SPOILERS AHEAD FOR THE FIFTH SEASON OF "ARCHER"
Last Monday saw the finale of the fifth season of FX's "Archer" and the end of the "Archer: Vice" experiment - a season long and heavily serialised story arc by creator Adam Reed which saw the agents of ISIS setting up their own drug cartel.
By the end, it turns out Malory was working with the CIA all along and the team will return to being spies for ISIS next season, albeit with a few key changes. Executive producer Matt Thompson tells Zap2It:
"It'll be business as usual-ish. The CIA is going to be involved now. ISIS is not going to become the CIA, but we are going to be sub-contractors for them. I believe the Christian Slater character and Agent Holly [Gary Cole] are going to be back. They're not going to become main-main characters, but we do sub-contract out for the CIA, so you're going to see that, us going and doing some of the dirty work for the CIA.
Right now, we want to get back to big spy missions and dealing with the moral ambiguity that is doing s***ty stuff for the CIA, as well as wanting them to get back on the winning side here and there. Not the winning side morally, but as opposed to in Season 5 how every coke deal went wrong."
The inclusion of a baby in Lana and Archer's lives will be explored but it will NOT become a focal point:
"What you can't do is go full-on 'Three Men and a Baby.' There are episodes where you will see what it's like for him to be a spy and a father, and that goes for Lana as well, but at the same time, you can't let it just take over everything. There's a middle road, where we want to see sometimes what's happening with Abbiejean, but sometimes it's just hey, we're doing spy stuff and it's about the grown-ups.
I do know one thing we're doing to do with kind of a forgotten character of ours -- the wee baby Seamus and his prostitute mom, Trinette. You're going to see more of Seamus around. He's going to be approximately four years old now and you're going to see that relationship come into play as we get this four-month, six-month, eight-month-old Abbiejean. Again, not that we're doing to become "Archer: Babies," but you're going to see a little of that."
Is Krieger the real one or one of his South American clones?
"I do not specifically know if Krieger is dead and if Krieger's clone is the one alive. I don't know. Adam personally told Lucky Yates, the actor, which person survived, but he hasn't told me or producer Casey Willis. Adam and Lucky know who's alive, no one else does."
As for dream guest stars for future episodes?
"The one thing I always thought would be most interesting, just from a fan standpoint, would be to have Daniel Craig like playing a transvestite or something. Something against type... The same thing goes for Jeffrey Donovan. I think we have a lot of similarities with 'Burn Notice' and Jeffrey does a lot of good voices."
Reed himself also spoke with The Daily Beast and heavily suggests that a "Fantastic Voyage"-style episode will come next season.