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"Prison Break" Fans: Here's the Real Story with Sara

"Prison Break" Fans: Here's the Real Story with Sara

So, that was some pretty shocking stuff on this week's "Prison Break," right? Luckily, I've tracked down a couple of interviews that reveal the real story behind the twisted developments. They're all pretty spoiler-y, but if you're ready to talk about the episode, just

So Sara is really, absolutely, totally dead — and with her head chopped off and in a box, no less, despite previous assurances that she would spend season three alive and well.

According to TV Guide's Michael Ausiello, who interviewed producer Matt Olmstead, what you saw last night wasn't the original plan. The writers decided they needed to kill Sara at some point to keep Michael's story fresh in season three, but actress Sarah Wayne Callies and the show could never come to terms on a contract. As Olmstead told Ausiello:

Our initial idea was to have [Sarah/Sara appear in] the first 13 episodes, so she and Michael could have a proper goodbye. There were going to be some really emotional scenes where he tried to save her from dying, but she ultimately passed. So then we whittled it down to 11 episodes, then 10 episodes, then nine episodes, then four episodes…. Then we suggested flying to her — she was pregnant [at the time] and living in a remote part of Canada — and bringing a camera crew to her house, but that wasn't accepted. We then whittled it down to just a phone conversation, and that was turned down, too.

For her part, Callies issued a statement saying, "As hard as we all tried, the 'Prison Break' powers that be and I were unable to find a way to meet both the needs of the story and the needs of my family." For the reactions of the other cast members, check out this video interview.

Callies also expressed hope that fans would keep watching the show, so I'm wondering: Will you? Or is this too big a leap for you to take?

Photo courtesy of Fox

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