“Underground” returned to WGN America on Wednesday night, March 8, and fans were dealt a shocking blow in the season premiere. [SPOILER ALERT] At the end of the episode crusading abolitionist John Hawkes (Marc Blucas) was assassinated right on the courthouse steps, shot in the head in front of his wife Elizabeth (Jessica De Gouw).
Series co-creator Misha Green talked to TV Guide about the sudden assassination. “One of the things we talked about with John’s death was this idea of people stepping out of their comfort zones in a way that scares people,” she explained about raising the stakes and showing the true life-and-death peril of fighting against slavery. “[John’s murder] is going to affect all our characters. It has a domino effect.”
Green also teased upcoming developments, including episode three in which runaway slave Rosalee (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) struggles to survive: “We kept saying we wanted it to be a ‘Revenant’ moment. She was kind of mind-blowing. What she did was amazing.”
Season two of the series about American slaves’ fight for freedom also features two real-life freedom fighters: Underground Railroad hero Harriet Tubman (Aisha Hinds), who was introduced at the end of season one, and famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass, who will be played by singer, actor and producer John Legend on April 5.
What did you think of the season two premiere? Watch the heartbreaking video above, which includes Legend’s new song “In America” and the premiere’s shocking ending., and discuss this and more with fellow TV fans in our forums.
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