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Although Under the Dome's sophomore season picks up right where the last one left off, the residents of Chester's Mill won't be battling aliens right away. Instead, the group will be locked in philosophical debate about who or what is actually behind what's happening within the dome.

"We have this real tension between science and faith this year," executive producer Neal Baer said during a CBS summer preview event on Monday. Julia (Rachelle Lefevre) will fall on the side of faith as she tries to figure out why the dome appears to be punishing them, while new character Rebecca (Karla Crome), a science teacher, will look for more tangible answers as to why. "And Big Jim [Dean Norris] is caught in the middle," Baer adds.

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Season 1 ended with Barbie (Mike Vogel) facing the gallows and Julia returning from a trip on the lake to hide the black egg. The new season wastes no time getting right back to the action when the dome suddenly becomes magnetic, causing cars and other various items to go flying into the side of the dome. Suffice it to say, one beloved character won't even survive the first few moments.

"One of our characters [meets] a very untimely death," Baer says. "So will another character; they meet their untimely death as well. That doesn't mean you won't necessarily see them again because anything is possible under the dome."

The town will also face the issue of dwindling supplies and resources. That dilemma will pit Big Jim and Julia against each other and will cause large-scale disaster within the town line. "This is a season really almost about ecological disaster impending," Baer says. "That magnetism has caused many things to happen. You'll see our characters, particularly Big Jim, confronting almost... biblical problems of pestilence and bloody rain because... our characters haven't been the stewards of protecting the land and protecting each other."

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This will cause Big Jim to have a "come to God or come to dome moment where he believes maybe his purpose in life should be that he shouldn't be so nasty," Norris says. "A different kind of Big Jim is required to survive under the dome." Adds Baer: "It's the season of transformation. This is the year where we will find out what they're truly made of."

The magnetism will also change the dome in other ways. "Maybe someone might possibly get out and maybe some might possibly get in," Baer hints. Could that somebody be a new character played by The Young and the Restless' Max Ehrich? "He's going to come on to play Hunter," Baer teases. "We are introducing him in Episode 3, but only digitally. There's a break in the dome that comes through where Internet messages can get through. In episode 3, Norrie and Joe start to get messages from this young man and we will actually meet him in Episode 8."

Are you excited for the new season of Under the Dome? The drama returns Monday, June 30 at 10/9c on CBS.

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