There's lots of new stuff coming to Blindspot in Season 2: the addition of new cast members including Archie Panjabi, Luke Mitchell and Michelle Hurd; the revelation of Jane Doe's real first name in the first episode; a shift in air time from 10 p.m. to a 8 p.m. time slot.
Partly due to that time shift, there will be another noticeable difference in Season 2: less violence.
"We're not going to shoot anyone in the head anymore," executive producer Martin Gero said at the Television Critics Association gathering in Beverly Hills Tuesday. "We're toning back some of the violence...we're leaning into a sense of fun and lightness so it isn't all doom and gloom." (Don't expect a soft comedy though — this is till Blindspot after all — there's torture in some of the first scenes.)
Gero said this season will also lean into a sense of government mistrust that's prevalent in culture now, while it explains Season 1 mysteries including what Orion is, who Shepherd is and what the plans of this organization are. Shepherd, the mysterious leader of the group that sent Jane (Jaimie Alexander) to infiltrate the FBI in the first place, was introduced by name in the Season 1 finale, but has never been seen by the audience.
"If the first season was about 'Who is Jane Doe', we want to answer those questions so we can move into the next phase," Gero said.
Panjabi, beloved from her work on The Good Wife, also gave some comfort to fans who'll miss her and the series: her Blindspot character wears knee-high boots too.
Blindspot returns Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 10/9c on NBC and debuts in its new time period on Sept. 21 at 8/7c.