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''Alias'' scraps original season finale script. After teasing fans with an ''incredibly difficult choice'' for Sydney, the idea was pulled for one with ''revenge''

It's time to adjust your ''Alias'' intel: While teasing the May 23 season finale in EW #761, one of the show's exec producers revealed that Sydney (Jennifer Garner, above) would have to make an ''incredibly difficult choice'': She could ''only save one of the two people she cares about most in life.'' But now the choice has been made -- to scrap that script. ''I felt like it didn't do a number of things that I wanted to see,'' says series creator J.J. Abrams. ''So the writers and I adjusted the story, and in doing that, the ending changed as well.'' So what will actually happen? Abrams is playing it close to the bulletproof vest. ''It's a revenge tale,'' he offers. ''It's also a morality play for Sydney because she's determined to put an end to the trouble that this year has been, yet she doesn't want to become as dark a figure as those she despises. The question is: How far will she go to right what has been wrong? And the ending -- while it resolves a lot of issues -- raises a key question of trust.'' Trust us: We'll be watching.

Originally posted May 21, 2004 Published in issue #766 May 21, 2004 Order article reprints