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‘Falling Skies’ Season Finale: Peter Shinkoda Talks ‘Crushing’ Death

Tue, August 21, 2012 12:10am EDT by Andy Swift 2 Comments
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The TNT drama’s latest casualty tells about his ‘difficult’ experience playing dead.

Sometimes the end of a season also brings about the end of a character, and sadly for Peter Shinkoda, that’s exactly what happened on Falling Skies‘ Aug. 19 finale. After two full seasons of fighting off an alien invasion, Peter’s character Dai was the victim of a fatal ambush. caught up with Peter to collect his thoughts on leaving Falling Skies.

As it turns out, Peter only found out about Dai’s fate “a day or so” before shooting the big scene, which he describes as “spiritually crushing.”

“It was very difficult to be suspended on wires and stare out at my cast mates knowing that it would be the last time Dai would see them,” he says.

He describes his Falling Skies co-stars as “the best group of people that I ever had the chance to work with,” making his departure from the show even more devastating.

Fortunately, Peter is walking away from his two-year run on the show with life-long lessons.

“This show has single-handedly elevated my understanding of the industry,” he tells us. “From conceptualizing how to achieve certain scenes, all the way to personal conduct on a set, there is an unlimited wealth of information that I have absorbed; knowledge that presents itself to an actor only if he/she is fortunate enough to find themselves on a TV show. The lessons were invaluable!”

Drop me a comment with your reaction to Dai’s Falling Skies death!

— Andy Swift

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