You want to get Rufus, or what?” I think that implies that they are going to try and turn the clock back on Rufus’ killing. So I think it’s safe to assume they are at least going to attempt to do that.”
Regarding other Season 3 reveals, Ryan remains cautious:
“Well, I’m reluctant to say too much about Season 3 — not because I want to keep secrets from people, but because I know things can change. At the end of Season 1, we had a lot of Season 2 planned, but a lot of that changed by the time we actually started crafting the episodes. I’d be lying if I said I knew for sure what happens in Season 3 because you’re always one writer’s idea away from heading in a completely different direction. If and when we get the greenlight for Season 3, we’ll assemble the team and see where we end up.”
And how does Kelly Clarkson fit into ‘Timeless’? The ‘Voice’ coach has been a very big part of the #RenewTimeless campaign (along with Leslie Jones) and when asked if Ryan would consider having her on the show, he replied:
We totally should! At the very least, she should be an alias.
No word has been given if NBC will renew another season of ‘Timeless,’ so if you want to see more of the time travelling team, make sure you continue to tweet to @NBC on why they need to #RenewTimeless!