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FlashForward was cancelled after the first season, though it ended on a cliffhanger. Is there any reliable information on what would have happened if it had returned for a second season?

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I recall TPTB saying it would take 3 seasons to wrap up the story, so presumably they had 2 more seasons sketched out. Link –  Keen Mar 21 '11 at 20:41
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The book is far different than tv-series. And to some extend quite a bit more "realistic". If you read it, it can give you a second angle to the whole plot-line. Say an alternate story line. Try it. –  Egon Mar 23 '11 at 2:21
    
@Egon - I didn't know there was a book, nice one. Does it cover more than just the first season? –  Wikis Mar 23 '11 at 7:25
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<a href="amazon.com/Flashforward-Robert-J-Sawyer/dp/076532413X/…; here</a> Yes. The story does end with a complete explanation as to why how "flashforward" happened. Its not as "dramatic" as the tv-series. –  Egon Mar 23 '11 at 13:10
    
@egon I think a more fleshed out answer with a link to the book would make a good answer rather than just a comment. –  Tony Meyer Mar 24 '11 at 5:30

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I found a really interesting interview with the British actor who played the blond bad guy Hallenger in a few episodes. Here’s some comments he made after the show got cancelled: http://www.digitalspy.ca/british-tv/s56/flashforward/tubetalk/a316491/qa-a-chat-with-neil-jackson.html --

We've got to talk about FlashForward -lots of people were upset when that was canceled. How did you feel?

"I was pretty upset. I had a long chat with [David Goyer, the creator of the show], as we were coming to the end, talking about who was my character and what was he about. They were very cloak and dagger at the beginning about giving me information -they couldn't tell me who he was or where he came from. I wasn't allowed any backstory on the character, which was difficult, trying to create the character when you know nothing about them.”

“But the plan for the second season was we find out the reason that my character had been causing these blackouts was to cull large numbers of the population, because he'd had so many FlashForwards himself he'd ended up seeing the future. The world within the next 250 years, looking at all the statistics, is going to become way too overpopulated for our natural resources. Famine, pestilence, drought -all these things will become commonplace. So as a humanitarian he wanted to indiscriminately kill lots of members of the population to try to bring the human population down. He was actually in his own warped way a good guy for humanity, which was a fascinating way to go with the second season and would have made my character one of the main characters and would be a really interesting, nefarious story. But it didn't happen, unfortunately!"

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No.

But as Egon pointed out in the comments to the question, there is a book: Flashforward by Robert J. Sawyer, the novel that inspired the series.

The book is not a direct parallel of the series, and it is somewhat more grounded.

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I would say that the book is significantly different that the series, but they do share some common elements. –  PearsonArtPhoto May 17 '11 at 14:43

Flashforward Showrunner Mark Gugenheim revealed how the show would have ended in this interview:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=751sDrtbGb4

Basically, the bad guys of the series had experienced so many flashforwards that they had foreseen a global calamity, so they invented a way to "leapfrog" human consciousness to the future, so that humans wouldn't experience the calamity. Our heroes would have killed the bad guys, and then realized that the bad guys' plan was the only way to save the human race, and they would ultimately end up implementing the bad guys' plans

The author of the original novel, Robert J Sawyer, made a pitch for Season 2 that basically said the same thing:

Here's the proposed backstory and ultimate quest: The goal of the ‘bad guys’ we met in season one (Flosso's employers) was to find a way to jump the consciousness of the human race PAST the total global shutdown, reanimating everyone; they're out to save humanity (including themselves, as a subset of that humanity -- they're not altruists).

THIS could be the resonance for Charlie's ‘No More Good Days’ line -- she, and Flosso's employers, had seen that NO MATTER WHICH one of the many worlds that might exist comes to pass, in ALL OF THEM humanity is dead; no matter how you slice the future, there are no more good days -- unless our people find a way to leapfrog consciousness ahead, resurrecting the human race.

And thus, in our first-season finale, we see that Charlie is in fact quoting something she heard Lloyd say on April 29, 2010: in all the many worlds yet to come that branch off of THIS now, humanity is dead. Lloyd, in looking at the formula Dylan has written in lipstick on the mirror, realizes that a consequence of it is that a synchronized multi-accelerator event like Flosso's people are planning will not displace consciousness; it will destroy it.

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