Blindspot's Jaimie Alexander reacts to Jane Doe reveal
After an entire season of Blindspot, Jane Doe is… well, still Jane Doe.
During the season finale, Oscar (François Arnaud) revealed that Jane (Jaimie Alexander) is not Taylor Shaw. Working under the guidance of a mysterious man named Shepherd, Jane infiltrated the FBI’s New York Office in order to oust Mayfair (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) and provide the less corrupt Weller (Sullivan Stapleton) with enough wins so he’d replace her. Ultimately, Jane’s group wants to burn the government to the ground and start over.
But if Jane isn’t Taylor, then who is she? We’ll find out when Blindspot returns for season 2. But in the meantime, EW was on set for the season finale to get Alexander’s take on that Jane Doe twist:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Were you shocked to find out that Jane Doe is not Taylor Shaw?
JAIMIE ALEXANDER: I had a hunch. I didn’t really ask [executive producer Martin Gero] too much, but then the rest of my cast reads ahead, so they’re like, “Dude, you’re not Taylor,” and I was like, “OK.” I did find it a bit tricky that I’m being told to remember these memories by Oscar, and I don’t. The fact that none of these photographs are triggering anything, in my brain I was like, “Yeah, there’s something up with that.” The fact that the DNA obviously was Taylor Shaw, but how did they get that? And then the dental analysis puts me in Sub-Saharan Africa, being born there, and that’s not possible, so we’ll revisit that in season 2 for sure.
Even before the Taylor Shaw reveal, Jane was having memories of her own, but not really of her childhood. Did that tip you off?
I’ve thought about that. There’s so many pieces to this crazy puzzle that I just don’t focus on it, because I don’t want to get an idea in my head and then have Martin say, “No. That’s not it at all.” I didn’t want to assume anything. With this show, you cannot assume anything because you’re probably going to be wrong. I noticed that a lot of Jane’s memories were potentially, maybe in a five-year span. This is my guess that’s where all the memories are coming from.
She has no memories from childhood, except there was a time where she’s walking through what looked like a very f—ed up orphanage with these kids. It’s all black and white, so it’s a literal memory when she was small and she saw these children, and she saw her own arm holding this man’s hand, and he was not a good man. She realizes that’s the only memory she’s had though, from her childhood, and she sees a little boy with a massive scar on his face. I believe I was told a while ago, and I’m sure it’s still the same, that that’s going to play a big part in season 2.
We’ve talked about how you, as an actress, felt about that Jane Doe reveal, but how will Jane feel? Does this destroy her?
Yes, Jane becomes extremely angry, and there’s that blue flame of rage on the inside that’s not going to be extinguished. That’s going to carry through for a very long time on this show. Oscar really convinced Jane to trust him, and they’ve shared certain intimacies, and she’s had these very positive memories of him up until this point. For him to say, “Hey, by the way, I’ve been calling you Taylor, but you’re not her.” It’s like, “Wait a second, what? What else did you lie about then?” All Jane really can trust is her actual memories that she keeps having. It’s the ultimate betrayal.
Jane killed Oscar, the closest person to family outside the task force and someone she was re-falling in love with.
You have to know that is the only way out, because she just took out the only connection to her past that she knows of, and she’s seen other potential connections die in front of her. I think there’s going to be way more info hopefully that comes out that justifies what he was doing, and that he loved her so much that he was like, “This is not what you wanted. I have to erase you,” and she’s like, “You have to be crazy to do that.” She does plead with him and he tries to do it anyway, so there’s no other option; she has to kill him, she can’t let him do this, she’s worked so hard to figure out who she is. If he erases her, she won’t remember him, she won’t remember Weller, she won’t remember anybody. She’s built friendships with Patterson, with Zapata, and now she’s working on Reade, and Weller. Just the fact that somebody that loves her so much would actually erase her again is just devastating.
And just when Jane plans to come clean with Weller, he’s there to arrest her.
What Oscar did to Jane, Jane did to Weller, not knowing that she did — that’s the difference. Jane would never intentionally hurt somebody. That’s definitely the first clue to who she is, is that she’s a good person, so whether she was bad in her life before, that would be nurture. By nature she’s a good human being. She never wants to hurt anybody. She always tries to save everybody and help everybody.
She comes home. He’s there, and she keeps pleading with him, but he won’t listen to her. There’s that part at the end when he arrests her and she pretty much gives up. She just does it because she would never hurt him. She goes quietly — so far. I was like, “Please don’t make me fight him.” It’s a really sad place to be. What else has she got? Nothing. She has nothing. Oscar’s dead. Mayfair’s dead. Nobody trusts her anymore. She has no past that she can remember, and she’s just going to die in jail, or wherever she’s going to be put.
Clearly Jane has more tattoos than we’ve seen in the first season. Is this only the beginning when it comes to taking out those in power at the FBI?
Potentially. I have a lot of guesses, but again, I try not to think about it too much. In my fantasy of it, it would be that there are a lot of corrupt people on both sides — her organization and the FBI. Everybody believes they’re doing the right thing. Everybody genuinely believes that their way is the right way, and how they’re going about it is the only way to do it. We see that with Jane’s side of things and the FBI’s side of things, and she’s starting to come to a realization that both sides are equally terrifying. Both sides are doing things that they should not be doing, and that put a lot of people at risk and hurt loved ones. Who’s right? Or are they both wrong? It’s a really strange place to be in, because they mirror each other.
What surprised you most about the season?
Oh, Oscar dying. I did not see that coming. When he told us, I cried a little because I was like, “Oh man, who else is she going to have?” I was thinking character-wise. There’s no one else, Jane doesn’t know anybody else from her past. As for Mayfair, I knew something had to come to a head with that, with Daylight and all that other stuff. I just didn’t know that they were going to kill her. For me, I was completely shocked and saddened, but it does make good television.
The way Martin did it was so kind. He talked to each of us individually, sat us down, and said, “Hey. I want to tell you this now. This is gonna happen.” It was so kind of him, because most people wouldn’t do this. He let them know ahead of time so they could get on another show for pilot season, and I thought that was a really stand up thing to do, because a lot of shows won’t do that because they don’t want the info to leak. Good dude.