Mega Buzz: HIMYM's Endgame, Thrones' New Threats and Good Wife's Scandal
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Please tell me The Mother is not dead on How I Met Your Mother. — Dina
I can’t do that, but I can let series director Pam Fryman tell you that none of the theories floating around online about the ending or The Mother’s fate have hit the nail on the head. “People are so sure and they have such an opinion about what they think is going to happen, but nobody is 100 percent right,” she says. “I think people will be happy with the way this plays out. It’s a great ending.” Surely no one would be happy with The Mother dying, right?
Anything on Game of Thrones would be great. — Claudia
The season premiere is jam-packed with new threats, including Oberyn Martell, who wastes no time revealing his evil intentions for the Lannister family when he arrives in King’s Landing. The outlook is equally grim for Khaleesi, who realizes that even she might not be able to train her dragons and Jon Snow, who isn’t exactly greeted with a hero’s welcome when he returns to the Night’s Watch. On the positive side, however, Arya finally gets some long-awaited, bloody revenge.
I can’t believe Will has been linked to the ballot box video! What’s coming up next on The Good Wife? — Cam
Even though Will goes to New York for a bar association conference — at which his rival Alicia is speaking! — he won’t be able to escape the questions of Nelson Dubeck and the Office of Public Integrity. Further complicating matters, a member of Peter’s gubernatorial campaign pays Will a surprise visit and spills some shocking new details about the stuffed ballot box. The question is: Is he telling the truth or grinding an ax?
Any scoop about the “sliding doors” episode of Grey’s Anatomy please! — Arabella, via Twitter
Cristina and Owen fans will want to pay extra attention. The episode offers glimpses of what could possibly happen in their future. “A patient makes Cristina’s character [think about] possible scenarios of where they’re going to end up because they keep coming back to each other,” Kevin McKidd tells me. But will Cristina’s vision of the future be one she wants to pursue?
Do you have any scoop on the new CSI spin-off? — Aleah
The new show’s lead — Patricia Arquette‘s Avery Ryan, the head of the FBI’s Cyber Crime Division — is a little quirky. In fact, she relies on an unusual ritual to clear her mind during investigations. But when she’s unable to fully replicate her routine while working a case in Las Vegas, her behavior will raise a few eyebrows — including those of Ted Danson’s D.B. Russell.
So, is Quinn joining B613 full-time on Scandal? — Tim
Perhaps. Even though Olivia asked Jake not to hire Quinn, Scott Foley says Quinn made a compelling argument regarding her potential value to the shady Black Ops Division. “We will see Jake think about reconsidering,” he says. “[Quinn] made a lot of sense to Jake and he knows, especially because his relationship with Olivia is questionable right now, that Quinn could be a valuable asset knowing what she does about OPA.”
Is Bones planning to do anything to honor the passing of Ralph Waite, who played Booth’s grandfather? — Mandy
Executive producer Stephen Nathan says the show’s creative team definitely wants to pay tribute to the erstwhile John Walton. Unfortunately, the show’s big plans for Booth at the end of the season complicated matters. “We couldn’t really do it justice this season,” Nathan says. “At this point, we’re under such pressure to finish the year. To rip apart a story and do a half-baked attempt at it seemed to be disrespectful to us.” But Nathan remains optimistic about some sort of acknowledgement in the future. “We want to honor Ralph and his existence in our family in the right way, and we’ll try to find a way to do that next year,” Nathan says.
Elena is back on The Vampire Diaries! Any scoop for what’s next? — Jennifer
If you thought Katherine being sucked into hell was bad, just wait until you see what Elena is about to go through. Not only does she have the vampire-eating virus, but her hallucinations will also cause her to go a bit nutso. The light at the end of the tunnel? The kiss at the end of this preview is only the start of one crazy-hot hookup. Let’s just hope they don’t eat each other in the process!
How about some Hook scoop on Once Upon a Time for once! — Irina
Sure thing. Hook’s missing year includes a battle with the infamous Blackbeard (Charles Mesure), who may have his eye on the Jolly Roger. “He and Captain Hook do not have a lot of love for each other,” executive producer Edward Kitsis says. “The only thing two pirates would fight over even more than a woman would be a ship.” Ruh-roh! We’ll also see an entire episode devoted to the mysterious message Hook received about retrieving Emma. I still say it’s this.
Thanks for all the scoop on The Blacklist lately. Would it be wrong to ask for more? —John
Not at all. In fact, I just scored some exclusive casting intel about the March 31 episode. The Wire alum Isiah Whitlock Jr. will play a terminally ill patient who is approached by the latest criminal on The Blacklist with an offer that’s impossible to refuse. What’s one last suicide mission when you’re already dying?
Do you have any Elementary scoop? — Damon
For those of you lamenting the loss of Raising Hope, I have some good news! Garret Gillahunt has been tapped to guest-star in an April episode as Bart Macintosh, the owner of a dairy farm in upstate New York whose brother is suspected of engineering a plot to release anthrax in New York City. Bart will become an integral part of Sherlock and Joan’s efforts to catch the supposed criminal.
Is Dawson going to become a firefighter on Chicago Fire? — Amy
Dawson’s no quitter, and she certainly has plans to take the firefighter test again. At least until she learns that, even if she does pass, she won’t be placed at Firehouse 51 because of her relationship with Casey. Is that enough to make her reconsider?
Mega Rave: Scandal super fan Lena Dunham (lovingly) skewered the show with a Saturday Night Live sketch that asked what we’ve all been thinking: How the hell do Olivia Pope & Co. get stuff done so quickly?! Well done.
Mini Rant: Less than a minute of Rebecca Mader as the Wicked Witch during the Once Upon a Time premiere is simply not enough!
This week’s recommendation: Chicago PD (Wednesday at 10/9c on NBC) Even more of an underdog than its predecessor, PD has been firing on all cylinders, with a great cast, compelling storylines and a surprisingly realistic portrayal of a cop from former One Tree Hill star Sophia Bush.
(Additional reporting by Adam Bryant, Joyce Eng, Robyn Ross and Kate Stanhope)