Humans returns to Channel 4 tonight in a new Thursday night slot – but will this third series bring the sci-fi saga to an end?
Maybe not. The cast and writers have confirmed that there's "scope" for a fourth, and that "ideas" are already being thrown around for more outings for the android Synths.
"I know Jon [Brackley] and Sam [Vincent, series creators] always talked about it being a three-series arc, and there is a way in which it feels like that," acknowledged Tom Goodman-Hill, who plays Joe Hawkins.
"You know, it's inception, fruition, fallout. But it's interesting. We've taken on some interesting new writers on this series, including Daisy Coulam, who's fantastic – she's got ideas of her own, I think.
"So there's definitely scope that you can see in her writing, and with what Jon and Sam write, so that you could take [a fourth series] on. It depends how people respond to it, as well. But there is so much scope in it, as a subject."
"If we're lucky enough to get recommissioned, we have ideas," confirmed Brackley. "As we're writing and developing a series, we can't help but imagine where it goes next. We get close to the end of writing one and sort of imagine how the beginning of the next one starts. So we have ideas."
With the show's fate up in the air, the third series of Humans will end on a note that could serve either as a pause or a full stop, according to Emily Berrington (Niska).
"I think that the writers are the masters of managing to do both," she said. "But it's definitely the most epic ending so far, which I felt was impossible after the ending for the previous series. I literally screamed in my living room when I read the end of this series!
"I could never have imagined it, but also it made so much beautiful sense when you've read the rest of it. So I think it will be very satisfying, whatever happens further down the line."
The final episode of Humans series two left viewers on a thrilling cliffhanger, as all Synths became conscious and almost indistinguishable from humans. Set a year later, the new series sees humans living in fear of the sentient green-eyed Synths and on a mission to detect those living amongst them.
Humans returns to Channel 4 tonight (Thursday, May 17) at 9pm.
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