The Family Season 2 revealed? ABC may have cancelled The Family after one low-rated season, but series creator Jenna Bans has given fans some kind of closure by telling TVGuide where the story would have gone in Season 2, had it dodged the reaper:
“We pitched Season 2 to the network and they had a great response,” Bans told TVGuide.com prior to the show’s cancellation on Thursday. “If anything, we feel like we have even more stories for next year. We’ve taken them to the point where the stakes for each of them could not be higher, so we’d be really happy if we could get a Season 2.”
So Adam is alive. Was that always the plan?
Jenna Bans: It was always the plan. Obviously you and I had chatted about [if he was dead] before. Basically there are cliff-hangers going on and I went into a fugue state when you asked me if he was dead. [Laughs] The second thing was we were in a bit of a Jon Snow position because we’re obviously as popular as Game of Thrones! You don’t want to do a disservice to the audience and hem and haw and be vague about an answer like that, because audiences today are smart enough to know that any dancing around the topic means definitive confirmation that he’s alive. He is alive. We always knew he was alive. And we always knew we wanted that to be the last moment of the season finale.
There were hints that he might not be dead. Doug (Michael Esper) said he “took care of it,” which could’ve meant he killed Adam or he locked him away elsewhere.
Bans: Exactly. I think what you see in terms of the flashbacks in the finale is that Doug — and none of our characters — is not exactly perfect in whether they do good things or bad things. Doug fits that mold too in that he is a monster and a kidnapper and a pedophile. I don’t think he really thought it through when he put two boys down there. Now that they’re older and we see present-day Adam in the bunker flashbacks so driven and determined to escape at all costs, it was basically a constant struggle for Doug. These are two relatively strong teenage boys that could overpower him, and they almost did if Ben hadn’t freaked out and ruined the moment. I think Doug was smart enough to realize, given the opportunity to take Adam away after he got that injury and spiked a fever, he couldn’t put him back down there. There’s a lot we haven’t seen in terms of where Doug took Adam and where he’s been the in the few months. That would be something to explore Season 2. Our fans are smart. They were guessing that [Adam was alive].
Where are they driving to? Adam is threatening to come back home.
Bans: Jane is driving to Canada. She’s trying to get across the border. Jane’s single thought is about her baby right now and she knows she’ll be in major trouble once the authorities get involved. She made one big mistake for a guy she loved. I think Adam doesn’t know his plan yet. He’s gotten out and they’ve been driving for about 18 hours and I think he’s seen enough news coverage over the election to know Ben has stolen his life. Obviously it’s a huge shock to him and so I don’t think he knows his true plan yet. Season 2 would be about his plan. Right now he’s on the run. Ben has not only stolen his life but he’s stolen it in a very public way since his mother is a newly elected high-ranking government official.
How much of a Season 2 do you have planned out? Do you know when Ben and Adam would come face-to-face?
Bans: We do. We would do that sooner rather than later. We’re not going to draw out the idea that Adam is out there and not coming back. He’s going to come back soon. But it comes with a twist. We’ve been able to plan and structure a season in a way that would allow for Adam to come back to the Warrens’ lives and for the murder mystery to be wrapped up quickly. We revealed Adam was Ben pretty early on this year and we would take a page from that model. We bring Adam back, but that would turn into a different story. We have it loosely sketched out.
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We’ll monitor the graveyard should The Family resurrect elsewhere for Season 2…