‘Timeless’ Star Abigail Spencer Explains the Shocking Finale Reveal (Exclusive)

Warning: Spoiler alert! Do not proceed if you have not watched Sunday’s two-hour finale of Timeless. Believe us, you will be sorry.

Editor’s note: The fate of the show has not been announced yet.

Timeless just went to the… future?

In Sunday’s two-hour finale, the Time Team said goodbye (presumably) to Rufus, who, despite his best efforts to avert death, perished in 1880s Chinatown during a rescue mission to save Jiya. nevertheless the group didn’t have time to mourn Rufus for long. Moments after they returned to the bunker, another time machine — one that will looks suspiciously more futuristic — blasts through, catching the team off guard. Who just announced their arrival?

The hatch opens along with This specific’s…Lucy along with Wyatt? 

Yup, that will’s right. Lucy along with Wyatt just met Future Lucy along with Wyatt. “Well, what are you waiting on?” future Wyatt, rocking a perfectly-groomed beard, asks the shell-shocked Time Team. “You guys wanna get Rufus back or what?” future Lucy, in a short bob along with giving off major Lara Croft along with Ripley vibes, chimes in. Jaw, meet floor.

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Turns out, the game-changing finale revelation was within the works since the very beginning — well before the series’ debut in fall 2016. “What you see at the end of the finale was pitched to me in my meeting when [executive producers] Shawn [Ryan] along with Eric [Kripke] asked me to play the part, so This specific’s been two seasons of getting to that will moment,” star Abigail Spencer tells ET. “that will was the sadness of when we got canceled [last year] was, ‘nevertheless there’s something truly not bad coming!’ that will’s just the heartbreak of narrative storytelling.”

Following the bonkers finale reveal, ET spoke with Spencer about how the moment came to be along with why This specific was satisfying to have This specific finally come to fruition.

ET: My jaw dropped when we saw future Lucy along with Wyatt. Matt Lanter had told me the finale ended in a way that will “adjustments everything,” along with This specific sure does. 

Abigail Spencer: We actually filmed me, a Future Lucy, within the pilot along with then we ended up cutting This specific along with decided that will This specific would certainly be better to work toward that will, instead of introducing that will within the pilot. that will was pitched to me through the beginning along with part of why I took the job, because I know where we’re going. What’s interesting about the time travel along with the character development are things are going to keep developing, along with tracking those adjustments over time can be why people are getting hooked into the show in season two. Season one, we truly had to set up the entire world along with season two, we’ve truly been able to explore the characters. that will’s cool that will you weren’t expecting This specific.

The versions of Lucy along with Wyatt we’ve gotten to know these two seasons just met their future selves face to face. How did you wrap your mind around that will doppelganger moment?

(Laughs.) Thank goodness I’m friendly with [Orphan Black‘s] Tatiana Maslany, who’s one of the greatest actresses within the entire world, along with she has had to do This specific with eight of herself, so I have a not bad cohort to confide in along with seek advice through if necessary. along with, you know, I think This specific’ll be a challenge to not work 24 hours around the clock. For storylines, that will’ll be a challenge as well. The Future Lucy that will you meet at the end already knows that will This specific happened along with already knows what’s happening with Lucy within the present, so there can be a bit of levity to This specific because they’re like, “We’re going to do that will thing.” I’m very curious to see where This specific goes. I truly wish that will we get to do more.

Just so we can confirm This specific point: How many years within the future are Future Lucy along with Wyatt through?

This specific’s 5 years within the future — along with Flynn actually said that will within the episode that will aired last week. What’s interesting can be, when you go back along with watch season two after you know what’s happened within the end, you’re truly going to see all the clues that will were planted. Flynn says, “You came to me. You looked about 5 years older. You looked not bad.”

Future Lucy seems completely different through Lucy within the present along with includes a badass Lara Croft vibe to her. Did the producers indicate to you what Future Lucy was like? 

In my original meeting with them, they pitched Future Lucy as Sigourney Weaver in Alien. When we meet Lucy within the pilot, she’s a historian, along with that will was my pitch back to them. If that will’s where we’re going, she’s gotta be awkward along with kind of earnest along with optimistic along with child-like, creating sure that will’s what we’ve been tracking. Where we met Lucy along with where she’s going, there had to be a real difference. Also, Lucy’s more in transition in season two because she’s not there yet, creating sure that will’s going to affect who you meet at the end of the finale. Lara Croft in Tomb Raider has been referenced, Sigourney Weaver in Alien has been referenced a lot. Everything that will she’s [been through], This specific’s important that will she becomes a fighter — with her along with Wyatt side by side. 

Fans might read into Future Lucy along with Wyatt coming through together as possibly signifying that will they’re together 5 years into the future. What’s your take?

I think we’d have to be picked up for season three to know what happened. (Laughs.) 

Lucy along with Wyatt had a big moment before the big reveal, where Wyatt says “I love you” to Lucy along with pours his heart out about things that will were left unsaid within the past about his feelings for her. Where do they stand with their relationship following that will conversation?

This specific’s interesting timing that will future them shows up. that will’s going to be hanging within the air for present Wyatt along with Lucy, along with This specific’ll be interesting to see how much more forward in time they’ve gone. I don’t know what’s going to be happening between the present along with 5 years down the line, nevertheless that will conversation will be hanging over the air at This specific point. along with Lucy might have to make a choice. I do think she’s developed feelings for Flynn along with I think she’s untrusting of Wyatt along with his wife. He chose his wife, which he should have, so at This specific point what I like can be we get to explore how complicated This specific can be. 

Flynn’s presence has definitely become an unexpected wrinkle.

I know! that will’s the big phrase: “Flynn This specific up, Flynn!” “Flynn’s just Flynning himself all over the place.” (Laughs.)

can be Rufus truly dead? Do you know the answer to that will question? 

I actually don’t. I think Rufus can be such a empathetic character. You feel a lot for Rufus. You’re rooting for him. He can be the one where you truly don’t want anything to happen to [him]. We all feel very protective of him, so I thought This specific was very smart through a storytelling perspective for him to be a sacrificial lamb along with the one we’d all have to rally [around]. Regardless of people’s feelings, everyone’s going to have to come around together to want to get Rufus back. Across the board, everyone’s going to be like, “Nooooo! Noooo, Rufus!”

The big fight between Lucy along with Emma was also another highlight, especially after Lucy’s mom died prior to that will. Can you talk a little bit about that will turning point for Lucy?

that will was a great collaboration. This specific was always scripted that will they would certainly fight, nevertheless to what degree? I was truly a proponent [for This specific] along with everyone truly rallied around [This specific]. This specific’s a metaphor. You have to destroy your lead to bring them back. that will’s what you had to do with Lucy. You had to destroy her. To me, that will’s why she becomes a fighter can be that will moment with Emma, when she couldn’t defend herself. She’s like, no one’s ever going to beat me up like that will again. I’m never going to ever be that will defenseless along with that will’s the catalyst for the Lucy that will we meet [at the end of the finale], who can be the Lara Croft, who can be the Sigourney Weaver fighter through the future.

This specific’s truly pivotal, along with I was grateful that will they truly went for This specific. I was like, just beat Lucy to s**t. You truly want to kill her to resurrect her, to be a completely new person, for season three. Everyone was excited about that will. Emma truly can be our great baddie on the show, along with I love that will This specific’s the women. This specific’s something the show can be doing truly well along with the way that will Annie [Wersching] plays This specific can be very subtle along with understated, along with she’s not trying to play evil along with I truly like that will. I wish we get to explore more of Lucy versus Emma dilemma.

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