Prepare for William Fichtner to get locked up all over again, now that Paul T. Scheuring is hinting at Alexander Mahone's Prison Break season 6 return.
As one of FOX's most inventive shows when it first hit screens back in 2005, Prison Break starred Wentworth Miller as the uber-smart Michael Scofield, intent on breaking his brother out of Death Row. However, while the original premise looked like it might only last for a single season, Prison Break soon escaped Fox River and went on to three more seasons of plot twists and shock character exits. After some eight years off the air, Prison Break returned to a mixed response last year, but it hasn't stopped season 6 moving forward with the promise of yet more familiar faces coming back for more.
Taking to Twitter, Scheuring confirmed that he has already finished writing the season 6 premiere, but that wasn't enough for those who want Scofield and Lincoln Burrows back on our screens. When one viewer asked about the chances of Mahone's return, Scheuring tweeted the following response:
Somewhere between 50-150 percent chance.— Paul T. Scheuring (@paultscheuring) March 12, 2018
While it isn't direct confirmation that 61-year-old Fichtner has signed on for the next run of episodes, it is about as close as anyone is going to get until nearer the time when a full cast is announced.
As easily one of the biggest "jump the shark" shows of the 21st Century, season 5 of Prison Break saw the shock resurrection of Scofield after his apparent demise in 2009's TV movie The Final Break. While original stars like Robert Knepper and Amaury Nolasco signed on for the revival series, the lack of Fichtner's stoic Mahone seemed like a misstep for the show. Scheuring himself revealed that it simply didn't make sense to bring everyone back - leaving Mahone as a big question mark - but he appears to have done a U-turn on those sentiments.
Known for his work on movies including The Dark Knight and Elysium, Fichtner's TV appearances have included Invasion and Empire. However, after joining Prison Break in season 2, the star has become synonymous with playing the troubled FBI agent and early antagonist of the show. While Mahone eventually mellowed to join Scofield and Burrows on the wrong side of the law, there was always a sense that there was more to his story after Prison Break ended. Following on from the season 5 setting of Yemen, could Mahone's story coincide with the show's return to American soil? Either way, Scheuring certainly has the vision for where he wants season 6 to go and appears full-steam ahead with writing at the moment.
Prison Break season 6 does not have an official premiere date yet.
Source: Paul T. Scheuring