Giancarlo Esposito and Elizabeth Mitchell talk about the rollercoaster that has been this second half of the Revolution seasons at the 2013 NBC Upfronts.
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Question: I’m glad to see Revolution doing well, but where did Elizabeth Mitchell vanish to so soon? She’s one of the main reasons I’m watching. –Jerry
Ausiello: Don’t worry, she didn’t get Lost — Rachel is seen again in Episode 5 (airing Oct. 15), in which Mitchell says “we learn quite a bit” about “the ins and outs of her leaving” her family. But it’s in Episode 7, she says, that “we find out 100 percent for sure” how it is that she wound up in Monroe’s possession.
Julia in Atlanta: Loving the twist that Revolution’s Rachel is alive! What’s next for her?
We’re loving it, too! As fans saw at the end of last week’s episode, Charlie’s presumed-dead mama is actually being held captive by militia-man Monroe. And, according to Elizabeth Mitchell herself, upcoming episodes will find Rachel doing “anything to survive. The things she does will get you going. You’ll be like, ‘Noooooo!’ Honestly, every day I go to work and I’m like, ‘Don’t judge her.’” But wait—there’s more! “Right now, my poor character’s hiding half or maybe even 3/4 of who she is,” Mitchell tells us, “but there’s little glimmers of wicked in there. She may actually end up turning evil. I mean, she certainly has cause.” And what if Rachel does end up going down that dark path? Says Mitchell, “I’d be totally on board with that!”
The following contains spoilers from this Monday’s episode of NBC’s Revolution.
In just its second episode, NBC’s Revolution this Monday night answered a huge question that was on many a fan’s mind: Why would you hire the always awesome Elizabeth Mitchell to appear only in flashbacks?
Answer: You don’t, because Charlie’s mother, Rachel Matheson, is in fact alive and well. Or at least alive, based on a reveal that capped Week 2 of the adventure drama.
And yet with that not-entirely-surprising twist comes new questions, such as: Where and for how long has Rachel been held captive? What does General Monroe (played by David Lyons) want with her? And what has she been doing to stay alive? Mitchell shared with TVLine a peek at some of those answers.
TVLINE | Welcome to the living! I’m so excited because it’s the first time I’ve been able to talk about it. I think I did 20 interviews [last week] and I wasn’t allowed to say once what was actually happening, and that kind of makes people a little frustrated, which I completely understand.
TVLINE | The reveal that Rachel is alive played out differently than what was in the original pilot (with Andrea Roth in the role). What can you say about the situation she’s in at Monroe’s camp? Well, Rachel is a hostage, and has been for four years. She has basically been kept to get information. I would imagine that at first it was the information as to where [her since-deceased husband] Ben is, then it slowly shifted to what does Ben know, which I think is really interesting.
TVLINE | They’re not keeping her hostage in the most uncomfortable of confines, though. It’s really palatial — this gorgeous, blue room with high ceilings and everything she could possibly want — but as we will find out, things are not what they seem. So, Rachel is not having a good time.
TVLINE | “…she said, ominously.” She’s having a very, very, very, very bad time. She gets beautiful silk shirts, she has delicious food delivered to her, there’s always brandy in her room…. It’s very civilized but beneath that it is absolutely decayed and rotten.
Read the rest of the interview @ TVLine.com
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After seeing Elizabeth Mitchell on screen again, many fans are curious to know how big of a role Rachel Matheson (Mitchell’s character) will have in the upcoming episodes. With a lot of speculating by the fans and tons of flashbacks confirmed by the producers, we will be seeing Elizabeth plenty more. However, was OR is Elizabeth’s character good or bad? From the spoilerish image below, it looks like we are setting ourselves up for an interesting back story of Rachel Matheson. I’ve got my theories that she’s still alive and the person that she is communicating with Grace on the other end of the computer (from the end of the first episode). With a big name like Elizabeth Mitchell, there’s no way she will only be a character living in the past.
Elizabeth Mitchell knows that her new NBC series “Revolution” is going to be compared to “Lost.” How can it not?
It’s a big epic adventure drama with a strong central mystery, executive produced by J.J. Abrams. And Mitchell remains best known for playing “Lost’s” badass fertility doctor Juliet Burke. But she’s not worried about the show’s ability to handle those comparisons.
“I simply just don’t think about it too much,” Mitchell says. “I feel for the showrunners, I really do, I feel like all of that is pretty much on them. But for me, I’m just happy that networks are still making these big budget extraordinary shows so that I can be in them!” And with that she erupts into one of her hearty laughs, one clear sign she’s having a blast playing the pivotal role of Rachel Matheson on “Revolution.”
The series takes place 15 years after a worldwide blackout, as Rachel’s spunky teenage daughter Charlie Matheson (Tracy Spiridakos) sets out on a quest to find her uncle Miles (Billy Burke), a former US Marine Corps sergeant, and fight back against the corrupt militia-run government known as the Monroe Republic.
Viewers don’t learn much about Rachel in the pilot episode — Mitchell is seen entirely in flashbacks to the day the blackout happened, and her character is presumed dead when Charlie sets out on her journey — but the actress swears she had good reason to take on the role. “The character was a mystery, there was very little there,” she says of her reaction to reading the pilot. But then she met with creator and showrunner Eric Kripke (“Supernatural”), who helped fill in the blanks. “[Eric shared] his ideas and his hopes, what his plans were, even what he didn’t know, he was really honest about all of it. [What he told me] made me excited to jump off a cliff and see what happened, as long as I was doing it with him.”