Prison Break is renowned for its twists and shocks - and this is certainly true behind the scenes as well. The jaw-dropping u-turn to reinstate Scofield's love interest Sara Tancredi appears an act of desperation on the part of the producers, especially as the character was beheaded. How can the audience believe future events they witness when they have been so grossly mislead before?
Does the name Veronica Donovan ring a bell? If not, then here's a quick refresher. She was the female lead throughout the first season of Prison Break and behind the fight to free Burrows from his death sentence until she was unexpectedly shot dead in the first episode of the second year. Prepare for another big name to be given a token dispatch during the fourth season premiere.
Assuming Veronica really is dead (a hard thing to do, given the Tancredi resurrection), then all signs point to a repeat shock slaying. Just last week, E! Online stated that "at least one actor will be leaving the series for good" and that their identity will be a "genuine surprise" to viewers.
In addition, Prison Break execs have spoken of their desire to reinstall the cryptic mystery element to the show, one that's been missing since Scofield's full-body tattoo stopped serving any purpose. Well, it gave a fine excuse for the guy to wear his sweat-soaked top to save the make-up department some hard graft.
As if that wasn't enough harking back to the glory years, there's apparently another jailbreak on the cards this season. How can the writers contrive a reason for Scofield to bust out from behind the bars on a third occasion? To be fair though, the show's title of Prison Break does somewhat limit the format. What would Heroes be like without any, erm, heroes?
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