Whispers, Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 04/03/13


This week, we have more news and spoilers about upcoming books, Once Upon a Time, Doctor Who (whose return last weekend Heather S. Vina will be reviewing again), sci-fi series, and Supernatural. You can access previous spoilers columns here. This week, we feature Game of Thrones, which came back last Sunday with season three, and our publisher Silvia Moreno-Garcia‘s reviews of it, which started this week on Mondays. The show has already been renewed for a fourth season.

Horrific Reads, Bloody Off the Press
By Nathaniel Katz

The week’s biggest releases are, this time around, rereleases. We begin with Kenneth Cook’s Wake in Fright, a classic Australian novel of horror in the Outback. Since its debut, the novel has gone on to generate a film of the same title and it is now back in print. Next, there is They Thirst, Robert McCammon’s fourth novel, a vampire tale that Subterranean Press is bringing back. The traditional and deluxe hardcover are to come, but an ebook is available now.

Then there is the small matter of Thomas Ligotti. Ligotti may be, in this release-cataloger’s opinion, the greatest living writer of horror, a man whose work unfortunately goes out of print and soars in price moments after publication. Death Poems went through that cycle. It’s a powerful volume of nihilistic poetry in the same vein as his horror work, but its original release from Durtro now commands prices well over a hundred dollars. Its reissue from Bad Moon Backs, therefore, is a matter that leaves me somewhere beyond (nihilistically?) ecstatic, and the additional section is not the least of the reasons why. The volume is available for preorder in an affordable paperback (a rarity among Ligotti’s oeuvre), a signed hardcover, and a deluxe hardcover with additional illustrations.

A duo of new releases – genuine new releases rather than reissues now – rounds the week off. In The Darkest Lullaby, Jonathon Janz bring us to the new home of expectant mother Ellie and her husband Chris, and then brings tragedy home to the happy couple. Dana Fredsti’s Plague Nation, meanwhile, follows the zombie outbreak in Plague Town, with the undead now appearing all over the country. Ashley Parker, immune to the virus, is recruited to stand against them.

Once Upon a Time (Sunday nights, 8pm, ABC)
By Heather S. Vina

Not a whole lot of worded spoilers this week but several photo spoilers of different shoots!

YVRShoots has up some behind the scenes photos of Neverland shots, featuring a “way-too-spoilery to-share scene on the beach with some Fairy Tale World characters and grownup Baelfire,” as well as young Baelfire (Dylan Schmid) with the Lost Boys.

Spoiler TV also has up some photos of young Baelfire and the Lost Boys.

However, it seems like pictures of the “too spoilery” beach scene might have been leaked via another route: Spoiler TV. These appear to feature a grown-up Neal (Michael Raymond-James), a returned Mulan (though reports are that it was a double and not original actress Jamie Chung), Aurora, and Phillip. The latter three are in their Fairytale Land get up, but Neal is in his modern-day clothing. Could Neal end up trapped back in fairytale land?

There are also spoilery photos of another dock scene, which looks like it might be Tamara and Greg being chased by Snow, Emma, Charming, and Regina. You can see them here and here.

Spoiler TV also has some other behind-the-scenes-but-less-spoilery pictures posted here, here and here.

The casting of the Alice spinoff seems to be revving up. They have now cast Alice (Sophie Lowe), the Knave of Hearts (Michael Socha), and Cyrus, Alice’s love interest (Peter Gadiot). Fans of the last two seasons of the original Being Human will recognize Michael Socha, since he played the werewolf Tom.

TV Line’s Ausiello has up a spoiler from last week on his page:

Question: How long before Neal figures out Tamara’s real deal on Once Upon a Time? – Kelly

Ausiello: Not any time soon, so everyone there in Storybrooke – both magical and “Muggle” – had better watch their backs. Because make no mistake, Tamara isn’t pulling off her dirty work using any ol’ $99 stun gun. “We did not just kill a magical creature with an off-the-shelf Taser,” series cocreator Adam Horowitz affirms. “The Taser isn’t what it seems at first, and we get into that soon.”

Doctor Who (Saturday nights, 9pm, BBC America)
By Heather S. Vina

So, the premiere was this weekend and over in England, the overnight totals were good. It was the number three show of the night with 6.18 million viewers, which was a share of 29.8% of the total TV audience. Note that the final numbers traditionally go up a great deal when they come in. The show also received an AI (Appreciation Index) of 87, with only two shows doing better than it that night. The highest for the night was 89 for Easter From Kings.

You can see the preview for this coming episode, “The Rings of Akhaten,” here and a second one here, as well as read some teasers from Spoiler TV here. You can also see the promotional photos for it here.

Spoiler TV has up a behind-the-scenes video of the filming of “The Bells of St. John.” They also have up the promotional photos for the episode.

The BBC announced that David Tennant (Ten) and Billie Piper (Rose) will return for the 50th Anniversary special, and that John Hurt will also join the episode. Not a big fan of Ten (hated his last run on the show) or Rose (grew to really dislike her in the end), so not really thrilled with this one. Even though it’s been a long time for all of them and they’ve all aged noticeably, I’d much rather see some of the old-time Doctors make appearances for this special.

They’ve also released some pictures of the first read-through. You can see the one with just Matt Smith and David Tennant here.

It’s been announced that Joanna Page (Gavin and Stacey) has been cast in the 50th Anniversary. You can see pictures of her with Matt Smith, David Tennant and Jenna-Louise Coleman at the read-through on this page.

The BBC announced the return of the Zygons for the episode, as well.

Steven Moffat discusses with The TV Addict the “genesis” of Clara Oswin Oswald.

Matt Smith has an interview up with SFX magazine, discussing his face on a postage stamp and the Doctor’s new Companion.

Jenna-Louise Coleman has a cute interview about her character and her experiences with the show so far, up with Vulture. She has one up with TV Guide, as well.

Sophia Myles (Madame de Pompadour) is teasing a possible return to the show.

And finally, the show has received an Institutional Peabody Award for “evolving with technology and the times like nothing else in the known television universe.” They also received two BAFTA nominations for:

Visual Effects and Graphic Design category for their incredible work on recent episodes and composer Murray Gold is nominated in the Original Television Music category, specifically for his outstanding music for “Asylum of the Daleks.”

Supernatural (Wednesday nights, 9pm, CW)
By Paula R. Stiles

Tonight, the episode is 8.19, “Taxi Driver.” We have an official synopsis, a CW promo, a CHCH promo, and a sneak peek.

Rumors are abounding about Bobby possibly coming back, due to his being mentioned in the sneak peek and Jim Beaver being caught on camera in Vancouver. Naturally, all parties involved have denied everything. Not that that means much.

Lots of chat going round about this episode, some of it angry, some of it even gloating. I want to point out that what we know really isn’t that much. For one thing, we don’t have any official photos or interviews, let alone a producer’s preview. For another, the spec about the promos has kind of overwhelmed what is in them.

So, what do we know? Well, we know that Kevin apparently translates the terms for the second Trial and tells the brothers. Those terms involve rescuing an “innocent” soul from the Pit. The brothers visit an apparent rogue Reaper named ‘Ajay’ (an obvious ethnic stereotype and steal from American Gods), who takes people to Hell and back in 24 hours – for a price. The brothers (Dean, anyway, because that’s whom he looks at when he says it) will owe him a favor in return. Oh, and Ajay claims that Crowley managed to snag Bobby Singer’s soul and has it trapped way down south. He says he knows this because he’s the one who took Bobby there after the brothers torched his bones.

Sam insists on going alone because he has to do the Trials by himself – even though he didn’t actually do the first one on his own. There are hints that he sees illusions in Hell and also that he may visit Purgatory. Of course, Crowley could just make him see Purgatory, but how either Sam or Crowley would know what it looked like – let alone how to get there – is unclear. Or those could just be unfriendly woods of unknown vintage like the ones Sam ran through in “The Man Who Knew Too Much.”

The promos strongly hint that Sam gets trapped below by Crowley and that Dean has to recruit his old friend Benny to go rescue Sam. So, complaints/cheers about Hero Sam getting to harrow Hell and run around Purgatory seem a bit premature. What little we know about the plot makes it almost certain that Sam will need to be rescued by Dean and Benny.

Something else that does not appear in the promos, but is stated in the official synopsis, is that Naomi will visit Dean. We don’t know how. We don’t know why. But so far, there’s no connection to Sam, which makes sense, considering she had no interest in Sam the last time we saw her. How this will tie in with her wanting Dean dead the last time we saw her is, again, not known.

Other hints indicate that Kevin may get kidnapped (There is a brief shot of his covering his ears while a window on the barge shatters over a devil’s trap), or maybe that’s Crowley screwing with him, and that Dean will also be in Purgatory (We see Dean unsheathing a machete in the woods). Kevin is now hearing Crowley’s voice in his head, according to the official synopsis, so it’s not a given that the information he’s getting off the Demon Tablet is real and not a plant for a trap.

The episode looks overstuffed (and here’s hoping it will have been rewritten like 8.07, or whatever made 8.07 actually good compared to this writing team’s every other effort), but I see no reason either for fan hara-kiri or gloating. It looks as though both brothers will have plenty to do.

Oh, and prayer circle for Benny.

Jim Michaels confirmed on Twitter that Andrew Dabb is writing 8.22 and Jeremy Carver will write the season finale. While it’s nice to get confirmation that Carver is writing 8.23, I’m less sanguine about the writer of that train wreck, “Trial and Error,” giving us the penultimate episode of the season. Not that the penultimate episode of the season is usually any good, anyway. 8.22 will be called “Clip Show” and 8.23 “Sacrifice.” Weeping and wailing and over-the-top hysteria are already occurring on LJ and Tumblr over that last title.

Also, there will be a two-week hiatus after this week. The show will return on April 24 with 8.20, “Pac-Man Fever,” and run straight through until the season finale. Next week’s repeat is unknown, but the following week will repeat “LARP and the Real Girl.” Not a surprise, since Charlie is widely reported to be back in 8.20.

The CW has put out two new promos. One was a general promo that included a lot of Supernatural clips. The other was a show-specific one called “Psycho.” Neither had new footage, but it’s nice to see the show being promoted again.

Finally, ratings for “Freaks and Geeks” drew another 1.0/3 and went up to 2.23 million in audience, coming in second in the demo above Arrow.

We’ll be back next week with more spoilers. Stay tuned and check out our reviews of Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Torchwood, The Event, Once Upon a Time, Grimm and Supernatural.

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