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Quantico - Episode 2.09 - CLEOPATRA - Promos, Sneak Peeks, Promotional Photos & Press Release

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“CLEOPATRA” – The recruits are schooled in the art of seduction, which Alex sees as a perfect opportunity to get closer to Owen, but will it threatens her relationship with Ryan? And in the future, Alex finally gets the answers she’s been looking for about who and what the terrorists are on, “Quantico,” MONDAY, JANUARY 23 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network.

“Quantico” stars Priyanka Chopra as Alex Parrish, Blair Underwood as Owen Hall, Aunjanue Ellis as Miranda Shaw, Jake McLaughlin as Ryan Booth, Johanna Braddy as Shelby Wyatt, Yasmine Al Massri as Nimah and Raina Amin, Russell Tovey as Harry Doyle, and Pearl Thusi as Dayana Mampasi.

Guest starring Eliza Coupe as Hannah Wyland, Aaron Diaz as Leon Velez, David Lim as Sebastian Chen, Paige Patterson as Carly Klapp, Alexandra Turshen as Samantha, with Laila Robins as General Katherine Richards.

“CLEOPATRA” was written by Marisha Mukerjee and directed by Gideon Raff. Executive producers are Joshua Safran, Mark Gordon, Nicholas Pepper, Robert Sertner and Jorge Zamacona. “Quantico” is produced by ABC Studios.



Finally, we saw Harry go to London for Thanksgiving. Given how recently Brexit happened, when did this piece of Harry’s backstory fall into place and why tell it now?

I wanted to look at more global governmental agencies, not just the CIA and FBI, so we knew we wanted to deal with Brexit from the very beginning. I mean, how could you not? We did our research for this about how England will maintain its interest once we’re no longer tied with them, and that’s a storyline moving forward. And, of course, we jumped at the chance to work with Lara Pulver. We always knew we wanted Harry to have a handler in that story, and that’s Charlotte, Elliot’s sister.

What can you tell me about the code Harry hands her?

It’s funny, I cut a line that said what it was. Charlotte says it, but I cut it because I thought it was cooler just to see it. But it is a cryptogram, and you can decipher it at home. [Writers] Beth Schacter and Jordon Nardino just went full board on that and once you read it you’ll be like, “Of course that’s what it says.” It’s not like there’s a secret or an Easter egg. It’s like, “Oh yeah, that’s it.”

Nimah explains that the terror group sprung up over feelings of being alienated by America. The conversation reveals the motives of the Citizens Liberation Front and also speaks to current fears in America. Why did you initially cut it from the episode, and why did you then add it back in?

Josh Safran: We had removed it for plot purposes and now it’s back in there not necessarily for plot purposes. Clearly it’s back in there because it matters. We had a reason to write it in the first place and we should have never let it go. It’s a piece of a much larger whole and the piece we’re talking about is very topical, even though it was written two and a half months ago. At the time, it was a natural extension of Nimah and Raina. In the beginning, Nimah wanted to become an FBI agent because she felt prejudiced in the world and wanted to find a way in America to fix and fight that. Raina felt the same prejudice, but tried to forgive and understand people through their education. That made Nimah even angrier, because she felt you shouldn’t forgive their prejudice. Now, Raina says to her, “You couldn’t just fight hate because you feel hate too.”

We will learn more about what it means and what this civil war in the country really is and who these people are fighting and why they think it’s going to accomplish anything. For the moment, it’s sadly prescient and very odd to see that conversation be so relevant. That’s why after the election we woke up and said: we have to put that back in. It’s an important conversation to have. The whole world is crazy right now. You see the swastikas in Brooklyn's Adam Yauch Park and last week, my boyfriend was harassed politically by Trump supporters. Somebody yelled at him, “You probably voted for Hillary, you faggot.” It’s always been here, but now people feel the freedom to express it as if it’s okay and nobody from a position of power is telling them it’s not okay. And that’s really difficult.

You said the show will shift in the wake of the election. The story is so timely, did you find that you have much to alter?

JS: We’re shooting episode 12 now. The show will return with episode nine, so the post-election shift I spoke about won’t go into affect until after it returns. Unfortunately, in light of the recent state of the world, it’s sad how prescient the show still is so I don’t think I would have had to adjust anything anyway. We were always going to wrap up the terrorist event halfway through the season and it’s not over, the story continues, but the story we’re going to tell is going to talk more about the state of this world. The idea is not to make your heart race when you turn off the television by looking at how dark the world can be. It’s about people who do not want the world to be as dark as the world is and how they can help that. As opposed to just portraying the world as it is, it’s portraying the people to help the world not be what it is. That’s how it shifted.

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