Absolutely amazing episode! Surprised me, since the second part of a 3 part arc/trilogy can often be moving the chess pieces for the really big third part. But this did not disappoint.
Kevin Chapman deserves an Emmy for Best Performance While Tied To A Chair. The various emotions he went through were effectively communicated even though he had only his face and his voice to work with. Extraordinary.
We've always felt the show could go there, but we always wanted it to be organic, and the most interesting thing that emerged in last night's episode was that the kiss was not scripted. We never wrote it in. However you would characterize the relationship between these two characters up to this point, platonic or something deeper, that was never in question. It was intended to be a scene in which Reese and Carter both understood that what they were undertaking was life-harrowing and that this may or may not be the last time they'd see each other. That was always in there. What was surprising to us was where they went with it. It wasn't in every take; there were takes where they didn't do it and there were takes where they did. When we heard about it on the set, everybody on the show was like, "Oh no..." because we knew we might have to go there. You see it in Carter's eyes, an element of surprise and natural feedback that she gives in that moment that it did seem earned. When we took [that scene] out and watched it, we felt like we missed it. We felt it deepened the level of their relationship in a way that we felt had we not gone there it would kind of be chicken shit.
About The Devil's Share:
Officer Simmons' number comes up, and it's not a question of if he going to get off, it's a question of which character is going to do it. It's a darker chapter, and it's one of the most powerful.
I'm excited for that premise. A POI who's not going to be saved, but targeted by at least two members of the Machine team. Then there's the question of Root.
For all the (admirable) hate Robert John Burke gets for his portrayal of Simmons (goes to show his awesome talent), I'd like to point out that he's a real life hero. He also helped out with the rescue missions of 9/11 & is a certified firefighter with New York State. While he's not acting, he serves a volunteer firefighter in Fire Island, NY.
Lots of lots of interviews from producers and Taraji P Henson, as sad as I am finally the show is getting the recognition it deserved, truly a game-changer and hopefully it will also bring change to these lame network TV shows and these networks.