At the end, Blind spot concluded in the same way started: with Jane Doe stuffed into a bag in the middle of Times Square. This time, however, it wasn’t coming out of an unmarked bag; instead, the police closed her in a body bag as the show ended.The NBC drama aired its 100th and final episode Thursday night, which culminated in a (seemingly) devastating twist. Even though Jane and Weller were successful in defusing a ZIP bomb Ivy Sands planted in New York City – which is said to have erased countless memories across the city – it was revealed in the final scene that Jane ultimately succumbed to the ZIP poisoning she had encountered at the end of episode 10.
Although Patterson administered an antidote to Jane after receiving a ZIP, the remedy simply wasn’t potent enough for Jane, who had already been exposed to so much ZIP years ago that this new dose affected her. much more than the average person. . To that end, following the ZIP poisoning, Jane spent the entire finale hallucinating people from her past – and we’re talking virtually everyone who has appeared on the show before, including Roman, Shepherd, Dr Borden and many more.
Jane was a little scared of the visions at first, knowing that they were a sign of her impending, ZIP-induced death. But when she realized the hallucinations were portion her figure and stop Ivy’s plan, she decided to forgo a second injection of Patterson’s antidote and keep the hallucinations around… until, apparently, it was too late to receive the ZIP cure.
For series creator Martin Gero, however, Blind spotThe end is not so black and white. TVLine spoke to the EP after the finale screening, and it offered some glimpses into Jane’s fate, as well as the “overwhelming” experience of filming an episode that brought back dozens of former members of the distribution. Read on for his breakdown of Blind spotthe last hour.
TVLINE | You’ve already talked about your initial plan for Blind spot, including the big twists you envisioned when you first kicked off the series. What part of the final was in your head since day one? Did you always know how you wanted it to end?
I did, and it has grown and transformed over the years. There were definitely elements of the finale that I had in mind that are part of the series, mostly coming back to Times Square. But what’s exciting about working on a TV show is that when you start out, it’s just you. It’s you, alone, in a room, and then thousands of other people come in contact with it and add their amazing intelligence and art to it. You would be foolish not to let the series develop in directions you hadn’t anticipated to accommodate their incredible ideas. So in part, absolutely. But it is really a collective achievement of the room.
TVLINE | My interpretation at the end was that Jane was dead, and dinner at the end was maybe her version of heaven. Is this how you do you want viewers to interpret it? Do you think it’s more open than that?
I do not think about it is a correct interpretation of it. I obviously have my intention, and I and the writers have a clear idea of what we believe. But we wanted it to be a bit of a Rorschach test, and I can’t believe how effective it is. Fifty percent of the population [who saw the finale ahead of time] thinks she’s definitely alive, and 50 percent of people think she’s definitely dead. We wanted this to be everything for everyone.[[[[Laughs]We wanted to do the things that we wanted to do, but we also knew there were some fan things they desperately wanted to see, at least for a while on the show. We made a long list and we said, “OK, in our dream final, what could we put in there? And then we honestly tried to put in as much as possible, as you can see. It’s a very complete episode. But we wanted everyone to have an ending that they could feel good about at the end of 100 episodes.
TVLINE | The episode also gives some clues about alternate universes and multiple iterations of events. Should that take into account how we view this final scene?
I’ll let you interpret that as you like.[[[[Laughs]
TVLINE | So there seems to be some ambiguity here as to whether she really died or not. Why did you decide to take this approach, rather than tie it all in with an arc in your last episode?
I won’t say if she’s dead or not, but I think ambiguous endings… that’s the problem. It won’t be an ambiguous ending for most people. Most people will believe it is one way or the other and will have evidence on both sides to make this case. What we’ve tried to do is yes, it’s ambiguous if you take a step back. But in reality, the visual experience will be very clear one way or another.
TVLINE | To clarify: all those scenes that take place between defusing the bomb and Jane realizing she’s dead – did this really happen in one form or another, if Jane didn’t really survived? Patterson’s farewell scene with Zapata and Rich, for example?
It’s open to your interpretation.[[[[Laughs]I am sorry. We’re really happy with the balance of the ending, and these are conversations we want audiences to make choices about.
TVLINE | Let’s talk about how many people you brought back for this final. Is it safe to say that the one big absence was Bethany Mayfair?
Yeah, that didn’t work out in terms of planning, unfortunately. [Marianne Jean-Baptiste] is an incredibly in-demand actress, and we just couldn’t make it work.
TVLINE | I have to imagine it was a logistical nightmare to bring in so many people, especially for the group scenes.
Yeah, that was a feat of Sisyphus achieved by both the production and our casting department. We got this idea towards the end of Season 4, and I just made the calls. I called everyone and said, “Hey, we can’t afford to pay you all of your fees. “[[[[Laughs]”Please come back. Can we find a way to get you back for a day? “And Everybody says yes, which is really a testament to the kind of vibe our crew has created over the past five years. People were just thrilled to be included, and they were thrilled to come back and date once more before this very special collection of people went their way.
One of the things we did was shoot for two months. We shot this episode on and off from early September to mid-November, in part to suit everyone’s schedule. For example, this Big Bad collection was so difficult to make, to get everyone in the same room. In fact, Tom Lipinski [who plays Cade] was on Snowpiercer, and the reason he’s in the first scene and not the second scene is that he took an overnight flight from Vancouver, was able to tour with us for four hours just to film his cameo, then took a flight and returned to Vancouver. he would only miss a day of filming for his TV show. It was so overwhelming to have these people [back], for Lou Diamond Phillips to show up for three hours in the middle of the night in Times Square and be so excited about it. Everyone came back for these tiny little moments.
What a lot of people probably born Notice, on first viewing, in all of these flashbacks, a lot of background players [are also former cast members]. For example, the people of the cathedral – they are all guests from the previous episodes. We have a rep from each of the 100 episodes featured, at least in one way or another, in the finale.
TVLINE | It’s really unbelievable. And I also enjoyed your cameo in this wedding hallucination. (photo on the right)
[[[[Laughs]Thank you! Joe dinicol [who plays David] was the officiant at my wedding, so I thought it was quite normal for me to officiate her marriage to Patterson. I tried to darken it as much as possible and correct the colors to make it as subtle as possible, but yeah, thanks.
TVLINE | The other scene that seemed like a huge undertaking was this cathedral fight streak, which at least looked like it was filmed in one take. Can you tell me what it was like to produce that?
This fight scene was shot over a pretty big two-day streak. There is a point [where a new take is used]. I won’t go where.[[[[Laughs]There is some cuts. But it was truly an achievement on the part of our stunt team and our production design team. We knew we were going to have one last big fight with Jane, and we’ve been talking about it since the start of the season. It became very clear that in order to do it the way we wanted, the production design team needed to design a space in concert with our stunt team. And then, to their frustration and joy, I kept saying, “It would be great if one of them caught fire!” And then, “Oh, what if, when they caught fire, the sprinklers went off!” It would be amazing! It’s all this giant set that we ended up building on stage.
And then Heidi [Germaine Schnappauf], our double for Jane – she’s our double since season 2 – really did an amazing job. It is his true masterpiece calling card. The physical effort it took to do this streak over and over and over and over again until we were absolutely right in these single takes was one of the most impressive things I have ever seen. It’s so dangerous.
And our cameraman A, Pyare Fortunato, he’s in the choreography with. He had to come in and rehearse with the film crew before we could film him, just trying to figure out, “Where am I safe?” How can we capture this? I’m so glad you liked this streak. It really speaks to what I’ll miss the most, which is this amazing crew who had this amazing, dynamic attitude. One of the things that overwhelms me all the time is that there are only problems in television production.[[[[Laughs]Things always go wrong, things never go as planned. It takes extreme ingenuity on the part of hundreds of people on a daily basis, sometimes hourly, sometimes minute. already finish these things. Watching this team do what they have been doing for five years has been the greatest professional pleasure of my life.
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