Sci-fi clone drama Orphan Black was full of complex characters that kept viewers guessing about their true intentions. No character was harder to get a read on than sexy Paul Dierden. From the moment he was introduced, it was clear that Paul was going to be much more than a pretty face and a set of rock hard abs. His story had more twists and turns than many other non-clone characters and switched sides more often than he he took off his shirt. (Which he did a lot.) Originally assigned to monitor police detective Beth Childs, Paul’s world was rocked when her clone Sarah Manning began impersonating her after her death. While she tried to con him for information on the people after her and her fellow clones, he grew suspicious and eventually confronted her about her lies. Sarah turned the tables back on him, blaming him his lack of love for Beth’s suicide. Despite a lack of trust between them, the two formed an uneasy alliance, and Paul slowly found himself falling for the British badass. He tried to protect her and cover for her with his higher ups. However, Paul couldn’t escape the secrets of his past and eventually ended up crossing back over enemy lines. He kidnapped crazy clone Helena, held her captive for the military, and had active knowledge of sinister male clones. When it looked like his true loyalties were to the dark side, Paul proved once and for all that he was Team Clone Club all the way, sacrificing himself so Sarah and Helena could escape. In his final moments with Sarah, he gave her the parting gift of his heart with the simple confession, “It was never Beth I loved.” A mystery wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a leather jacket, Paul is a puzzle you will forever want to die solve.
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.