Revolution Cast

Revolution exec producers explain how going nuclear will change S2

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Jul 24, 2013, 1:55 PM EDT

If you didn’t watch the season-one finale of Revolution back in June, you might want to stop reading here.

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Then you know that in the last seconds of the first-season finale, nuclear warheads were racing toward Atlanta and Philadelphia because of Randall’s (Colm Feore) twisted plan to reunite the states back into one entity. We were left wondering if they could be diverted, and the answer is no, as the new season trailer shows:


Along with the nuclear fallout, there are plenty of behind-the-scenes changes, too, as creator Eric Kripke has enlisted Rockne S. O'Bannon and Ben Edlund to join the series as executive producers and writers. They’re helping chart a new direction for the series, which has also changed shooting locations from North Carolina to Texas.

In a conversation with Blastr, O'Bannon admits he’s been onboard with the series just as a fan since the pilot.

“I came to the show since literally the first episode of the show. I was working on two shows last year, which I don’t recommend, but this was one of the shows I made an effort to record and watch, because I just loved it. It really did surprise me, and some of the things I talked to Eric about is that I see Revolution a real saga. In my mind, the characters of the show are essentially the heroes of the future. 100 years from now, in this show, they will be erecting statues for these characters and writing about them in history books. We don’t who is who right now, but we’ll see. Humanity has clearly taken a turn. By taking away all of our electronics, we have to see what is going to grow out of that. In my mind, it’s sort of a cleaned palate of society.”

Ben Edlund, who worked on Supernatural for the past few years, says he’s excited about this post-nuclear world –- which is three months post-detonations -– will initially break apart, then reconnect the core characters. “In a way, the nuclear bombs destabilized our story base in kind of a cool way. We’ve blown the chains of story into the air, and we’ve got parts and pieces landing around Texas for us to explore. Season one was Book One, and season two is Book Two: The Texas Chapter. Book One was about being opposed to a militia force, so it developed around military stories. The core fabric of this one is they land in a town, and instead of it being a road movie, it’s about settling down for a little bit. It will allow for deepening stories.”

Revolution returns to NBC on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013.