It’s here! It’s finally here!
I know you Faenatics have been waiting patiently for the latest Lost Girl Talk, especially given what went down in “Family Portrait.” So that’s why I’m so happy to report it has finally arrived and with lots of juicy tidbits and explanations in tow!
Without further ado, here’s Michael Grassi’s answers to our burning “Family Portrait” questions. Spoilers ahead, obviously.
First off, can you confirm that Trick and Aife are dead? Because they sure looked like it, but who’s to know on this show!
Michael Grassi: As heartbreaking as it is, Trick and Aife are dead. When we pick up next week, we’ll see how Bo, and the rest of the gang, deal with losing a grandfather and a mentor.
You wrote this episode. How did the writers’ room decide upon the family portrait set-up? Because it was truly horrifying and not in the way Pink might have made us expect.
Love that Pink song. All my teenaged angst came rushing back just at the thought of it. All joking aside, complicated families are relatable. And that’s what the episode is about.
This story, including that portrait sequence, was something we knew we needed to tell from Day 1 in Season 5. Bo grappling with different narratives of her past. And when she makes a choice and decides to cut her father out of her life, quite literally, he takes action against her in the most horrifying way possible (using the ancient dagger from the emancipation in Episode 108). He knows family is important to Bo. The family she chooses. And he’ll do anything to take it all away. Jack has always had a dramatic way about him, even when he pulled strings from behind the scenes in Seasons 3 and 4. This is by far his most horrific move yet. But, there are still three episodes left….
My initial thought for the portrait of death was Lost Girl goes Hannibal, which is a departure for us in terms of darkness. Our art department executed something truly tragic and haunting. Something that will disturb Bo, and our audience, in a profound way.
How did Rick and Inga react when you told them about this twist?
MG: First off, I need to say how talented and generous these actors are. Rick has been a tremendous part of the show since Day 1, on screen and off screen. I talked to Rick before publishing the script and we had a great conversation about Trick’s role in our world, and the impact he’s had on Bo’s life and journey. We wanted to tell a big story with Rick’s character this season, and we had to do it right. I’ll never forget being on set for the scenes with Rick and Anna in his lair (one of my favorite sets!). You could feel the unresolved issues from the past five seasons simmering. Rick, always a great actor, delivered his strongest performance on the show.
And Inga! I was a huge fan when I saw her in Season 1. When we talked about bringing her back, it had to be for the right story. With Bo’s dad finally in the picture, this was our chance to tell a new story with this character. As always, she blew us away. The chemistry with her and Anna is perfection.
Jack’s reason for killing Trick and Aife is obvious, but why did you guys decide to do it with multiple episodes left in the season? What can possibly come after this?
The story is far from over. So much happens. You’ll have to watch.
I was on set for this day of filming and I remember Inga mentioning she loved her black dress so much. Do you know if she got to keep it?
Our costume deisgner, Noreen, is so wonderful and generous! I can’t imagine Inga walked away empty handed.
While we lost two people, we may be gaining a new one as it looks like Tamsin is pregnant. What can you say about the mini Jack in her …. uh, box, and what’s next, in general, for Tamsin?
Tamsin has been through a lot this season. But she’s strong, and smart, and stubborn and bold. I can’t tell you what’s next for her, but it’s a big story. It brings everything full circle.
Rachel delivered one of her most powerful performances to date in this episode. Especially the moment when she realizes what happened to her. Heartwrenching.
Lauren seemed quick to forgive Tamsin for sleeping with Bo. Where is that coming from emotionally? Was it her trying to be the bigger person, or her being legitimately over Bo? Because the latter seems unlikely.
She was being the bigger person.
All of these people have been through so much together. To see Tamsin and Lauren connecting over beers is important to the season, and shows their growth since the beginning of 501. They’re both smart, strong women. And they have an understanding.
Of course, they’re still feeling all of the emotions that come with having a mutual love interest. But they’re being bigger people about it. It’s particularly emotional and loaded to see Lauren be there for Tamsin as she goes through something difficult. And, Rachel and Zoie really spark in scenes together.
What can you tell us about next week’s episode?
It deals with the aftermath of Trick and Aife’s deaths, of course. There are so many surprises I don’t want to give away. Let’s talk after you’ve seen it!
Lost Girl airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Showcase in Canada.
Head back to Cinefilles next week for our next post-show Q&A with Michael.