[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers from Monday's 24: Live Another Day. Read at your own risk.]
Talk about taking one for the team.
On Monday's 24: Live Another Day — the franchise's 200th episode — President James Heller (William Devane) agreed to hand himself over to terrorist Margot Al-Harazi (Michelle Fairley) in order to stop Margot's continued bloodshed via drone attacks on London. And although Jack (Kiefer Sutherland) warned Heller not to negotiate with Margot, when Jack, Kate (Yvonne Strahovski) and Chloe (Mary Lynn Rajskub) were unable to find Margot themselves, Heller moved forward with his plan.
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Can Margot be trusted?
Katz: In her own twisted way, Margot is a person of honor. I think Heller sees that, or he would not have made his proposal. Otherwise, he's a complete moron. So, there's something inside of Heller that can look in her eyes, see who she is and make a qualified decision that, "If I allow myself to be given up, there is a reasonable chance that she will keep her word."
But we still have four more episodes to go. So even if Margot does honor her word, we should expect a new wrinkle, right?
Katz: There's always a wrinkle on this show, but it doesn't necessarily mean that Margot is not around. Let's just say that there are more surprises to come, and that things are not going to play out as you might expect, regarding Margo and the drones.
I imagine Heller pardoning Jack also adds new wrinkles to Boudreau's plan with the Russians.
Katz: Yes, there is another element to the entire thing with the Russians and Jack and Boudreau that plays out in quite a fascinating and ultimately emotionally devastating way.
When this season was announced, the idea was that the show would still cover 24 hours despite only doing 12 episodes. But so far everything has been in real-time. Are you still planning to cover the full 24 hours? Should we expect some sort of major time jump?
Katz: Yes and yes. When we first started thinking about the series, we told ourselves we would do jumps whenever we wanted to. But the series works so intensely that finding a moment where all the running story lines could pause for an hour just seemed very false. So, we have figured out a way to do it where we are covering the time, but we're doing it in a way that allows us some dramatic advantage. To give away more would make you sad.
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Jack has mentioned at least once this season that he might not come through all this alive. Have you guys flirted with killing Jack off?
Coto: The true mark of a hero, and you see that in Episode 8, is the willingness to sacrifice oneself to save the lives of others. And no matter what terrible things Jack has done, no matter what dark places he's been in, that's still deeply who he is.
Katz: Jack never does things for himself. Probably the only exception is at the end of Season 8, when he took revenge on the people that killed Renee. But those actions sent him into a period of exile that he doesn't want to be forgiven for. Jack is always very willing to accept responsibility for his own actions.
So, are you holding out the possibility for more?
Katz: We are holding open the possibility that we do this again, but right now there's no plans for a future event series. Whatever we do, we want to truly qualify as an event, which means not rushing back until we have another special circumstance to tell.
24: Live Another Day airs Mondays at 9/8c on Fox. (Watch previous episodes here.) What did you think of Heller's send-off?