Now that Blindspot is moving nights and to an earlier timeslot, executive producer Martin Gero says the show will be pulling back on some of the violence on the NBC series.
“We’re not going to shoot anyone in the head anymore,” Gero said at the Television Critics Association’s press tour on Tuesday. “Right off the bat, no more headshots on Blindspot. We’re toning back some of the violence. I don’t think the show will be unrecognizable for [those who have tuned in]. We don’t want the show to totally reinvent itself for 8 p.m.”
Still, the second season will be a bit of a reset for the series, as Blindspot strives to bring in new viewers. For instance, the first episode is heavily focused on the mythology of Jane Doe (Jaimie Alexander), but leans more toward the tattoo case-of-the-week in subsequent episodes.
In addition to learning Jane Doe’s real name, viewers will “find out what Orion is, who Shepherd is, who Jane really is aside from her name,” Gero teased, adding that Jane has been at a CIA black site for the last three months when the new season picks up. “If the first season was about who is Jane Doe, we want to answer those questions and more on to what season 2 is about.”
While the show also aims to showcase “moments of humor” with the characters in season 2, Gero stressed, “The show doesn’t turn into a soft comedy; it’s still Blindspot. There will be humor in it, but I don’t know that I would call it a lighthearted family hour.”
Case in point: The stakes will be raised this season, as a new trailer shown to reporters seemed to intimate that Jane will be playing double agent for the FBI as Weller (Sullivan Stapleton) & Co. aim to take down the mysterious group she’s been working for. Aiding their quest is Archie Panjabi’s new character, whom the Good Wife alum described as tough, tenacious, wild, and unpredictable.
Blindspot returns on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 10 p.m. ET before moving to 8 p.m. ET on Sept. 21 on NBC.