Blindspot Season 2 Spoilers

Blindspot: Luke Mitchell on Jane's Test, Roman's Scar, His Own Hairy Situation

A family feud of sorts is percolating on NBC’s Blindspot (Wednesdays at 8/7c), now that Jane’s truthfulness and loyalty to her “mother,” Shepherd, has been called into question, by Cade’s resurfacing.

Luke Mitchell shared with TVLine Roman’s own POV on sister “Remi” and the big, deadly test she is about to face. Plus: Who would win in a fight between all of Mitchell’s badass TV characters?

TVLINE | People want to warm up to your Blindspot character, but then he goes and jabs a syringe in Jane’s neck….
Yeah, right? You just never know what you’re going to get with ol’ Roman.

TVLINE | How bad is it looking for Jane, now that “Mom” (played by Michelle Hurd) thinks she’s a rat?
Jane’s no worse off necessarily than whats she’s been through in the past season — she’s been living the most stressful life anyone could have. But having said that, Shepherd does up the ante in terms of trying to get Jane back to being her old self, to who we know her to be. With that comes Jane’s first big test from Shepherd, a mission she goes on with Roman. And born out of that is a bit of tough love from Roman, to impress upon her the importance of her finding “her way back” — because if she doesn’t, Roman is scared of what Shepherd might do.

TVLINE | Do you think Roman is strictly worried for Jane, or is he himself also a bit disappointed in her?
Definitely both. He wants her to come back, and the more that doesn’t happen, the more that time goes on, the more frustrating it is for Roman. Jane is Roman’s world, essentially, she’s the closest thing he has, so it’s frustrating for him to have her back but not have her back, for her to not remember the bond they created through the traumatic history they share.

TVLINE | At one point in this week’s episode, someone refers to Roman as “the maniac brother.” Can you talk about the damage he lives with? Has life with Shepherd all these years not been honky dory?
Oh, he is the most damaged person you could possibly imagine. He’s had a terrible, terrible upbringing. His parents were murdered, he spent time in this orphanage in South Africa during apartheid. He was basically trained as a child soldier, in really horrible conditions, but he endured that life with his older, stronger sister — hence the bond that they share.

And then he is rescued by this American woman who takes them under her wing and essentially acts as their mother, but she probably isn’t the most mothering person in the world! You can read into the fact that they don’t call her Mom, that they call her Shepherd. And in the scenes you’ve seen, Shepherd has shown one moment of care for Roman, but in the same breath she says, “You’re not as good as Jane, you can never do what she does.” As a result, he’s got all this scar tissue surrounding him, not just in physical appearance but emotionally as well.

TVLINE | That was my next question: Is there a specific story behind his scar? Seems there should be, given the extra half-hour in makeup you probably have to sit through.
It’s more like 15 minutes [Laughs], but yes, we do go there, and there’s definitely a story about Remi and Roman’s time in the orphanage, which is imperative both to their story and to them as individuals.

TVLINE | How soon will we start getting a sense of what exactly Stage 2 is about?
Pretty quickly, I’d say. Basically, they have their foot on the accelerator and they’re pushing it to the ground, going as fast as they can. You won’t be waiting terribly long at all.

TVLINE | Who would win in a fight: Roman, Agents of SHIELD‘s Lincoln or The Tomorrow People‘s John?
[Laughs] It depends on the motivation. Technically speaking, if Lincoln wanted to kill the other two guys, he’d probably be able to do that. But John’s pretty crafty, and he can teleport all around. And Roman’s the most brutal of them all, so….

TVLINE | It’d be a helluva fight, that’s for sure.
It would be interesting!

TVLINE | Did you have to learn anything new, skillset-wise, for this role? Any close-quarters combat?
To be honest, I didn’t have time to learn anything before we started shooting, so I’ve really been flying by the seat of my pants. I’ve really been tested and challenged on endurance, fight choreography…. Obviously it helps to have played these [kinds of] roles previously; I’ve had to learn a lot and that helps with muscle memory. Learning fights is like learning a dance. But in terms of fitness, I’m consciously trying to up my regime just to make sure I’m as fit Blindspot - Season 2as I possibly can be, so that I’m ready for whatever the writers throw at me.

TVLINE | And lastly, the big question: How much of that facial hair is yours? None of it? Some?
It’s all me, baby! It’s my “holiday beard.” I auditioned with it because I didn’t think I was right for the character initially — “Nah, I’m not going to shave” — and lo and behold, [showrunner] Martin Gero loved the beard and wanted me to keep it. I was like, “Hell yeah!” I love it, because it’s obviously a really different look. Then you start noticing how itchy it is, but I’m learning all sorts of things about beard maintenance and beard oil… the whole thing!

Want more scoop on Blindspot, or for any other show? Email insideline@tvline.com and your question may be answered via Matt’s Inside Line.

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6 Comments
  1. Joey Padron says:

    Great interview with Luke. He’s been doing good on Blindspot so far. Good to have him back on TV again. Miss seeing him on Agents of Shield.

  2. Skittles&Bits says:

    Great interview. I’m a big fan of his and I’m so glad to see him on one of my favorite shows. I’m just hoping Roman sticks around longer than Lincoln or John haha.

  3. Ian says:

    Blindspot piles the misery on and it’s a badly campy show (“Go clean yourself up!”), but I had to see the premiere for Luke. He’s one of my dream men, lol. And I knew he liked the scruffy look, but the hairier the better. It looks good on him.
    If I hear they’ve done something especially interesting with his character, I’ll prob check it out. Chances are Jane’s brother will stick around. But Jane and Kurt is over for me.

  4. Jeff says:

    Season 2 better get some direction and include more plots around Jane’s tattoos or it will wilt on the vine. It has become just another spy v. spy convoluted script.

  5. Sandy Moschetti Young says:

    I really thought this year they would lower the music. It is just too darn loud. Hard to understand what they are saying. There were so many complaints last year. SO I won’t be watching this year.

  6. Sarah says:

    Finally something about Roman! I really like his tough/soft character. Sociopaths don’t have feelings like he does. He’s capable of love obviously. Can’t stand Naz. Other than that I feel something in the show is missing. If Jane was full body tattooed what was the purpose, To take down the FBI through codes? I get it that Sandstorm wanted Kurt to take over as he was less corrupt, but why go through all the puzzles of the tattoos if they plan to just wipe out the system and start new anyway, how can Jane’s tattoos do that? I get it they are clues to take out some corrupt organizations and to stop a lot of bad things, but since Sandstorm’s mission is to do that anyway, why go through all that. I guess i’ll have to go back and binge on the entire first and second series up to this point, And why wipe her memory if now Shepherd and Roman want her to get it back? I’m missing something.