Fans of BBC America’s Orphan Black will be seeing double the usual amount of clones when the series returns next month. For two seasons, Golden Globe-nominee Tatiana Maslany has starred as Project Leda clones Sarah, Alison, Cosima and Helena (just to name a few), but season 3 promises to bring the militarized male clones from Project Castor (played by Ari Millen) into the fold.
And yet despite a whole new set of clones, promotion for Orphan Black has mostly remained on Sarah and her band of sisters. The newest trailer for season 3 teased the growing threat of DYAD and Project Castor to the sisterhood, while recent character teasers featured each of the female clones making their own unique declarations. Now new character posters continue the same theme.
Sarah, Alison, Cosima and Helena are back, with each of the sisters front and center in the new character posters. “I am not your property” and “I am not your toy” are Sarah and Alison’s statements yet again, and Cosima and Helena continue to let everyone know they are “not your experiment” and “not your weapon.” Plus, there’s a repeating animation that brings their message straight home:
Orphan Black has never shied away from the fact that each of the clones is their own unique person with very different lives and problems. Rebellious Sarah refuses to be controlled, headstrong Alison won’t be a pawn in anyone’s game, Cosima’s resisting being someone else’s experiment and Helena is trying to move past her life as a killer. The idea of “I’m not just one” has been repeated again and again on both the show and in the teaser trailers.
This season, however, the quote will mean something completely different as the sisters realize they’re not the only set of clones. Mark, Rudy, Seth, Miller and the rest of the male clones grew up together, fully aware of their place in the hierarchy. For that reason, they’ll be a formidable force against the sisterhood in season 3, and Sarah and her sisters will need to stand together if they want to save each other.
Season 3 of Orphan Black premieres April 18th at 9 p.m. on BBC America.