TV Weekly cover: There are no secrets anymore as Blindspot returns for season two

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01 September 2016

NBC, new season premieres Wednesday, Sept. 14, 10/9c

By Lori Acken

Blindspotters, have you caught your breath after those whiz-bang episodes that led up to the show’s Season 1 finale? Well, prepare to lose it all over again when the NBC drama returns in its new Wednesday night time slot, Sept. 14, 10/9c.

“The show picks up three months after the season finale,” says Blindspot creator Martin Gero. “They’re all in a dark space. So the first episode is really about how they can reconcile what happened last year and whether they can continue to work with Jane and bring down the group that did this to all of them — and did this to Jane (Jaimie Alexander), even though Jane originally was a spearhead of this organization.”

Kurt Weller (Sullivan Stapleton) and company get badly needed help in that department — even though more trouble awaits.

Leading the charge: The Good Wife standout Archie Panjabi, whose character was unnamed as of presstime. “We originally called the character Archie, because we were like, ‘Well, we’re never going to get her, so we might as well call her Archie,’” Gero laughs. “She works for the NSA and she’s going to play a major role in helping the team reconcile their very mixed emotions towards Jane and each other.

What’s really fun about the opening of the season is everyone knows everything. There’s no secrets anymore. Right away, you’re going to learn Jane’s real name, you’re going to learn who she is, where she’s really from. Then we grow from there.”

As for what Weller did in that three-month time jump, Stapleton jokes, “I think after the death of his father and then finding out Jane isn’t who she says she is, he went on holiday. Kurt went to London, then Monaco, and then Australia. No, it’s been a hard few months for Kurt. To find out about his father, that hurt him — and also the fact that Kurt’s an FBI agent and he was living with a guy who murdered a child. There’s a lot spinning in the works for that — for his beliefs.”

As for Jane’s fate, Alexander says, “I assumed where it would go from there is Jane goes to jail. I was like, ‘Cool! Can I shave my head?’” What really transpires, she reveals, “was some of the hardest stuff I’ve ever had to film, emotionally and physically. ... It’s very violent. It’s very rough. Where we go from there is, she has a breaking point and she’s like, ‘No more.’ She starts to take charge.”

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