Going Under the Dome: Neal Baer Answers Burning Questions on Why the Military Has Left
Mike Vogel and Rachelle Lefevre | Photo Credits: Kent Smith/Showtime
As if things couldn't get worse in the town of Chester's Mill, nearly half of the residents came down with a lethal case of meningitis — and there aren't any real doctors in the town!
Thanks to that little outbreak, Julia (Rachelle Lefevre) discovered almost the whole truth about Barbie (Mike Vogel) and his connection to her husband Peter (R. Keith Harris), but he held back on some of the particulars — like how he murdered Peter. To find out Barbie's motivations and get the scoop on why the military deserted the town, TVGuide.com turned to showrunner Neal Baer to get some answers:
Why is the military leaving the dome?
Ever since the dome descended upon Chester's Mill, the military has surrounded the town. But three days later, they have decided to vacate their positions.
Neal Baer's response: The military is leaving the dome because there is a larger plan afoot for dealing with the dome that will revealed next week. It's explosive!
Why did Barbie lie to Julia about Peter's whereabouts?
After tracking down Peter's car, which was then in Phil's (Nicholas Strong) possession, Julia went on the hunt to figure out her husband's connection to Barbie. Julia discovers the cabin, but passes out after finding out that Peter had gone completely broke. Phil then tells Barbie that Peter had asked him about a hit man, but then sold his car to Phil before presumably disappearing. But when Julia questions Barbie, he lies and tells her that Peter likely skipped town.
Baer's response: Barbie just can't bring himself to tell Julia that he killed her husband in self-defense. He's falling for her and knows that this information will likely doom their relationship — and possibly send him to prison. He feels he just can't risk it. And yet, but not telling her, Julie is suffering, wondering why her husband left her and why he didn't tell her he had a terrible gambling problem. Matters of the heart are complicated, no?
Will Coggins (Ned Bellamy) really be able to leave the business?
The Reverend gives Big Jim (Dean Norris) his share of the profits and says he's getting out of their business.
Baer's response: Yes. He's serious about turning over a new leaf, as you'll see next week when he reveals he's receiving messages from God through his cochlear implant to repent!
Will we find out who's in charge of their business?
Clearly someone other than Big Jim is in charge of their business. Could this same person be connected to the bookie that Barbie works for?
Baer's response: Of course we will, but you'll have to wait until Episode 9.
What are Junior's motives?
Junior (Alexander Koch) got his first taste of real power after being enlisted by his father to make sure no one leaves the clinic. But when the town tries to push him so they can leave, he gives an impassioned speech that he is one of them. Is he doing all this to prove a point to his father?
Baer's response: He's trying, like many young men, to live up to his father's expectations. He feels his father won't love him unless he proves that he's a man.