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Image Credit: Eric McCandless/ABCAll that wine-guzzling is finally catching up to Brothers and Sisters‘ Walker clan: The entire family is about to lose a year of their lives! As I revealed in Ask Ausiello this week, the ABC drama will likely flash-forward 12 whole months between the May 16 finale and next season’s premiere. In this exclusive interview, executive producer David Marshall Grant reveals why a time jump is being considered and what the fallout would be for the Walkers.
What are the advantages to leaping forward?
DAVID MARSHALL GRANT: We all know that Rob [Lowe]‘s not coming back next year… [so Kitty] is going to be single next season. It’s going to be a little bit more of a nod to where we were in the first season with her dating. And when you add to that the possibility of jumping a year, it could be really good for us. Basically, by doing this all bets are off in terms of where everybody is.
Is there any chance you won’t do this?
GRANT: At this point the odds are strong that we will do [a jump] or something like that that would shake us up in some way.
A couple years ago this would be considered groundbreaking. But now that it’s been done on Desperate Housewives, Battlestar Galactica, and Lost, it feels like it’s becoming a bit of a gimmick. Is that a concern?
GRANT: That’s a problem with television in general in the sense that it’s very hard to come up with something new. So much has been done over the years — and done well. You always battle that “it’s been done before” notion. It’s all about the execution. An idea can be interpreted as a gimmick but if it’s executed in a way that creates new and exciting stories then it becomes worth it and people forget it was done a thousand times before.
With Gilles Marini returning as a series regular, is it safe to say Sarah would be more settled in her relationship with Luc after the jump?
GRANT: Yes. We’ll be exploring Kitty as a single woman and Sarah and Luc as a couple.
Brothers & Sisters Finale: Who’s Going to Die?
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Brothers & Sisters’ Walker family has overcome cancer and a miscarriage this season, and it has dealt with the loss of the family business. What else could go wrong?
From the look of the promos for Sunday’s Season 4 finale (10/9c on ABC) — a lot. The episode includes a massive car accident, and it appears that at least one Walker won’t survive. So, who?
Well, the show can’t go on without Mama Nora (Sally Field). Who would hold everyone together? “She is there to save her family, and I think in the finale, she is mostly invested in making sure the family stays together,” executive producer David Marshall Grant tells TVGuide.com.
With Nora through the episode is Sarah (Rachel Griffiths), as the two join Kitty (Calista Flockhart) on the campaign trail. Based on what Grant has planned for Sarah and Luc (Gilles Marini, who reportedly will be a series regular in Season 5), Sarah seems an unlikely candidate for a dirt nap.
“I think there’s a lot in their future,” Grant says. “I think as Sarah fell in love with Luc, so did the family and so did America. He’s such a great, charismatic guy. We’re going to definitely leave them on a high note. He’s been great for Sarah.”
On a similar note, Grant says, are Kevin (Matthew Rhys) and Scotty (Luke MacFarlane), who found out their surrogate is pregnant. Grant says while biology takes it course, Kevin and Scotty will help Uncle Saul (Ron Rifkin) explore opening a restaurant. But, Grant teases, “they go through a very intense story as well.”
Justin (Dave Annable) and Rebecca (Emily VanCamp), meanwhile, consider a trial separation to deal with their growing marital problems. “They are both starting to see very different futures for themselves,” Grant says. “I don’t think it’s in any way a question of their love — the clearly love each other. They just have two different ideas of how they want to live their lives. I think that’s often the case with young couples: You just have to figure out how you’re going to do it together.”
That leaves us with Robert, played by Rob Lowe, whose announced departure from the show make him the most obvious candidate to die. And considering Robert’s recent dealings with Bill Stanton (Patrick St. Esprit), who Robert was trying to catch in a political corruption scheme, there are plenty of ways for Robert to leave the show — alive or dead.
“This situation with Stanton could turn dangerous for him,” Grant says. “He also certainly has his health to worry about, which has been an ongoing issue for him. And we have the relationship between Kitty and Robert, which has been up and down and could certainly hit a crisis if the situation with Stanton became a problem for Kitty’s campaign. There are many options, and we had a lot of fun with that in the finale.”
Even so, Grant says there will be a possibility for Lowe’s character to return in some capacity in the future.
So, who’s going to die? Since Grant confirms that the show is considering a significant jump forward in time between seasons, it really could be anybody.
“As we approach next season, we’re going to see people in very different circumstances,” Grant says. “Regardless of whether we jump a year, I still think we’re going to be in the position to shake things up. But if we do choose to do that, then all bets are off.”
The possible time jump won’t keep the show from producing a juicy cliff-hanger, Grant says, adding: “A lot of things are going to finally become clear to the audience, and at the same time, we’re going to be left with a lot of mysteries.”