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Dispelling the royal family from the throne is no small effort. But in Queens‘Tuesday’s fall finale, one of the Artists Formerly Known as Nasty Bitches was counted… and could be worse?
Those who watched last week’s episode know that the masked gunman who confronted the women as they stared at their billboards shot and killed both the group’s managers, Eric and Brianna. Of the two, Bri (played by Eve) is much more seriously injured. And this week’s hour has recorded the prayer Naomi, Jill and Valeria hold for their friend as she undergoes surgery to save her life.
The development makes sense in the real world with the recent news that Eve, who is expecting her first child with husband Maximillion Cooper, will miss some Queens‘remaining episodes of Season 1’. As for the breaking news – as well as the discussion about how Jill’s raving husband, Darren, turned out to be the shooter (!) – TVLine recently chatted with Queens showrunner Zahir McGhee. Keep reading to find out his involvement in the episode and what lies ahead.
TVLINE | So the first question is obvious: How much of this was planned, and how many of these were, “Oh, Eve is having a baby, do we have to deal with that?”
I would say 85 percent was pre-planned. Now, look, I’m just going to be frank, because why not? The setup for the scene happened in Episode 2, which I was thinking about in June. I didn’t know Eve was pregnant in June. I didn’t know Eve was pregnant until the end of August. We actually filmed her getting shot in August, right after we found out. So I can’t say that she will not was shot. Sure, it helps to decide who gets shot. [Brianna] definitely someone we’re discussing, anyway, like any good writing team. You’ll go through all the options… We know Eric went to the Billboard meetup. We know that in the end we have to lie in what story it is. All of that was built so we could craft the story over the course of the season. So this is not a situation where we invent something for this.
TVLINE | When I found out she was pregnant, I remember thinking, “Hmm… maybe Brianna will get shot.”
Number one, kudo cho [Eve]. None of this would have been possible without her. She and the production crew worked extremely hard. We stopped everything to shoot most of the season that we did with her already, and that’s a testament to her other co-stars. It’s a testament to her and the hard work she put in, her commitment to the show, and our team that worked tirelessly to basically throw everything out. out of order. And our directors also come in for two days to shoot something in their episode that they won’t come back and shoot for six weeks. And our executive producer, Crystle [Roberson].
TVLINE | I watch TV pretty closely for my job, and I have to say: I didn’t expect Darren to be the shooter.
We made it! [Laughs] But after that [Episode] 5, you would think he definitely is, right? You know, he burned the divorce papers.
TVLINE | Yes, but that was in Episode 5! And this show goes so fast, to be honest, I don’t have that part in my head.
I think we did a good job. Firstly, we were so concerned that it was obvious that he was the one who shot in the first place. In my head I was very interested in the character. I’m not trying to give him super size, but I’m interested in this concept of: You’re married to someone. They were living in a different truth, and they wanted to live with that truth, and now you watch her become a celebrity, and she broke up with you on national television. And we should celebrate everything that Jill stood for, and she stepped out and lived her truth, but there was someone else just at home saying, “I think we’ve got a life outside. each other,” right? … Like when he said in the car – which, everything he did was a little crazy – but there was a truth there, like “I could have swallowed Tina’s stuff, but now I see you’ve split hands with Tina, and you’re with someone else. “
I don’t want to deeply anthropomorphize him, but what he feels is real. Apparently he took it, like so many men, to a place where it didn’t have to be. So we were so nervous that after 5 o’clock it was so obvious he was that we were debating whether we had to see him again. I felt like if we saw him, he would be the number one suspect. Fortunately, there are so many fascinating, exciting, and wild stories that have come into our world that allow us to focus on a few other characters. I think for sure we did a great job of hiding the ball and creating a complete surprise, but it also didn’t feel like we were out on the left court.
TVLINE | Am I correct in hearing the heartbeat at the end of the episode? If so, that sounds like a hopeful note to end.
I mean, I’ve never spent much time thinking about three seconds of a program, have I? [Laughs] … This has changed [right] up to the mix last Wednesday in quantity, if any, we need. When should it air? Calling on Disney to be, “If we end this game [a] black [screen]Will you invade our black? Can you promise us that you will give up everything we have? ‘ Because at first we just blacked out, and then we’ll be like you never know. You can have that conversation, but you don’t know what could be breaking, [adopts announcer voice] “Tonight on Jimmy Kimmel!”, you know? [Laughs]
In my heart, I want it. I think some people will miss it, and I like the idea. I like the idea, “Did you hear that? I do not hear. Did you hear it? Did you really hear it? What does that mean?” You know, I like that concept more than the definitive, like, we see her eyes open. And I would say: No matter what you hear or think you hear, the thing is. That doesn’t tell us what happened two minutes later.
TVLINE | What can you tell us about Eve’s involvement for the rest of the season?
I don’t like giving it away, because it gives away a bit of the story behind, what percentage of the show we actually shoot. I’ll say this: We definitely shot more than you’ve seen of Eve. But I’ll say it with this warning: LIKE a program like This is us, our show exists in a past timeline of 20 years ago. There are also 20 years in between that we haven’t explored yet. So even if New Year’s Eve[‘s character] died on episode 8, she could be in another 100 episodes of the show. It makes complete sense. So I say we’re definitely not done with Eve and her story, and I say that without definitively saying whether she lives or dies.
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