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First of all, if you watch Leverage and you're not reading showrunner John Rogers' Q&A posts on his blog Kung Fu Monkey, you're seriously missing out. Even if you don't watch Leverage, if you're at all interested in the process of writing and producing for television, it's fascinating stuff.

So. In his latest post he hints at some stuff to come this season and I'm just going to need to squee about it for a minute.

DISCLAIMER: I don't consider information the writer of a show chooses to share about upcoming episodes in order tease/tantalize fans to be a spoiler. As far as I'm concerned, a spoiler is something actually spoils something that's intended to be a surprise, not just any random snippet of information about future episodes. So the things I'm about to discuss are not spoilers, to my mind. If, however, your definition of spoiler is broader than mine, you might want to avoid peeking behind the cut.

Okay. So, in the post-ep for "The First Contact Job" someone asks if we're going to see more of Eliot grifting and Rogers says: "Lots of Eliot grifting. And more backstory."

This is pretty exciting, because I love to watch Eliot grifting. In fact, I love to watch all the characters step out of their usual roles, and it sounds like that's going to be a recurring theme this year, so yay! The backstory bit also makes me extremely happy because more Eliot backstory is pretty much at the top of my list of Things I'd Like to See on Leverage. But then I remembered that we actually did get some more Eliot backstory in last week's episode with his friend Toby, and I figured that was what he was referring to.

Nope. Because later on someone asks if we're finally going to meet any of the characters' relatives and he responds with: "Not this season, although there's an episode where you hear a LOT about Eliot's family."


AND THEN later he says: "there were ... extenuating circumstances about Eliot's enlistment which you will learn about this year."

*is ded*

Eliot's family PLUS the circumstances surrounding his enlistment??? This is everything I've ever wanted. I am positively quivering with excitement. Even if it means all of my Eliot fic is probably going to get Jossed. I do not care. Eliot backstory, people. Eliot. Backstory.

Rogers also dropped quite a few hints about the season arc and what's going on with Nate. I'm kind of trying not to think too hard about all of that, because I almost don't want to figure it out before they do the reveal. Although it's pretty hard not to think about AT ALL, so obviously I've got some theories floating around in my head. Also, given what he's said about the finale and how it's going to induce lots of crying, I wonder if maybe it might not be better to have an idea of what's coming so I can steel myself for it. Woe.



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Aug. 22nd, 2012 02:59 pm (UTC)
Complete agreement - CANNOT wait for more Elliot backstory!

As for the Nate arc/ finale etc, I'm taking the grown up approach of sticking my fingers in my ears and going nanananana on the basis that if I don't think about it, it won't happen - right?
Aug. 22nd, 2012 03:04 pm (UTC)
I'm trying to convince myself that it's just a tease. Things will maybe look bad for a bit, but at the end of the day EVERYONE WILL BE JUST FINE. They have to be.

Rogers keeps insisting he's not Whedon so ... HE BETTER NOT PULL A WHEDON is all I'm saying.
Aug. 22nd, 2012 03:08 pm (UTC)
Yep - I'm *so* living by the NOT WHEDON comments he makes and just hoping that it's not some elaborate con which ends with Rogers pulling off a mask and it being Joss all along...
Aug. 22nd, 2012 11:17 pm (UTC)
I'm SO living by that too -- every time I get scared about what's going on this season I'm like, BUT HE WON'T KILL NATE. HE WON'T. HE CAN'T.

So... I'm just going to cling to that with both hands. Maybe in a full body hug. BUT, when the people doing the podcast said that they were sad at the end of the season and people were crying... I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO THINK!!!

Aug. 22nd, 2012 03:10 pm (UTC)
Oh my, I have not read that post yet but now... SQUEE! I love Eliot backstory. I mean, we've had some Hardison and we've had some Parker. There isn't anything deep and dark that needs explaining. We know Nate's history. Sophie will remain forever a mystery, but that works for her. But with Eliot... oh man! There are so many hints to things (the horse guy's daughter a few seasons back, his pal not!Casey... etc) that I desperately want to know MORE. :)
Aug. 22nd, 2012 04:32 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I mean, it's not like we haven't gotten any Eliot backstory, but I want MORE. Part of it is that when a character's involved in a romantic relationship on the show, you get to see a lot of emotional development as a matter of course. But since Eliot's the only one who's not paired up with anybody, it feels like he doesn't get a lot to do beyond the usual con-related stuff. I just want to see him care about something or somebody, you know? I want to see what he's like when he's not working.
Aug. 22nd, 2012 05:15 pm (UTC)
I keep telling myself that they made that ending not knowing about Season six, so he CAN'T do something irrepearable, that can't be fixed in Season six. At least, he can't kill somebody, right?
Aug. 23rd, 2012 10:59 pm (UTC)
I sure hope you're right!
Aug. 22nd, 2012 11:20 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty excited about Eliot's backstory. I was thinking that all the Kaniacs would probably be imploding with this news. :D

Also, I have the same view on spoilers as you do... and I've inadvertently "spoiled" things for people.

Though seriously, out of all the "spoilers", I think I'm the most excited to hear what Sophie's name is. Not that it matters, and most people will probably end up not happy about it, but since it gets SAID there would have to be quite the circumstance to prompt it, I think.
Aug. 23rd, 2012 11:08 pm (UTC)
At this point I feel about Sophie's name the way I feel about the mother on How I Met Your Mother: they've passed the point where I stop caring. But then Sophie and Nate have never been my favorite characters, so her teasing him about her name never really did much for me.
Aug. 25th, 2012 11:01 pm (UTC)
I sooo second that one. I couldn't care less.
Aug. 25th, 2012 11:06 pm (UTC)
I've been sneaking around this post...and now I've caved and read it. And I can live with it, yep.

Eliot backstory? Yes please, more of that. Eliot's family? Yes please!!!

And I love that Eliot is back to grifting this season, I felt in S4 all he was allowed to do was punching and I'm sorry for all Hardison fans, but that boy can't grift at all and did it all the time in S4. So yay!!!

As for the Nate thing...I'm doing the thing I do in my other fandom as well...I stay away from it and live happy in my bubble of ignorance. I don't think about it. At all. I'll deal with it when it's in front of me.
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