Going Under the Dome: Neal Baer Answers Burning Questions on the Move from Faith to Fear
Mackenzie Lintz, Colin Ford | Photo Credits: CBS
Well, now we know the dome is infallible.
The military learned that the hard way during Monday's Under the Dome after shooting a missile into the dome in hopes of destroying it. Because the dome has begun to affect the outside world in various ways — namely the butterflies' sense of direction because of the magnetic field emanating from the dome — the military buses in those who were left outside of Chester's Mill to say goodbye to their families before sending in the mother of all bombs (MOAB) to destroy the dome. Instead, the dome proved resilient, destroying all the land surrounding the dome. Oops! With so many new questions raised this week, TVGuide.com turned to executive producer Neal Baer to get the scoop:
Will we see more of the destruction outside the dome?
Instead of bringing the dome down and killing the trapped residents of Chester's Mill, the missile didn't even puncture the dome. We got a brief glimpse at the surrounding lands being destroyed, but just how bad is the devastation outside?
Neal Baer's response: You will see other perspectives, but we're not going to be outside the dome looking in at least for the short term. Maybe later.
Will we learn more about Norrie's unique family?
Norrie's (Mackenzie Lintz) father showed up to Visitor's Day, but seemingly only so he could cash in on the media frenzy. Norrie had no clue that her mother Alice (Samantha Mathis) had a previous relationship that resulted in her birth, which should make for an interesting family reunion following MOAB.
Baer's response: We're going to learn more about her mother, but not necessarily her past — more her present and future. After they made it through the missile attack, you'll see that there's a terrific reunion. It sets Norrie on a mission, which is really great in the next episode, with Joe (Colin Ford). They're on their own mission, which ends in a crazy way. The next episode is amazing because it's the food riots. Early on, it was like, "Where are the riots?" It was only Day 2. Give us a chance! Now we're in Day 6, so now things are getting a little more tense. Now we're moving into the "fear" section. Some people may have been fearful from the very beginning, but Big Jim (Dean Norris) is pushing faith. Now that he pushed faith into the dome literally [laughs], we're moving into fear. Things really heat up.
Why was Angie nice to Junior in the moments before the missile?
Only after Big Jim thought the town was doomed did he actually free Angie (Britt Robertson) from the fallout shelter. But she ended up back in the clutches of Junior (Alexander Koch), who beat her home and held her at gunpoint until they waited for the end of the world together. Will there be repercussions for him holding her in the fallout shelter?
Baer's response: Because they were about to die! He was a little boy in that scene. It's not like they were hugging or holding each other. His head was in her lap; he's a little boy. That's an Easter egg. ... When he was a little boy, Junior said, "I only wanted to help you because you were sick." That's going to be very important. There's going to be so much that's going to happen between Angie, Big Jim and Junior. I can tell you she's not going back into the fallout shelter. She's going back to work at the diner.