Warning: This article contains spoilers for the premiere of 'Under The Dome'.
The season premiere of CBS' summer series "Under The Dome" wasted no time in raising the stakes for the small town of Chester's Mill. Executive producer Brian K. Vaughn spoke with The Hollywood Reporter to address some of the plot threads that began to unravel, and what viewers can expect to see this season.
One of the lingering questions following the premiere is just how much city councilman "Big" Jim Renny ("Breaking Bad"'s Dean Norris) knows about what's going on in the small town, stocking propane and being quick to exert his authority. "It does seem that Big Jim knows more than what he's saying. The question is, is he involved in some conspiracy that's sort of mundane and Earth-bound, or does he have some connection to this seemingly otherworldly dome?" Vaughn explained, promising answers within the next few episodes. "We obviously don't know the answer to that in the first episode, but we'll come to learn considerably quickly what this conspiracy is that Jim was involved in and exactly how much he knew about the dome."
As Big Jim moved to expand his power, his son Junior made a power grab of his own, abducting his unrequited love interest Angie. "He tells Angie, 'I'm the only person who really knows what's happening here,' and as we'll start to learn that he has a very specific reason for keeping Angie in this underground bunker, and it's not as nefarious as it would seem at first... Maybe there's something worse above ground that Junior thinks he's keeping Angie safe from," hinted the producer.
Vaughn hints that, while the series stays true to the Stephen King novel upon which it is based for the most part, one departure may relate to the strange seizures experienced by two of the townspeople in the premiere. "This is something that, if you've read the book, people say the exact same thing: 'The pink stars are falling in lines.' Our payoff will be different, our pink stars might be something different from King's novel, and something we're doing only with Uncle Steve's blessings," he teased.
The producer is wary of giving too much away, hinting that while an ending point is known, how the show's writers get there and how long it takes is up for debate. "It might go on for a while, but they get [a resolution] and that's the end of it. Similarly, that dome is going to be there for at least the duration of however long our series goes, but we do know exactly what the final episode would be and what the final scene of the final episode would be," Vaughan said. "We have left ourselves some leeway on how we're going to get there, depending on how long people will stick with us for the journey, but we hope it will be for a long time because each month that they're under there, I think the show gets more and more interesting as their lives change significantly."
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