Warning: This article contains spoilers for the season five finale of Prison Break.
The Prison Break revival had a happy ending – by the show’s standards, anyway – as Michael Scofield returns to a normal life with Sara Tancredi and their son Mike.
But there was a different ending in mind.
Show boss Paul Scheuring told Entertainment Weekly that the original plan was to end season five on a slightly more open-ended note. After all, how can someone like Michael Schofield go back to normality after everything he has gone through?
“The idea was Michael comes back and he’s apparently got a normal life, but with that comes a creeping paranoia that things can’t stay good like this,” Scheuring shared.
“Unfortunately, that’s not on screen, but the idea is that he’s always going to be looking over his shoulder.
“There was a scripted page where they said, ‘Michael, you can stop looking over your shoulder now. You’re free’, but then he looks over his shoulder and you can see the whole world out there and all the people in the park and everything, and any one of them might be a threat, and you realise that a man like this could never go back to a normal life – but again, that didn’t end up happening exactly how we wanted it, so this is what we got on film.
“I think it still emotionally lands them in a good spot, and hopefully the audience gets the subtext that life will never be normal for Michael Scofield.”
That’s not the only thing that could have been different about this season, either. Scheuring admitted that the character of Sucre was underused, and that was down to creative reasons.
“I love Sucre, I wish he could’ve been in the season more, but… all characters had to be organically within the series,” he explained.
“I guess I wish there could’ve been more Sucre, but that would have been creatively disingenuous to include him more than that, but if there’s another season, maybe there’s way more Sucre.”