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Is the main focus of The Blacklist’s return just on Liz’s escape? — Kenny
The aftermath from Red releasing the Fulcrum information will cause a big fallout within The Cabal. “The Cabal is more desperate and therefore more dangerous and frankly bringing in more lethal people to handle the situation,” EP Jon Bokenkamp tells EW, teasing the introduction of Mr. Solomon (Edi Gathegi). “He’s a fixer for The Cabal and he’s ruthless. He’s really good at making things personal.” That last tease is especially pertinent when it comes to Dembe. “We’re actually going to realize Dembe’s not this lone wolf, that he has family outside the surrogate father that is Red,” Bokenkamp adds.
Anything Heroes Reborn for the original characters? — Jayna
First off, I’ve seen the premiere and I can tell you that Reborn does something that the original never did — trust me, I basically did a spit-take when I saw it. Also, something very shocking involving an original character will go down in the premiere.
Who’s taken over for Brennan at the Jeffersonian on Bones? — Deter
They still haven’t found a permanent replacement for Brennan, who has voiced her disdain with pretty much every candidate that Cam has chosen. In the interim, “Arastoo is the main intern who has taken over,” says new showrunner Michael Peterson. “He’s really filled in for Brennan in her absence. Eventually Brennan will come back, but what that means for Cam and Arastoo is very interesting.”
You’re so lucky you saw the Castle premiere. Please give me a clue as to what happened to Beckett! — Karen
That’s exactly what Castle is hoping to uncover during the first hour as he discovers that Kate has been keeping some secrets from him, much to his own detriment. I’ll just say that there’s a new form of torture in the premiere that even made me squirm. On another note, I was a little unsure about the addition of Hayley at first, but her dynamic with Alexis brings out a softer side that I’m excited for the show to explore this season.
Thanks for the Arrow scoop, but do you have more on the big bad for season 4? — Jesse
Damien Darhk will be gunning for Oliver on more than one front. “Oliver’s going to be taking up more of an overt role in terms of the city is in a bad space,” showrunner Wendy Mericle tells me. “He’s going to be taking on Damien Darhk, and he’s going to be fighting him not just as Green Arrow, but also as Oliver Queen. It’s public and it’s part of him stepping into the light.”
Anything on what Carrie’s dealing with on Homeland this year? — Dina
Some of Carrie’s past misdeeds will come back to haunt her in the premiere — in more than one way. Also, while I was watching the season opener, I was disheartened to see just how strained the relationship is between Carrie and Saul. Seriously, their previous tiffs seem like a walk in the park by comparison.
Would love scoop on SVU. — Lena
Greg Yates (Dallas Roberts) returns in the two-part season premiere in a Hannibal Lecter-esque role as he helps the detectives track down what may be a copycat killer — though a twist in the case will hit them all close to home.
Everyone’s worried about Deacon on Nashville, but I want to know about Juliette and Avery. Are they going to be okay?? —Susan
Define “okay.” I can tell you that, at least in the first episode back, there isn’t a whole lot of communication between the two of them. Juliette is focused on two things: her career and partying. Meanwhile, you will get to meet Avery’s parents. As for their relationship, it doesn’t look great, though it’s clear they still love each other, so don’t lose hope just yet.
After their heartbreaking story in season 2, I’m dying to know if I can expect anything positive for Haylijah in the third season of The Originals? — Marissa
Whether it will happen in season 3 is hard to say. “There’s always hope for Haylijah in the way that we planted the seeds for a relationship that clearly wants to happen,” EP Julie Plec says. The bad news? “It’s just blocked by a ridiculous amount of obstacles,” she adds. “I wouldn’t say they’ll never get together, because I think they have and at some point, they will again. Now, it’s really just a matter of how can Jackson and Hayley find happiness in their marriage when there is that silent elephant in the room.”
The trailer for Finding Carter made it look like something romantic is happening between Gabe and Taylor. Was that a fake-out? — Erin
Basically, no. It was not a fake-out. “It becomes complicated,” showrunner Emily Whitesell says. With the death of Gabe’s father, it seems his downward spiral could result in him looking at Taylor differently. “I think Gabe convinces himself that he loves her,” Whitesell says. But that doesn’t mean Taylor loves him back. After all, Max is still very much in the picture. “It’s interesting to watch her navigate her very deep friendship feelings for Gabe and become confused in a moment or two. We were really interested in exploring this idea of what the difference is between deeply loving someone and being in love with someone.” Let’s just hope Taylor’s moments of confusion don’t ruin anything.
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Additional reporting by Samantha Highfill.
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