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'Forever' producer hints at identity of Henry's mystery caller

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Since Forever’s debut, medical examiner Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd) has been plagued by calls from an unknown man who claims to also be immortal. The truth about this man will come to a head during the ABC drama’s winter finale when Henry finally comes face-to-face with the mystery caller, who picked Henry up in a cab at the close of last week’s episode.

What’s next? EW got executive producer Matt Miller on the phone to find out:

EW: Where does the winter finale pick up?

MATT MILLER: This episode begins with Henry in the back of that taxi, doors locked, he can’t get out. What the anonymous caller says to him is that he’s been trying to connect to Henry and reach out to him, and Henry’s been not as interested in making a connection with him. He suspects that that may be because Henry doesn’t truly believe that he has the same affliction as Henry, so the only way for him to make Henry believe that is to prove it to him. In the first 30 seconds of the episode, the anonymous caller does something that proves to Henry definitively that he, too, is an immortal.

Does Henry know the mystery caller?

Through the episode, we play with the idea of, who is the anonymous caller? In that opening taxi scene, even though the anonymous caller is one seat in front of him, Henry isn’t actually able to see him. We build to the moment where Henry actually sees him for the first time and it’s a shocking, surprising moment for Henry where, when he does find out who the anonymous caller really is, it is somebody that he has had contact with.

What does the mystery caller want with Henry?

The idea in the episode is that the anonymous caller is just playing a game with Henry. The taxi cab that Henry finds himself in, we find out that in order to get that taxi cab, the anonymous caller kills a taxi driver and stole his cab. What happens is that the body of the driver ends up in the M.E.’s office. Henry is tasked, with the rest of the NYPD, of finding out who killed this cabbie. Henry’s job through the course of the episode is figuring out who killed the cab driver. What Jo (Alana de la Garza) and everyone else doesn’t understand is the closer Henry comes to finding that out, he will find out who the anonymous caller is. He’s on this side mission. The idea there is that it’s almost like a scavenger hunt that the caller is setting up for Henry, where he’s leaving these little clues along the way as to who he is, and also along the way manipulating Henry and trying to shine a light on Henry so the police think it’s more than a case of the week, that somehow, in some very unusual way, Henry is specifically related to the crime. Henry’s autopsy hunting knife is used in one of the murders, so he starts to try to point the finger at Henry. That’s just a way for the mystery caller to manipulate Henry in the episode.

Is this going to force Henry to consider telling Jo the truth?

That’s the conundrum that Henry is in. The more the signs point to Henry that he’s involved in this thing, it starts to put him in a corner where Abe (Judd Hirsch) tries to encourage Henry to tell Jo the truth. That’s really a season-long or series-long goal of Abe’s. When you go back to the pilot, there’s this moment at the end of the episode where Henry and Jo walk off into the distance at the very end, and we leave the pilot on Abe smiling. It’s this idea that Abe is the only one out there that knows Henry’s secret. He also knows, though, that he’s a little long in the tooth—not compared to Henry, but for mortals—so he’s worried about Henry and what’s going to happen to Henry when he’s gone. Abe is constantly in a state of trying to encourage Henry to open up and to try to reveal his secret to Jo. In this episode, it comes to a head where Abe encourages Henry to tell Jo and the police the truth in an effort to exonerate himself and to try to help Henry bring down the mystery caller.

Forever’s winter finale airs Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET on ABC. Check out an exclusive sneak peek below:

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