‘Blindspot’ Q&A: Showrunner Martin Gero on Jane’s Moral Compass, Mayfair’s Agenda

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Spoiler Warning: Don’t read on unless you have seen episode 105 of NBC’s”Blindspot,” titled “Split the Law.”

The fifth episode of NBC’s “Blindspot” involved terrorists, a flipped agent and a shootout in a cemetery. It also had one of the most awkward family dinners ever, as Jane Doe (Jaimie Alexander) attempted to (re)connect with Agent Weller (Sullivan Stapleton) and his family as her seemingly repressed memories rose to the surface.

Below, “Blindspot” creator Martin Gero shares some insight into these and other events. He also enjoys some fans’ speculation about the reveal from last week’s episode: The DNA from Jane’s lost tooth gives her a potentially different backstory from what Weller and his team were first lead to believe.

This week’s episode title is “Split the Law,” which is an anagram of “will the past.” That flows nicely with next week’s episode, “Cede Your Soul,” which has the anagram “cloud our eyes.” But is will supposed to be a verb here?

The whole thing spells out a single message, starting from the first episode on.

Is there any way to find out which was the first tattoo put on Jane’s body, aside from the one that’s been covered up? Is that a clue?

There’s no way to carbon date tattoos, unfortunately. So what was put on her first was not part of the puzzle.

You can see in the hostage negotiation scene that Weller also has a tattoo on his arm. Is that significant in any way?

No. That’s Sully’s actual tattoo. It says “Animal Kingdom,” which was one of his first breakout roles. But it makes sense for who he is on the show, so we let him keep it. Something actually plays into that in Episode 6.

Particularly in this episode, Jane seems rather guilt-ridden. Why was it important for her to have such a strong conscience?

She’s dealing with a lot and we’re just trying to draw her as a three-dimensional real person who is going through an extraordinary thing that she’s going through. She’s doing a lot of processing in this episode, certainly. She’s trying to piece together those memories. And also, the stress of needing to be what Weller and his sister want her to be is something she feels totally disconnected from. She makes a really good point in that if she really was Taylor Shaw, she was only Taylor Shaw for five years.

Mayfair (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) does keep protecting her instead of letting Carter (Michael Gaston) have her. There’s an ulterior motive to that …

I don’t think she wants Carter to control her. She feels like a keep your friends closer, keep your enemies closer type of thing. She is as concerned as Carter is about what’s on her body, but she is in a position where she manages that herself.

Speaking of people Carter can control, he flips Zapata (Audrey Esparza) rather quickly. Was this in the works already or is it specifically about her relationship with Jane?

It is specifically because of Jane and we go into the motivations. Obviously, she’s desperate for the cash, but also we explore in future episodes that it’s something she’s doing begrudgingly. She gets in bed with Carter thinking, like everybody does, that she’ll be able to control their relationship. I think Carter is much more dangerous than everyone gives him credit for. Mayfair is the only one who really understands how dangerous he is.

Someone on Reddit has put together some theories about Jane’s tooth. Care to comment on if any of these are accurate?

Of those possibilities, one of them is close. I don’t want to say much more than that.

“Blindspot” airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on NBC.

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