Revolution's Billy Burke on Miles' 'Brilliant' Run-In With Monroe and Rachel's Mysterious Backstory
Things get trippy in Monday’s Revolution (NBC, 10/9c) when Miles, Charlie & Co. have trouble figuring out what’s real and what’s fantasy. Their hallucinations will be accompanied by the music of legendary rockers Led Zeppelin, who granted the freshman hit the rights to use two songs – “Since I’ve Been Loving You” and “Kashmir” (which is also the episode’s title) – in the special installment.
Know what else rocks? With only two new hours left before the show takes a hiatus until March 25, Billy Burke tackled some of our burning questions.
WHAT’S GOT THE GANG SEEING THINGS? | When the band of survivors finds itself in an incredibly disorienting situation, “We walk the line between what the characters know as reality and what might not be reality [and] what might be playing with their heads a little bit,” previews Burke. “It’s really cool.”
WILL WE SEE MORE OF MILES’ SOFTER SIDE? |“All of his past and all of the memories and all the damage that’s been done, it’s been germinating for so long and now it’s bubbling to the surface and coming out in ways that he never would have expected. As he starts to do that and Charlie starts to get tougher and sink deeper… we’re going to see them start to take on each other’s characteristics a little bit.” But Miles’ badass nature isn’t going anywhere. “We’re not going to lose that. Somebody’s got to keep the peace, and he’s really the only guy in that group that can do it at this point.”
HOW DID MILES BECOME A MILITIA BADDIE? | “We’re going to start to see where it all came from and how it all happened. We actually haven’t gotten to any of those episodes, but I know they’re coming. But as this year comes to a close and we open next year with the second half of the season, from my understanding, we’re going to start to get heavy into that backstory.”
HOW WILL MILES AND MONROE’S FACE-TO-FACE GO? | The former friends come together in the midseason finale, and it “gets really fun,” teases Burke. The meeting “happens in a very unexpected way, just a brilliant and a creative way on the writers’ parts… It’s tough because there was a point… during the past 15 years where Miles did try to take him out and overthrow [him]. Two lifelong best friends, brothers, having had that happened, coming back together, it’s tough.” In the new year, Burke says, we’ll even glimpse “some flashes of Miles and Bass several years after the blackout.”
WHAT THE DEAL WITH MILES AND RACHEL? | “It’s a-coming,” teases Burke of the characters’ shared backstory. While he hasn’t filmed any flashback scenes with Tim Guinee’s Ben yet, “the relationship with Miles and Rachel is starting to come to light.” And that story might just lead him to some new players like Randall. So will his journey cross with that of the Department of Defense mystery man? “Eventually, because of his relationship with Rachel,” replies Burke. “Rachel’s heavily embedded into that part of the storyline. We don’t know what the extents and depth are of Miles and Rachel’s relationship yet, but as that starts to get revealed and as we get closer and closer to getting Danny, I’m sure those will intersect at some point.”
WILL WE VISIT THE OTHER REPUBLICS? | While the series hasn’t filmed any trips to other North American lands like the California Commonwealth or Texas yet, Burke imagines a storm is brewing “The Monroe Militia, if they could, would take over the entire continent, so it’s my guess that the other militias are going to go to war with them.”
WHY DID THE POWER GO OUT?! | Answers are coming! “One of the things [creator Eric] Kripke’s been talking about from the get-go is not to build expectations so high that you can’t fill them. The reason that the power went off, it’s a central theme in the show, but we’re going to reveal that sooner [rather] than later so it doesn’t have to be this enormous, mind-blowing [moment of], ‘Oh my God!’ It’ll be interesting enough to make sense and move the story forward from there.” To that end, Monday’s episode will feature “information revealed about the blackout that we wouldn’t have thought of,” previews Burke. So far, the amulets have turned on the electricity just a little here and there, powering objects like an iPhone or a lighthouse, but “imagine if that were amplified a little bit, bit by bit,” he hints.
IS IT MARCH YET? | “It feels big,” says Burke of the Nov. 26 midseason finale, so prepare to count down the days until the show’s return. As for the actor, he’s not too concerned about the four-month hiatus. “The whole thing is new to me. I’ve never had a series that’s gone past 12 episodes… All that I know is it looks like we’re doing well, and it looks like people are enjoying the show. I, as much as anybody else, can’t wait to see what happens.”Follow @VladaGelman