Jason Grant and Nikki Batista bought the shock of their lives when their son, Keith, returned 6 years after being kidnapped. The fractured household was reunited by Keith coming again into their lives, however the ultimate moments of the Alert: Lacking Individuals Unit sequence premiere hinted that each one is just not what it appears. Is Keith actually their son? Or is he an imposter?
HollywoodLife spoke EXCLUSIVELY with Alert co-creator John Eisendrath about that jaw-dropping twist. Jason and Nikki each work for the Philadelphia Police Division’s Lacking Individuals Unit, and John revealed how they’ll be impacted by the questions surrounding Keith.
“I feel that’s one of many issues that I really like is that specialists on this space, like specialists in lots of areas, can get fully blindsided when their feelings are getting in the way in which,” John stated. “There are numerous tales on this explicit space, the place mother and father are so determined for the one that’s come again to be their baby that they simply ignore issues, and rationalize away any and all sides that may not be the case.”
The Blacklist EP continued, “On this case, we now have their daughter Sydney a personality who's unequivocal from the start about feeling like this isn't her brother. The mother and father are coping with that truth and making an attempt to course of why on the planet their different baby is so adamant, and we are going to take the viewers by all various kinds of tales and permutations that can, for some time, take us deeper down the rabbit gap of the is he or isn’t he. I feel in a narrative like this there are lots of completely different twists and turns while you assume you realize the reply, however then the reply isn’t what you assume it’s going to be. And then you definitely’re sure you realize the reply after which, oh, wait, dangle on. That’s not what I assumed. I feel it’ll be an extremely enjoyable trip that I hope the viewers will take pleasure in occurring as they’re making an attempt to guess whether or not or not he's or isn’t their son.”
The ultimate moments of the episode confirmed Keith ripping pages pertaining to his disappearance out of his diary. John identified that the viewers deserves “actual solutions every step of the way in which, so we are going to inform tales which might be very concrete. We are going to do the entire imagined testing, questioning, and investigating, and I’m pretty assured that we now have various very shocking solutions for the entire numerous efforts which might be going to get made within the try to verify whether or not or not he's, in truth, their son.”
After Keith’s disappearance, Nikki and Jason’s marriage fell aside. Nikki will get engaged to one among her fellow co-workers, Mike, within the sequence premiere. The co-creator revealed how Nikki and Jason’s relationship will change now that Keith is (supposedly) again.
“Now that their baby they consider has been introduced again to them, they're inevitably going to surprise eventually whether or not having had their household made complete once more by the return of their baby, what's the repercussion for his or her relationship? It's the sort of flip of occasions that I feel the viewers can root for everybody,” John advised HollywoodLife. “They’re going to root for I hope Nikki and Jason as a result of they didn’t get divorced as a result of one among them cheated on the opposite. They didn’t get divorced as a result of they handled one another poorly. They bought divorced for a really sympathetic purpose, and now I feel individuals can root for them.”
He continued, “However dangle on, Mike’s such a candy man. I hope that among the viewers will probably be rooting not towards Jason however for Mike. I really feel prefer it’s very uncommon that you may have a love triangle the place you'll be able to root for everybody.”
Over the course of the season, because the viewers questions whether or not or not Keith is absolutely Keith, the query about whether or not or not Nikki and Jason will get again collectively may also come up. “I feel that we'll undoubtedly be telling tales that put Nikki and Jason in very emotional conditions that both explicitly or implicitly make them take into consideration the times once they had been collectively and a cheerful couple,” he stated.
From the get-go, Nikki and Jason’s daughter, Sidney, is hesitant about Keith. John teased the fallout of how the previous couple will cope with their daughter’s doubts about her brother.
“They'll disagree on whether or not or to not and the right way to cope with Sidney’s insistence that Keith is just not her brother. As a lot because the story will carry them collectively, it's a exhausting one for them. It's broad and emotional they usually received’t at all times agree. There’s going to be a particular steadiness between how this story brings them collectively and the way it exams them.” Alert: Lacking Individuals Unit will air Sundays on FOX.