‘Dead of Summer’ pulled off a killer twist on the penultimate — and it’s just getting started. Executive producers Adam Horowitz, Eddie Kitsis and Ian Goldberg all chatted with HollywoodLife.com to preview the finale, and spoiler alert: it features a lot of blood.
Did Elizabeth know from the beginning it was her? When did you guys tell her?
Yes when we pitched to the network and to her, that was the final pitch! We were like, ‘Oh by the way, it’s Amy.’ You can be whoever who want to be at camp — for Amy, that was a normal person, someone who wasn’t a psycho killer. We called Elizabeth, and we’re like we’ve got to be honest. Everyone’s going to think you’re sweet Anna and then just kidding! There’s such a great joy in her playing that. There were subtle clues throughout too if people rewatch, which we hop they do. Like Dave the Gardner knew that she was trouble.
Who else knew?
Some did, some didn’t. What we wanted was for all the characters to experience Amy the way the audience would. You see over the season that the innocent are not so innocent. Jesse presented herself as the mean girl, but its because she’s been hardened, she’s the hero. The first big clue we dropped (about Amy) was in the pilot when Garrett got trapped in the cabin — you got to see how great she is with an ax.
This isn’t a slasher but you went major slasher with the end of the penultimate.
We really designed this as beginning, middle, and end and everythign paid off. The final two hours are our favorites. They are crazy; they’re intense; it’s the summer of ’89, the last year of heavy metal. That “Home Sweet Home” montage is maybe my favorite thing of my career — it’s up there with the clock ticking on Once and the van starting on Lost.
What’s been the toughest death for you guys/cast this summer?
Starting with Blotter & losing him was tough — they all have been! For us, Cricket was the heart and soul of the camp; by killing her, we wanted to say to the audience, ‘no one is safe.’
Every episode had a backstory. Will the finale?
The finale has flashbacks to characters’ night right before camp; you are going to get to see the people who have passed on and get some new insight — every body gets a little bit of a curtain call. Overall though, the finale is all killer and no filler. There will be a lot of killing.
The Dead of Summer finale airs Tuesday at 9PM ET on Freeform.