'Revolution' Boss Talks Maggie's Death, Rachel's Secrets, and Solving the Mystery of the Blackout


'Revolution' (Photo courtesy of NBC)

Maggie and Charlie (NBC).
"Look for clues everywhere."

That was the advice that Revolution creator Eric Kripke's gave to fans of the NBC drama during a conference call with reporters on Thursday.

Kripke also talked frankly about why poor Maggie, who was stabbed and bled to death in last Monday's episode, had to die in order to up the dramatic stakes of the series. “We decided, internally, very early on to show that this world had very real stakes and that it was truly dangerous,” he said. "You’re not close to hospitals, you’re not close to paramedics, you’re not close to help.”

Kripke added that the Revolution writers “very quickly realized the scariest thing we could do was kill the doctor among them … It was purely a creative decision about giving the world a real charge of danger. As we move forward in the series, we want the audience to really understand that nobody is safe, including the main characters, and bring that suspense because we think that’s honest to the world we’re trying to create here.”

As for the show's overarching mystery of why exactly the lights went out, Kripke teased that he answer to that question might be coming sooner rather than later. "We're talking dangerously about revealing that secret before the end of the first season," he shared. "It’s part of my philosophy about not being too precious with anything."

As for how much Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchell) might know about the origins of the blackout, Kripke says, "She's obviously holding onto certain secrets about why the power went out." And Monday's upcoming episode, which has Danny arriving in Philadelphia and possibly reuniting with his long-lost mother, may answer some of those questions.

Kripke also offered a few more intriguing scoops about what's coming up for our favorite band of blackout survivors:

• The quest for Danny will end in Episode 10. "And then we shake things up," Kripke told us. "It's time to explore why the show is called Revolution."

• According to Kripke, Charlie's character archetype is very much in the vein of Luke Skywalker, Gale Dorothy, and Frodo. Upcoming events in the show will test “how much duress and hardship can she face before she loses what’s truly special about her, which is this belief in mankind and this belief that things can get better,” he revealed. “Because if she doesn’t have that, then she’s lost. And, in a way, we’re all lost.”

• Miles and his ex-BFF Monroe have a very complicated relationship. "They still really love each other," Kripke said. "We think it's really interesting that the hero of the show and the big bad of the show have such a close relationship."

• Fans will find out how Neville (Giancarlo Esposito) went from being a mild-mannered insurance adjuster to "the violent psychopath that he is today." Revolution will also explore how his wife (who will be played by Kim Raver) dealt with the new world that the blackout created. “We’re planting Kim now, and then we’re going to meet her in the present day and really explore her character a couple episodes down the line. We’re going to see how [a woman who was] a very normal suburban wife before the blackout,  post-blackout transformed into Lady MacBeth.”

• We're going to see Grace again in Episode 7, but she won't be alone. Kripke teased: “We see who Randall is, this person who kidnapped her in Episode 2, and we get to learn more about him. We start to expand it because she is under duress with this character, Randall. She’s in a dangerous position right now… In the second of the half the season, Grace and Randall and what’s happening with their storyline begins to play a huge, huge part in the main storyline of the show.”

• Kripke didn't reveal too much about the mysterious Nate (whose real name isn't even Nate), but he did say that the character "has a bumpy road ahead of him."


What do you think Revolution fans? Are you intrigued about the possible early reveal of the blackout mystery? Are you excited to see Kim Raver get her Lady MacBeth on? Hit the comments with your thoughts!
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