Alcatraz Season 2: Will Rebecca Return? Plus, Executive Producers Tease a New Direction

Despite less than stellar ratings, last night's season 1 finale of Alcatraz left audiences wanting more, revealing new plot twists while leaving the fate of one of its lead characters up in the air

Alcatraz’s Rebecca Madsen

Alcatraz’s Detective Rebecca Madsen’s future hangs in the balance for a season 2 that may never come

Alcatraz’s season 1 finale leaves audiences guessing

On Monday, the two-hour season finale of Alcatraz aired — but the fate of the task force is now in FOX’s hands. The show hasn’t been picked up for a second season, and less-than-idea ratings don’t seem particularly promising. Still, with an ending like that, how can we not hope for Season 2?

Though the finale provided some answers — such as what’s behind Warden James’ locked door — the questions were far more extensive.

Hauser and Lucy opened the door to discover a hidden Alcatraz command center, where the Warden and a scientist found a method to track the location of certain inmates in 1960 and revealed their plan to time-jump the inmates three years later. Their goals remain unknown, but given the fact that the scientist just woke up — a ’63 itself, it seems — the task force already has the guy with the answers.

Still, what a cliffhanger! The episode ended as doctors were declaring time of death for Rebecca Madsen (Sarah Jones), one of the series leads, which presented an interesting twist for a possible Season 2. She had been stabbed by her ’63 grandfather, Tommy, after he tricked her with a hint about her parents’ death.

Of course, the show being a sci-fi drama, it wouldn’t be entirely outlandish for the team to find a way to revive Rebecca using the blood of the ’63s. If they are striking her from the show, they risk losing the one “modern” character with a personal connection to the ’63s.

Executive producer Bryan Wynbrandt tells us that the Alcatraz writing team has some new tricks up their sleeves now that Season 1 is behind them.

“You obviously learn storytelling things that are working and that are not working, and we’ll obviously move forward with what we learn,” he says, noting that they don’t plan to make any drastic changes to the format of the series. “People comment about Fringe Season 1 and Fringe Season 2; I don’t think it’s anything dramatic in that fashion, but obviously you learn things in any line of work… and you go in the direction the show’s taking you.”

Co-creator Steven Lilien says that in a second season, they do plan to delve deeper into the personal lives of the task force. “I think overall we want to get to know our characters better, keep exploring our leads and get to know them better,” he adds. Whether or not that includes Rebecca, he doesn’t say.