Brothers & Sisters Season 5 Spoilers: 1 Year Time Jump!

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by Michael Ausiello

brothers-sistersImage 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?
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?
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?
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?
Yes. We’ll be exploring Kitty as a single woman and Sarah and Luc as a couple.

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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

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.

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“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.”

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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.

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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.”

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  1. Edy

     /  July 19, 2010

    I love Robert (Rob Lowe) and without him the show is gonna suck. U should have killed off Justin or Saul. What happened to Ryan in the middle of season 4? Ryan’s character sucks!!!

  2. claire

     /  July 21, 2010

    I loved loved loved this season please tell me when the next will be out!!!

  3. chris

     /  August 13, 2010

    you kill Robert then what? he is the life of the party!

  4. Am Brothers n Sisters’ biggest fun n am going 2 miss Robert alot more than Kitty will

  5. When is series 5 showing in the UK. It is the best show on TV. I love Luc but Nora is the star of the show holding the family together. Series 4 was the best so far, this show just gets better with every series!

  6. Wambui Waigwa

     /  August 27, 2010

    pls save Robert and Holly..,

  7. Wambui Waigwa

     /  August 27, 2010

    i hate to imagine season five without Robert..,Grant honestly it will be so boring..,then Episode 18 instead of 22..duh????

  8. Marcos

     /  August 27, 2010

    Well, I’m very excited about the new season and hopefully Robert won’t die. It would be a pity the show start without him. He is one of the greatest characters of the show. It would definitely make a greater impact on the show. So please consider about not taking Robert out of the act. Yeah Rob Lowe we need you on season 5. Brazil is waiting for Season 5.

  9. Hope

     /  August 30, 2010

    it will be so bad to not see Robert in season 5. I love him so much and his character helps in making the series a lot fun. please save him and let saul die. pls save Robert.

  10. i am so in love with brothers n sisters…..Kevin cracks me up…Sarah is quite a charactor too….Nora is a pure star….i am going to miss robert but i think kitty will be just fine without him…..roll on season five…..

  11. I found out a cheat way to see who dies and who doesn’t. 😛 go to imdb site and search for Brothers and Sisters. Then look under season 5 and see which main characters are on the cast list and who isn’t =P

    I’m not too fussed if Robert goes. I do like him though. To be honest as long as there will be about another 5 seasons or so I don’t care. I love this program I have the box sets and seen the whol 4 seasons 3 times already.

    Season 5 begins this month! BRING IT ON!

  12. Alex Kiarie

     /  September 7, 2010

    grant u suck big tym,hw cn u kill the juice of the whole thng?Robert shud have neva died,u just suck,season 5 is nt worth my tym!!!!!!!!!

  13. Nikki

     /  September 17, 2010

    I think that it was a mistake to kill off Rob Lowe

  14. Lesley

     /  September 22, 2010

    I’m in the UK and absolutley love Brothers and Sisters. Its one of my favourite programmes ever. I am sorry that Robert dIes, I loved him and Kitty together but I’ll get over it much easier than if I had no Brothers and Sisters at all. Roll on next year and season 5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Bring it on! – If a dirty deed must be done – so be it
    Please do not kill BROTHERS AND SISTERS.

  16. olive bouquillion

     /  September 26, 2010

    It seems that everyone who watches this show is illiterate. Too much drama for me. I can’t stand Justin. What a pain in the butt. I don’t know how Rebecca can stand him.

  17. karen bryce

     /  October 4, 2010

    Can anyone tell me when series 5 will be shown in the UK. Miss this show so much. Love it, Love it, Love it

  18. jennie

     /  October 6, 2010

    please help in love with brothers and sisters and really need to no when season five is going to be on air

  19. MARIA

     /  October 9, 2010


  20. melanie

     /  October 15, 2010

    series 5 airs in the uk on channel more4 in january 2011 : )

  21. Lesley

     /  October 21, 2010

    I am in awe of Nora. She is my role model and she gives me the words for my children when I am stuck! This show is written for me I cry every episode and again Nora is brilliant!

  22. Zeanne

     /  October 29, 2010

    I am only 12 but totally in love with Rob Lowe. Why did he have to die? I cant take it. Please help!

  23. oluwayemisi

     /  November 5, 2010

    Justin and Nora you the bomb ………………………….unh

  24. oluwayemisi

     /  November 5, 2010

    Justin and Nora you are the bomb ………………………….unh

  25. Dorothy Harper

     /  November 16, 2010


  26. Tasha

     /  November 26, 2010

    I love brothers & sisters and cant wait for the new series to start. I cryed my eyes out at the end of the last episode Robert cant die!! I love him!!!

  27. Paula Koima

     /  December 9, 2010

    kill robert, i never really liked him, he was too boring for me. keep uncle saul.

  28. Laura

     /  January 6, 2011

    I love robert and kitty’s relationship and they have baby evan so robert can’t die?!
    I am in love with justin, not so much rebecca…
    I am crazy for this show, its genius and im addicted!!!!!!
    does anyone know an exact date this month (jan) when it is on more4 in the uk. (time would help too!)

  29. Emma

     /  January 8, 2011

    Can anyone please tell me if there is a new series showing in the UK in 2011? I know the last series is being re-run on C4 at the moment?

  30. Emma

     /  January 8, 2011

    Previous messages say January on More4 but its not on Sky’s guide?????? I desperately do not want to miss the start!!


     /  January 13, 2011

    Thursday 20th January More4 10pm apparently! Yay, can’t wait!

  32. Isabel

     /  April 6, 2011

    Only Nora and Rob made this show interesting. Kitty and Sarah too. In fact, the show started out dull until they added Rob. Please don’t kill off Rob…any of the other guys could go but not him! lol

  33. matt

     /  May 30, 2011

    never seen a TV series with such good actors based upon the story of a family.Actress sally Field is outstanding as is rachel Griffith. Good actors: Matthew Rhys, Rob Lowe (gone and dead) and excellent actor Dave Annable, who actas better in every new episode. The series should not end…

  34. Marie

     /  September 1, 2011

    I keep looking at the TV listings and want to know when the next season is to start on UK TV. I was totally addicted to this show and was heartbroken when it finished. I dont have sky so I want dont want to miss it on More4. I love the whole family thing and Sally Fields is brilliant.

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