Revolution @ PaleyFest: Scoop on the Blackout (Answers Soon!), Georgia's 'Badass' Boss & More

RevolutionRevolution executive producers Eric Kripke, J.J. Abrams and Jon Favreau joined the cast of their hit NBC series at PaleyFest on Saturday to to drop a bombshell: “We reveal why the power went out — and we do it early,” Kripke shared at the top of the panel discussion.

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In fact, the answer will come as soon as Episode 13 of this season (which resumes March 25 with Episode 11). And while it might seem like that’s too quick to give away one of the show’s biggest mysteries, the EP said they couldn’t keep skirting around it since “Rachel would know” the answer and has no reason not to tell the others.

“It opens the door to a bigger story and a bigger mystery,” Kripke teased, adding that drama will have a “much more epic scope” as the revolution against Monroe really heats up. “The fights get bigger, the emotion gets more fraught,” he continued.

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Other topics touched on during the PaleyFest Q&A:

SO MANY ANSWERS | The reason behind the blackout isn’t the only mystery to be solved. “Every question that has been asked, at least certainly in the first 10 [episodes], we answer it before the end of the season — and still allow for a lot more questions and interesting developments to happen,” previewed Kripke. Among the enigmas explored: “Why did Rachel slap Miles? What is their history about? Where’s Grace right now? What’s Randall want from her? What turned Miles and Monroe against each other?”

GOING ABROAD | When the show explores the world outside of the Monroe Republic, the freedom fighters will find that not everyone is living under harsh conditions. “Georgia is influenced by factors like climate,” explained Kripke, so there are more crops and well-fed citizens. The land is also ruled by Leslie Hope’s President Foster, who is “badass, She’s really steely and strong and has her own management style that is quite different from Monroe’s.” In exploring the other republics, Kripke liked the idea of a “Game of Thrones influence, with different politics and aspects of these societies clashing against each other.”

CAN MONROE BE SAVED? | “The question of redemption is a bit more murky for someone like Monroe,” said his portrayer, David Lyons. “There’s a void in him that can’t be filled with all the power in the world and that’s a dangerous situation. He’s a broken man, and the question is: Can he be mended? I’m not sure.”

MAMA, WHY’D YOU GO? | Charlie will have “a lot of anger and resentment” toward her mother, previewed Tracy Spiridakos. Making matters worse, Rachel (played by Elizabeth Mitchell) doesn’t really have any answers for her daughter about why she had to leave her behind. So for Charlie, it’s about finding “her way in [with her mother] without getting burned.”

FATHER/SON FIGHT TIME | JD Pardo counts an upcoming confrontation between Nate and Neville — in which the youngster “stands up for himself” — as one of his favorite moments.

THE EX RETURNS | When Aaron reconnects with the wife he abandoned, “They’re able to work out their issues,” teased Kripke. “Now he’s found his strength, so what does that mean for them?”

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  1. Teag says:

    Do 22 episodes! Do the last 2 episodes as a 2-hour block without The Voice to help it.

  2. farhan iqbal says:

    the show is now on the cancelation bubble becuz if they don’t start answering the questions soon the show will face the same fate as flashforward now the show is on a very delicate stage if the audience don’t return for the show. NBC will have launched a kick into their own a$$.

  3. John says:

    Will this be another Ringer? Very popular, on hiatus for an eternity, no one came back. Cancelled

  4. Bark Star says:

    They will have to work hard to make up for this very stupid mistake of extended hiatus. Answering a lot of questions is a way to do it. So good luck.

    • Tran says:

      It’s just an Eric Kripke/J.J. Abrams series. Who isn’t a big fan or Mr. Abrams? The guy did Lost and Fringe and Person of Interest as does movies like Star Trek and Mission: Impossible and the upcoming Star Wars reboot.

  5. Tran says:

    Hope REVOLUTION may break the serialized curse once and for all and it could have a better chance of getting renewed for Season Two by NBC. If you haven’t look for answers whether it’s On Demand, the show’s website and more, you better be.

  6. fsaq says:

    Can’t wait for the show to begin again!! I love the political direction it took in the last few episodes, especially with Captain Neville eyeing the top post. And if other republics are given substantial coverage, it could be one of the most interesting shows on TV. And yes, I can’t wait to have Elizabeth Mitchell and Giancarlo Esposito back on my screen.

  7. Drew says:

    I hope they took the time off and really thought about how to fix the show. Some elements that they threw into the early episodes were simply for writer convenience and I would like to see more thought put into how that world would work realistically. I’m not even sure that it can be fixed, with what they’ve established, but they should try.

    If they didn’t at least acknowledge their weaknesses, I probably won’t feel sorry for them if the show gets canceled.

    • Mel says:

      I hope during the hiatus they took the time to teach Charlie how to act! She, by far, is the weakest link. Frankly, a recast would be best. I bet no one would care.

      • Drew says:

        I always think of her as Ariel… y’know, this completely naive fish out of water who thinks that a fork is a comb.

        Except, Charlie is just living in the world that she grew up in, so she just seems really stupid. One problem with the show is that when the power went out, it seems to have disrupted the electrical activity in human brains, rendering everyone mindless. 15 years and there is no industrial society just because they don’t have electricity? That is stupid. There would be plenty of bullets. Plenty of boats going to and from Europe. Plenty of trains. Probably cars within 15 years… The world would be set back, but it would not collapse. new inventions would come along.

        Our society was greatly altered by the internet. Geeks who would have been spending their adult lives in cubicles are now billionaires. If there were another shift in the landscape of our society, another element would rise, and a we would adjust. We wouldn’t just start using ipods as shovels, we would make frigging shovels! Okay, they haven’t gone that far, but you get my point. Everyone on the show acts like one of the crash survivors on Lost. Not someone who has had 15 years to establish a new norm.

        • jess says:

          well no if you think about it society would start to go crazy, criminals let of of prison people looting shops for food money. There would be no one to stop the crime rates, no laws no rules the society would start to collapse. So yeah the show is very realistic. I really hope the show does do a season 2 because it is very addictive and entertaining to watch. I also think your forgetting that its just a TV show not a documentary so you should stop being so judgmental trying to spot every little think that was wrong with the show.

  8. Josh says:

    My problem was I just don’t care about most of these characters. They’re are sort of…blah.

  9. Lor says:

    This show is ok. Its definately better than Deception. I could really do without elizabeth mitchell’s character. I feel like I’m watching Lost because she is playing the same exact character even with an extremely similar storyline. Either change it up or just get rid of her.

  10. Patricia says:

    I forgot about this show.

  11. lipsticksocialism says:

    I really really want this show to do well but it still feels like there’s a missing link that would make the show great, ahhh!