When we first met Dr. Alex Reid (Erica Durance) five years ago in Saving Hope‘s first episode, she was a very different woman. A rock star surgeon to be sure, but thanks to a devastating car accident the love of her life, Dr. Charlie Harris (Michael Shanks) was in a coma and Alex spent most of her time wondering if he’d ever recover.
Five seasons, several award nominations and some pretty shocking deaths later, Saving Hope kicks off its final season this weekend right back where it started: with Alex wondering if Charlie is going to be okay.
The first episode back picks up right where we left off, with a former patient shooting at the couple during an awards ceremony. While we don’t want to give too much away, we quickly learn everyone’s fate as Alex is immediately set off on a path that has her wondering just how much the spiritual stuff surrounding her matters in the long run.
“This last season was so specifically about Alex’s journey and whether life is about our fate or our destiny. Do we create what’s going to happen in our life or are we destined for a certain thing?” Durance tells us. “How much say do we have about what goes on in our relationship; are Charlie and Alex cursed or can they work out their differences?”
Considering all of the “differences” the couple has had over the years it does seem like a long shot. Between Charlie’s coma, Alex’s own brush with death, her relationship with Joel (Daniel Gillis), a baby and now this shooting, life (or more accurately good TV drama) has intervened more than once. But that doesn’t mean Durance sees these two as a Romeo and Juliet type of couple at all.
“I like to think they aren’t just a cliché of say, Romeo and Juliet, but that they are a real life couple. They’ve been through hard things, stuff that’s more than just a fairytale,” she says. “Yet they keep coming back to each other as soulmates. When somebody is meant to be in your life they’re in your life through the thick and the thin of it. You get an opportunity to see a couple go through everything. Losing each other, staying together, breaking up, having children. You have this real, real love.”
Of course Durance wouldn’t tell us whether that meant a happily ever after ending for Alex and Charlie but she did promise that the big finale is “spectacular and beautiful and full circle.” Until then, there’s plenty more crazy cases, a couple of new characters (played by Once Upon a Time‘s Jarod Joseph and Blindspot‘s Joe Dinicol) and lots of other Saving Hope relationships to look forward to. Like the awesome female friendship between Alex and Maggie (Julia Taylor Ross).
“Often when women are close in age [on TV] they fall into the pattern of falling for the same guy or constantly competing without authentically every resolving their issues,” Durance says. “They fall back into a catfight. Even though there’s lots of competition and tension in this season you find Alex and Maggie resolve it in a way that’s much more typical of how I see and know women in relationships. They end up being each other’s soulmates in a whole different way.”
Now that’s TV we can get behind.