Drive: What Would’ve Happened on the Cancelled Series

The cast of Drive on FOXAs fans of FOX’s drama Drive know all too well, the series was cancelled after four episodes. A total of six episodes were completed and the network had planned to air them this Summer. Those broadcasts have now been cancelled but the network says they will be posted online on Monday, July 16th. It’s expected that they will also be made available for download via and DriveiTunes.

Unfortunately, those two final episodes will not resolve the race and will leave viewers with many questions. recently interviewed executive producers Tim Minear and Craig Silverstein and the two gave a few clues as to what might have been. Keep in mind that, because only six scripts were completed, many ongoing storyline details hadn’t been decided and now never will. Says Minear, “I was so busy trying to address network notes and production concerns that it was hard to get too far ahead.”

One of the major plot points that that was being revealed was that each race participant or team had to have a sponsor to be part of the race. In some cases, the team was aware of the sponsorship and in some cases they were not. Minear offered, “Some of the sponsors would have nefarious/revenge motives for some of the players, others would have more Great Expectations-esque benevolent motives.” Ivy, Leigh, Susan and many of the background teams were included by the race company to simply make the race more interesting. Silverstein says, “Sort of like non-player ‘bots’ in a multiplayer videogame. Imagine the fury when Leigh finds that out.”

Alex Tully and Corinna Wiles (Nathan Fillion and Kristin Lehman) – Alex was a former robbery get-away driver. It would have likely been revealed that his kidnapped wife was part of the plan to force Alex into the race — through all of their courtship and marriage.

New mother Wendy Patrakas and new partner Ivy Chitty (Melanie Lynskey and Taryn Manning) – Wendy’s sponsors would have been revealed to be an older couple who had discovered that the infant child they had adopted years earlier was actually Wendy’s first child (whom she was told had died).

Wendy would have successfully escaped from Ivy (who does not know how to drive) and returned to Ohio to rescue her baby Sam from her abusive husband Richard. Because of something Ivy inadvertently does, Wendy is grabbed by Richard and forced to return home. Ivy has always been very self-centered but goes to Ohio and successfully rescues Wendy and Sam. The two women and the baby would continue in the race together. Ivy would have bonded with Sam and would have ended up sacrificing her life to save him. By the finish, Wendy would have been reunited with her first child.

Step-brothers Winston and Sean Salazar (Kevin Alejandro and J.D. Pardo) – In episode six, it’s revealed that their mutual father Fernando is Winston’s sponsor. We would have learned later that Fernando’s trusted advisor Esteban Masferrer was the real sponsor. It was his plan to use the race to take out Fernando and his sons and then take over the family business.

John Trimble and his daughter Violet (Dylan Baker and Emma Stone) – It would have been revealed that John was his own sponsor in the race. Minear adds, “We would have learned that John Trimble was not really sick — the meds were making him sick. Part of the game of the race. His believing he was a doomed man changed him and made him capable of things he normally would not be capable of. Once he realized that he was not going to die, he’d be instantly hit by a bus, ’cause, funny.”

Friends Susan Chamblee and Leigh Barnthouse (Michael Hyatt and Rochelle Aytes) – In one of the script drafts, Susan’s truck-driving killer was set up to be a faceless serial killer (not unlike the truck driver in the film Duel). In another version, the sociopathic killer would have been played by sexy actress Eliza Dushku (a veteran of Angel, which was executive produced by Minear for a time). Most likely though, the killer in the truck would have been revealed to be a former contestant who had become partially paralyzed in the race and was seeking revenge. Survivor Leigh would have gotten together with Rob at some point in the story.

Army soldier Rob Laird and his wife Ellie (Riley Smith and Mircea Monroe) – It would continue to be revealed that Ellie was not very innocent and was actually quite conniving. She was having an affair with the race’s blue-eyed ground monitor Bill (the real name of Allan James played by Brian Bloom?). AWOL Rob would have turned himself in for a court-martial but Bill would have forced Ellie to break him out of the brig because Rob has a special skill that would have helped them win the race. Minear also wanted to do a storyline in which Rob would be sent to Iraq with his troops and would end up uncovering a race clue in the middle of the desert. He would then be sent back into the race by a high-ranking military official. Rob would return to the states and end up partnered with Leigh — both in the race and romantically.

Other episode ideas that weren’t explored include the racers driving through a vicious storm and the aftermath of a 30 car pile-up. Had Drive continued to a second season, the duo say that there would have been a new race with new players and some of the first season characters would take on new roles in the competition.

Of course, the big question that fans have is “Who would have won the race?” Because the story hadn’t been fully developed (or because he just doesn’t want to tell), Minear would only say “Somebody.” We’ll let you know if we find out more. Stay tuned! TV Series Finale home page

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  1. says

    This was one of best tv series i have ever seen. Hate those idiots at FOX that decided to cancel this. Reading all this info i want to see all series what was supposed to be and the second season. If i had millions i’d sponsor filming of all episodes nessesary. BUT unfortunately i do not. :(
    Every now and then i watch all 6 episodes.

  2. Tav-El says

    “Step-brothers Winston and Sean Salazar”. They weren’t step-brothers. They were half-brothers. Step-siblings occurs when there is a relationship by marriage. Half-siblings occurs when two or more children share one parent but not the other.

  3. BigAl6ft6 says

    Finished the show today, really cool twists, excellent performances and casting (Dr. Curt Connors and Gwen Stacy as father and daughter!), and some good race scenes and fun dialogue. Reading these ideas kinda bums me out, but on the plus side even though it was open ended it still felt like a kinda-conclusion, so that’s good enough for me.

  4. danwat1234 says

    I really liked watching these episodes on TV. Really engaging and I like cars so that really attracted me. Too bad the series was cancelled

  5. lauren says

    i remember when this was on. i didn’t have cable then, and the only shows i was really into were on basic or premium cable channels (“dexter”, “weeds”, “reno 911!”), and ” the office” was the only show i was really into that wasn’t on cable (i still am, and i will probably cry this week, as michael is leaving. *tear drop on the keyboard* ), and i occasionally watched “family guy” in 2007 (not so much anymore, i still think some of it is funny, but i have kind of outgrown it i guess). anyway, i loved the show “drive”! i couldn’t get into “lost”, or anything else on non- cable TV. i basically just waited until all the shows i loved came out on DVD and watched them then. i couldn’t even watch “the office” at that time because my work schedule forced me to work on thursday nights until almost 11 pm on thursday nights; i obviously didn’t have a DVR, as i didn’t even have cable. however, i was so pissed when that show just went away. maybe it WOULD have started to suck, but i didn’t even get to see the sucking begin! why couldn’t they have canceled something else? i just needed a show that held my interest. now i have all the cable and DVR and stuff. there are like 5 shows i watch- “dexter”, “true blood” (please don’t judge me on that basis- i hate hate HATE the “twilight” enterprise), “weeds”, “the walking dead”, “the office”, “parks and rec”, “the united states of tara”, “boardwalk empire”, “it’s always sunny in philadelphia”, and most recently, i’ve gotten obsessed with “the killing” (it is really good, and if you haven’t checked it out, you should. if you like david lynch or “twin peaks”, or any of the stieg larsson trilogy, you will probably enjoy this show. it is on AMC on sundays at 10 PM/ 9 C). if you took notice, most of those series are on hiatus, just coming back from hiatus or about to come back from hiatus. right now, i have to supplement these last few episodes of the season of “the office” (sigh….another tear for michael scott. yay for ferrell and gervais, though!), “parks and rec” (another season that is winding down) , “the US of tara” (just started up again) and “the killing” with f*****g reality b******t!!! i know, it’s only TV, and i admit to not having a real active social life. believe it or not, i am a model, but i am very socially awkward and i like good TV shows. i just wish that “drive” would have gotten the attention and chance that “lost” got. even though it might have gotten stupid, or the story may have played out, but i would have liked to have seen all that. if you read all this, good for you. i do hate to tell you, however, that you will never get that minute and a half it took to read it back. so, sorry? :) xoxo-L

  6. Michael says

    Just bought it on Amazon instant video. What an amazing show, such an original plotline. Shame it didn’t didn’t last very long. Although, after hearing that John Trimble was going to be hit by a bus if the show continued, kind of made me wonder if this show was about to turn crappy anyways. I mean, you can’t just start killing off main characters for the purpose of black humor. Maybe Fox sensed this and that’s why they cancelled it.

  7. says

    Seriously this how rocked! a shame that it died b4 its time. Please Mr. Minear at least make a book series, trust me us fans will eat it up and get some questions answered! Would love to see the continuation at least this way, if tv series can’t be resurrected.

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