Before ABC decided to pull the plug on the rogue submarine spy-fi drama Last Resort, the writers were prepping for a full season order that would never come. Luckily, in the wake of the impromptu series finale, creator Shawn Ryan has revealed what would’ve come next.
The dense 13-episode run came to an end Thursday night, with a finale that was about as good as it could be as it tried to wrap up a million plot threads in one final hour. Though the big questions were answered and the drama came to a fitting end, Ryan admitted what we saw on screen was definitely not what they had originally planned.
To recap, the episode centered around a mutiny of the crew as a standoff with China comes to a head. The crew finally made it home in the end, though Andre Braugher’s Captain Marcus Chaplin went down with the ship to ensure it didn’t fall into enemy hands. Obviously the abrupt final act was rewritten to close the series out with a bang. So what did Ryan have in the pike for the back-nine episode order that never materialized?
He told HitFix:
“We talked a lot about the back-nine. We pitched it to the network back in September or October. That pitch was very well-received. We were about to dissolve the American blockade. In many ways, a lot of the first 13 episodes were about survival, and we were going to transfer in the last 9 to, ‘If survival isn't the main issue, if we're being left alone, what is this place?’ we were going to do the opposite, where all of a sudden, things are open on the island, and they've become icons for a certain segment of the world's population. All of a sudden, these boats arrive with people who want to be part of this movement. And what do you do about those people? Can those people be trusted? Is there an assassin among those people? One of those people was going to be Marcus's surviving son, who had always disagreed with him politically, but who now looked upon Marcus's actions as something admirable, even though Marcus thinks that his son was misconstruing that. There was going to be a woman with his son who would be a foil for Marcus, philosophically and romantically. We were going to do a much bigger story about how Christine gets saved. We were going to deal with the island and the fact that there were valuable minerals on it that needed to be saved, things like that. We had definite plans on where we were going to go.”
It sounds interesting, and it’s a shame the series had to wrap up early. Last Resort really found its footing just before the halfway mark and was poised to tell some interesting stories about the balance of power and the price of liberty. But now we’ll have to make due with the details Ryan is willing to reveal about what could’ve been.
What did you think of the finale? Was it a fitting end to the saga?