FALLING SKIES Noah Wyle and Will Patton Talk the Second and Third Seasons of the Show, the Audience Response and Possibility of Alien Invasions

     July 29, 2012

TNT’s hit sci-fi drama Falling Skies stopped by Comic-Con to talk about the current second season, the network’s renewal of the show for a third season and how inspiring it is to have the audience’s support.  You can check out our previous interviews with the Falling Skies cast here.  Noah Wyle and Will Patton completed the round table interviews, talking about what we can expect to see between their characters this season, the appearance of Weaver’s daughter and the possibility of an alien invasion.  Hit the jump to read the interview.

noah-wyle-falling-skies-interviewWhat else can we expect of Weaver and Tom in their relationship this season?

Noah Wyle: We were just talking about that.  I think these two characters have probably traveled farther than any other characters from where they were introduced, being on either side of a huge philosophical and ideological divide.  Over the course of the second season, we really start to grow closer and closer together with the understand that it’s the synthesis of these philosophies that are ultimately going to make us successful.  We can’t be too humanistic, we can’t be too militaristic.  It’s a civilian army, it’s an adolescent army; it’s going to require teaching skills and leadership skills, so there’s a nice bit of transference that’s happening depending upon what’s going on in a given episode.  We sort of alternate being mother and father to the 2nd Mass which I think is kind of cool.  And I really like, obviously…every day that I get to play with Will is a good day on set.  So, the closer they bring our characters together, the closer we get to be on set, makes the work that much more fun for me.

Will Patton: It’s mutual.

falling-skies-will-patton-interviewWhat has the third season pickup done for the cast in terms of confidence and also why do you think it’s connecting with the audience in ways shows like V did not?

Wyle: I’ll take a stab at it.  These things are often mercurial, and if we were able to identify it, then there would be a lot more successful shows on TV.  But my guess is, and I’m at a bit of a disadvantage because I’ve never watched V, but from feedback that I’ve received, is that the show feels very grounded.  It’s easy to identify with these characters, it’s easy to identify with loss and grief and his character reuniting with his daughter.  There are still a lot of elements of humanity with the backdrop of it being an alien invasion show.  The interpersonal relationships feel plausible, real and relatable.

Patton: That’s what I was thinking, too.  Something about real skin, real breath, dealing with these very adverse circumstances.  There’s a lot of soul to the show.  There’s something very soulful inside of who these people are, and it’s such an extreme situation and I think people can sort of relate to being in such an extreme situation now.

Wyle:  I was thinking that the other day.  That we’re filming this show about people who have lost everything that they used to define themselves up to this point.  They don’t have their homes, they don’t have their jobs, they don’t have their families.  This isn’t really science fiction.  A lot of people in this country are facing this situation and it’s reality.  It’s a lot more of a reality based show than I thought it was when I read the pilot.

falling-skies-noah-wyle-interviewWith all the advances we’ve made in communications and science, do you think we’re any closer to an actual alien invasion?

Patton: Hell yeah!

Wyle: I’d like to see one just to see how close we’ve come in all the various incarnations and iterations we’ve seen or whether they look like a big pile of linguine.  We have a bit of a cliffhanger at the end of the season that I can’t really talk about, but we’re going to introduce something new…


Wyle: It’s possible! Because we don’t know what it looks like because it hasn’t been designed yet. They’ve basically given us three sets of eye lines depending upon how tall it will be, or how wide it will be or whether it’s gelatinous.  We have no idea.

What did you think about showing Weaver’s daughter and then her disappearing? It was frustrating.

Patton:  I’m angry too!  Weaver is not giving up on that.  Of course, he’s in a situation where he has responsibility and he can’t just take off, but believe me, that’s really…

Wyle: I know that the creative powers that be saw that relationship for all its poignancy and it’s going to be revisited, my guess would be.

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