Is The Replicator dead? When there’s no body…
Messer: I wanted to leave that as our option creatively. My guess is he’s gone. But I specifically didn’t want to do that in case in Season 9 we say, “Well, you know…” [Laughs] I wanted to leave that up in the air until we decide in the writers’ room next month. Even all the actors said, “We don’t see his body.” By keeping that open-ended, it will keep a beat in the season premiere where we can show photos from the scene or say he’s dead. It’ll be a nice starting point for us.
Strauss is obviously gone.
Erica Messer: Yeah, I had a hard time with that. I’ve known Jayne for so long and I had to really separate knowing Jayne and the creative place we were with Strauss. It’s hard for the team to have an enemy like The Replicator, and for him to not do any damage just didn’t seem right. Strauss seemed like the one who had to go, which makes me sad, but it made sense, story-wise. She was our sacrificial lamb. She was introduced as an enemy of the team and by this year she was so on our side.
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