Showrunner Eric Kripke was joined by series stars Billy Burke, Tracy Spiridakos, Giancarlo Esposito, JD Pardo, David Lyons and other crewmembers for a one-hour discussion about the NBC drama.
The post-apocalyptic TV drama takes place 15 years after the start of a worldwide blackout where every single piece of modern technology has mysteriously blacked out. It follows a core crew of characters as they struggle to survive in a dangerous, harsh new world.
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On Saturday, Kripke & Co. revealed a few spoilers and touted the second season, which premieres Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. on NBC.
Right away, Kripke said season two would kick off with a bang, and lots and lots of action “within the first 15 seconds.” SPOILER ALERT: A couple of major U.S. cities get completely wiped out, according to Kripke.
The words “intense,” “gripping” and “gritty” were often used at Saturday's panel, leaving fans on the edge of their seats.
Kripke said the new season would be all about “unfolding mysteries” while honing in on character development, rather than solely “running and gunning.”
Also, he assured the characters would be much “dirtier and grittier-looking" than they were in season one when some of them, in his words, “looked too clean, like they were in a Noxema commercial.”
As fans learned more about the game plan for season two, so did the actors.
“The more he [Kripke] talks about the episodes, the more we learn!” Burke exclaimed as the crowd laughed.
Spiridakos discussed the growth of her character, Charlie Matheson, and how much she enjoys the role. Esposito, Lyons and Pardo also said a few things about their roles and larger themes within the series.
Throughout the panel, Kripke & Co. also addressed why they chose to kill off certain central characters in the first season.
“I do it to keep them [the other lead actors] in line,” Kripke joked.
“We kill the people we love,” he added.
Though it was difficult to kill off some characters, Kripke said it was all part of the master plan. He said he wanted to give viewers a realistic “jolt” by conveying that anything can and will happen in the dangerous world of “Revolution.”
Burke said losing co-stars on screen was difficult but agreed that, true to the concept of the series, that's part of the world the characters live in.
Overall, the panel set a hopeful tone for next season -- promising fans an improved, more fleshed out “Revolution.”