Revolution 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.
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.
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?”Follow @VladaGelman