Warning: spoilers forward for the Season 2 midseason finale of Designated Survivor.
The midseason finale of the second season of Designated Survivor appeared poised to return to a cheerful ending for a couple of minutes. Tom Kirkman and his employees pulled off what was virtually a miracle in saving the lifetime of an lovable child and rescuing no fewer than 20 individuals from being consumed through a wildfire. Alex Kirkman made a stand within the bribery case towards her, selecting to refuse to please the Fifth Modification and go on the report in a raffle that paid off, leading to her being cleared of all fees. Sadly, these pleased twists have been adopted by a devastating flip that noticed the dying of a significant character. Alex Kirkman was killed within the midseason finale.
This is what occurred. Alex and Tom had gone their separate methods earlier within the episode, as Alex needed to take care of testifying and Tom was going through a possible catastrophe with many harmless lives within the stability. After Alex triumphed by airing her opponent’s soiled political laundry on the general public report, she referred to as her husband. Sadly — and in a twist that may undoubtedly come to hang-out Tom — she acquired his voicemail, as he was smiling down on the child woman who had been saved within the episode. As an alternative, Alex acquired in a automobile and was being pushed again from the listening to when her automobile was immediately slammed by one other automobile.
Since that is TV, it was doable that Alex was merely injured and could be in a coma for some time, to construct up the drama and heap one other trauma on Tom. As an alternative, nonetheless, we noticed Tom get the decision with the horrible information. Though the audio of the decision couldn’t be heard, his response as he dropped his telephone and fell to his knees informed all the things we would have liked. If his response by some means hadn’t been sufficient to promote Alex’s dying, the trailer for the second half of the season in 2018 confirmed that Alex had died and Tom needed to attempt to transfer on, for his sake, the nation’s sake, and his household’s sake.
Sadly, Alex’s dying signifies that we’ll not get to see actress Natascha McElhone on the present. We really did already know that McElhone would be leaving Designated Survivor, however there was no assure that her character could be killed off to accommodate her departure. Designated Survivor showrunner Keith Eisner spoke out about why the choice was made to kill Alex relatively than merely write her off one other manner, saying this to TVLine:
Natascha had this nice alternative on a cable present that she actually needed to do and which was going to restrict her availability. It posed a query for us: Can we determine a strategy to quickly absent her from the present? Or not even absent her however have her concerned on a lesser foundation? And what occurred to us is we had a possibility right here to do one thing that TV hasn’t accomplished earlier than, which is present a president who’s a widower in workplace. We cherished that as a prospect. We love Natascha as an actress as nicely, so it was tough to determine the suitable factor to do, however as soon as the chance popped up, it grew to become clear that that is the street [to take].
Designated Survivor is much from the primary TV present about the US president and set in the White House, however it is going to be the primary to deal with the President as a widower tasked with mourning his spouse and operating a rustic. The present evidently needed to make use of Natascha McElhone’s departure as a method to discover uncharted territory. Apart from, they needed to write Alex out by some means, and sending her off on a visit or placing her into witness safety or attempting to promote marital issues simply would not have rung true with the present and character as we have come to know them over the previous season and a half.
You may catch new episodes of Designated Survivor (with a brand new character) on ABC in 2018. Our midseason TV premiere guide will help you discover all of the necessary dates within the new 12 months, and our 2017 cancellation rundown can reveal which exhibits will not be again in any respect within the new 12 months.