Our sources tell us Paul McGillion has re-located to Los Angeles for the time being, seeking acting work there. We have an idea to get Paul some exposure in LA and across the US, and to get the campaign some publicity, too.
Last night, Monday 15 January 07, the episode “Sunday” aired in Canada as episode 17 of Atlantis Season 3. As we had predicted and feared, the Dr. Carson Beckett character died in the episode. He did not disappear; there is no question that he is dead in the canon of the show.
On the official MGM site is posted an interview with David Hewlett, portions of which were not to be released until after “Sunday” aired, most likely in the US. Thanks to this blunder we have confirmation from David that Carson will die in “Sunday.” From this site comes a transcript of that part of the interview:
If you’ve seen Season 3’s “The Return Part 1,” you know that Carson Beckett bought some ‘wee baby turtles’ while he was on Earth. He was very sad to leave them behind when he returned with the others to Pegasus. In honor of Carson, part of our campaign drive is to save real turtles in Carson’s name, and to let TPTB know we did so!
At his official website, Paul McGillion has posted this kind note:
I just wanted to post a note of thanks for all the terrific birthday wishes cards/gifts/turtles that were sent to me! It really means a lot. THANK YOU so much and I hope 2007 is a great year for everyone. On another note I am truly overwhelmed by the support that is happening for ‘Carson Beckett’. Although I cannot comment on the situation at this time, please know that I have had the time of my life working on ‘Atlantis’ and would embrace the chance to keep the good Doctor around!
Lots of Luv
To which we say to Paul, “You’re very, very welcome!”
The latest issue of genre publication ‘TV Zone’ #211 carries the following news snippet:
Letters are already flooding into our postbox following rumours that Paul McGillion’s Stargate: Atlantis character Carson Beckett is to be killed off late in Season three. It seems that McGillion will be leaving the show as a regular. but his fate maybe left open…
In his blog, Atlantis co-showrunner Joe Mallozzi has written a poem in which he hints at what happens in the second half of Season 3 and what is coming in Season 4. This stanza may hint at a return of Carson Beckett: