Designated Survivor is the ABC political drama that’s had fans hanging on the edges of their seats with its every twist and turn during the first nine episodes of the show’s freshman season.
It’s core story is that of Tom Kirkman, the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, who unexpectedly is sworn in as President of the United States after an explosion claimed the lives of the President and all members of his Cabinet. Kirkman is the designated survivor, an individual in the presidential line of succession arranged to be at an undisclosed location when the President and the country’s other top leaders gather for a major event.
In the event of a tragedy, the designated survivor becomes the Acting President of the United States under the Presidential Succession Act.
But why should you invest one moment of your time watching this thrilling drama? Here are six shocking storyline developments that will make you want to catch up on Designated Survivor now!
6. Vice-President Elect Peter MacLeish Is Working with the Terrorists
Congressman Peter MacLeish was the sole survivor of the capitol bombing and is also a well-respected war veteran. He is beloved by the American people and the president for his calm presence in a country under a major upheaval and was just sworn in officially as the Vice President of the United States. But, in a stunning plot twist, it is revealed he is also working alongside the terrorist who blew up the Capitol building, having served in the same combat unit with Catalan, proving he is more powerful and sinister than we realize.
5. Majid Nassar Was a Pawn in the Capitol Bombing
Terrorist Majid Nassar revealed that he was the leader of the attack on the Capitol, the President and his cabinet. But after being captured in a terrorist raid engineered by President Kirkman and later jailed, it was revealed after an interrogation by FBI Agents Hannah Wells and Jason Atwood that Nassar was not the mastermind behind the deadly bombing. In fact, he was a pawn of the same men who are the puppeteers behind MacLeish’s ascent to the presidency. He was intended to throw the scent off the people who are truly behind the conspiracy.
4. Hannah Discovers the Truth About Room 105
FBI Agent Hannah Wells continues to uncover evidence linking Peter MacLeish to the conspiracy to take down the presidency. After discovering that the congressman was not in his seat when the Capitol was attacked, Hannah recieves an anonymous call to tell her to look into a mysterious room within the building called Room 105. It is later revealed that this room was built with reinforced steel to make it a bomb shelter within the Capitol Building. The scariest aspect of this room is that it was engineered by American terrorists who are powerful enough to keep themselves hidden in plain sight.
3. Agent Atwood Claims He Killed Nassar, the Only Known Criminal in the Terrorist Action Against the U.S.
It was one of the most shocking moments in the series’ short history when Atwood confessed to the jailhouse murder of Nassar. After being coerced into confessing by Catalan, who had kidnapped his son, Atwood asked to speak with the President. You could see the confusion in his face: should he tell the President what he knew to be true, that the conspiracy surrounding the Capitol bombing is the work of American terrorism and risk his son being killed, or take the fall in order to secure his son’s safety and become yet another pawn in the group’s reign of terror? He sacrificed his life to secure the safety of his family and asked Kirkman to “press the button,” resulting in a swarm of Secret Service officers descending on the Oval Office to arrest him.
2. Emily Rhodes Realizes Her New Love Aaron Shore May Also Be Involved in the Widening Conspiracy
While the President is preparing to swear in MacLeish, Emily receives a call that informs her that Senator Langdon did not make a suspicious call to the Secretary of Defense in the moments before the Capitol bombing. We learn that Aaron made the call! After weeks in which the couple has grown closer and closer and even kissed, Emily looks at Aaron with suspicion and fear. This revelation ruins her trust in him.
1. President Kirkman Reveals His Backbone in a Standoff Against the Iranian Government
The Iranian government attempts to kick America when it is down after the Capitol attack. After a period of time when Kirkman believes he may not be the man for the job of the presidency, he finds his purpose and stands his ground against the ambassador of Iran who has plans to move his ships forward into American waters. Kirkman tells the ambassador that Iran has three hours to pull their ships back, or he will declare war. Shocked by the new president’s attitude and realizing that America just might be the strong country it once was, Iran pulls its ships back.
Designated Survivor returns to ABC from its midseason break on Wednesday, March 8 at 1
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