Roswell, New MexicoThe fourth season of wasn’t originally meant to be the last, but based on the events of Monday’s premiere, you’d have thought that was the plan all along.
Not only do everyone’s favorite small-town beauties stand at life-changing crossroads – including Max and Liz (almost!), who are getting engaged – but a trio of new alien villains introduced in the premiere plan to “make the exit,” an event , the show has directed with considerable anxiety in recent seasons. “This year we wanted to define what stepping out actually is,” executive producer Christopher Hollier tells TVLine.
Hollier can’t say more about stepping out just yet, but he promises the show will do so for him very soon. In the meantime, a lot has happened Roswell‘s main characters in the six months since we last saw them.
“Last year we decided they were all going to grow up, so now the question is what became of them,” says Hollier. We wanted the characters, especially Liz, to settle into their bliss, only to be a little itchy again now.”
Read on for our full Q&A with Hollier, including a glimpse into this week’s (many!) emotional upheavals:
TVLINE | OK, let’s talk about Liz and Max. How long are you going to make us wait before this proposal actually materializes?
Well, look, that’s such a big deal for people that age. They start mating, they start moving in together, and we look at all of those steps. We know that [the proposal is] a carrot, and it’s something that runs thematically and is played in many different ways.
TVLINE | I appreciated how clueless he was about the process every step of the way.
He’s a cowboy. As a species, we’re not very smart.
TVLINE | I also loved learning that Shiri Appleby is playing Liz’s mentor. That feels appropriate.
Yes, I loved working with Shiri. She is both creative and direct interspersed. I look forward to fans immersing themselves in it.
TVLINE | Seeing you on the back cover of a book was nice, but when are we going to see Dr. See Allie Meyers in person again?
“In the flesh” might give too much away. We do so many weird things on this show. I would say you should start looking for her sooner than you might expect.
TVLINE | And based on our brief encounter with her last season, it’s safe to say she knows aliens?
Yes, she knows enough to play in the pool of our story.
TVLINE | Isobel and Anatsa are my new favorite couple. Did she want to spill the alien beans before they got distracted?
Yes, she would come in. We wanted to burden them with that in a great way. When do you tell someone your secret? When do you really start letting someone in? Saying “I love you” entails so much.
TVLINE | I also enjoy watching Michael and Alex clumsily attempt to fuse their lives. Will this be a constant struggle for her?
We’re actually going to explore this couple in a very unusual way. I would argue that this episode really doesn’t even touch on what their story is, but it does set the table for where they are and how they’ve evolved emotionally. They are two people who now know they are in love. They know they want to be together. But just because you want something doesn’t mean there’s an easy way to get it. We have big plans for them, but we won’t reveal anything in Episode 1.
TVLINE | Alex was very cold because of this gazebo. I don’t know if I would have reacted so calmly.
[Laughs] No, I would have lost it. But that’s how much he loves Michael, come on.
TVLINE | And what about Mary? She mentioned that she’s still dating Gregory, but I definitely felt the chemistry between her and Dallas.
I mean, when you have such good people, it’s just brimming with chemistry. It’s something we hope fans will follow and have a say in. I’m curious how people feel about their interactions.
TVLINE | At least she’s on the rise medically.
She’s on the rise, but that was her superpower. Do you ever really want to lose this? We’ll play with that.
TVLINE | I know The CW has pointed out to you at one point that you might want to wrap things up. Do you expect fans to be happy with the tentative ending?
I think so. It was built knowing it could be an end. But it also leaves room for more, so I’m hoping they’ll call me to reboot the reboot someday.
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