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The Night Agent EP Shawn Ryan Gets Candid About Difficult Death Decisions and Not Forcing the Heroes’ Romance

Night Agent Deaths Changed
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The following contains spoilers from Season 1 of Netflix’s The Night Agent.

The Night Agent‘s Rose almost had to dispatch a different Russian assassin, had showrunner Shawn Ryan had gone a different way with a major death in Episode 6 of the 10-episode Netflix hit.

Based on the novel of the same name by Matthew Quirk, Season 1 of The Night Agent follows Peter Sutherland (played by Gabriel Basso), a low-level FBI Agent who works in the basement of the White House, manning a phone that never rings — until it does.

That call, from Luciane Buchanan’s panicked Rose Larkin, propels both Peter and computer whiz Rose into a fast-moving conspiracy that ultimately leads all the way to the Oval Office. All the while, the heroic couple are dogged by not just a team of lovebird assassins, but an inscrutable bunch of White House bigwigs.

As such, there are multiple deaths along the way, some of which sparked “debate” in the writers room, Ryan shares in the TVLine Q&A below. The veteran of The Shield, Terriers and S.W.A.T. also ponders the secret to the quickly-renewed show’s success and reveals how Peter and Rose weren’t necessarily headed to bed in Episode 7 — or ever.

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