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Jensen Ackles on the Big Sky season 3 finale, Beau’s fate

On ABC’s Big Sky, the body count is nothing to sneeze at. So, when news broke that Ackles had signed on for only one season as a series regular, the probability that his Sheriff Beau wouldn’t make it out of Montana alive was high. But in perhaps one of the show’s most surprising twists, after an action-packed season finale, he’s still very much alive and well… for now.

“It was certainly up in the air,” Ackles tells EW with a laugh, in regards to Beau’s fate. “Even halfway through the season, [I didn’t know] what was going to happen. I only signed on for one season. I thought that they were just bringing me in to build me up and break me down, and I was game to do that. I was happy to play the part. So, I thought, ‘How are they going to do this?’ But then I guess about halfway through the season, there was some chatter about maybe we should leave the door open.”

Serving as a temporary sheriff and developing a strong partnership with Jenny Hoyt (Katheryn Winnick), Beau has made himself a home on Big Sky. But everything came to a head in the season 3 finale, as Beau and Jenny closed in on Buck (Rex Linn), after discovering he was the Bleeding Heart Killer. The stakes only rose as Buck kidnapped Beau’s daughter Emily (Cree Cicchino), pushing Beau to his limits and drudging up the demons that sent him running from Houston.

But in the end, Sunny (Reba McEntire) shoots Buck, ending a showdown between him and Beau. Cassie (Kylie Bunbury) and Cormac (Luke Mitchell) rescue Emily and Denise (Dedee Pfeiffer), and all is back to normal for the time being, as Beau ponders his connection with Jenny and opening up about his past.

We called up Ackles to ask about Beau’s unexpected survival, his chemistry with Jenny, and whether he might stick around if the show is renewed for season 4.

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