Blindspot is gearing up to be the hottest new show of fall 2015, already securing a full season guarantee just four episodes in.
The cast of the show and creator Martin Gero stopped by New York Comic Con on Sunday (Oct. 11), to tease us with all of the inside information they weren’t allowed to reveal about the first season.
What we’ll learn about Tasha in the coming weeks:
Audrey Esparza (Tasha Zepata): “So many surprises and twists and turns, most of which I can’t actually tell you. There are teeny tiny things the audience should be looking out for; I don’t know if they’ve caught it yet. Martin [Gero] said it best...the puzzles are everywhere, so I think the audience should be really careful when they watch.”
Their initial impressions of the script:
Rob Brown (Edgar Reade): “It was the smartest procedural I’d ever read.”
Audrey Esparza: “I thought that Martin wrote the characters so beautifully and there was the image of a woman being a bomb, and her body being covered in ink against Times Square--it seemed so beautiful. The kind of man that can imagine that is the kind of boss that I would want, and I fought real hard in that audition room.”
Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Bethany Mayfair): “The pilot was very strong. It had the right combination of action, mystery, intrigue, and relationships, which was very compelling on paper.”
Ashley Johnson (Patterson): “The script was so good. You have a designated time for pilot season, and you read a lot of scripts; this was a standout.”
The reveal at the end of episode 3: [SLIGHT SPOILER ALERT]
Sullivan Stapleton (Kurt Weller): “It’s a great start, and it’s also great insight as to who [Weller] is and how they’re connected, and why he became an agent. It’s one of the better parts of the story; it’s starting to drive the show to what it could become.”
Martin Gero: “Taylor Shaw is obviously one of the most important things about the show, and I just had to get it out of the way because it has so much to do with their relationship. This is something that has really defined Weller’s life. He’s a smart guy, and he was gonna put it together pretty quickly. If we had dragged it out much longer, people would have been super pissed off about it. But keep watching, there are still some twists and turns left in that story.”
The trust building between Jane and Weller: [SPOILER ALERT]
Sullivan Stapleton (Kurt Weller): “There are a lot of layers to Weller, but to find someone who has no idea who they are...he has got a heart. I like that he has enough of a heart and trusts her enough to bring her onboard. She passed all the tests, so he knows that she’s not a threat. And then, obviously, he finds out she’s Taylor Shaw.”
Potential for a romantic relationship between Jane and Weller:
Sullivan Stapleton (Kurt Weller): “I don’t know, it seems to be more of a brother and sister relationship there. But the show has the potential to go all sorts of ways, which is the great thing about it.”
Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Bethany Mayfair): “What’s interesting is the way that the writers have been able to weave relationships in with the characters and with people outside of the team, and keep the mystery and action. I think, in doing that, there’s some really interesting stuff coming up for the viewers. But...I can’t tell you what they are.”
How the story behind Blindspot began:
Martin Gero: “I’ve been trying to do a show about puzzles and treasure maps for years, and then one morning, I was lying in bed; in my just-out-of-sleep state is sometimes when my best ideas come to me. I lived in Times Square when the Viacom attempted bombing was and they cleared out Times Square; it was just such a visceral image for me, to see a place that’s really only famous for being full all the time, being empty. I just thought, well what if, instead of a bomb, they go to undo it, and there’s a person in there? That was really the start of the show for me.”
Watching the Times Square scene come to life:
Martin Gero: “I think the coolest part of this job--and it never grows tiresome for me--[is] when you walk onto a set that you thought of. When we were shooting that sequence, there are no visual effects in that, we emptied Times Square out. Just to stand there as a person and just see it all happen...to manifest something out of your brain and into reality, it’s a fun thing to do.”
Choosing Jaimie Alexander for Jane:
Martin Gero: “To be honest, I’m from Canada and I mistakenly thought she was from Canada as well, so I’ve been following her career closer than I would have if I didn’t think she was from Canada; I, like all Canadians, like to keep track of our own. She’s amazing; I’ve never understood why she wasn’t a bigger deal. When we met her--I didn’t write it with her in mind, but five minutes into talking to her about the role, I was like, ‘That’s it. We can’t do anybody else.’ It was the same with Sullivan. So, when I met him over Skype and we started talking about it, I was like, ‘Oh shit, I’m gonna be really disappointed if we don’t get him.’ This almost never happens, but all of our seven lead [actors] were my first choice.”
What’s coming next:
Martin Gero: “We know all the tentpole episodes for season one and the first half of season two, we know what season three could be. Who knows? Maybe we only do one season of this show, so it’s very important to me that every season feels like a novel in a series of books that you love; there’s a beginning, middle, and end to every season. If you just watch season one, it’ll be totally satisfying. But if you watch them all, it’ll be a much richer experience.”
A huge thank you to Martin and the cast for chatting with us!
Stay tuned for Monday’s (Oct. 19) all-new episode of Blindspot, which Martin revealed during the interview was the most outstanding and fun for them to create, outside of the pilot. Teaser alert!