The finale to Colony's first season answered a lot of questions, but it opened up even more tantalizing new ones, so if you're struggling through the wait until season two debuts in 2017, we understand. Fortunately, the cast and creators were on hand at Comic-Con to offer some insight into the season one revelations, and tease what's to come when the series returns.
Executive producers Carlton Cuse and Ryan Condal joined stars Josh Holloway (Will Bowman), Sarah Wayne Callies (Katie Bowman), Tory Kittles (Broussard), Adrian Pasdar (Burgess), Peter Jacobson (Proxy Alan Snyder), and Amanda Righetti (Maddie), and while they were mum on the biggest burning questions (where's Charlie?), they offered plenty of tidbits on the road ahead for the Rap invasion and the human resistance.
[Warning: Season one spoilers ahead!]
Charlie's fate remains a mystery, but Bram will have a huge role this year.
While fans were treated with a hilarious spoof video that saw "Charlie" return home from the Santa Monica bloc a changed man (played by Kumail Nanjiani), Cuse and Condal declined to reveal any real details on the mystery of Katie and Will's missing son. However, they did reveal that the elder Bowman son, Bram, who went into the tunnel in the finale has a major role to play, and he's in for a rough ride. “Bram features very prominently in this season’s story,” Condal said. “He’s in a lot of trouble. It’s a harrowing tale for him.”
Katie is in more danger than ever.
Now that Katie's secrets have been discovered, our season one double agent is in the most precarious situation she's ever faced. “Katie is in a dangerous position because Will obviously figured out what was going on with the Raps and Katie at the end of the first season,” Callies said. “That may mean that other people that Will works with have an understanding of what’s going on, which puts her in a very dangerous position. Where we find Katie in the second season, she’s more vulnerable and alone than she’s ever been."
Callies explained that without the semblance of safety and protection that comes with being married to a military man, Katie may be forced into new alliances. "She’s alone, which makes you very vulnerable to being forced into collaboration.”
Season two will ramp up the science fiction elements.
For a show about an alien invasion, Colony's first season was notable scarce on actual aliens. We only caught a glimpse at one of the Raps in the season finale, but as Cuse pointed out on the panel, that was very much by design. "We saw the show has this great opportunity to tell this story about occupation and colonization," Cuse explained. "We thought science fiction would be a great way tell a contemporary version of that story." But for season two, you can expect an increase in the show's sci-fi elements. “The aliens were not a big part of the first season, but definitely the second season, there’s a lot more science fiction,” he said, while explaining that the show would maintain its narrative focus. “I don't want to say too much about the actual alien component of it, but we are definitely ramping up the science fiction side of things.”
It will also delve deeper into the dystopian elements.
The show is going to get darker and go deeper on the effects of living in a dystopian surveillance state. "We're really thematically interested in exploring the idea of the surveillance state and as the occupation grows and goes in deeper, you're going to see a greater level of oppression, more darkness, more dystopia within the Colony," Condal revealed. "Part of that is the Orwellian surveillance state and living under paranoia that they could be watching. They might be watching you right now, but you don't ever really know. We were interested in seeing the effect of that world on our characters."
The world of Colony is getting bigger.
We're going to see a lot more of the alien invasion and its different blocs in season two. Cuse noted that the segmented society was something of a social experiment and teased new information about the walls that divide it and the way different blocks are governed. “The world is going to open up a lot this year,” Condal said. “We’re going to see into Santa Monica, and we’re also going to see outside the Colony. There’s a story that takes place outside the walls.”