Q: Will questions about Red’s burns and his relationship with Liz be definitively answered in season 2? Or will you be giving out crumbs throughout the season?
You know, it’s funny. In episode 9 last year, she said to him on the phone, “Are you my father?” And, he was like, “No.” When we were debating in the writing of that, should he do that, oh, my God, he’s answering and people will be like, “That’s it.” And we left it in.
And, the minute that episode aired, anyone I talked to said, “Oh, he’s lying. That can’t possibly be the truth.” So the question of whether we’re going to answer something definitively, I think everybody’s smart enough who watches the show to know the answer’s no. I do think it’s our obligation to give concrete answers like we did there. And if we’re going to give concrete reversals like the burn scars, we do owe answers to what does that mean. Fire and what’s the bear? Did they come from somewhere else? Or how do we respond to that?
So we will be dealing with it, but I’m curious what you think because we are in our own universe just trying to write the show and we’re guessing sometimes. Are people tired of hearing about father-daughter questions? Do they want to hear about other things? Should we avoid it for a while? We don’t know sometimes. We’ll answer some. We’re dealing with it. I just don’t know if it will satisfy.
Q: There seems to be two sets of fans. Those who 100% believe that Red is her father and then those who believe if you follow the clues, he’s definitely not her father.
I love that. I think that hopefully we have a few tricks up our sleeves this year that will keep the debate going. And the trick is to keep the debate going while letting the characters be honest. It can’t just be Red crassly manipulating Liz’s feelings about who her father is because that would be hateful. We will hopefully keeping the debate going.
Q: Liz is in the FBI and when Red was brought in, there would likely have been a DNA test done that would have resolved the question almost immediately. Have you thought about addressing that in the series?
We have. We have thought about addressing that both last year and in the upcoming episodes. We do know that’s a question that would naturally come up. One answer that we have rationalized for not doing it yet is that maybe deep down, Liz doesn’t want to know. That may not be an excuse for not talking about it on the show and I think we do this year owe a discussion about well why not just get a DNA test.
I do think that this year part of the season will be about Liz trying to wrestle with the emotional weight of, “If the devil is my father, what does that make me? Who am I? Am I someone who is destined to be the devil’s disciple? Am I more bad than good?”