"I sort of have a bad habit in the shows that I run of killing off the people that I love and I think Maggie was one of those," Kripke told reporters. "Maggie's death was unfortunately necessary to show that this world had very real stakes ... and we very quickly realized the scariest thing we could do was to kill the doctor among them." Kripke added, "We want the audience to really understand that nobody is safe, including the main characters."
According to Kripke, the writers are currently in discussions to reveal the reason the lights went out by the end of the first season:
"That's sort of my philosophy about not being too precious with anything. So we may reveal the secret sooner than later," Kripke said. "I just know that, for me, the longer you drag out an answer, the more pressure there is that that answer is the greatest answer ever given in the history of man. And frankly, I'm just not that smart." The showrunner also hinted that learning whatever caused the blackout will lead to an ever bigger — and scarier! — mystery.
Charlie and the gang will (finally) catch up to her brother Danny in the 10th episode:
"I would say by Episode 10, we will have played the prologue [of getting Danny back] and it's time to begin the next chapter of the show," Kripke said. "It's time to explore much more why the show is in fact titled Revolution."
Besides the Charlie and Danny reunion, Episode 10 will also feature the anticipated reunion between Miles (Billy Burke) and General Monroe (David Lyons):
"They confront each other for the first time in years," Kripke explained. "They still really love each other and when they see each other, they're not really sure whether they're going to kill each other or hug each other."
Grace (Maria Howell), the mysterious woman to whom Kripke hinted is at the center ofRevolution's mythology, will reappear in Episode 7, along with her kidnapper Randall:
She is under duress with this character Randall and she's in a dangerous position now," Kripke said.
According to Kripke, Revolution actually glamorizes life without electricity:
"I think what would actually happen in the result of a global blackout would be much harrier than even what we're depicting," he said. "We're really precariously balanced as a society and if you pull that rug out from under us things would get bad really quickly."
Monday's episode will explore Capt. Neville's (Giancarlo Esposito) backstory:
"His character, who before the blackout was pretty mild-mannered and maybe a little submissive, and how [he transformed] into the violent psychopath that he is today," Kripke explained.
This close look at Neville will also include the introduction of his wife, Julia:
"We're planting Kim now and we're going to meet her in the present day and really explore her character a couple episodes down the line [in Episode 8]. We're going to see how a very normal, suburban wife before the blackout ... transformed into Lady Macbeth [post-blackout]."
Expect some big changes for Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchell) when Danny arrives in Philadelphia:
"General Monroe has Rachel where he wants her," Kripke said. "She doesn't really care about her own well-being, but of course, she cares about the well-being of her son. So he's really able to twist her arm and force her to reveal things" that she's been holding on to. And whatever secrets Rachel's been keeping must be pretty bad, because when the whole truth eventually comes out "it will be pretty explosive for Charlie to hear."