And there you have it, everyone. Told you something big was coming. What does the arrival of this new planet mean for Sophia's people and for mankind? Will Martinez discover that his wife is non-terrestrial and that is son is a hybrid? What is the meaning of the scroll and how does it relate to Dempsey and to Sean? (For some clues on that, check out Dempsey's Office) Will Sean find a way to save Leila and his unborn child from a slow and painful death? What will happen to Sophia and to Jarvis?
What will happen to our world? This latest episode was just the beginning -- a turning point that will create an entirely new world order as the sudden appearance of a new planet in our sky exposes the existence of non-terrestrials to the entire world. How will Martinez handle this new crisis -- and how will he deal with the fallout of the lies and machinations he condoned to hide Inostranka and its prisoners?
As Simon briefly hinted at, The Event is a synchronous species-wide reproductive event, a mystical evolutionary step that has been predicted in his people's sacred scrolls. Simon also made it clear to Sean that mankind would not survive it. So what does it all mean for our characters and for humanity in general? The planet's arrival - one of the foretold signs from the scrolls - confirms that The Event is more than a religious myth from an extra-terrestrial civilization. It is real - and it's coming.
For me, this has been a 6-year adventure that finally became reality 18 months ago when NBC bought the project. And it's been an amazing ride! It's impossible for me to thank by name the more than two hundred people who have worked together week after week to bring you 22 episodes of The Event, but I do want to express my gratitude.
I do want to thank every member of our crew, who worked tirelessly day after day, many days on location: from the construction team creating sets overnight to hair/makeup keeping continuity in our actors' looks, to grips, camera operators, productions assistants, editors, mixers, drivers, special effects and digital effects teams, stunt crew, catering, accounting, props, costumes, casting, and many others in between - including all the department heads who helped make our production team the efficient, well-oiled machine it was. A special thank you to our line producer Steve Sassen, who supervised it all, made our production run smoothly and clearly doesn't know the meaning of the word "impossible." Whatever crazy scenes we threw at him (a passenger plane crashes in the desert!), Steve always figured out creative ways to make our ideas happen - on budget and always with a smile.
Thanks to our hard-working writers' assistants, including Brian Beal and Adam DaSilva who also co-edited our official site and contributed heavily to our digital presence. And speaking of digital, NBC.com has been with us in the trenches since before the pilot was even shot. They've done amazing things for the show and they've been fantastic to work with.
Thank you to our tireless writing staff - an incredibly talented team that I will miss seeing every day - with our executive producer and showrunner Evan Katz at the helm, whose vision was instrumental in cementing the direction of the show.
Thanks to the entire NBC/Universal team that helped get the show on the air and supported us through the past year.
I cannot thank enough our amazingly talented cast who all poured their hearts and souls into the show and brought to life the characters that had only existed in my head for so long: Jason Ritter, Sarah Roemer, Laura Innes, Ian Anthony Dale, Taylor Cole, Scott Patterson, Lisa Vidal, Bill Smitrovich, Clifton Collins Jr., Zeljko Ivanek and Blair Underwood. It's been a real privilege working with so many talented and easy-going professionals.
We had terrific guest directors (including our own Jim Wong) during the season, but I owe many thanks to our Executive Producer/Director Jeffrey Reiner. Jeffrey directed several episodes over the past year -- but he also directed the pilot and established the look and feel of the show. Jeffrey is a storyteller at heart and working with him has taught me so much.
Finally, I want to thank our Executive Producer Steve Stark. Steve has been there since I wrote the original version of the pilot six years ago, and he never stopped believing in the project -- which finally paid off when NBC bought the pilot in October 2009. The show wouldn't and couldn't have happened without him. He's a great friend who helped me keep my sanity during the craziness of production and I look forward to working with him again.
Thank you to everyone else who helped in one way or another and made this incredible dream of mine become a reality.
But most importantly, thank YOU, the devoted fans who tuned in week after week, interacted with us online, supported us before the pilot even aired, shared your questions and frustrations and excitement and theories. You made this possible. Thanks for watching!
Until next time,