MR: And speaking of the series finale, you’re happy with how that came out?
RDM: Very pleased with it. It came together all at once and it was a strange experience. In the writers’ room, we spent the first day [of breaking that episode] in a lot of difficulty, a lot of frustration. We sort of knew what the plot was, we knew the action story, we knew the plot of the finale. We spent that whole first day just struggling with the mechanics of the plot, how you got from A to B. We were spinning our wheels. I went home and I was in the shower and I had this “Duh” moment – the show was never about that. That’s not why I love the show. It’s not about the plot.
I went into the writers’ room the next day and wrote on the big dry-erase board, “It’s the characters, stupid,” and the writers laughed and we all sat back and said, “Who gives a [expletive] about the plot? Let’s just talk about these characters.”
MR: And what happens to these people.
RDM: Who are these people, how do we want their stories to end, what is it really about? Once we did that, it all broke free. And then it was, “OK, this is what the finale is about.” And the plot was simple, the finale has a fairly simple through-line to it. But it’s really not about that. It’s really about these people you’ve taken this journey with and what the end of their stories are going to be.
Mo also references an interview Ron did with Alan Sepinwall:
In an effort to assess where we stand, here's a list of questions that Moore told Alan Sepinwall would be addressed this season. Let's see what is still left on the list: (Ron's answers in bold.)
AS: The identity of the final Cylon, we will find this out?
RDM: Yeah. [Mo here: Answered -- Ellen.]
The origin and nature of the Final Four and how they're different from the rest of them?
The origin of the rest of the skinjobs?
What happened to Earth and what happened to the 13th Colony?
Yes. [What happened to Earth -- Answered. What happened to the 13th Colony -- partly answered or fully answered? The 13th Tribe, the Cylons, left Kobol and settled on Earth.]
Who, if anyone, is orchestrating all of this?
Basically, yeah. I don't know if it's going to be wrapped up in a neat bow. The show has an answer for it, whether it's a satisfying answer, I don't know. [Not answered yet]
Will "All this has happened before and it will happen again" be explained in some way?
Yes. [I'd call that partly answered -- there have clearly been Cylon and human wars for hundreds or thousands years. Do you consider this question answered?]
The opera house?
Yes. [Not answered yet.]
What happened to Kara when she went through the Maelstrom?
Pretty much. [Not answered yet. I'm guessing she was a beneficiary of the kind of "organic memory transference" technology that the Final Five used, but we don't know for sure.]
Identity and nature of the "head" characters?
Yes. [Not answered yet. I'm guessing they're Cylon projections of some kind.]
Tigh and Six's baby, and whether that means Cylons can breed?
Yes. That's not a "yes" to whether they can breed -- the question will be answered. [Answered.]
The fate of Boomer and whether there are other 1's, 4's and 5's floating out there?
Yes. [Answered. Boomer, as well as Cavil, Simon and Doral (at least one of each), are all aboard the Colony.]
Yes. [Not fully answered, but it's not looking good.]