J.J. Abrams is known for playing things close to the vest when it comes to his TV shows and movies, doling out bits of information here and there, using misdirection, and keeping audiences guessing. Many fans of NBC’s Revolution assumed that Abrams, along with fellow executive producer Jon Favreau and creator Eric Kripke, would follow a similar pattern, along the lines of shows like Lost. It appears we were wrong.
Talking at PaleyFest this weekend, where they joined the cast of the show, the trio of producers dropped the news that they’ll be answering some of the shows biggest questions sooner rather than later.
One of the biggest mysteries in Revolution is why the power went out in the first place. With a question like this at the center of your show, most of us assumed we’d have to wait a long, long time to find out what happened. Not the case. Kripke loosed this big missile: “We reveal why the power went out—and we do it early.”
The answer will actually come two weeks after the show returns on March 25th, in the 13th episode of the freshman season. While that seems soon for a show to pull out such a stunt, it makes sense. Kripke noted that Rachel Matheson (Elizabeth Mitchell), who worked on the project that lead to the power going out, would know exactly what happened, and has no reason not to reveal that information to the others.
This won’t be the last of the mysteries the characters deal with in Revolution, however. The creator continues, “It opens the door to a bigger story and a bigger mystery.” He added that the show will also be “much more epic scope,” and that “The fights get bigger, the emotion gets more fraught.”
Kripke went on to say that “Every question that has been asked…we answer it before the end of the season—and still allow for a lot more questions and interesting developments to happen.”
We will also see light shed on the relationship between Miles (Billy Burke) and Rachel, as well as what happened between former friends Miles and Monroe (David Lyons). We’ll find out why Rachel left her young family, learn a little bit more about Nate (JD Pardo) and Captain Neville’s (Giancarlo Esposito) family dynamics, and some more about Aaron (Zac Orth). At some point we’ll even get to leave the Monroe Republic and explore some of the surrounding nations that sprang up in the aftermath of the worldwide blackout. That’s a ton of information to cram into half a season.