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Orphan Black Creators Give Us Our First Image And Details From Season 2

And Fansplosions Abound

Orphan Black is set to premiere April 19, 2014 on BBC America and fans, myself included, have been anxiously waiting to see where the story will take us next. Hit the jump for what creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson have to say on that front plus check out our first picture from the new season featuring two Tatiana Maslanys

Orphan Black tells the story of Sarah Manning, played by Maslany, and the variety of clones she discovers exist (all played by the ridiculously talented Maslany). Season 1 follows her discovery of those clones, the realization of how different they all are, and the (probably) evil organization behind it all. The season ended with a reveal of yet another clone, Rachel, one which our protagonist isn’t too keen on.

Entertainment Weekly revealed this new image of Sarah and Rachel, and spoke with Fawcett and Manson about what it could mean.

“Our launching framework for season 2 is really the war between Sarah and Rachel,” said Fawcett. Manson said, “If Rachel launched the first volley in this war, this is one of Sarah’s steps in this war.”

While Helena was a main opposition for Sarah in Season 1, Rachel seems to have taken her place this time around. Fawcett said, “Even as a villain, Rachel is going to hold a lot of surprises for us. She’s been a really fun nemesis for Sarah.”

While we’ll get to know more about Rachel as time goes on, they also teased even more new clones showing up on the scene. But that doesn’t mean our old favorites are left behind. “one of the big things we’re going to have to deal with in season 2, which is finding its own twists and turns, is Cosima’s illness,” Fawcett told them, “And that is a very pressing bit of drama that is not just straight ahead. It’s got a lot of mystery to it. It’s got a lot of twists and turns to it and it is thematically a big part of season 2 also.”

The creators also said they’ve had to get a little sneaky thanks to the show’s rabid fan base.

“Our first audition scenes were up on the same day we put out the casting call,” said Manson, “We were like ‘Oh, I guess we better start cloaking these things or else we’re going to end giving away our secrets without telling anyone anything.'”

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."