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‘Blindspot’ Creator Has ‘Concrete Plan’ for Three Seasons in Place

A week after “Blindspot’s” season premiere, NBC’s procedural drama about a tattoo-riddled, amnesiac Jane Doe (Jaimie Alexander) and her mysterious association with an FBI agent is shaping up to be a strong performer in the fall TV season. The first episode of the series created by Martin Gero (“Dark Matter,” “Bored to Death”) was the top-rated broadcast drama telecast in Live+3 since March’s first-season finale of “Empire.”

Ahead of the news that “Blindspot” received its back-nine script order, Gero spoke to journalists about his plans for his series that’s a “procedural for people that don’t like procedurals and a character drama for people that don’t like character drama.”

“Our story of the week, so to speak, comes from one of Jane’s tattoos and is close-ended and like a little action movie in and of itself. But then what’s great about the show is that we’re able to do a layered character drama on top of that,” he said, adding, “Certainly, for me, especially when you’re doing 22 [episodes] a year, sometimes you find out about something and you’re like, ‘oh man, I don’t have 22 hours to catch up on the first season.’ And so for us it’s very important that the show has an entry point for anybody at any time.”

This isn’t to say that he hasn’t conceptualized a thorough story for those devoted enough to follow each episode; he says “all of the cases are interconnected.”

“There’s a real concrete plan for the first three seasons, and then I have an idea on how to take it past there if we get there,” Gero added. “So the crazy thing about pitching these shows nowadays is people have been so burned by an idea that can last 10 episodes. So you really have to — even in the origination of the pitch — come up with an enormous amount of backstory.”

As to solving the mystery of the meaning behind Jane’s tattoo in the second episode? Gero says the answer’s right in front of you … if you know where to look. He’s enlisted cinematic tattoo specialist Christian Tinsley and his team as well as magician and puzzlemaker David Kwong to get the message across.

“You could solve it yourself after having seen the pilot,” he said. “No one has yet. I was like – it’s some sort of prize for the person that can figure it out. I’d be so impressed. But you can piece these together yourself, and so it’s really important for us as a collaboration between the writers, Tinsley, and (David Kwong) that this all makes sense and it all has a flow to it.”

Tweet your guesses and theories to @MartinGero.

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

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story suggested the entire mystery could be solved after the pilot.

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