March. Freakin'. 25.
Yes, that's how long we have to wait until J.J. Abrams and Eric Kripke's dystopian drama Revolution, which was the number one new show of the fall season, returns. Luckily, the executive producers were willing to hand out some teases during the show's panel during NBC's day at the 2013 Winter TCA Press Tour, and oh, how they teased!
So what can fans expect? More shocking reveals and the true start of a, well, revolution! Plus, we've got your first look at the second half of the season!
Revolution's four month scheduling break was a welcome one for Kripke and the show's writers, "I felt like we could pick up the pace of the stunning revelations," Kripke admits. "Maybe the pace of the shocking reveals were a little too slow." In the second half of the season, viewers can expect," more revelations" as Kripke says his goal was "making it more shocking more often." But, Kripke stresses that the show will still focus on the characters and the family dynamics. "It's the Waltons with swords," he jokes, with Abrams adding, "Eric forgets the Waltons had swords!"
In the first episode back, "We pick up exactly where we left off, I can tell you that," Kripke dishes. "I can tell you that Monroe (David Lyons), he does have choppers. He has a limited form of power, but power." Giving him power was about making him an unstoppable force," that the heroes are totally outmatched against. (Though Abrams does say "the genie is put back in the bottle" when it comes to the return of electricity; "Will the power remain on all the time? The answer is no.")
If that wasn't enough to get you salivating, Kripke teases, "We start to deliver officially on the promise of the title and the revolution really starts. Can this family…stick together in the face of these overwhelming odds and this overwhelming danger? Can you maintain your soul when you're a warrior?"
Geography fans are sure to be excited by the second half of the season as Kripke teases we'll see more of the country than the Monroe Republic post-blackout. "We start to expand the world and we cross the border into Georgia, the Georgia Federation," he says, adding that the show will also "go West" by season's end. "We're teasing it out at a very deliberate pace because we want everyone to explore the world," he explains.
While the writers are currently "working towards" the season one finale right now, Kripke says he has "a multiple year" plan for the show, much like his first show, the CW's Supernatural. "I have a sense of what we want season two to be... but you need to be surprised by your actors, your writers, you need to give yourself enough breathing room...There's no end of the stories we can tell."
Bonus scoop: The footage shown before the panel promised a showdown between Captain Neville (Giancarlo Esposito) and son Jason (J.D. Pardo), who seems to be interested in switching allegiances after a physical altercation with his father over Monroe's power. But Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) isn't sure if she should buy what he's selling.
Revolution returns March 25 at 10 p.m. on NBC.
Check out the trailer for Revolution's return below!