‘Falling Skies’ Comic-Con Interview: Drew Roy and Sarah Carter Talk Character Evolution and Romance

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As Falling Skies comes to an end this season, it’s impossible to miss the evolution that each and every one of the surviving characters has undergone. For Sarah Carter, she’s grateful to have played a character like Maggie, who has undergone a lot of growth.

“I never know what scene they’re going to come up with for the next episode, what direction they’re going to take Maggie in, what conflict is she going to be confronting,” she told us at a roundtable interview at Comic-Con. “I’m grateful they’ve done a great job of being pretty thorough with why she makes the choices she makes, and that she really goes deep. It’s a great season for Maggie, and it gets even better in the middle of the season.”

While it certainly hasn’t been easy for Hal Mason and Maggie on Falling Skies, especially with this not-so-popular love triangle between the pair and Hal’s brother, Ben (that will soon come to an end), one thing has remained the same for Hal: He’s in love with Maggie.

“At the end of the day, Hal is just head over heels for Maggie,” Drew Roy told us at a roundtable interview at Comic-Con, “and as much as he wants to say, this, that or the other, that’s just the truth of it. The same thing goes for his brother, Ben, as well. The two closest things Hal has in his life are his family and his closest friends and lovers. So it’s quite the conflict that he has going on.”

Roy said that Hal has been dealing with the realization that what’s transpired falls on him, and that he understands that he needs to just let things be. But it’s not as easy as it sounds in theory.

“He just has to put it out there once more like, ‘Look, here’s where I am. If you can be here with me, fantastic, if not I completely understand.’ It’s just tough,” said Roy.

 

With the series nearing its end, fans have to wonder if the series finale will leave them satisfied and give them closure.

“I sure hope so,” Roy said. “We’re invested in it as much as the fans are. We were all hoping for the best to happen in the end.”

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Here’s the full interview with Drew Roy and Sarah Carter below:

So your character (Maggie) has really evolved from season 1 to now. There’s such a conflict with your character this season. How has it been for you as an actress to play that? 

Sarah: It’s been great. I never know what scene they’re going to come up with for the next episode, what direction they’re going to take Maggie in, what conflict is she going to be confronting. I’m grateful they’ve done a great job of being pretty thorough with why she makes the choices she makes, and that she really goes deep. It’s a great season for Maggie, and it gets even better in the middle of the season.

How has it been for your character (Hal)? You were resistant at first and then you guys got together and now this whole battle between you and Ben between Maggie. How has that been for you playing that animosity between brothers?

Drew: At the end of the day, Hal is just head over heels for Maggie, and as much as he wants to say, this, that or the other, that’s just the truth of it. The same thing goes for his brother, Ben, as well. The two closest things Hal has in his life are his family and his closest friends and lovers. So it’s quite the conflict that he has going on. I tried to play with this thing of, ‘Okay, we just have to let it be what it is. I saved her life by putting the spikes in her and then what ended up happening was that drew her to my brother. So it’s sort of my fault. Just let it be. But it’s easier said than done. When he sees it over and over and over again, he just has to put it out there once more like, ‘Look, here’s where I am. If you can be here with me, fantastic, if not I completely understand.’ It’s just tough.

Do you feel the end of the series gives the fans what they need? 

Drew: I sure hope so. We’re invested in it as much as the fans are. We were all hoping for the best to happen in the end.

Sarah: We were all coming up with our own stories.

Drew: We’d have our own ideas, just different little things here and there. At the end of the day we wrap up the whole thing. We don’t leave anything hanging.

Sarah: You’re the one who wanted everyone to die, right?

Drew: Yeah.

Sarah: Drew wanted everyone to die.

Drew: I wanted everyone to die. Slowly but surely. Like everyone, all of them. Only Weaver was the last one, and then a heart attack takes him down, and he’s done.

Sarah: My idea was that there would be a baby crying at the end. Like Weaver thinks he’s the last man standing, and then he kills himself, and then everybody hears a baby crying. And you’re like, ‘Oh no!’

Drew: That would’ve been kind of fun.

Within the first two episodes there’s been reference of the global existence, and I was wondering if there’s I guess if more of the characters will be involved with finding the resistance across the globe? Maybe some additional characters coming in from those other pockets of resistance.

Drew: We’ll hear from them throughout the season. We’ll have trouble getting in contact with them; there will be different things that sort of slow down this collective group that could come together and really be a force to be reckoned with. But we will meet new characters and that’ll help push whoever the final people are remaining forward to see what they can do.

With the series wrapping this season what’s been your favorite part about working on the show?

Sarah: My answer stays the same; it’s just the people. The people and the crew. I like that it’s a huge action show. I like the capture-the-flag aspect.

Drew: The people and doing these action sequences is crazy. I mean you kind of forget that, too, I don’t if working on another show has made an impression on you or not –

Sarah: Yeah.

Drew: But it doesn’t really register with me until I’m talking to another friend who’s on another show who’s watching an episode. He’s like, ‘Dude, your guys’ sets are crazy. What you do on it is nuts.’ I’m like, ‘It is, isn’t it?’

Falling Skies airs Sundays at 10/9c on TNT.

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