Comic Con 2015 Coverage: Containment


Last weekend the cast and creative minds behind the mid-season pandemic-fueled TV series Containment took to the stage at the San Diego Convention Center to talk about their upcoming show.

Containment, based on the original Belgian series Cordon, focuses on what happens when a mysterious and deadly epidemic breaks out in Atlanta. A vast urban quarantine is quickly enforced, forcing those stuck on the inside to fight for their lives while local and federal officials desperately search for a cure.

Here is a general rundown of the series: Trying to keep the peace on the streets is police officer Lex Carnahan (David Gyasi), who has quickly risen through the ranks of the Atlanta PD. But Lex’s job becomes even harder when he learns that his longtime girlfriend Jana (Christina Moses), and his best friend and fellow officer Jake (Chris Wood), are trapped within the cordoned area.

Also quarantined in viral ground zero is 17 year-old Teresa (Hanna Mangan Lawrence), who is eight months pregnant and now separated from her boyfriend on the other side; Katie Frank (Kristen Gutoskie), an elementary school teacher now placed on lockdown with her entire class, including her young son; and CDC researcher Dr. Victor Cannerts (George Young), the doctor who initially made the controversial call to quarantine the area and is now racing to find a cure for the virus.

On the outside, Dr. Sabine Lommers (Claudia Black) is leading the government efforts to contain the outbreak, and has asked for Lex’s help in enforcing the cordon – which grows increasingly difficult as the public trust deteriorates. And the public has reason to be wary, as journalist Leo (Trevor St. John) begins unraveling a conspiracy, finding that something doesn’t add up in the official story being told.

Torn apart from their loved ones, the survivors trapped within the cordon are fighting against not only fatal infection, but also isolation, fear, and the disintegration of society around them. But as they begin to gain each other’s trust, hope remains, and on either side of the cordon unlikely heroes will rise.

In the very limited amount of time left in the panel after the pilot episode was screened, the cast and creatives – which included David Gyasi (Cloud Atlas), Christina Moses (Starship: Rising), Chris Wood (The Vampire Diaries), Kristen Gutoskie (Being Erica and Republic of Doyle), Claudia Black (Farscape and Stargate: SG-1) and relative newcomer George Young; and executive producers Julie Plec (the woman behind The Vampire Diaries, The Originals and The Tomorrow People) as well as Matt Corman, Chris Ord (from Covert Affairs) and legendary director David Nutter – talked about the show.

Christina and Kristen both shared that their characters are strong yet vulnerable women; and for Chris “it’s a blast” to play such a different character from the one he played on The CW before.

Julie then shared that each episode (the pilot is the only episode they have filmed so far) will contain thrills and twists while Matt and Chris stated that each episode will “mirror the virus in the show moving very fast”.

The subject of the virus couldn’t be ignored, of course, with George stating that the show is “not science fiction, it is science fact” and Claudia shared that her favorite moment in the show is working with the experts, as it is a “very odd and particular situation to be part of”.

And lastly, the giveaways by the executive producers for what to expect from the show were the following:

• Nobody is safe;
• Remember to use hand sanitizer; and,
• The three H’s of the show are: heart, horror and holy shit.

The CW has yet to announce an official airdate for Containment, but it will debut sometime during mid-season, presumably January or February 2016.