Blindspot postmortem: Can Jane trust Oscar and her new mission?
Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Blindspot‘s midseason return. Read at your own risk!
Jane Doe really is Taylor Shaw — according to her former flame Oscar at least. But that wasn’t the real shocker from Monday’s episode of Blindspot.
As Jane (Jaimie Alexander) told herself in a video made in the past, she is to blame for the memory loss and the tattoos. Oscar (François Arnaud) claims she was basically sent to infiltrate the FBI and covertly complete missions for whatever mystery organization she’s actually working for. Will she comply? EW caught up with executive producer Martin Gero to get the scoop on what’s next:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Can we actually trust Oscar when he says that Jane is Taylor Shaw?
MARTIN GERO: Oscar is trying to build a trust with Jane. So I think he’s trying to be open and honest with her where he can about everything. Heaven forbid he tell her a lie and then she find out something different, it would eradicate everything. So yeah, he is trying to build a relationship with her, where she will trust him more and more, because he needs her to realize — he thinks they’re the good guys, is the thing. He believes they’re doing the right thing. He knows he’s going to have to bend her back.
What do Jane’s missions look like moving forward?
They’re pretty small side missions for the first part, so they can be done relatively inconspicuously, but bank on her having access to the NYO. Oscar is not sure that he can trust Jane yet, so they’re small at first and then get bigger and bigger.
Does the team start to suspect anything amiss?
I don’t think they notice a difference. Reade (Rob Brown) certainly notices something up with her in episode 11, but he pawns it off on they’re working her too hard, or she’s not built for the stress of this job. They all, at different moments, start to have misgivings about Jane, but it happens organically through the season.
Will Jane ever reconsider what she’s doing?
All the time. The hardest thing for Jane is, it’s very intoxicating for somebody who doesn’t remember who they are to have somebody come in and be like, “I was your fiancée, I know everything about you, I have all of the missing pieces.” She definitely wants to go down the road a little bit with Oscar and see what she can figure out, but the reality is really the people she trusts and loves are Weller (Sullivan Stapleton) and the team. She’s deeply conflicted about what she’s feeling now versus what she felt before. I think it’s a really fun and interesting place for that character to go.
Mayfair (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) didn’t seem happy about dropping Jane’s security detail. Is that purely worry over her asset or is there more going on there?
I think she’s nervous about Jane period. Yeah, I think she’s worried about her in general and she’s worried about her as an asset. I don’t think Mayfair suspects Jane is a double agent or anything — not yet — but she’s wary of Jane.
The FBI believes that Carter (Michael Gaston) is missing and presumed dead. Will there be an investigation into what happened to him?
How does that affect Zapata given her connection to him?
Negatively. Zapata (Audrey Esparza) is about to have some bad days ahead. It’s not going to be an easy 13 episodes for Zapata.
Blindspot airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.