The new ABC TV series Designated Survivor has involved more than one person in the conspiracy of the Capitol bombing. In the official synopsis of the show’s eighth episode, President Tom Kirkman (portrayed by Kiefer Sutherland) is looking forward to the election for a new House of Representative. But something unexpected happens that coerced the former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to consider cancelling the elections. How will the President react to that decision?
A little introduction of Designated Survivor
Designated Survivor is political thriller that centers on Tom Kirkman, US’ current Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Despite his lack of experience, the man found himself thrust into the highest government position after an explosion kills the President and all of his Cabinet members. Dubbed as the ‘designated survivor’, Kirkman immediately swore in as the President, unaware that he’s about to face one of the worst crises in the history of America.
The show has been in the works since 2015 and its first season began airing on thee third week of September. The series was created by David Guggenheim and stars Kiefer Sutherland, Maggie Q, and Natasha McElhone.
Following the eighth episode, conspiracies seem to have layered and layered upon one another before leading to who was at fault to the death of the President and majority of the Cabinet members. The Results continues where The Traitor left off. One highlight of the episode was when FBI Deputy Director Jason Atwood confronts the woman who was holding his son hostage. The woman forced Atwood to confess that he killed Al-Sakar terrorist Nassar. Although angry about the situation, Atwood finally admits what he did so he can save his son.
Another highlight was when Kirkman managed to avert a ricin crisis. Some poll workers were poisoned and investigation revealed that ricin, a highly poisonous substance, was found in the poll booths. Kirkman began to debate whether he should risk the voters’ lives or cancel the elections and risk the government collapsing. Things became worse when one of the poisoned poll workers dies. The President, however, got inspired by the worker’s commitment to her duty and decides to head the polling booth himself to cast the votes. This resulted to the citizens becoming encouraged to cast their votes.
One of the last highlights would be when FBI agent Hannah Wells (Maggie Q) figured out that Atwood was unwittingly involved into the conspiracy. Chief of Staff Aaron Shore (Adan Canto) told her that Atwood admitted to killing Nassar, increasing Wells’ suspicion. Instead of telling Shore her findings, Wells ran a trace on her boss’ phone then called a number. The call recipient refused on a meet up but gave a clue: 11:15 P.M.
There is even a possibility that Kirkman will die.
Catch the 9th episode of the Designated Survivor on December 7, at 10 P.M. on ABC.