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'Smallville' E.P. Kelly Souders Weighs In on Weddings, Clark's Destiny & the Series Finale

by Laura Prudom, posted Apr 8th 2011 1:00PM
Tom WellingFor 10 years, 'Smallville' has been a mainstay of the ever-evolving WB/CW schedule. Through cast, creative and even network changes, the show has stayed as strong as the iconic Man of Steel at its center, displaying near-Kryptonian resilience as lesser series bowed out around it.

But after a decade of watching mild-mannered alien-turned-farm boy-turned-reporter Clark Kent (Tom Welling) trying to change the world from his diminutive hometown, we've finally reached the home stretch. Superman casts a long shadow, and when the show returns from its final hiatus on April 15, we'll see Clark embrace his destiny like never before.

AOL TV caught up with 'Smallville' executive producer Kelly Souders who, along with producing partner Brian Peterson, is ushering in the end of a 'Super' era. We discussed the long-awaited return of Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum), what's in store for the show's most enduring couples and what fans can expect from the final episodes.

Warning: Spoilers ahead!

TV Squad: How are you feeling now that the finale has been shot and filming has wrapped?
Kelly Souders:
Tired! [Laughs] No, you know what, it's quite a high to see things through to the very end after so long. It's a real blessing.

Is there one moment in particular from the upcoming episodes that you're excited for fans to see?
Gosh, that's a hard one. There are a lot of really poignant moments; I think that's one of the things that I'm enjoying. Even though on one side, there are more sort of power-focused, "becoming Superman" climaxes along the way as we head toward the very end, there's also, on the other side, a lot of emotional ones. So there's literally something in every episode.

Brian Peterson and Kelly SoudersWould you say that you're satisfied with the ending? Is there anything that you really wanted to include, but you found that you couldn't, perhaps because of time constraints?
You know what, I have to say almost all of our dreams are realized, which is a pretty lucky place to be when you're trying to wrap up something that's this monumental.

I'm sure you're trying to keep all of the details about Lex's scenes under wraps, but what can you tease about Michael Rosenbaum's return?
It was just a blast. It was really wonderful to have him back; he's full of energy and he just -- in my mind -- has created such a lovable and hateable character at the same time, which is a real feat. So, yeah, seeing those dailies come in was exciting, to put it mildly.

Without giving too much away, what can you tell us about the nature of Clark's final battle with Darkseid?
Hmm ... I will just say that it's really a culmination of his entire journey on 'Smallville' that allows him to go up against Darkseid.

We saw the ominous Omega sign on Oliver's head at the end of 'Masquerade,' so what can you reveal about what's coming up for him and his battle with The Darkness in 'Dominion,' since that's a fairly Oliver-centric episode?
Yeah, poor Oliver (Justin Hartley) ... You know, he's got a real battle to fight with his inner demons. He goes through quite a bit. I will say that in 'Dominion,' it certainly gets cranked up to a new level, which is kind of fun and exciting. I think a lot of times, I will just say, it's the people closest to us that hurt us.

Allison MackSpeaking of which, is Chloe (Allison Mack) going to be a part of the Omega arc in the last couple of episodes?
You know, we're so thrilled she came back for the finale. She will definitely be crossing paths for sure with Oliver, and very little gets past Chloe.

Are there any other memorable moments for Chloe and Oliver coming up in the finale?
Oh God, yeah. I have to say, I watched the finale and I had a tear in my eye through about half of it. I may just be very tired at the end of a decade, but I think that there are a lot of wonderful emotional payoffs for these characters that we've just grown to love for so long.

What can you tell us about what's in store for Lois (Erica Durance) in terms of storylines?
Well, I will say Lois -- aside from her role as Lois Lane, which we know obviously, has a huge place in the 'Superman' mythology -- we'll see it over the next several episodes, especially in 'Booster,' her impact on "Clark Kent" and the creation of "Clark Kent" ... the guy that tends to trip down the stairs and that sort of thing. So, she definitely becomes much more involved in Clark's life on the professional side, shall we say.

A lot of characters have been married on the show before, so how did you tackle Clark and Lois' wedding, and how do you intend to make it different from what we've seen before?
Well, you know, actually, what's interesting is that Peter Roth, who's the head of television at Warner Bros. -- and I really don't think there's a bigger fan of 'Smallville' than Peter Roth. He's just fantastic -- he actually had a lot of impact on the wedding. Really, it was a meeting that we had with him that kind of helped Brian and I go off into the creative direction that we did. I think that what we tried to do is just sort of stay true to who they are as characters. It's a little bit of a different wedding than we've seen; it's certainly them.

Erica Durance and Tom WellingBesides the wedding, are there any important Clark and Lois moments that you think fans will particularly enjoy?
Yeah, there are. You know, I think, at the end of 'Kent' and 'Prophecy,' there's some really poignant takeaways for both of them and then I think the finale, obviously, is chock-full of them.

What role will the Daily Planet, and Clark and Lois' day jobs, play in the run up to the end?
I think that the sense of them as journalists comes through very loud and clear in the last run of episodes.

Are we going to see the return of Conner, or perhaps the rest of the Justice League or General Slade in the last few episodes?
[Coyly] Yes ... You know, it's a little difficult with a finale after 10 years because there is so much to pack in that we were not able to bring back as many people as we would have loved to, but you will definitely feel the presence of Clark's support team.

Kara's (Laura Vandervoort) final episode is supposed to set her on the path to her destiny as Supergirl, so can you reveal anything else about 'Prophecy' and how her return has an impact on Clark and his own path toward becoming Superman?Laura Vandervoort
I'd say her impact on Clark is unbeknownst to him, more than anything. What she's doing is a little bit behind the scenes, how about that?

That works! We know we're going back to the mirror world [last seen in 'Luthor' and returning in next week's 'Kent'], but will there be any flashes to the real future?
Umm ... [pauses] I'd ... rather not say. [Laughs]

Can you talk about Jonathan (John Schneider) and Martha's (Annette O'Toole) role in the final two episodes?
Yeah, I think it was very important for Brian and myself that we pay tribute to not only what the show has become over the years, but also sort of what was the heart of the show at the beginning. I think for us, when it started out, this was really a family show, and I think that Martha and Jonathan's impact on Clark and the series was certainly monumental. So, paying homage to that and showing that they still have a place in his life, even though it has perhaps changed, was something that was very important to us.

Are there any major casualties in the finale that you can tease?
Well, great heroic stories never come without some sort of tragedy ...

Smallville cast and executive producersDo you have any behind-the-scenes memories that you could share? I know that 10 years is a long time to reminisce over, but is there anything that stands out to you now, looking back?
God, you know, I think the 200th [episode] party, or the marking of the 200th, was such a unique moment -- it's hard to even put into words. Looking out at the crew and the cast, and the writers, and the editors, and post [production], and all the different people who make this show come together and seeing all of them -- for the most part, all of them made it -- in one room and knowing what they've accomplished. I have to say, I couldn't even speak. I had to get up and give a speech, and I pretty much couldn't give the speech. I was just really, suddenly overwhelmed by how much heart people have put into this show. And, all the executives, and all the people that are behind the scenes of the studio and network; I think people really don't understand what it takes to get 22 mini-movies on screen every year. It takes hundreds, and hundreds and hundreds of people, and what every one of them brings to the show is crucial.

Did Souders whet your appetite for the last batch of episodes? What do you think the finale's tragedy will be? Speculate, predict and discuss in the comments below!


'Smallville' returns Friday, April 15, with an all-new episode, but if you're feeling nostalgic, The CW is airing a special presentation of the pilot tonight at 8PM ET.


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Bonnie B

@ Steve. Don't tease me! I was disappointed that pointless character got resurrected at the the beginning of the season. Now she's been rejigged and pimped as a Luthor. LMAO! Maybe the Smallville creative team should look for work on daytime soaps now they're unemployed, but even the soaps might be too highbrow and intellectual for the Smallville writers.

April 09 2011 at 8:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Steve

Tess will be the casualty. That's the funeral scene in Kent. Nothing has been mentioned of Tess for the last few episodes.

April 08 2011 at 5:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sdriss0611

I can't wait for the final. Great Interview! I really looks like everything will culminate into a excellent sending off to a truly great show!

April 08 2011 at 2:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mary Alice

Perfect interview!!!!!! Thank you for asking the question about Lois and Clark's wedding. No one has directly talked about the wedding yet, so this is kind of exclusive information. And that's always appreciated! Very interesting to learn that Roth had so much influence on the wedding. WOW!!! Now I'm super excited for the finale! Thank you, Laura!

April 08 2011 at 1:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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