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While its first two sea­sons of­fered more than their share of mys­ter­ies, Un­der The Dome will, in its third year, fi­nally give view­ers some an­swers. Chief among them, the rea­son why the tit­u­lar Dome came down. Ac­cord­ing to ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Neal Baer those an­swers will be pro­vided in part by a new char­ac­ter, played by CSI’s Marg Hel­gen­berger, who pro­vides this sea­son’s “story en­gine”.

“We in­tro­duce Chris­tine Price,” Baer tells Red Alert, “an an­thro­pol­o­gist, who we learn has been in Ch­ester’s Mill ever since the Dome first came down. The shock­ing rea­son for her be­ing there – but not seen by any­one in the town – will be re­vealed. We also in­tro­duce Kylie Bunbury as Eva, Chris­tine’s pro­tégé and as­sis­tant. She too has been un­der the Dome since the be­gin­ning and she will play a di­vi­sive role in break­ing up Barbie and Ju­lia – and will be­come Barbie’s new love in­ter­est, vy­ing for his af­fec­tion and do­ing any­thing to stop him from lov­ing Ju­lia.”

Sea­son three be­gins with a two- hour pre­miere that quickly brings those un­fa­mil­iar with the show up to speed. “We will learn that some of the char­ac­ters we’ve grown to love may be pos­sessed by some strange life force that will cause them to turn against their fel­low Millers. Ul­ti­mately, this sea­son fo­cuses on the in­di­vid­ual ver­sus the group. How can in­di­vid­ual emo­tions like love, fear, anger, shame and sad­ness be sup­pressed in or­der to make the group work to­gether to help bring down the Dome?”

Although cre­ator Stephen King will be less in­volved this year, his pres­ence will still be felt. “Stephen has got movies and a num­ber of se­ries… but we have his bless­ing. There’s a creepier fac­tor in this sea­son, which is re­ally pay­ing homage to Stephen.”

Chap­ter two: hu­man­ity fights back.

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