Earlier this month, we reported that NBC picked up a full season of the new series Revolution, the ambitious new show set in a world where power has gone out all over the planet. Series co-creator Eric Kripke recently held a conference call to discuss Season 1 before the new episode "Sex and Drugs" airs Monday, October 29 at 10 PM ET on NBC. The executive producer first spoke about the decision to kill off Anna Lise Phillips' Maggie.
"Anna Lise is a wonderful actress, and I love that character. I sort of have a bad habit in the shows that I run of killing off the people that I love, and I think Maggie was one of those. I think we decided internally that very early on that it was really important to show that this world had very real stakes, and that it was truly dangerous. You're not close to hospitals, you're not close to paramedics, you're not close to help, and we very quickly realized that the scariest thing we could do was to kill the doctor among them. It was purely a creative decision about really putting giving the world the real charge of danger, so that as we move forward in the series we want the audience to really understand that nobody is safe, including the main characters, and just bring that suspense as the series continues because we think that's honest to the world we're trying to create here."
He also talked about the plan in place about revealing why the power went out, and how that shot of the lights going out around the globe is accurate.
"There was a phenomenon that we have up our sleeve as to what caused the blackout. What you saw in that globe shot is an accurate representation of what we are working on. Right now we're currently in the writers room. We're talking dangerously about revealing that secret before the end of the first season. So again, it's sort of my philosophy of not being too precious with anything. So, we may reveal the secret sooner than later."
The executive producer also talked about Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) and her quest to find her brother Danny (Graham Rogers). That story point will change drastically after the tenth episode this season.
"We can keep that quest going until Episode 10, and then we shake things up. They catch up to Danny in Episode 10 and we climax that story, because you can't keep that story going forever. And we never had any intention of keeping the search for Danny going forever. It was only a way to bring the audience into the world and introduce them to the characters on a nice clean, simple story line as, you know kind of the prologue to a much bigger story. But, you know I would say by Episode 10 we will have played that prologue out, and it's time to begin the next chapter of the show and it's time to explore much more why the show is in fact titled Revolution."