Blindspot can easily be counted as one of the early success stories from this Fall TV season. The drama about a mysterious woman (Jaimie Alexander), with no memories of her past, found naked and covered with tattoos in Times Square, was the first new series to receive a full season order of 22 episodes. Only 4 episodes have aired, but the show has already given audiences a major reveal, Jane Doe’s true identity of Taylor Shaw, and according to co-executive producer Martin Gero, the show has no intention of withholding answers long from its audience.
Gero recently talked exclusively with The TV Junkies about the Taylor Shaw reveal and how it will affect Jane’s relationship with her FBI handler Kurt Weller (Sullivan Stapleton), especially given the new evidence Weller received last episode about Jane’s missing tooth. Gero also talks about why they wanted audiences to have this information so early on in the show’s run and gave some insight into what’s to come as the show heads towards a midseason finale around Episode 10.
The TV Junkies: Will Weller be sharing the new knowledge about the tooth with Jane and how will it affect their relationship going forward?
Martin Gero: That’ll be a big topic of conversation first thing this week. The show doesn’t like to leave things hanging. We really get to it. For Weller, he really feels like the isotopic tooth test is not something he puts an enormous amount of stock in. Jane’s DNA matched with Taylor’s on three separate occasions, on three separate tests, so he feels like that’s iron-clad. What he’s open to is that–we’ll find this later in the season–he’s more of the vein that he didn’t understand Taylor’s origin story as well as he thought he did.
TTVJ: Most shows would’ve held onto that Taylor Shaw reveal for awhile and you gave it to us in Episode 3. Why did you choose to reveal something so big that early on?
MG: For us, we know what’s coming and much bigger things are coming. So the Taylor Shaw part is not the biggest part of the season. Audiences are so used to these questions dangling way too long, and the trouble with shows is that they start to feel like all middles. For us, we needed to close some things down to be able to move in another direction.
The other thing is that even though we know she’s Taylor Shaw, it doesn’t solve the mystery of who she is. She’s still been missing for 25 years and has obviously led a very interesting life since she was abducted under Kurt’s watch. For us, the fun of the season is seeing Kurt and Jane figure out both logically and emotionally what’s happening. The emotional stuff we get to do once we know it’s Taylor Shaw is so much fun, why save it for the end of the season?
TTVJ: Does getting picked up for a full season change your plans at all?
MG: No, it doesn’t change the plans at all because we were stupid and built it as a season of 22 episodes. We would’ve had to scramble if we went to 13. We did positive visualization.
We’re airing from pilot to Episode 10 with uninterrupted episodes, so they have a beginning, middle and end with a thrilling twist in Episode 10. That’s our midseason finale, and we pick up again in Episode 11 and have a very direct plan of where we have to go by Episode 22.
TTVJ: With Jane continuing to learn more about her past will you continue to explore the idea that people can change and our pasts don’t define us? We aren’t necessarily destined to make the same mistakes or choices.
MG: That’s what this season is about, ‘are we defined by who we were?’ Although it’s terrifying and traumatic, Jane really is starting fresh, so it becomes a nature versus nurture thing. Is there an innate morality in people? Is there an innate goodness in people? Or on the flip side are people innately evil? It brings up some giant moral questions as we go through the season about what it means to be good.
TTVJ: Can you give us any information on Operation Daylight and why Mayfair (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) seems so protective of Jane even though she seems to pose a threat to her?
MG: I think it’s a ‘keep your enemies close’ situation. The genie is out of the bottle. Pandora’s box is open. Jane exists. So now it’s about mitigating exposure for potentially what can be on her body and she feels like she can do a better job of that by being in charge of the investigation. Carter just wants her dead, but Mayfair feels like that would actually draw more attention to the case. This way she can keep a stern hand on it.
TTVJ: Will we learn any more about Johnny Whitworth’s (the “Ruggedly Handsome Man”) character?
MG: Well first of all Johnny’s dead. He’s real dead. But it is of course very possible to see him in flashbacks.
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Blindspot airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on CTV and at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.
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