Blindspot (TV series)

Blindspot is an American crime drama television series created by Martin Gero, starring Sullivan Stapleton and Jaimie Alexander.[1] The Warner Bros. Television-produced series premiered September 21, 2015, on NBC. On May 10, 2019, NBC renewed the series for a fifth and final season,[2] which aired between May 7[3] and July 23, 2020.[4]

Blindspot
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Intertitle from the first two seasons
Genre
Created byMartin Gero
Starring
Composer(s)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes100 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Howard Griffith (seasons 1–2)
  • Harvey Waldman (seasons 1–2)
  • Ryan Lindenberg (season 3)
  • Ryan Johnson (season 3)
  • Peter Lalayanis (season 3)
  • Chad McQuay (season 3)
Production location(s)New York City, New York
Cinematography
  • Martin Ahlgren
  • David Johnson
Editor(s)
  • Finnian Murray
  • Kristin Windell (season 3)
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time42–43 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original networkNBC
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseSeptember 21, 2015 (2015-09-21) –
July 23, 2020 (2020-07-23)
External links
Website
Production website

PremiseEdit

Blindspot focuses on a mysterious tattooed woman who is found naked inside a travel bag in Times Square by the FBI. She has no recollection of her own past or identity. They discover that her tattoos contain clues to crimes they will have to solve.[5][6]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
123September 21, 2015 (2015-09-21)May 23, 2016 (2016-05-23)
222September 14, 2016 (2016-09-14)May 17, 2017 (2017-05-17)
322October 27, 2017 (2017-10-27)May 18, 2018 (2018-05-18)
422October 12, 2018 (2018-10-12)May 31, 2019 (2019-05-31)
511May 7, 2020 (2020-05-07)July 23, 2020 (2020-07-23)

CastEdit

MainEdit

  • Sullivan Stapleton as Kurt Weller, an FBI special agent at the New York field office. In season 1, as head of the FBI Critical Incident Response Group, he is called into the investigation of Jane when his name is found mysteriously tattooed on Jane's body. He comes to recognize Jane as his missing childhood friend Taylor Shaw and becomes very protective, due to having never recovered from the pain and guilt he suffered from her disappearance. It is revealed in the season 1 finale that he has been promoted to head of the FBI's New York branch after Mayfair's disappearance, with this being the goal of Stage One of the conspiracy behind Jane's tattoos as the tattoo investigations eliminated less ethical potential candidates; Weller also learns that Jane is not Taylor Shaw and that the real Taylor has been dead for years. While upset about being deceived to the point of arresting Jane and turning her over to the CIA, the two slowly rebuild their relationship from scratch in season 2 following her escape. At the start of season 3, he and Jane marry and move to Colorado to stay close to Weller's daughter Bethany, but an attempted hit organized by Roman forces them back into the fight, and leads to Jane disappearing for two years. Upon reuniting and discovering new tattoos on Jane's body, the two return to New York and reunite with their old team as they try to track Roman down. In season 4, he discovers that the effects of ZIP (the drug that wiped Jane's memories to start) have both caused her to revert to her pre-ZIP persona of Remi and are slowly poisoning her body, though these problems are resolved with successful treatments. In the series finale, after the team's dismissal from the FBI, he and Jane are shown to have expanded their family via multiple foster children.
  • Jaimie Alexander as Remi "Jane Doe" Briggs (born Alice Kruger),[7] an unidentified woman found naked and amnesiac in Times Square, who is kept in FBI protective custody as an investigation proceeds into her identity. Despite lacking conscious memories, Jane occasionally has flashbacks to her past life and retains a wide variety of combat and language skills. It is suspected she is a former Navy SEAL, whose identity is classified due to involvement in special operations. Based on a familiar scar on the back of her neck and a DNA test, Jane was believed to be Taylor Shaw. Shaw was Weller's neighbor and childhood friend, who vanished 25 years ago and was presumed deceased, but the real Taylor Shaw was confirmed to be dead when Weller's father confessed to her murder on his deathbed. Weller subsequently found Taylor's remains in an old campsite they stayed in as children; the DNA test results were altered by the conspiracy changing the records of the Taylor Shaw case. It is later revealed that Jane was born Alice Kruger in South Africa, then orphaned and trained as a child soldier by the apartheid regime. Shepherd eventually adopted her and raised her as a daughter. At the start of season 3, she marries Weller and the two move to Colorado to stay close to Weller's daughter Bethany, but an attempted hit organized by Roman forces them back into the fight, and leads to Jane disappearing for two years. Upon reuniting and discovering new tattoos on Jane's body, the two return to New York and reunite with their old team as they try to track Roman down. During this time, Jane reconnects with her biological daughter, whom Shepherd had forced her to give up for adoption back when Jane was a teenager, and discovers her ties related to the conspiracy Roman is trying to bring down. At the end of the season, she reverts to her previous persona as Remi as a result of side effects from ZIP, the drug that originally wiped her memories. During the first half of season 4, she, as Remi, starts secretly working against her team in a bid to free Shepherd and rebuild Sandstorm, but is soon found out, and following a successful experimental treatment, Jane finally puts her past behind her, makes peace with Remi, regains all of her memories, and kills Shepherd. During the second half of the season, Jane is forced to deal with the physical effects of ZIP poisoning her body, but the team is eventually able to find a cure in time. In the final episodes, she is ZIPed again by a bomb by Ivy Sands, and suffers many hallucinations as she tries to locate Ivy and the last bomb. In the end, she either dies from the poisoning or is cured and goes on to foster many children with Weller.
  • Rob Brown as Edgar Reade,[a] an FBI special agent and member of Weller's team, who has doubts about Jane's inclusion on the team and expresses skepticism of Weller's willingness to follow the information from Jane's tattoos so quickly. He is in love with Weller's sister, Sarah, but broke up with her both on Weller's request and because Reade feared for Sarah's safety after one of the group behind Jane's tattoos threatened Sarah when Reade was trying to investigate Jane's background. In season 3, he becomes the head of the New York field office after Jane and Weller leave New York and was engaged to Megan Butani, an investigative journalist. They later broke up. He also has romantic feelings for Zapata, which he finally acts on late in season 4. It is short-lived though, as he is killed in the drone strike at the end of the season, as revealed in the season 5 premiere. He later appears in flashbacks and as a hallucination as a result of Jane's ZIP poisoning in the series finale, and Tasha is revealed to have given birth to his child in the last scenes.
  • Audrey Esparza as Natasha "Tasha" Zapata, an FBI special agent and member of Weller's team, previously an NYPD officer at the 96th District for five years. Secretly, she has a gambling addiction, caused by guilt from the death of her partner while with the NYPD, and is in severe debt, which she hides from her co-workers. She is also shown to have feelings for Reade. In season 3, she leaves the FBI and joins the CIA. At the end of the season, she is seemingly terminated from the CIA, and goes to work for Blake Crawford as a fixer, but following Blake's death in season 4, she works for her successor, Madeline Burke. Midway through the season, it is revealed that she was working deep cover for the CIA all along under Director Jake Keaton. In season 5, she is revealed to be pregnant, as a result of her hookup with Reade shortly before his death in the drone strike at the beginning of the season, and is shown to be raising their child as a single mother and become a private investigator following the team's dismissal from the FBI in the series finale.
  • Ashley Johnson as Patterson, an FBI special agent and head of the FBI Forensic Science Unit, responsible for studying and identifying Jane's tattoos. In season 3, she departs the FBI to work in the tech industry, but returns following the two-year time-skip to help solve Jane's new tattoos. Later in the season, it is also revealed that Patterson is the daughter of Bill Nye and took her mother's last name. In the series finale, after the team's dismissal from the FBI, she and Rich Dotcom become treasure hunters.
  • Ukweli Roach as Robert Borden (seasons 1–2; recurring season 3; guest seasons 4–5),[b] an FBI psychiatrist who helps Jane in retrieving and understanding her past memories. He is later revealed to be Nigel Thornton, a former doctor and a mole for Sandstorm within the FBI. After being cornered by the FBI, he apparently kills himself to avoid capture. In season 3, however, it is revealed that he had faked his death, and was later found and recruited by the CIA as an asset. He is later sent to prison after Zapata reneges on his deal with the CIA as justice for betraying Patterson. In season 4, Jane visits him and he helps her to finally accept her lives and personas of Remi and Alice as part of herself. He later appears as a hallucination as a result of Jane's ZIP poisoning in the series finale.
  • Marianne Jean-Baptiste as Bethany Mayfair (season 1; guest season 2), assistant director in charge of the FBI's New York Field Office. Mayfair is directly in charge of Weller and his team, for whom Mayfair acts as an ally and mentor. She was once the FBI contact for Operation: Daylight, a program to use illegally obtained information and present it as coming from faked informants; it is hinted that Jane's tattoos have some connection to Daylight. After Mayfair is framed for murder due to evidence Jane was manipulated into planting, she is fatally shot by Oscar just as she discovers Jane at a safe house used by the conspiracy. Despite her death and her reputation being damaged by her wrongful arrest, the team continues to remember Mayfair fondly for the rest of the series; Weller ends up naming his daughter after her, and the team pays tribute to her and Reade prior to leaving the FBI offices for the final time in the series finale.
  • Archie Panjabi as Nas Kamal (season 2; guests seasons 3 & 5),[c] head of Zero Division, a secret department of the NSA. She has investigated Sandstorm for years, and forms a joint NSA-FBI task force with Weller's team and Jane to try to infiltrate Sandstorm. In order to protect the team from federal investigation, she resigns, taking responsibility for all of the task force's failures. She spends time working freelance before she is able to use a tattoo case to acquire a powerful computer virus, trading it to the NSA in return for getting her job back. She returns in the series finale to help the team capture Ivy Sands.
  • Luke Mitchell as Roman Briggs (born Ian Kruger) (seasons 2–3; recurring season 4; guest season 5), Jane's brother and a member of Sandstorm. Jane wiped his memory with ZIP (the same drug that wiped her memories) after he turned against Shepherd, and he remained in FBI custody for a while. After regaining his memories, including that of Jane erasing his memories, he turns against her and rejoins Shepherd during her attack on the FBI's New York Office. In season 3, he devises a complex scheme to get revenge on Jane that involves covering her with new, bio-luminescent tattoos. At the end of the season, he is fatally shot by Blake Crawford, and dies in Jane's arms. In seasons 4 and 5, he appears as a hallucination as a result of Jane's ZIP poisoning.
  • Michelle Hurd as Ellen "Shepherd" Briggs (season 2; guest seasons 3 & 5; recurring season 4), Jane's and Roman's adoptive mother and leader of the terrorist group Sandstorm. She was a major general with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and has been manipulating Weller's life since he was a teenager. She is captured at the end of season 2 after Jane and Weller foil her plans, and imprisoned in a CIA blacksite until Jane, reverted to her persona of Remi, frees her during season 4. She is later shot and killed by Jane after the latter finally overcomes the mental effects of ZIP, but later reappears as a hallucination as a result of Jane's ZIP poisoning in the series finale.
  • Ennis Esmer as Rich Dotcom (real name Gord Enver) (seasons 4–5; recurring seasons 1–3), a former computer programmer turned Internet crime lord. Eccentric and manic, Rich often embroils Weller's team in elaborate, convoluted schemes to achieve his goals. Starting in season 3, he begins working with the FBI as part of a deal for his past crimes. In the series finale, after the team's dismissal from the FBI, he and Patterson become treasure hunters.
  • Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as Madeline Burke (season 5; recurring season 4),[d] a major stockholder in the Crawfords' company HCI Global, who takes over the company after fatally poisoning Blake and the other executives as part of a mysterious long-term plan. At the end of the season, her plan, Project: Helios, takes effect, causing a major blackout on the Eastern Seaboard while framing Weller's team for the attack and corruption, and becoming the head of an oversight committee for the FBI and later director of all federal law enforcement; all this is revealed to be part of a plan to avenge her father, who was killed in an FBI raid. Throughout season 5, Madeline uses her new power to enact her plan to reform the world's governments all under her leadership by wiping the memories of the planet's population with ZIP while simultaneously hunting the team, even forming an alliance with the terror group Dabbur Zhan, and using ZIP on her oldest son when the team convinces him to turn against her. Near the end of the season, she finally manages to capture most of the team, only for her and her associates' crimes to finally be publicly exposed by Patterson (who faked her death to escape capture) and Zapata via a connection at the New York Post (Reade's ex-fiancé, Megan Butani) and her blackmail material against her various connections to be lost via Director Matthew Weitz and analyst Afreen Iqbal's actions. After the exonerated team corners her in her attempt to flee the country, she commits suicide in a fail-safe method to push her final plan forwards. She later reappears as a hallucination as a result of Jane's ZIP poisoning in the series finale.

RecurringEdit

  • Johnny Whitworth as Markos (seasons 1 & 5), a mysterious man connected to Jane's past. He was killed by an initially unknown sniper – later revealed to be Oscar – in Jane's safe house. It is later revealed that he was a member of Sandstorm, but grew disenchanted with their treatment of Jane. He reappears as a hallucination as a result of Jane's ZIP poisoning in the series finale.
  • Jordana Spiro as Sarah Weller (seasons 1 & 5), Kurt's sister. Sarah tries to heal Weller's lingering emotional trauma from Taylor Shaw's disappearance, as well as repair the broken relationship between Kurt and their terminally ill father. She was in love with Kurt's co-worker and friend, Edgar Reade, until he breaks up with her to protect her and her son. She later moves to Portland, Oregon with her son shortly afterwards, but later returns in the series finale, having dinner with the team and their family and friends.
  • Logan Schuyler Smith as Sawyer (seasons 1 & 5), Sarah's son and Kurt's nephew. He moves to Portland, Oregon with his mother shortly after her breakup with Reade, but later returns in the series finale, having dinner with the team and their family and friends.
  • Michael Gaston as Thomas "Tom" Carter (seasons 1 & 5), CIA deputy director, who is connected with Mayfair to the clandestine Operation: Daylight. He is strongly interested in Jane due to concerns that her tattoos could reveal Daylight's existence. He was killed by Oscar while trying to interrogate Jane.[8] He later reappears as a hallucination as a result of Jane's ZIP poisoning in the series finale.
  • Joe Dinicol as David Wagner (seasons 1, 3, & 5), Patterson's boyfriend. Patterson broke up with him after being reprimanded for sharing the tattoos with David. He was killed by a Russian agent for investigating an undercover spy ring, but reappeared in Patterson's coma dream in season 3 and as a hallucination as a result of Jane's ZIP poisoning in the series finale. His character was modeled after David Kwong, who works as a puzzle consultant for the show.[9]
  • Jay O. Sanders as Bill Weller (seasons 1 & 5), Kurt and Sarah's father, who was accused of kidnapping and killing Taylor Shaw because he lied about his alibi, resulting in the destruction of his life and marriage and the end of his relationship with his son. He is terminally ill with lung cancer. Later, he admits he was attempting suicide the night of Taylor's disappearance, finally earning Kurt's trust back. However, he confirms on his deathbed that he genuinely did kill Taylor Shaw, although his words imply that it was accidental. He reappears in season 5 as a hallucination of Weller's.
  • François Arnaud as Oscar (seasons 1 & 5), a mysterious man connected to Jane's past. Partial flashbacks have revealed Oscar is Jane's ex-boyfriend and they planned to marry, but Jane broke off the engagement.[10] Although he appeared to be Jane's ally against some of the radical elements of Sandstorm, the terrorist organization that gave Jane her tattoos, it was later revealed that he lied to her about her past identity as Taylor Shaw, and seemingly harmless tests were actually part of a complex scheme to frame Mayfair for murder and corruption. When he attempts to inject Jane with a new dose of drugs to erase her memory again, Jane attempts to arrest him, but accidentally stabs him in the heart with a scythe as they fight in a burning barn. He reappears in season 5 as a hallucinations of both Weller and Jane.
  • Lou Diamond Phillips as Saúl Guerrero (seasons 1 & 5), a notorious gang leader and Number Two on the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list, who is connected to Operation: Daylight, serving as the "official" source of the information Mayfair gained from the program. He was killed on Tom Carter's orders while in prison, but later reappears as a hallucination as a result of Jane's ZIP poisoning in the series finale.
  • Trieste Kelly Dunn as Allison Knight, a former FBI agent, now a U.S. Marshal and FBI WITSEC liaison. She is Kurt's ex-girlfriend, who attempted to restart their relationship. She and Kurt have a daughter, Bethany.
  • John Hodgman as Jonas Fischer (seasons 1 & 5), a chief inspector in the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility who was maneuvering to replace Mayfair. He was later exposed as a Russian asset and killed by Jane while attempting to frame her as the mole in his place. He later reappears in flashbacks and appears as a hallucination as a result of Jane's ZIP poisoning in the series finale.
  • Ajay Naidu as Sho Akhtar (seasons 1 & 3–5), an occasional enemy and ally of the team. He is killed by Madeline's team in season 5 after giving Weller's team the blueprints to the CIA black site where Rich was being held. He later reappears as a hallucination as a result of Jane's ZIP poisoning in the series finale.
  • Josh Dean as Boston Arliss Crab, an art restorer who is Rich Dotcom's partner in crime and ex-boyfriend.
  • Sarita Choudhury as Sofia Varma (seasons 1 & 5), deputy White House political director, who was connected with Mayfair to Operation: Daylight and was Mayfair's girlfriend. She was reported to have killed herself, affecting Mayfair deeply. She was later revealed to have faked her death and gone into hiding supposedly to escape unknown pursuers, although she was really part of the conspiracy behind Jane's tattoos and participated in a later plot by Oscar to frame Mayfair for murder. She later reappears as a hallucination as a result of Jane's ZIP poisoning in the series finale.
  • Eisa Davis as Donna Hollaran/Alexandra Harrison (season 1), apparently a sales clerk who becomes romantically involved with Mayfair. She is stabbed to death in her hotel room as a warning for Mayfair to stay away from Carter's death. The investigation that follows implicates Mayfair as the killer – according to evidence Oscar manipulated Jane into planting in Mayfair's office – and reveals Alexandra as a disgraced private-investigator-turned-fixer who is under federal investigation.
  • Aaron Abrams as Matthew Weitz, an ambitious assistant U.S. attorney secretly investigating FBI corruption and specifically targeting Mayfair on the grounds of misconduct with Zapata's reluctant involvement. He later becomes a Congressman, and in season 4, is appointed to succeed Eleanor Hirst as director of the FBI, becoming the third director in the series. In season 5, after Madeline Burke takes over federal law enforcement and frames the team for corruption, terrorism, and treason, he works with analysts Briana Ross and Afreen Iqbal in a secret alliance to help clear the team and take her down. After Madeline murders Briana, he is forced to scale back his efforts, but eventually he and Afreen are able to destroy the blackmail material against her connections. After the team is captured and Patterson reveals Madeline's attempt to frame him for her crimes, he seemingly flees, but later returns with loyal agents and they and the team engage in a shootout with the Dabbur Zhan mercenaries in an attempt to retake the FBI. Despite the successful coupé, Weitz is critically wounded in the crossfire and dies in the FBI headquarters. He later reappears as a hallucination as a result of Jane's ZIP poisoning in the series finale.
  • Dylan Baker as Sam Pellington (seasons 1–3 & 5), the initial director of the FBI in the series. He was killed by Shepherd during Sandstorm's attack on the FBI in season 2, but reappeared in Patterson's coma dream in season 3, and as a hallucination as a result of Jane's ZIP poisoning in the series finale.
  • Tom Lipinski as Cade (seasons 1–3 & 5), an openly gay operative of Sandstorm. He later betrays the organization in season 2 after realizing that Shepherd has become the very thing she despises, and becomes Nas Kamal's informant. After co-operating with the FBI, Cade is granted immunity and disappears for several years, eventually setting down with a husband and adopted son. However, he is captured by the CIA and put into a black site, but later escapes after the plane transporting him crashes. Despite his cooperation, the FBI is unable to keep him from the CIA, and upon learning this, Cade takes Zapata hostage and goads Jane into killing him to spare himself from anymore imprisonment or torture. He later reappears as a hallucination as a result of Jane's ZIP poisoning in the series finale.
  • Chad Donella as Jake Keaton (seasons 2–5), deputy director of the CIA, who succeeded Tom Carter after the latter's death. He tortured Jane for information after the FBI turned her over to the CIA. He occasionally crosses paths with Weller's team during covert missions, during which he becomes more sympathetic to their agenda after they help him save his daughter. In season 3, he becomes Zapata's superior when she joins the CIA. He is left in a coma on life support after an attack in season 4, which also reveals that he was acting as Zapata's handler during an undercover assignment that involved her being apparently fired from the CIA. He is later promoted and reassigned against his will at the end of the season as part of Madeline Burke's plan to take control of the FBI. During season 5, Keaton allies with Alison Knight and Boston Arliss Crab to help the team prove their innocence, but is forced to betray them after Madeline threatens his family. He tries to turn on Madeline when she comes to arrest Zapata, only to be shot down and killed by her men. He later reappears as a hallucination as a result of Jane's ZIP poisoning in the series finale.
  • Jonathan Patrick Moore as Oliver Kind (seasons 2 & 5), a water conservation specialist who befriended Jane.[11] They briefly date during season 2 until he breaks up with her after the two become a part of a kidnapping-extortion plot linked to his father, and he is unable to deal with her high octane lifestyle. He later reappears as a hallucination as a result of Jane's ZIP poisoning in the series finale.
  • Jefferson White as Parker Lewis (seasons 2 & 5), a loyal Sandstorm operative. After Jane and Roman betray and leave the organization, he takes over as Shepherd's second-in-command until his death in a shootout with the FBI near the end of season 2. He later reappears as a hallucination as a result of Jane's ZIP poisoning in the series finale.
  • Li Jun Li as Karen Sun (season 2), a psychiatrist whom Nas Kamal brought in to evaluate Roman's psyche. After Borden's exposure as a Sandstorm mole, she assumed his role as psychiatric counselor for Weller's team for a time.
  • Mary Stuart Masterson as Eleanor Hirst (seasons 2–5), the second director of the FBI in the series and Pellington's successor. Though she at first formed a friendship with Jane, Weller, and the team and helped take down Sandstorm at the end of season 2 (and even attended Jane and Weller's wedding), she was eventually revealed to be corrupt in season 3 after killing fellow agent Stuart to cover up her connections to corrupt business magnate Hank Crawford and, following an attempt to frame the team for her crimes, was ultimately exposed and arrested. Following her arrest, she reappears on two separate occasions, questioned by the team on her ties to the tattoos, and later appears as a hallucination as a result of Jane's ZIP poisoning in the series finale.
  • Amy Margaret Wilson as Briana Ross (seasons 2–5), an FBI analyst that idolizes and frequently works with Weller's team. Near the end of season 4, she is forced to betray the team to protect her parents after being blackmailed by Dominic Masters. In season 5, she is recruited by Director Matthew Weitz and fellow analyst Afreen Iqbal to help bring Madeline Burke down, but is soon after murdered by Madeline in cold blood as a message to discourage any further attempts by anyone to cross her. She later reappears as a hallucination as a result of Jane's ZIP poisoning in the series finale.
  • Ami Sheth as Afreen Iqbal (seasons 3–5), an FBI analyst who frequently works with Weller's team. In season 5, after Madeline Burke frames the team and takes over the FBI, she works with Director Matthew Weitz and fellow analyst Briana Ross in a secret alliance against her. The alliance falters for a while after Briana is murdered by Madeline, but the two are eventually able to find and erase all of Madeline's blackmail material against her connections, which later proves useful after her crimes are finally exposed to the public.
  • Heather Burns as Kathy Gustafson (seasons 3–5), a hacker who previously worked with Patterson and Rich during the time between seasons 2 and 3 as the trio the "Three Blind Mice", she at first tries to forcefully bring the trio back together to avenge her brother but fails and is imprisoned. In season 4, she is paroled, and soon gets engaged to Madeline Burke's right-hand man Dominic Masters, who uses her to enact Project: Helios. She later returns in the penultimate episode of the series and helps the team stop Madeline and the Dabbur Zhan's master plan and appears as a hallucination as a result of Jane's ZIP poisoning in the series finale.
  • Jordan Johnson-Hinds as Stuart (seasons 3–5), a young tech-savvy agent who replaces Patterson following her departure from the FBI between seasons 2 and 3. He remains with the team following her return in season 3, but is soon after murdered by Director Eleanor Hirst after he unwittingly unearths a connection between her and one of Jane's new tattoos. He later reappears in flashbacks in season 4 and as a hallucination as a result of Jane's ZIP poisoning in the series finale.
  • Tori Anderson as Blake Crawford (seasons 3–5), a wealthy socialite, daughter of Hank Crawford, whom Roman befriends and with whom he becomes romantically involved. At the end of season 3, she fatally shoots Roman after learning his true identity from Zapata and inherits her father's company HCI Global after his death. However, at the start of season 4, she is fatally poisoned by Madeline Burke, one of the company shareholders, along with the rest of the company's board. She later reappears as a hallucination as a result of Jane's ZIP poisoning in the series finale, where she and Roman are married.
  • Kristina Reyes as Avery Drabkin (seasons 3 & 5), Jane's daughter, result of a teenage pregnancy, who was taken from her by Shepherd in order to keep Remi focused on Sandstorm and their mission. After assisting the team in taking down Crawford – who was responsible for the death of her adopted father – she leaves for Brown University in between seasons 3 and 4. She later returns in the series finale, having dinner with her mother and many family and friends.
  • David Morse as Hank Crawford (seasons 3 & 5), a powerful businessman and CEO of HCI Global heading a criminal conspiracy and Blake Crawford's father. He was making plans to take control of various major military resources so that he could set himself up as a new dictator. He is killed by Jane at the end of season 3, but later reappears as a hallucination as a result of Jane's ZIP poisoning in the series finale.
  • Bill Nye as a fictional version of himself (seasons 3–5) and Patterson's father.
  • Reshma Shetty as Megan Butani (seasons 3 & 5), an investigative journalist and Reade's fiancé. While having lived in the U.S. all her life, she is technically an illegal immigrant as her parents entered the country illegally when she was an infant. Learning of her situation, Reade attempted to use his connections to facilitate her becoming a legal citizen, but they eventually broke up near the end of season 3 when she concluded that he had unresolved issues regarding his old feelings for Zapata, Megan also deciding to publish her true story so that it would come out under her own terms. She later returns in season 5 where, thanks to Patterson and Zapata, she publishes a story filled with evidence that exposes Madeline Burke's numerous crimes to the public.
  • Chaske Spencer as Dominic Masters (season 4–5), Madeline Burke's right-hand man after she takes over HCI Global. He is killed at the end of season 4 by Jane and Weller just after putting Madeline's plan, Project: Helios, into effect. He later reappears as a hallucination as a result of Jane's ZIP poisoning in the series finale.
  • Britne Oldford as Claudia Murphy (seasons 4–5), a deep-cover MI6 agent sent undercover to dismantle HCI Global. After meeting and teaming up with Zapata, the two fake her death to enable her to return to England. She later returns to New York to meet up with Zapata to give more information, but is murdered by Madeline Burke's henchmen before the meeting can take place. She later reappears as a hallucination as a result of Jane's ZIP poisoning in the series finale.
  • Raoul Bhaneja as Richard Shirley (seasons 4–5), Madeline Burke's lawyer, who is complicit in her schemes. In late season 5, after Madeline's crimes are exposed and their blackmail material against their connections is lost, he attempts to go to the Dabbur Zhan for help, but is quickly betrayed and killed by Ivy Sands. He later reappears as a hallucination as a result of Jane's ZIP poisoning in the series finale.
  • David Clayton Rogers as Ice Cream (seasons 4–5), an Icelandic fixer whom the team turns to hide after being framed as terrorists by Madeline Burke. After the team goes into hiding following the drone strike, he tracks them down and forces them into a heist to pay off their debt, under the threat of selling them out to Madeline. He later reappears as a hallucination as a result of Jane's ZIP poisoning in the series finale.
  • Julee Cerda as Ivy Sands (season 5), a member of the Dabbur Zhan terrorist group and the leader of a team of mercenaries that Madeline hires to track down Weller's team in season 5. Following Madeline's death, she continues on their plan to detonate ZIP bombs in major cities worldwide, and when that fails, tries to detonate one in Times Square, but is foiled and arrested, becoming the last arrest the team makes before their dismissal from the FBI.
  • Tracie Thoms as Arla Grigoryan (season 5), interim director of the FBI. Following the deaths of Matthew Weitz and Madeline Burke, and the collapse of the latter's new structure of power, she is appointed to succeed the former, becoming the fourth & final director of the FBI in the series. She allows Weller's team to take lead on capturing Ivy Sands and stopping her plans and manages to get them immunity deals for the crimes they were framed for, but on the conditions that they cannot return to the FBI or work for any other government agency.
Cast Notes
  1. ^ In season 5, Rob Brown is only credited in the episodes he appears in.
  2. ^ Ukweli Roach is credited as a series regular from 1x01 through 2x16.
  3. ^ Archie Panjabi is only credited in the episodes she appears in.
  4. ^ Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio is only credited in the episodes she appears in.

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

On January 23, 2015, a pilot was ordered by NBC.[12] The pilot was written by Martin Gero, who was also set to serve as executive producer alongside Greg Berlanti. On February 12, 2015, it was reported that Mark Pellington would direct the pilot episode.[13]

On May 1, 2015, NBC gave the production a series order.[14] It was also reported that Berlanti Productions, Quinn's House and Warner Bros. Television would serve as additional production companies. A few days later, it was announced that the series would premiere in the fourth quarter of 2015.[15] On July 11, 2015, the premiere date was set for September 21, 2015.[16] A back nine order was given on October 9, 2015, bringing the first season to a total of 22 episodes, along with an order for an additional episode, bringing the first-season episode count to 23.[17][18] On November 9, 2015, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a second season.[19] The second season premiered on September 14, 2016.[20] On May 10, 2017, the show was renewed for a third season, which premiered on October 27, 2017.[21] On May 10, 2018, NBC renewed the series for a fourth season that premiered on October 12, 2018.[22][23][24] On May 10, 2019, NBC renewed the series for a fifth and final season[25] of 11 episodes.[26] The season was set to air in mid-2020,[27] but due to the airing of Parks and Recreation's special A Parks and Recreation Special, it instead premiered on May 7, 2020.[28]

CastingEdit

In February 2015, it was announced that Jaimie Alexander, Sullivan Stapleton, Rob Brown, Audrey Esparza and Ukweli Roach had been cast in lead roles in the pilot.[29][30][31] Later in 2015, it was reported that Ashley Johnson and Michael Gaston had joined the main cast.[32][33] On June 22, 2016, Archie Panjabi joined the cast[34] and the next day, both Luke Mitchell and Michelle Hurd joined as series regulars for the second season.[35] In mid-2018, Ennis Esmer, who had recurred during the first three seasons, was upgraded to regular status for the fourth,[citation needed] and in the fifth season, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, after recurring heavily in the previous season, was upgraded to a series regular.[citation needed]

BroadcastEdit

In Australia, the series was acquired by the Seven Network[36] and premiered on October 28, 2015.[37] In Canada, CTV has acquired the broadcasting rights for the series.[38] In the United Kingdom, it premiered on Sky Living on November 24, 2015.[39]

ReceptionEdit

RatingsEdit

Viewership and ratings per season of Blindspot
Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes First aired Last aired TV season Viewership
rank
Avg. viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
1 Monday 10:00 pm 23 September 21, 2015 (2015-09-21) 10.61[40] May 23, 2016 (2016-05-23) 5.85[41] 2015–16 28 10.80[42]
2 Wednesday 8:00 pm 22 September 14, 2016 (2016-09-14) 7.10[43] May 17, 2017 (2017-05-17) 4.28[44] 2016–17 51 7.15[45]
3 Friday 8:00 pm 22 October 27, 2017 (2017-10-27) 4.13[46] May 18, 2018 (2018-05-18) 2.98[47] 2017–18 95 5.16[48]
4 22 October 12, 2018 (2018-10-12) 2.95[49] May 31, 2019 (2019-05-31) 2.05[50] 2018–19 105 4.34[51]
5 Thursday 9:00 pm 11 May 7, 2020 (2020-05-07) 2.14[52] July 23, 2020 (2020-07-23) 1.70[53] 2019–20 N/A N/A

Critical responseEdit

Blindspot has received generally positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes the first season has a rating of 68%, based on 62 reviews, with an average rating of 6.31/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Blindspot is elevated by an intriguing mystery and enough strong action to propel most viewers into a necessary suspension of disbelief."[54] On Metacritic, the series has a score of 65 out of 100, based on 32 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[55]

Home videoEdit

The first season of Blindspot was released on DVD and Blu-ray on August 2, 2016 in Region 1. It contains all 23 episodes, as well as additional materials.[56] The second season was released on DVD and Blu-ray on August 8, 2017.[57] The third season was released on DVD, while the Warner Archive Collection released a manufacture-on-demand Blu-ray version.[58] Warner Archive Collection released the fourth season on DVD and Blu-ray as manufacture-on-demand titles on November 26, 2019.[59]

Title Ep # Discs Region 1/A Region 2/B Region 4/B Special features
Blindspot: The Complete First Season 23 5 August 2, 2016 N/A August 31, 2016
  • Behind the scenes featurettes
  • Tattooed clues
  • 19 deleted scenes
  • The 2015 Comic-Con panel
  • Bound and gag reel
  • "Pilot" audio commentary
Blindspot: The Complete Second Season 22 5 August 8, 2017[57] N/A August 23, 2017
  • Featurettes
  • Deleted scenes
Blindspot: The Complete Third Season 22 4 August 21, 2018[58] N/A August 20, 2018
  • Deleted scenes
  • Gag reel
  • Agent Zapata featurette
Blindspot: The Complete Fourth Season 22 - November 26, 2019[60] N/A November 27, 2019[note 1][59] None

NotesEdit

  1. ^ No Blu-Ray Release

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