In NBC’s new hit drama Revoluiton, the face of the United States has changed drastically. Fifteen years after all electricity fails, militias, armies, and other factions have seized control of the landscape.
So far in the series most of the attention has been focused on the Monroe Republic, led by General Sebastian Monroe (David Lyons). We knew there must be other groups in other places, but Monroe’s territory is the place where all of the action of the show has taken place thus far. That’s beginning to change, however, and we’re getting glimpses what else is out there. In the latest episode of Revolution, there was a map of all the territory. Now EW has a close-up look at that map, which gives you a clearer picture of the political landscape a decade-and-a-half after the lights go out.
As you can see, the Monroe Republic occupies the northeast section of what was the United States, running west to the Mississippi River. There are, in total, five different republics. Looking at this map, you have to say, good for Texas, they finally get to be their own independent country again. And isn’t that what they’ve wanted all along?
The best thing about finally getting to a clear look at who is in charge of what, is that it introduces a million different possibilities for the future of Revolution. So far the focus has been relatively small in scope, basically the story of one family/group. Knowing what’s out there sets up the potential for sweeping, large-scale conflict, as well as further adventures in new settings and against interesting enemies.
For now the story will likely remain on track, but there’s a whole big world out there to explore, and I hope Revolution gets that chance. Am I the only one who wants to see what the Wasteland is like? I see a whole mess of cool possibilities out there.