Big stuff coming on Big Love Season 4
by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 23rd 2009 10:02AM
You know how excited I am about the new season of Big Love? I'm calling DirecTV to restart my HBO subscription. I'd taken a little break from the pay service when I was pinching pennies this fall. But now that Big Love is returning ... well, pennies be damned!
In anticipation of Big Love's return, I found this recent interview with co-creator Will Scheffer in which he revealed some info -- not really spoilers, but if you're at all squeamish about knowing what's going to happen in even the broadest terms, don't jump to the next page. However, if you want a little preview -- including a really good trailer that's been airing on HBO -- follow me.
For starters, Bill's political ambitions are going to cause consternation among Barb, Nicki and Margene. "The wives are finally beginning to question their subjugation to a man, to a religion, to a family. They're really being challenged by patriarchal values. And this season, Bill's making a choice to bring the family more into the public spotlight by ... I don't think this is going to be a secret, but Bill is considering running for public office this year."
Sheffer's not kidding about the wives. Take a look at the trailer:
As part of Bill's political aspirations, he meets a new character played by Oscar-winner Sissy Spacek. According to Scheffer, "She's playing a Washington lobbyist. She's coming into the life of the family as a self-realized woman without a husband and with a very powerful career. She's someone that I think Barb, especially, is looking at and seeing her own choices reflected in the choices of this woman."
One question that shouldn't be lingering is the fate of the "Prophet," Roman Grant. It looked like he was killed at the end of Season Four. Sheffer said that Roman will not be alive in Season Four. "Yeah, he is absolutely dead. But even as a dead person, his influence is felt."
Gulp. Big Love Season Four begins Sunday, January 10.