'Body of Proof' Finale Revelations (Yes, related to Jamie) - SPOILERS! - Jamie Bamber News
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'Body of Proof' Finale Revelations (Yes, related to Jamie) - SPOILERS!

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For anyone who isn't still watching/following what's going on on Body of Proof post-Jamie's three episode arc this season: The show aired its season finale this past Tuesday. It's still uncertain whether ABC will renew the show for a third season; multiple reports have the outlook as not good, but on the other hand their ratings have been up and there's a concentrated fan campaign for a renewal going. Per that behind the scenes video on Jamie/Aiden, the producers would love to have him back and he's definitely still in the mix (the past two episodes both mentioned him being out of town, but that he's still very much a part of Megan's life); of course, a pickup for Chelsea General means they'd have to make it work in his schedule.

Anyway, there's an interview up today that we found newsworthy; granted, it involves MAJOR spoilers for the BoP finale, so if you have seen the show already and/or just don't care about being spoiled… venture behind the cut! (It's interesting news. And definitely relevant to our interests. OY!)



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So the plot of the finale was Megan facing off again against a serial killer (Peter Stormare) she put away in the past. The episode's up on Hulu if you want the details, but long story short: In the end, just as he corners her in her office and is about to kill her, Peter shows up and saves her… and ends up getting stabbed for his trouble. Pretty bold move for a bubble show to end the season with a principle cast member bleeding out. (Of course, non-bubble shows do it all the time, DON'T THEY?! ;) *eyebrow*)

There is a blog interview up today with Allen MacDonald, the BoP writer who penned the finale - and this particular exchange, well, it will probably make most of our JBN members' blood run cold before breathing a sigh of relief. (Sorry, Nick Bishop!)...


Saunders: Did the writers always know it was going to be Peter in the state of peril at the end?

MacDonald: No, interestingly enough it was originally going to be Aiden Wells, played by Jamie Bamber. When Caren and I did the outline, and when I wrote the original draft of the script, it was all going to be Aiden Wells whose life is put in jeopardy. As we wrote it we had so much going on, that if you’re going to put someone’s life in jeopardy like that, you need them to have a real presence to kind of wrap the episode so you feel the dramatic and emotional impact. There just wasn’t a lot of room for Aiden, plus Peter was very heavy in the story. We all looked at each other and thought there would be more of an emotional impact because the audience has known Peter longer. Peter and Megan have always had a close relationship, and that was one of the reasons we amped up that tension. If something happens to someone you don’t want that last memory to be an argument or disagreement.



Speaking from the point of view of those for whom Aiden's life in jeopardy would pack an enormous emotional impact, because Jamie's batting average for on-screen survival is so dreadful - THANK YOU, Allen!!!!!

Now, if you do bring him back in Season 3, you have been warned. BE NICE. ;)


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shoelesslucy From: shoelesslucy Date: April 12th, 2012 05:39 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
The second I read the word "revelations" on twitter, I thought: okay he's gonna get brutally murdered. happy he'll be spared this time!


(allthough this brought my Mattie bitterness back! If I could choose I'd rather have Aidan die and Matt live!)
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: April 12th, 2012 07:28 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
The second I read the word "revelations" on twitter, I thought: okay he's gonna get brutally murdered.

Heh, no hon. Revelations about what *has* aired, not what *may* air in the future. ;) (I did still feel the need to include a caveat in the post though, LOL)
eglantine_br From: eglantine_br Date: April 12th, 2012 05:50 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Jamie dies too much. (But he does it so well.)
rikibeth From: rikibeth Date: April 15th, 2012 10:14 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
You realize if they'd offed him in THIS show I'd have had to catch up on it from before his three episodes, so I could know it well enough to write ANOTHER Death Fix?

I'm so damn glad they saved me the trouble. I've got a NOVEL to work on, here.
asta77 From: asta77 Date: April 12th, 2012 05:53 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I think much more went into the decision to change the characters than Allen is saying in this interview. I do believe the original intent, after getting the additional script orders, was to have Aiden injured (possibly fatally) while protecting Megan. This would make sense with what we heard months ago - that Jamie was signed to three episodes, but there was a strong possibility he could appear in more.

However, in a recent interview, either Dana or one of the writers mentioned Peter (and Nick) may or may not be around for Season 3. Given BoP is a bubble show, and networks/studios are always looking for ways to cut costs, I thought Peter may be killed off as a way to trim the budget and make a renewal more appealing. It's also possible Nick wanted to move on. I've always felt Peter was never developed as well as he could be and the writers never seemed to settle on what his relationships with the other characters should be. Whichever reason it is, having Peter's life in peril rectifies the problem on how to write out the character.

On a general note about the series, having so many characters close to Megan either die or almost die within a three episode span (not to mention Lacey's diabetes drama) strikes me as not good writing. It feels emotionally manipulative and cliched.

Edited at 2012-04-12 05:56 pm (UTC)
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: April 12th, 2012 07:32 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
On a general note about the series, having so many characters close to Megan either die or almost die within a three episode span (not to mention Lacey's diabetes drama) strikes me as not good writing. It feels emotionally manipulative and cliched.

*sigh* Hate to say it but, agreed. And hey, as far as the show goes, such high stakes seem to have worked for them in getting their numbers up. But... duuuuuude.

If the show gets cancelled, at this point my head-canon is that Megan will eventually break his heart. Happy endings be damned - Aiden is just so sweet, and so cool and laid back, get the poor man well out of range of OMG SO MUCH DRAMA. XD He'll find someone else to eat greasy food with.
anamarya From: anamarya Date: April 12th, 2012 07:35 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I second this whole comment.

He'll find someone else to eat greasy food with.

I'm always available to volunteer (I need a partner for that kind of a thing anyway and he is so SWEEEEEEEET)
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: April 12th, 2012 07:38 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Line starts behind me. XD

I WUD EAT ALL UR CHILI BURGERS, BOYYYY.
anamarya From: anamarya Date: April 12th, 2012 06:28 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Thanks for the news. I didn't manage to watch the episode yet but I don't mind the spoilers. And it's good to know that Aiden lives, even if we're going to see him more in Season 3 (if that happens) or not.
onlyariana From: onlyariana Date: April 12th, 2012 08:16 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Interesting. Funny after watching the season finale I was thinking how Peter/Megan it was and wondering what that might mean for Megan/Aiden but then thinking about how it was originally planned to be Aiden in that role totally changes things. I wonder if Aiden was also supposed to be the one to give Lacey advice that was turned out poorly. I know they really wanted to explore how Aiden would work in Megan's life in terms of Lacey.

I wouldn't have minded seeing Aiden running in to save the day (and tossing the bad guy off the balcony!). Him bleeding out at the end of the ep would have been difficult. Honestly though, I'm upset about Peter too.
pressdbtwnpages From: pressdbtwnpages Date: April 12th, 2012 08:33 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Jamie's batting average for on-screen survival is so dreadful just made me laugh out loud. Maybe he'd have better luck with a stabbing?
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: April 12th, 2012 08:52 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Maybe? Usually he gets shot. (Moment of silence for Archie... Matt... Tony... Mitchell... Tom... OY.) I don't think he's ever been stabbed. (Poor Kerry was stabbed in Ghost Rig, and she didn't make it either. :P )

Of course, the one time recently he was almost certain to die - on House - he didn't. Because, House. XD
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 15th, 2012 02:06 pm (UTC) (Link Me)

What?

Do they have someone familiar with police procedure helping with the writing? This is off the subject, but Kate says "----- said you were obsessed with ------" (forgot the names). No one would tell a suspected murderer the name of a person saying things about him. He would go after them possibly?? I want Peter to come back and think Megan should fall for him to add some interest to the show.
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