Under the Dome (CBS) Panel [Comic-Con 2013]

Under the Dome

Fans of CBS’ hit summer series Under the Dome got a special treat at Comic-Con 2013. They were able to watch a screening of Monday night’s episode a full day early and let me tell you, it’s one heck of an episode.

The episode begins exactly where it ended, with Big Jim discovering Angie locked up in the shelter. His reaction is not one that you’d expect and it was fun to hear the audience’s shocked response when he did what he did. After that, the episode delves into the main storyline, which is about the people of Chester’s Mill finally getting to see their families. The military brings in loved ones from all over to visit and communicate with notes and hand gestures through the dome and the reunions range from happy to heartwarming, to downright heartbreaking.

The visits aren’t for the best reason and soon the entire town is united together as a new threat comes their way. I won’t say exactly what that threat is in case some of you don’t want to be spoiled, but I will say that it brings on what has to be the most emotional scene I’ve seen in this series so far. You could hear a pin drop in the audience as it played out, and yet the writers also tossed in a few moments of levity as well and the relief that it brought was clearly palpable in the room.

By the end of the episode, a few surprises are revealed and a lot of characters will find themselves in new situations. There is also a death of a main character that happens in the final seconds of the episode that may shock some – not only by who is killed, but by who does the killing and how it is done.

When the screening was over, the cast, including Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre and Dean Norris, as well as executive producers Brian K. Vaughan and Neal Baer took questions from the audience.

Here are a few things we learned from the Q&A:

Some special moments will be coming between Barbie and Julia, thanks to the two growing closer during the crisis in Monday’s episode. Lefevre called what happened in the episode their “Adam and Eve moment” and said that “there’s something there that is hard to deny” between the characters. But while they will get closer, Lefevre also warned that the two will have their challenges to overcome as well. Vogel added that the relationship with Julia will further complicate things for Barbie.

More will be learned about Junior as the series continues, including information about his deceased mother.

Stephen King originally wanted to do a story about people trapped under a dome for years. But after he’d written 1,000 pages and had only gotten through a few days, he decided to stop there. There are still plenty of stories to tell though, should the series get a second (or more) seasons.

All of the secrets of the Dome will be revealed by the end of the first season. The executive producers promised that fans will get answers to why Big Jim and the reverend were stockpiling propane and many more questions throughout the rest of the season.

The season finale will be a huge cliffhanger and bring up as many questions as it answers. Some on the panel joked that if the series doesn’t get renewed, it could leave some fans hanging. Others on the panel reassured fans that they would still be satisfied with where the story ends. All were hopeful for a second season.

Fans should watch the season premiere again and pay close attention to it as many of the things brought up in it will be specifically answered in the finale. Apparently the premiere is stocked full of Easter eggs.

According to the executive producers, if you have read the Stephen King novel and think you know where the dome comes from, you don’t. They are taking the show in a different direction from the novel so as to give fans more surprises.

Under the Dome airs on Monday nights at 10/9C on CBS.