10 things to expect on the new season of ‘Blindspot’

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Jaimie Alexander as Jane Doe on “Blindspot.”
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Warning: spoilers below for the first and upcoming second season of NBC’s “Blindspot.”

There are a few changes on NBC’s “Blindspot” when it returns for its second season on Wednesday at 8 p.m. But the show’s creator insists that they’re meant to capitalize on what worked during its first season.

“It’s a brutal thing, making the first season of a TV show,” “Blindspot” creator Martin Gero told Business Insider recently. “You learn a lot of lessons – the hard way, the easy way. So definitely as we went into season two, one of the first things you do is you really want to sit and do a postmortem of ‘What did we do great?’ and ‘What did we struggle with?'”

With that said, Gero said the show will continue to play around with tone and character. New characters will change up relationships and bring other agencies into play. But Gero wants to make sure that fans know the show isn’t abandoning the story it’s built up.

“We’re not reinventing what the show is,” he said. “All these things I’m talking about are to augment. It’s an augmentation, not a transformation for us.”

Coming out of the first season, the Mayfair and Taylor Shaw chapters closed after their confirmed deaths. Jane (Jaimie Alexander) kills her ex-boyfriend Oscar (François Arnaud) during a fight, but not before he tells her that a person named Shepherd has been pulling the strings all this time. Shepherd’s first phase ended with getting rid of Mayfair and getting Weller (Sullivan Stapleton) promoted to FBI assistant director. And the second phase was just starting. In the end, Weller arrested Jane.

Here are 10 more things to expect on season two:


The action scenes and stunts will be bigger.

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Malcolm Murray, left, and Jaimie Alexander as Jane Doe on “Blindspot.”
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“You learn as producers of a show what you’re capable of and what you’re not capable of and we really learned how to do action in a much more efficient way than we did at the beginning of the year,” Gero said. “So I think you’ll see in season two, we have this phenomenal motorbike chase that we never would have been able to figure out how to do if it hadn’t been for season one. So it’s like you’ll see a real uptick in the production value of the show. This year is outrageous and amazing.”


The show’s new earlier time slot means it will be lighter, less violent.

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Ennis Esmer as Rich Dotcom, and Jaimie Alexander as Jane Doe on “Blindspot.”
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As a side effect of its move to the 8 p.m. time slot for its second season, the show will be letting go of some of its darker tones.

“We’re not going to shoot anyone in the head anymore. So right off the bat, no more head shots on ‘Blindspot,'” Gero joked during the Television Critics Association press tour this summer.

He then continued, “Obviously, we’re toning back some of the violence. I don’t think the show will be unrecognizable for people that love the show at 10 p.m. And the reality is, people watch it at all hours of the day now… But one of the things we have found toward the end of the first season, something we’re really leaning into, is the sense of fun and a little bit more lightness so the show isn’t all doom and gloom. There are those moments of humor and those lighter character moments that I think we did really well with last season.”


You won’t have to wait long to meet Shepherd.

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Jaimie Alexander as Jane Doe on “Blindspot.”
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Who is the show’s new Big Bad, the person who has been the architect of everything that has transpired so far? Fans will get that answer very quickly on the second season.

“You’ll meet Shepherd almost right away,” Gero promised.


But really, it’s what Shepherd has to tell Jane that will blow viewers’ minds.

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Jaimie Alexander as Jane Doe on “Blindspot.”
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The producers are going for a clean slate for season two, so the mystery of Jane Doe will become clear soon after meeting Shepherd.

“Not only are you going to find out Jane’s first name in the first episode, you’re going to find out what Orion is… what’s the plan of this organization, who Jane really is outside of her name,” Gero said during the “Blindspot” panel at summer TCA.

“If the first season was about who is Jane Doe,” he continued, “we want to answer those questions so we can move into what the second season is about, which I can’t really tell you because it is a spoiler if I say what the theme is. We want to really reward the people that stuck with us all last season.”


Nas Kamal joins the team.

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Archie Panjabi as Nas Kamal, and Sullivan Stapleton as Kurt Weller on “Blindspot.”
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Former “Good Wife” star Archie Panjabi is a new series regular on “Blindspot.” She’ll play Nas Kamal, the head of a secret division of the NSA that has been tracking the Jane Doe case from afar.

“She is tough. She is tenacious. She is wild. She’s unpredictable,” Panjabi said of her new character during TCA.

“We’re so excited about bringing Archie in, because you know Archie is a huge TV star,” Gero said. “She’s going to bring in a new audience for us.”


Meet Roman, someone from Jane’s past.

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Luke Mitchell as Roman on “Blindspot.”
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“Luke Mitchell’s playing this character named Roman,” Gero told us. “That’s a character that she’s known for a very long time it turns out. He’ll be able to fill in a lot of her past. For us, now that the Taylor Shaw thing’s out of the way, there’s no harm in telling her who she is. We don’t have to hold anything back. Here’s who you are. Here’s where you were born. This is what happened. There’s no mystery about who she is. And that I hope it’s going to be very satisifying for our fans.”


Rich Dotcom returns.

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From left, Sullivan Stapleton as Kurt Weller, Trieste Kelly Dunn as Allison Knight, Ennis Esmer as Rich Dotcom, and Jaimie Alexander as Jane Doe on “Blindspot.”
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Gord Enver aka Rich Dotcom (Ennis Esmer), the world’s most infamous art thief, was a clear hit with fans on season one.

“There’s so much love for that character,” Gero said. “Obviously it lines up, we clearly love Rich Dotcom and Ennis Esmer. When you see it really hit with the audience, we’re like ‘Oh, great! That’s a new direction the show can go in. We can really take it there.'”

So, yes, he’s back for season two for at least episode seven, though the producers are hoping for more.


Move over Patterson, it’s time Reed, Zapata, and Borden get some of the limelight.

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From left, Rob Brown as Edgar Reed, Ashley Johnson as Patterson, and Audrey Esparza as Tasha Zapata on “Blindspot.”
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Having gotten the introductions out of the way on the first season, Gero told us that the show will focus on the background and relationships for more of the characters.

“We’re telling bigger stories for our characters and more of them,” Gero said. “One of the things I think is really exciting is how much screen time Patterson got last year. People love Patterson. But now as we are building this season, we want to give room for Reed and Zapata and Borden even to really shine because they’re incredible performers in their own right.”


Jane’s tattoos still hold plenty of secrets.

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Jaimie Alexander as Jane Doe, with Johnny Whitworth on “Blindspot.”
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With all this talk of a clean slate, does that mean the whole tattoo thing is done? Gero says no.

“Although the first episode [of season two] is heavily mythology-based and catches people up a little bit, we will nestle back into a tattoo case of the week,” Gero explained. “I think the show does best when it has that balance of great mythology and great procedural action.”


You should still pay special attention to the episode titles.

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Ashley Johnson as Patterson on “Blindspot.”
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The show really had fun with the titles last season, with some leading to anagrams and puzzles, others leading to a secret phone number, Twitter account, and then prizes. Expect some of that again during the second season.

“Yes, we are going to do something cool with the titles,” Gero said. “It’s fun to work on a show that has a magic and puzzle consultant on it. We are still trying to figure out something really cool to do with the titles this year.”