Falling Skies has a new showrunner this year in David Eick, and you’ve probably recognized a few hints from his previous work in this season of the TNT drama. The executive producer sat down with reporters at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con to discuss the season’s mythology, where the show is going and what it means to know there’s an end point.

Check out the video interviews with David Eick:

Highlights from the interview:

  • We will “absolutely” get an answer about the significance of the moon this season. Eick likes that it’s not just a plot point, but emotional has well.
  • The season of Falling Skies ends with a “sense of accomplishment” and on a “conclusion with a cliffhanger” that is “pretty damn big.”
  • Should we be worried about losing a major character? “Absolutely.”
  • The ability of the Espheni overlords to communicate extends beyond what we’ve seen.
  • There may have been fighting amongst the overlords.  
  • Eick talked about the “George Harrison-like astral-plane in which they’re able to communicate and which we might reach hopefully one day.”
  • Eick doesn’t think of it as a post-apocalyptic show; he thinks of it as a family drama first.
  • “Family is about who you choose and who you are willing to die for.” He thinks that’s a universal theme that extends beyond genre.
  • Eick on the final season: They “absolutely” have a plan to finish up arcs. Originally, they had been planning for 12-14 episodes, but they were happy to learn it was a 10-episode order. They just finished breaking episode 5.
  • How do you deal with an ensemble cast? “Two words: Noah Wyle.”

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Falling Skies season 4 airs Sundays at 10pm on TNT.

(Image courtesy of Joe Scarnici/WireImage/TNT / Videos: Meredith Jacobs)