The fifth and final season of Warehouse 13 premieres on Syfy tonight, and there's one thing that executive producer and showrunner Jack Kenny promises...with the final six episodes the series ends just the way it's supposed to. And, while the writers and producers didn't have the time to do all that they would have liked, he doesn't believe fans will be disappointed.
“Obviously we would have loved to go for another two or three years. I'm sure we could have. I think the bottomless pit of stories for Warehouse 13 could go on forever,” said Kenny in an exclusive interview with Blastr. “But all good things...unlike many, many shows, most that I've worked on, we actually got to end it. We got to do it right.”
While Kenny would have liked to have spent more time delving into things like Myka's cancer, with the short season, “we just didn't have the real estate to do it. We had to let that go and move on. But we wrapped that up, and then there's a couple of fun snag-and-bags that we usually go on while Artie is dealing with Claudia and her need to find her sister. That's the big emotional arc that's happening in the beginning. Then we just have some real fun. We've got a story that takes place with Pete and Steve at a Renaissance Fair. We've got a story where Pete, Myka, and Artie fall into a telenovela,” said Kenny.
“And then we do our 'save the world' episode, where the Warehouse is threatened. And there's a surprise return bad guy from the start of episode one, with a culmination in episode five,” he said.
However, when it comes to the end, they've done something a little different. The series finale is “basically a clip show of clips you've never seen....There's a musical, there's Fantastic Voyage, there's a ninja housewife fight, we go back to the 1940s officers' club. We learn something new about each character, we learn something intense in them, we learn something that broadens them and expands them and just makes us love them all the more. I felt like that was a way to end this. We didn't want to do another 'the world's ending' episode and Warehouse saving the universe or keeping the sun from exploding or something. I wanted to end it with our people. It's always been about our people,” said Kenny.
The finale is really “a big love letter to the show and to the fans. It's really something. My goal the whole time was, I want the fans to just eat this with a spoon. I want them to have a great time. We even see Leena again.”
For Kenny, it's added up to the “best job I've ever had. I'm not listed as the creator of the show, but I feel more like the creator of the show than anything I've ever done. When I came on, there weren't 12 other warehouses. There wasn't any mythology written at all. The only characters were Pete, Myka, and Artie. And Miss Frederick. That was it. Everything else we created, invented, and built. There were no Regents when I came on. There was no mythology. There was no history of the Warehouse. It was all a blank page,” he said.
“I remember one night in Toronto in season one, I was up late struggling with something and I had been talking about, what if this wasn't the only warehouse that ever was? What if it was the 13th warehouse in a series of warehouses and the warehouse was always in the most powerful empire? I think it was one o'clock in the morning, and I just sat down and I started researching, and I just wrote up all the histories of the past 12 warehouse empires that would have held it. I wrote it all up and I sent it in to Syfy and I said, 'What do you guys think of this?' And literally the next thing I saw, it was on the website. I said, 'OK, I guess they liked it and I guess that's what we're doing. I guess this is it.' I felt just sort of organically connected to this series. I felt like I got it more than anything I've ever worked on. I just understood it. I lived inside the world. The characters, I heard their voices in my head. I went through every script. I did a pass on every script that we ever shot for character voices, usually for humor and for their voices, because I felt like I just lived inside their heads. I spent so much time with them. I spent so much time with Eddie and Jo and Saul and Allison and Aaron and CC. I knew them,” said Kenny.
“One of the very first things we did in the series was I had all the actors come in one at a time and sit with the writers and tell us, 'What do you like? What do you not like? What are your hobbies? What can you do? Do you sing? Do you play an instrument? Can you dance? Do you hate to dance? Are you good with horses?' Everything about them so we could fashion each character more and more in the direction of who they were, what they liked. Eddie had 10 years sobriety when we started, so Pete got 10 years sobriety. And Pete dealt with all of that. Saul loved playing classical music, so Artie loved playing classical music, because when you can bring an actor's love to the character, it's just more real. As a viewer, you can sense it. You can feel when Artie sits at the piano, he's not just diddling some prop they've got thrown into the scene. He's doing something he loves to do, and it shows on his face. When Pete talks about his alcoholism, it's real. It lands because Eddie knows that. There was a scene in the first half of season four...where Myka got temporarily pregnant and they were talking about babies and Eddie, Pete was thinking about whether they'd ever had a baby, and there was a scene where he was watching a father in a hospital waiting area with his newborn baby and I just said, 'Eddie, all you gotta do is think about the first time you held Jack. The first time you held your firstborn son.' And then it was magic. We just pointed the camera at him and you could see it in his eyes,” he said.
“So when you can do that, when you can write to a character's loves, when you can write to their weaknesses and their flaws as well, but to their loves, then it's almost impossible for the audience not to fall in love with them too,” said Kenny.
“It was very important to me that it be a real send-off for our regulars, that they get a nice, satisfying goodbye with each other, for each other, for the fans, for the show. And also, in a fun way, leaving the door kind of open,” he said.
Warehouse 13 airs on Mondays at 9 p.m. on Syfy.
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