Revolution Midseason Finale Preview: A 'Crisis' for Miles, Monroe's Power Plays and More!

Revolution Billy BurkeRevolution‘s band of fighters have finally reached Philadelphia, but the City of Brotherly Love it ain’t. In fact, the survivors’ troubles are only beginning now that they’re in enemy territory.

Here, co-executive producer David Rambo previews Monday’s big midseason finale (NBC, 10/9c), which features an internal conflict for Miles, the reveal of Monroe’s plans and a possible mother/daughter reunion. The EP also teases what’s in store for the second half of Season 1 (hint: it involves travel), which kicks off on March 25.

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TVLINE | What challenges lie ahead for Miles, Charlie and everyone now that they’re in Philadelphia?
Next week will be the first time that all the Mathesons are in the same city since the premiere. So there are lots of opportunities to see what could happen there. A big challenge for Miles is — [as] part of him revealed in the hallucination he had last [Monday] — if Monroe asked him to come back, he would like that. We are going to see Miles and Monroe come face-to-face, and Monroe is going to ask him to come back to the militia.

TVLINE | How does that meeting compare with the one that we saw in this past episode? (Granted, it was a hallucination.)
[Laughs] Well, the hallucinations pretty much express Miles’ own internal needs and wants. Really it was from Miles’ heart, the hallucination. But Monroe really means it when he says, “I want you back. Come back.” We’ll see that next week. Of course, that’s a crisis for Miles.

TVLINE | Despite the fact that obviously something really horrible went down between them and Miles tried to assassinate Monroe, is there a feeling of brotherhood and love when they meet again?
A lot of that’s going to be revealed in [Monday’s] episode…. It’s really the heart of the episode. I can tell you we really go pretty deeply into how the bond was formed, how far back in their lives it goes and the crisis that that presents in the present for them both when they come face-to-face. And there is an epic sword fight. I have to say that. It’s fantastic.

TVLINE | Can you hint at all about why Miles would even consider realigning himself with Monroe? What’s in it for him? Is it a sense of purpose? Does he miss the power?
That’s it exactly. He had a very strong sense of identity when he was creating the militia with a guy who was really his brother and his best friend… So he misses that relationship. He also had a much stronger sense of identity when he was in the militia and building something and had the respect and the force [and] the might of a fighting force to command. It was very seductive to him. He liked it. In a funny way, he doesn’t really know who he is as a Matheson yet. But he knows who he is as General Miles Matheson.

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TVLINE | Now that Charlie is in Philadelphia, will there be a reunion or fleeting moment where she and Rachel come into contact?
I don’t want to give you any spoilers about the family. But I can tell you that the writing staff watched the final edit of next week’s episode together, and we were all in tears. So there’s a lot of emotion to come from the Matheson family in particular.

Revolution Elizabeth MitchellTVLINE | Is Monroe going to retaliate against Rachel for the stabbing? Or has she actually managed to spare herself?
She spared herself because now he really does need her. She’s a scientist.The stakes are a lot higher. She’s going to be watched and guarded, building what he needs her to build. But she’s done everything against her will. She was trying to sabotage Monroe. But whether or not she’s able to do that now, we’ll find out.

TVLINE | That definitely was a bomb that she was building?
It definitely was a bomb. Clever mother.

TVLINE | So far, the pendants has been explained pretty neatly. Is there more to the story than what we’ve seen?
Yes. [Laughs] There is more. I know there are some viewers who are counting pendants. Very closely. They don’t all agree on how many [we’ve seen], but they’re counting pendants.

TVLINE | Will Charlie cross paths with Jason/Nate now that she’s in Philly?
We’ve not seen the last of Jason at all. Yes, their paths will cross again.

TVLINE | Is there one big question that we should expect to get an answer to in the finale?
Yes. The finale will answer some questions, but it will pose even more because it is a really good cliffhanger. One of the big things that will be revealed actually, I believe, is what Monroe’s plans really are.

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TVLINE | Billy Burke said he imagines the other republics are going to go to war with Monroe because it seems like he wants world domination.
Yeah. We’re talking very much about the other republics as we look at writing the second half of the season. I’ll tell you, last week we had [executive producer and pilot director] Jon Favreau with us for a day in the writer’s room. He loves these other republics, what they could be. He gave us some fantastic ideas about what these other places in North America might look like 15 years after a blackout.

TVLINE | Does that mean we might actually get to see some of them in the second half of the season?
We very possibly will.

TVLINE | I’m really curious about them, especially Texas. Did Texas swallow up New Mexico? Is that why it’s bigger?
No. Texas has reclaimed parts of Mexico after the blackout. It just took the northern chunk of Mexico where there’s a lot of manufacturing and raw materials.

TVLINE | You mentioned a cliffhanger. Is it going to be like, “OMG, I cant believe that just happened!” or “What on earth will happen in the first minutes of March 25?!”?
I would say both. We’re going to be off the air for four months. We have to give people something to look forward to in March.

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  1. greysfan says:

    Great interview but a 4 months break? Seriously NBC? I love this show but you are taking a huge risk at the 4 month break aren’t you?

    I am looking forward to this episode very much. The possibility of so many things that can happen and going around in my head. Bring on Monday!

    • Christine says:

      I agree ! 4 months is too long. Do they want to kill the show or what?

      • Stranger says:

        Either they risk to fix some few twitches or they risk to loose their audience. Monday nights have nothing worth watching, that’s why the show is still going strong. A 4 months break is a huge gamble all things considered

        • GK says:

          None of the nights at 10pm (except AHS and Sunday nights, of course) have anything to watch if you think about it. The only 10pm shows I’m really interested in are Revolution, Castle and sometimes H50. So, I think Mondays are the worst. A 4-month hiatus and then running all the episodes at a stretch makes sense. Hope it pays off.

    • wordsmith says:

      I think that four months off is way better than airing a couple of episodes, then taking 2 or 3 weeks off over and over, and it’s no worse than airing everything continuously and then having to wait 7 months for the new season in September or October.

  2. John says:

    Oh, the possibilities!!! I can’t wait for the midseason finale. Its going to be a harsh 4 months without Revolution.

  3. Rachel is literally the only character I like in that show. I only keep watching it to see her and Charlie reunited. It’s probably too early for them to meet already, but since it’s already met her son (what’s his name again? Danny?), I’m hoping for a quick reunion? Now this interview gave me hope!

    • Ella B. says:

      I’m ready to see them find each other too — at the very least Charlie should find out her mother’s alive this episode. The promos have shown her finding Danny and you’d think that’d be something he’d bring up pretty quickly…

      • Stranger says:

        Personally, I can’t wait to see Aaron’s reaction to Ben’s friggin’ wife alive and well – and with full custody of Danny – after Maggie died trying to find Charlie’s brother.

        Or Monroe’s reaction to Miles’s tech savy new friend, so conveniently within his grasp just in time to turn the lights back on ( “A Google guy, for me? And it’s not even my brithday. Thank you, Miles!”)

    • Kreshnik says:

      Am I the only one that kind of wished that Hunter Parrish who played Silas on Weeds played the character Danny?

      That character would have been so great for him!! ^^

      • anon says:

        i only started watching revolution yesterday and the first time i saw danny, with the film angle or something, i thought it was hunter parrish! and then i realized that, sadly, no it was not. he would’ve definitely been perfect!

    • Renee says:

      That’s interesting, because Rachel is the character I dislike the most. I don’t like her and I don’t empathize with her. Miles is by far the most interesting character to me.

      And the four month break….sucks.

      • I can’t stand Miles. Literally, every scene he’s in, I just want to skip. My mom’s the same way! I adored how in the end Rachel just killed the guy last episode. I was like, “Hey, there’s *something* good in this show.

  4. Gigi says:

    I agree with the other posters. Four months is a LONG TIME to be off the air. That worries me a lot. :(

  5. Jamie Z says:

    Gotta say – I was pretty moved by Monroe’s plea to reunite with Miles… there’s something to be said for personal loyalty, especially between friends as close as these two.

    This is a long-shot, but maybe it’s possible Monroe redeems himself down the road (maybe a later season?). Hypothetically, a conniving underling overthrows Monroe and pursues an even more evil agenda (nuclear weapons, anyone?). Monroe then rediscovers who he truly is – the character is inherently quite sympathetic, given his past (as revealed in tonight’s episode). Maybe Randall proves to be the ultimate villain… or Rachel… the possibilities are endless.

    Just a gut feeling that we won’t always be rooting against Monroe – I just think that the juxtaposition between Miles’ gut-wrenching dismissal of their friendship (“you’re too far gone, Bass”) and the personal love Monroe feels for Miles is just too promising to give up! It’d be one heck of a plot twist…

  6. kathy wood says:

    Why are they not back till March? People will forget..