Is President Heller really dead? It seems clear that he is, but there was no silent clock at the end.
Katz: Do you really want us to ruin an entire week of anticipation for you?
Yes. And no. But what about the lack of a silent clock? If it weren’t for that, people probably would assume he definitely is gone.
Coto: Well, we kind of…
Katz: Not everybody gets a silent clock.
Coto: Yes, not everyone gets a silent clock. It’s for certain characters. We have a new post-[production] team that may not be up to speed on the whole silent clock thing [laughs].
So if there is a chance that President Heller survives, we know Chloe was working fast and furiously on getting into Margot’s computer system with the drones. She told Jack she couldn’t get into one. There were two others that she was working on. Could that have allowed for last-minute control of where the drone was actually aimed?
Coto: I guess. I just don’t know if there was enough time.
Katz: You’re not giving up…
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TV Guide also spoke with Katz and Coto and got some details on how Heller’s death will play a part in the remainder of the season with Audrey.
You killed the president! Unless you want us to believe he might have survived that missile exploding…
Manny Coto: No, it’s pretty cut and dry.
So what is the fallout of President Heller’s death?
Katz: It informs the Audrey-Jack relationship in a big way, and the Audrey-Boudreau relationship. Because in Audrey’s mind, Jack and Boudreau led her father to his death — they let him give himself up. That’s going to be a huge emotional blow to have to get through.
Do you think knowing how Audrey would feel also led to Jack’s initial hesitation?
Coto: Jack believes that this is the right thing to do. He agrees with Heller that there are no other options. Jack’s not just doing this for the sake of doing it. There are lives to be saved, and they’ve made a calculation. If Margot can be trusted — which is what they’re taking a chance on — then they will have saved thousands of lives.
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