For the second year in a row, the time travel drama Timeless found itself cancelled this past June, only for NBC to once again offer it a reprieve. However, unlike last year when the show was granted a new season, this time the revival is limited to just two episodes – albeit ones which the producers can use to give the show a fitting conclusion.
During an interview with Collider, executive producer Eric Kripke has been giving an update on the finale episodes, revealing that production is set to get underway this October.
“It’s basically the equivalent of two episodes. As a matter of fact, we tried, at one point, to do one long historical period to last over two hours, and then eventually, Arika wisely said, ‘Why are we doing this? Why don’t we just do what we always do, which is spend an hour in two different time periods?’ And so, though they’re connected and though it’s one long mythology story that plays over both, they really are, in effect, two time periods of Timeless that they visit, and we’ll shoot each one. We shot 8-day episodes, and this will be a 16-day shoot. It will be exactly like two more episodes of the show.”
Kripke went on to reveal that while the episodes will give closure to the story, the door is also being left open, should the show manage to score a revival from NBC or any other outlet at some point in the future.
“There’s a certain amount of shocking turns, and we tried to let it build to something and provide a certain amount of closure, and give you a sense of where these characters go. We tried to put a period at the end of the sentence, but not so much that the door isn’t open for further adventures, down the road. Anything is possible. I’m really proud of that show. These are some scary times, and I think that show is a force of positivity, and inclusion and diversity, in a world that, frankly, desperately needs it. I’m really proud of the message of that show. I’m proud of its heart. And everyone else who works on it feels the same. I think we’d be happy to find a way to continue that story.”
As yet, there’s no word as to when exactly we’ll get to see the Timeless finale, but the episodes are expected to air at some point before the year is out.