While heartbreaking, the reveal of Blindspot‘s mole could have been a lot more devastating.
Set to be the mole from Blindspot‘s launch, Borden (Ukweli Roach) was the other new face introduced when Jane (Jaimie Alexander) landed at the FBI. As the team’s therapist, Borden was perfectly positioned to gain intel and help guide Jane from the inside — but there was another option for Sandstorm’s inside man going all the way back to the show’s inception.
“There was a pilot draft where Zapata [Audrey Esparza] was the mole, but we all moved away from that really, really quickly and that didn’t even make the cut of the pilot,” executive producer Martin Gero tells EW. “But the idea to have someone else in there was an idea we’ve been working with since the pitch stage.”
Ahead of the reveal, a theory that Zapata was the mole started to gain steam, but it felt unlikely given the FBI agent’s reluctance to plant a bug in Jane’s safe house for Carter in season 1.
While planning the winter finale, Gero also mulled actually axing one of the main characters. During the hour, Sandstorm deduces that Jane has turned against them and sets a trap for the FBI that claims several red shirts, but mearly wounds Reade (Rob Brown). “We did talk about it,” Gero says. Ultimately, the EP declined to go that route because “I just think they’re all so good,” he says.
Blindspot returns Wednesday, Jan. 4 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.