Let’s face it. We all shipped Orphan Black’s Sarah Manning and Paul Dierden for one simple reason: sexual chemistry. The badass clone and her military monitor may have spent their entire run trying pull one over on the other, but we all just wanted to watch them pull each other’s clothes off, which they kind of did. A lot. (Who can forget that intense kitchen island sex in the pilot or the steamy shower hookup?) At first, it seemed Paul simply thought Sarah was really Beth, his girlfriend and her clone. However, as time went on, it became clear that he was on to Sarah’s game, and he was falling for her hard. His tentative loyalty broke down Sarah’s walls, and she found herself continually drawn to him despite not being to able to fully trust him. However, Paul proved he was fully in Clone Club when he sacrificed himself in order for Sarah to escape her captors. The moment when Sarah has to leave him is truly heartbreaking as both know that any chance for romance was gone. It’s one of the most tragic scenes, because we all know they had potential to be so much more if the just had the time to explore their feelings.
However, there may still be hope for Sarah and Paul. This is Orphan Black after all. (Hey, a girl can dream.)
As a Orphan Black fan, I can honestly say I am not over the death of monitor/soldier Paul Dierden or that his sexy portrayer Dylan Bruce won’t be a fixture on my screen when the show returns for season four. Sure, Paul was shady with a capital “S” and, yes, he had a thing for sleeping with any clone he could. Yet, when push came to shove, he was all about protecting Clone Club, and he did truly care for Sarah Manning. Plus, he defined the term eye candy with abs for days and enough don’t-scew-with-me, badass attitude to go toe-to-toe with anyone dumb enough to mess with him. Sure, you can get your Dylan fix from the mini-series Heroes Reborn or the Lifetime films Flowers in the Attic or Petals on the Wind. Still, it’s just not the same. Looks like we’ll just have to muddle through somehow. Hey, they never found the body, so maybe we still have hope. A girl can dream.
Thanks for the memories, Dylan. You’ll forever be the hottest member of Clone Club.