Make or ‘Break’: Fox’s prison drama, inmates wrestle with post-escape survival
By Amy Amatangelo/ Television
Monday, May 15, 2006
After a season of stops and starts, the inmates of Fox’s “Prison Break” finally escaped last week.
In tonight’s season finale (at 8 on WFXT, Ch. 25), stoic Michael (Wentworth Miller), his wrongly convicted brother Lincoln (Dominic Purcell), and the rest of their criminal cronies race to escape Warden Pope (Stacy Keach).
Since the series returned in March, the inmates have been running in place while the writers came up with more reasons why they couldn’t break out.
“I’m continually amazed by the developments in the plot,” Miller said. “I finish every script and it seems like the characters have been backed into a corner they can’t possibly get out of, and yet they do in a way that’s believable and yet fantastic. It’s been an exciting ride so far.”
Purcell puts the kibosh on any complaints that the show’s twists are outlandish.
“Obviously, the stuff that Michael has to do kind of feels like MacGyver sometimes. I just keep reminding myself that we’re in the entertain
The stars also aren’t worried about what happens in season 2.
“So many people say, ‘Hey, look, the show is going to end when we break out,” said Rockmund Dunbar, who plays C-Note. “You know what, we are going to break out and run for 10 years like ‘The Fugitive,’ so stop it. That’s basically when the show begins.”
Last week, a dying Westmoreland (Muse Watson) told Michael where his millions were hidden. Michael could spend next season looking for the money and trying to get it to Westmoreland’s daughter. Or the show could go the “Lost” direction and spend each episode following a different inmate on the lamb. It’s also possible that the conspiracy involving the vice president and an Enron-like corrupt corporation won’t be wrapped up tonight and could continue into next season.
But not everyone is guaranteed a job next year. Sarah Wayne Callies, who plays Michael’s doctor/love interest Sara, isn’t sure if she will be in Michael’s life next year.
“I have no idea. I don’t know. I’ve heard everything under the sun. I’m not sure whether or not there’s a place for me. If there isn’t, I’m grateful for an amazing year. I don’t want to be here unless it’s for a great reason.”