Salvor took a leap of faith Foundation Season 1 finale and she came face to face with precisely who was looking for.
During Friday’s season finale, aptly titled “The Leap,” Salvor learned from a real-life, holographic version of Hari that her visions weren’t actually sent from the Vault. She later found out that Gaal and Raych are her biological parents, meaning those visions were the result of inheriting psychic abilities from Gaal. Armed with this newfound knowledge, Salvor set out in search of Gaal, leaving Terminus and everything she knew behind.
Meanwhile, the empire seemed to crumble before our eyes. While Dusk called for a swift execution of Dawn, Day saw change as a potentially good thing for them, and both clones broke up. Before Day could make up his mind about Dawn, Eto Demerzel broke Dawn’s neck and swore her allegiance to the Empire. That conflict may have been resolved, but the Cleons will face another ordeal: Rebels contaminate Cleon I’s DNA, as well as the clones’ genetic samples, making it impossible to produce pure clones. This could be the very thing that brings them down.
The episode ended more than 130 years in the future, with Gaal returning to Synnax, her home planet, which was almost completely submerged after an ecological disaster. The twist, however, was that she wasn’t alone. Salvor crashed there while searching for Gaal, years before Gaal took her out of the pod. The hour ended with Salvor revealing that Gaal is her mother – a moment to be revisited when the show returns for season 2.
With plenty of questions looming, TVLine called Leah Harvey, who plays Salvor, to learn more about that surprising mother-daughter encounter and what to expect next season.
I was one of the lucky ones who knew from the start that Gaal and Salvor were connected and would cross paths. Keeping it a secret from other cast members was a tough job. Most could see a strong connection between me and Lou Llobell (Gaal) off camera, which might have betrayed it! We did our best to keep it low. We spent all season helping each other with lines, training together, practically being neighbors when it came to housing, all of which helped create an invisible tightrope between our characters; one that we were able to explore at that last moment of the season.
Playing a character who spends a season with a burning question and eventually gets an answer is immensely satisfying, so I was really happy to know that Salvor and the audience would experience this.
I know where it’s going as we’ve already started season 2, so I don’t want to spoil it too much! But I will say that these two characters are complete strangers and we will dive into how they navigate this new relationship as well as the world around them which brings new challenges.
I’m sure she feels relief and a sense of awe when she sees Gaal. It took a long time, finally found the missing piece in her life. The fact that Gaal is even standing before her is astonishing. What are the chances that she ends up in exactly the right place? That Salvor would be discovered and awakened by the person she’s looking for? But when it comes to Salvor, we mustn’t forget that she is an abnormally happy woman. Salvor thanks her lucky stars, for sure!
I think it can help them connect. They both traveled years into the future, and as far as they know, everything they knew has been left behind. They may only have each other left. It’s a deep emotion to think about, but it’s something that takes time to process. Whether they have the luxury of time is another question.
Being the director of Terminus is in Salvor’s blood. Her father, Abbas, was a director and became mayor. I think Salvor always thinks of Terminus and the people of the Foundation. As shown in season 1, she will go to great lengths to protect these people, so I don’t think that will stop just because she is far away. I think she would like to discover the fate of the world she once knew and loved. I think we all would.
Salvor has many sides, but being a real badass was by far the most exciting adventure I’ve had the pleasure of embarking on. There’s nothing like staring danger in the face with unwavering determination. I am so grateful that I had the chance to investigate that. I also really enjoyed playing a character surrounded by so much support. As an actor, there is nothing better than being invested in telling a story alongside your co-stars. The power we give each other is so powerful. Salvor is really part of a team, which meant I was part of a team.
I’m really looking forward to seeing more sides of Salvor. The first crisis was a survival exercise, and we rarely saw her breathing calmly or smiling or laughing, which makes sense when you’re trying to save your whole world! I hope to explore her opinions and views on the events around her, her close relationships and how they develop, and how she approaches issues with her past experiences that guide her. This is just the beginning of the story! I hope Season 2 offers more opportunities to find nuance and build on what is already a wonderful character to play.
It has been a life changing experience. I learned valuable lessons, gained unique experiences traveling the world and fulfilled a dream of playing an incredible role in an incredible show.
I’ve made lifelong friends and experienced some of the most challenging world events we’ve been through with an incredible team of people around me. People like Lou Llobell, Cassian Bilton (Dawn), Daniel MacPherson (Hugo)…there are too many to list, but all these incredible people made this whole experience so special.
In front of the camera, I worked with industry luminaries such as Clarke Peters (Abbas) and Jared Harris (Hari). I have been able to absorb their knowledge for my own development. Our showrunner, David S. Goyer, created an environment where we could thrive and be open with each other. He really is a great man, which is why I was cast in this role, and I will never be able to thank him enough for it.