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Season 4.5 Search for Earth Spoilers
2/19/09: Earth was destroyed because the Cylons' "metal battlebots" turned on them. From Chicago Tribune
1/30/09: When asked "Should we draw any parallels between the sort of nuclear holocaust on Earth and the destruction on Kobol?" Ron Moore simply answered, "Yes." From Ron Moore Interview
1/18/09: Ron Moore says, "I think you can read that as fact" as far as what was said in episode 411 about the thirteen tribe, the Cylons, coming to the planet and calling it "Earth." He was then asked, That planet is Earth? We're not going to find out, "Oh, there's this other Earth over here..." This is the only Earth we'll see?" and Moore responded, "They have found Earth. This is the Earth that the 13th Colony discovered, they christened it Earth. They found Earth." He adds that as far as the colonies and Earth go, "as we get through subsequent episodes, there will be more explanations, and actually all this timeline stuff does lock into place. You have to read the subsequent chapters, but it will actually make sense." From Chicago Tribune [A few months ago when we went with the theory that they had indeed found Earth and that the thirteenth tribe was Cylon, we got criticized a bit in some forums. Well, it looks like we got one right (which might be a first) if we can take Ron Moore at his word. That said, the rumors of the series ending with Six moving through modern-day Times Square in New York City puts a spin on what Mooore says. Based on what little we have to go on, it seems that we can only eliminate BSG's timeline being in OUR present. The events of the show could still be either in the distant past or the distant future thanks to that whole cyclical mythology.]
1/16/09: We'll find out how long ago Earth was nuked. Herc also lists a bunch of other hints that confirm (but shed no further light on) previous spoilers about Kara's find on the planet, the Cylons being at a loss themselves and the awakening memories of Anders, Tigh, Tory and Tyrol. From AICN
1/15/09: Ron Moore says that 'keys to the Cylons' mysterious past will be found amidst Earth's ruins.' From TV Guide [That pretty much confirms (again) what Aaron Douglas spoiled months ago.]
1/15/09: Jamie Bamber says, "Who's to say the cinder planet the audience saw was a look ingo Earth's future? Maybe it's the far, far past. It could be prehuman. That question will stand until the climax of the show." From TV Guide [We assume that by climax, he means the finale. His comments seem to indicate that we won't get a definitive answer in episode 411 and will have to wait until late in the season to get a real answer.]
1/10/09: Updated Speculation from TPR
9/25/08: In yet another interview, Aaron Douglas had this to say about the planet that they found in the midseason finale: "Earth, in the scriptures, is the Cylon homeworld. Yeah, they say they found evidence, they found other people, and they're all Cylon. Or they found bones and stuff, scattered all around, and they're Cylon... Watch the last 10 minutes. They say, when they're digging in the, all that kind of stuff." From Cort and Fatboy Radio Show [He repeats some of what he said in the SFX Magazine interview, but also seems to describe scenes on the planet that we haven't seen yet.]
8/28/08: In an interview, Aaron Douglas states that Anders, Tigh, Tory and Tyrol are original Cylons and thus "one-offs." He says that they were part of the thirteenth colony on Kobol, which was the one colony that left to find or found Earth. Once Earth was destroyed, they left to find the other twelve colonies in a pursuit of understanding the cycle of creativity and destruction. They "turned off" their Cylon part and joined the colonies. Their proximity to Earth caused their awakening. From SFX Magazine Interview [Even though it just feels like the actor filling into some details with his own speculation, this actually fits with clues we had known such as that the four were fundamentally different, that Earth in the book of Pythia is referred to as Cylon (according to Ausiello) and the cycle of time. Now we do hope that there is more to it like maybe the four of them are the ones that left the clues that the fleet has been following.]
6/12/08: From someone who attended the Los Angeles screen: the directions to Earth are found in Kara's Viper. The fleet and the Cylons find Earth in the future, but it's desolate as humanity has been wiped out because of a nuclear holocaust. {Finally confirmation that they not only find Earth at midseason, but that it's not the happy discovery that they had hoped for with the planet in a post-apocalyptic state.]
4/23/08: Casting sides from episode 16? for a piano player consist of a conversation with Kara in which she says, "When I was taking the fleet to Earth, everything was so clear." Kara continues, "For the first time in my life, I knew what I was doing. Now [the] rug's been pulled out again. I'm lost again." From Casting Sides [So the fleet already found Earth, but it appears to have been a letdown at least for Kara. At least this seems to confirm earlier spoilers that the fleet reaches Earth around midseason.]
1/30/07: General spoilers indicate that the first half of the season has three main storylines: the search for Earth with the Kara complications, how the four newly revealed Cylons deal with their identity and the splintering of the Cylons over Earth and the Final Five. The second half of the season [if filmed] would seem to have two main storylines: dealing with the fallout of finding Earth and discovering the identity of the Final Cylon.
1/24/08: The Earth that is found will be in the 22nd century and what is found will be surprising to everyone. From SF Crowsnest [This spoiler is a couple of months old, but still interesting. We're still going with a post-apocalyptic Earth which is probably similar in appearance to the post-Cylon attack Caprica.]
1/16/07: Episode 11 - More photos of the ruins set have surfaced. They show the campsite, which likely explains the bonfire that Katee Sackhoff mentions. A Raptor can also be seen. In addition to Aaron Douglas' (Tyrol) comments that they were on location for filming, Jamie Bamber (Lee Adama) and James Callis (Gaius Baltar) can be seen. Tricia Helfer (but which Six?) was also there. From bloginhood [We're assuming that the ruins are on Earth and those are the characters who actually set foot there. We're now also guessing that they reach a post-apocalyptic Earth (think Planet of the Apes).]
1/13/08: In the extended cut found only on the Battlestar Galactica: Razor DVD, the hybrid could be heard to say this as the rescue team moved through the basestar: "At last they've come for me. I feel their lives, their destinies spilling out before me. The denial of the one true path, played out on a world not their own, will end soon enough. Soon there will be four, glorious in awakening. Struggling with the knowledge of their true selves. The pain of revelation bringing new clarity. And in the midst of confusion he will find her, enemies brought together by impossible longing, enemies now joined as one. The way forward, at once unthinkable, yet inevitable. And the fifth, still in shadow, will claw toward the light, hungering for redemption that will only come in the howl of terrible suffering. I can see them all. The seven, now six, self-described machines who believe themselves without sin. But in time, it is sin that will consume them. They will know enmity, bitterness, the wrenching agony of the one splintering into the many. And then they will join the promised land, gathered on the wings of an angel. Not an end, but a beginning." [Guess that's a hint about the final Cylon, as well as foreshadowing of the rumored Cylon civil war]
1/13/08: In Battlestar Galactica: Razor, the hybrid had this to say to Kendra: "Kara Thrace will lead the human race to its end. She is the herald of the apocalypse, the harbinger of Death. They must not follow her. All this has happened before and all of it will happen again, again, again..."
1/12/08: has posted a BSG promotional photo with some vague hints from Ron Moore.
11/21/07: Episode 11 Katee Sackhoff indicated that Kara and Leoben have some sequences in a forest. Later, Jamie Bamber seemed to hint that those scenes were on Earth. From Roadrunner's LiveJournal
11/14/07: Episode 10: Revelations | Episode 11 Screencaps from a report on GlobalTV BC (British Columbia) following a severe windstorm on Monday (11/12/07). Sets that were built to serve as ancient ruins were damaged. The BSG crew were going to attempt to salvage and repair what they could ain hopes of resuming filming on the set later in the week. We're assuming that this set would be used for both parts of the mid-season cliffhanger.

thanks to Hugh

8/10/07: The name for the 13th Colony in the Scripture is 'Cylon'. From Ausiello
6/23/07: According to Katee Sackhoff, Starbuck and Roslin have a bit of a "competition" between them. [Perhaps competing over who will lead the fleet to Earth?]
4/15/07: Finding Earth and what they find when they get there will be the final "chapter" of the show. From Ron Moore Interview with MTV [So no Galactica:1980-like scenario]
4/15/07: RDM on whether the fourth season would be the last: "The show has really moved into the third act in the three-act structure where we're all moving towards the finale and the climax of all these different plot lines. In my head there's two chapters to go in the story and those can be of varying lengths." From Ron Moore Interview with MTV [Finding Earth is one chapter. TPR assumes the newly discovered Cylons and the Final Five make up the other chapter.]
3/10/07: RDM response to a question about winging it with the mythology: "I began to put into place most of the fundamental cosmology of the BSG universe as far back as the first season. Since then, we've talked it over in the writers' room periodically so as to keep everything within the same parameters. There are still some elements to put into place, but we pretty much have it worked out by now." From Ronald D. Moore Q&A @ Board
3/9/07: Jane Espenson recently had this to say about whether the showrunners had a plan: "So imagine my delight when I recently began full-time at BSG and learned that there are (and have been) plans that extend far longer into the future than one season!" From SyFy Portal Interview

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