If “Zoo” was really looking to pull the rug out from some of their fans going into Tuesday night’s new episode, we certainly think that they succeeded given that we lost a big character right in the middle of the season. Even for most of the episode, we felt almost that Chloe was either going to somehow emerge okay or that Melisandre was going to turn up to revive her. However, it never happened, and it does now seem that the character is gone.
So in explaining the decision to kill her off further in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, executive producer Josh Appelbaum had the following to say:
“To lose Chloe felt like it would be this incredibly profound loss — that it would put such a huge hole in our team just as they’re starting to understand the next phase of the mutation, with them sort of scrambling to figure out how to keep their mission going and how to stay on track. And with Jackson, it’s like, here is this guy, there’s something wrong with him, and Chloe was his real confidant in this. So being able to explore what it was like for him losing that person in this moment felt like it was really kind of compelling stuff. [Chloe’s death] sort of doubles down on the commitment of our team to go solve the problem, because now they need to finish the work that Chloe, in many ways, started.”
In the end, this is a move for the sake of urgency, and in many ways it stacks the deck even further than what it was previously. This is an exciting proposition, especially since we don’t quite know how everything is going to shake out the rest of the way. Time will tell!
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