There’s been a lot of speculation over 24: Live Another Day’s upcoming time jump and the writers have been keeping those details tightly under wraps. We can reveal that the final episode is titled “10:00 P.M. – 11:00 A.M.” meaning this single episode will cover a span of thirteen hours!
What’s interesting here is that the time jump isn’t occurring between episodes like everyone thought, but rather within the episode itself. This will be the first episode in 24 series history to not take place in real time.
One potential scenario would be Jack Bauer (recently pardoned) flying back to Los Angeles and reuniting with his daughter Kim. A flight from London to Los Angeles takes approximately eleven hours.
That’s if the writers decide to go with a happy ending. Kiefer Sutherland recently teased they’re aiming for “closure” but cautioned “it ain’t gonna be tied up with a bow.”
The finale has been closely guarded with not even key cast members receiving certain portions of the script. Series star Mary Lynn Rajskub recently said the last ten pages of the finale were omitted from her script, which could mean the time jump happens near the end (as an epilogue of sorts).
The writers had difficulty implementing time jumps into the plot previously with Howard Gordon admitting “there were more moving parts than we imagined.”
David Fury said “It sounded like a great idea, but we always have multiple storylines running. And while it was conceivable to find a pause in one story, finding a pause in all of the stories that happened to be simultaneous was not possible.”
“We have what we think is a pretty cool way to get us to 24,” promised Manny Coto.
(Special thanks to Rob.)