With one woman, the marvellously talented Tatiana Maslany, playing as many as 11 characters on Orphan Black, we expect a little confusion about who’s who. But right now, the biggest source of confusion in the show’s cast is over who, exactly, this “Swan Man” is. Don’t worry — we got you.
“Swan Man” is just a nickname Helena and the deceased Maggie Chen had for Ethan Duncan, one of the folks in charge of Project LEDA and also Rachel’s adoptive father. But that’s not even the most confusing part. Originally believed dead, Ethan Duncan, AKA Swan Man, has been living under an assumed identity — Andrew Peckham — for a number of years. So Swan Man = Ethan Duncan = Andrew Peckham.
In Season 2, Episode 6: “To Hound Nature In Her Wanderings," Sarah tracks down Swan Man by poking through his files at the Cold River Institute. After discovering his home (where Mrs. S of all people answers the door), Sarah learns the old man may not be the big bad we thought he was.
Sure, he did clone and a bunch of people and slap patents on their DNA, but it seems his intentions may have been less creepy than previously assumed, while Dr. Leekie — who was just starting to seem like an alright guy — is the real baddie. Not that we really take anything anyone on this show says at face value, except maybe Felix and any clone not named Rachel Duncan.