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Game of Silence Promises Season 1 Payoff, 'Shocking' Set-Up for Future

Though NBC’s upcoming Game of Silence revolves around one central mystery, its freshman run will offer resolution — while also setting the stage for any possible second season.

Adapted by executive producer David Hudgins from the Turkish series Suskunlar, Game of Silence stars David Lyons (Revolution) as Jackson Brooks, a rising star attorney whose perfect life is at risk of being upended when two childhood pals, Gil and Shawn (played by Once Upon a Time‘s Michael Raymond-James and Rescue Me‘s Larenz Tate), resurface with a powder keg of a problem that threatens to dredge back up a very tragic part of their past. Bre Blair (Make It or Break It) co-stars as Jessie, married Jackson’s onetime crush.

By the end of its yet-to-be-scheduled 10-episode Season 1, “You get a result and you get a payoff,” Hudgins affirmed on Wednesday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, “but it’s also an ending that people will find shocking and enjoyable… open[ing] up the world to a whole other level.”

Or as Raymond-James put it, “Those answers that [viewers] get this season lead to new questions.”

To differentiate Game of Silence from its source material as well as give it extra legs, Hudgins added “a whole level of conspiracy” involving the former warden and guards of the juvenile detention facility where Jackson and his friends served a literally torturous, abuse-laden nine-month sentence for a prank-gone-very wrong.

Also, to complement flashbacks that chronicle the lead characters’ long-ago ordeal, Hudgins also introduced a third, more recent timeline that injects an added twist and tension to the current-day events, as Jackson struggles to manage the crisis dropped at his feet by Gil and Shawn.

Though Jackson’s priorities don’t immediately sync up with that of his onetime friends, the fact is that what they went through as kids has forged a connection that no amount of selfish self-protection can supersede.

“‘Friends are relatives that you choose for yourself,’ and that trauma that happened [created] a bond that will forever hold them together,” Raymond-James said. He then added, “There is friction” upon their reunion as adults, “but it’s all in trying to move forward and pick up the pieces, collectively.”

Picking up these pieces, however, may be far, far easier said than done. Said exec producer/CSI vet Carol Mendelsohn, “That question of ‘Does the punishment fit the crime?’ and ‘Can you ever give a younger person back their innocence?… It permeates everything.”


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  1. Mr. Tran K says:

    Game of Silence is destined to become a breakout hit for NBC. Great to see David Lyons back on TV and part of the NBC family yet again (ER, The Cape and Revolution).

  2. Stacie says:

    So excited for this!!!

  3. A.B. says:

    So is the source material the movie “Sleepers”. Because it sounds exactly like it. Kids being sent to juvie and being horribly taken advantage of by the guards for 1 year and then they get their revenge when they are adults.

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      See second sentence.

      • Dmac says:

        The Turkish series is almost identical to Sleepers so it stands to reason this show will too. Not complaining, Sleepers was a fantastic book and a good movie that would have made a great series. I can’t wait.

        • Jean says:

          Game of silence should not be cancelled because it’s the best of the best. Cancelling would be a big mistake. The finale left us wondering so why cancel before the warden is taken down. This is not fair to leaving us without a ending. I object to the cancelling


      • leprekan says:

        It looks like the Turkish series that this was adapted from used the original book “Sleepers” as part of its source material, meaning this is also “descended” from that material that inspired the movie.

    • Dmac says:

      That is the first thing I thought of as well.

    • Carole Ellis says:

      Looked up the Turkish series and it was based on the 1995 novel Sleepers as well as a newspaper article.

    • seth collins says:

      yes it is its a remake of a Turkish show that was based on the book sleepers

    • Janet says:

      I was racking my brain trying to remember the name of the movie with same plot line. And thank you– “Sleepers’ is the movie and that was my thought exactly.

  4. Cat says:

    But when will this show air?? It sounds so good! Why is NBC dragging its feet??

  5. HeatherC says:

    Oh this sounds fantastic. This is the one show that I’ve been the most excited to see this season so I hope NBC gets it on their schedule soon! It will be awesome to have MRJ and David Lyons back on my TV again!! =)

  6. I am extremely excited for this series! And Happy to see Michael Raymond James on my tv screen again. Thank you for the news, Matt!

  7. Very excited about Game of Silence. Thank you for the article Matt.

  8. len84 says:

    This all sounds good.

    Not keen on the actors especially MRJ (since ouat)

    • Gold says:

      Hey please keep captain swan bias away from this . MRJ was booted for you lot, at least let him work a new project , please show a bit of respect . Thankyiu And Matt! Thankyou for this proffessional non biased article for this show , I appreciate it

  9. Mandy roby says:

    This is going to be great david lyons always delivers his best every time

  10. Marilyn Elizabeth Wells says:

    Am I allowed to say I was a recurring BG on this series ? It was such an Exciting and Awesome time filming ! I can hardly wait to see this on NBC…The cast and crew we so professional and nice ( food was good too)…so humbled by the opperitunity

  11. Sue says:

    It is scheduled – premiere is April 7th at 10 PM, per NBC.

  12. John says:

    Is this based off the movie Sleepers?

  13. David Richards says:

    this show sure sounds like the excellent movie caller Sleepers 1996 with Brad Pitt, Deniro, Kevin Bacon and more.

  14. Marty says:

    Shame, shame for not mentioning this series is based on Lorenzo Carcaterra’s book, Sleepers, from 1995.

  15. annie says:

    Is this a spin off of the movie sleepers?

  16. Shi says:

    This show is both riviting and intriguing. Very enjoyable and leaves you wanting more. Always can’t wait for the next week.

  17. Barbara Emmett says:

    The acting was good and so was the story line (even tho it may have been done before). There is so much crap on TV now and this was a good story mini series. Thanks.

  18. Brenda says:

    Need a season 2

  19. Bring back Game of Silence, already!! What are you waiting for? You have heard from viewers in great numbers… what are you waiting for.

  20. Cindy says:

    Game of Silence best show EVER

  21. melissa says:

    I really hope they dont cancel game of silence! I loved that show and it still keeps me hanging about whats going to happen, if nbc dont pick it up im sure someone else can PLEASE!!!

  22. Odessa Green says:

    I can’t believe there won’t be a season 2 it’s so sad because it’s a very good show and it happens in our everyday lives and I wish that you could just put it back on NBC or on another Show on Netflix Hulu because it’s an inspirational and it must have hit home to someone that wanted to show off so please air the show again

  23. Nancy says:

    Please bring this show back, been waiting for it to come back on to see what happens. I didn’t realize it was cancelled. So sick of having anew series we enjoy and then it being cancelled!!!