Only they can avert the Apocalypse
“If Close Encounters and The Stand got married in a church and had a baby,” says executive producer Trey Callaway, “it would be The Messengers.”
The Mercy Point creator can’t divulge many of the secrets behind his next TV project — in which the veil between science and the supernatural is lifted and five strangers are tasked with preventing the Rapture — but he adds that, “Tonally, that’s what we’re after, and that includes all of the mystery that would be a part of that. Having said that, by the end of the pilot, we definitely want our viewers to have a pretty clear idea of what kind of ride they’re in for; and then that understanding and awareness only develops exponentially with every subsequent episode.”
Illustrating his point about the clarity to come in The Messengers, Callaway remarks, “Beginning with the second episode, probably first and most critically, the character of Rose — performed by Anna Diop — will awaken from her long coma and will become an instrumental character in our cast in that she will announce herself as one of the angels of the Apocalypse. She will then set about the very difficult task of trying to bring together these five extremely disparate individuals who are all completely overwhelmed with personal problems of their own, and make it clear that destiny has collided with each of them in a way that is going to redefine them individually and collectively. So a lot more information comes out in episode two, not only for our characters but also for our audience.
“We won’t be putting a harp in these people’s hands and having them flit about with their wings,” promises the producer. “This is a very human, very grounded spin on an angel- of- the- Apocalypse tale.”
The Messengers comes to The CW from 10 April.
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