Some TV shows are only as good as their premises, so it always helps to have a completely unique and endlessly explorable concept when putting a series together. Just such a broadly explorable idea was built into USA's chaotic TV adaptation of The Purge, which centers on an anti-holiday that labels almost all criminal activity permissible for a 12-hour period. If Purge Night were a real thing, the biggest issue would obviously be the general, rampant murdering that goes down, but there are myriad other details and situations to consider.

CinemaBlend was invited to The Purge's set earlier this year, and I interviewed the bulk of the main cast members, at certain points asking each about the random and weird thoughts they had, both on the set and off, when considering a world where Purge Night was a legitimate event. And there are some pretty intriguing answers to be gleaned here, so let's jump head-on into everyone's responses.

Gabriel Chavarria - Miguel

On The Purge, actor Gabriel Chavarria portrays the incredibly determined Miguel Guerrero, whose season mission is to track down his in-trouble sister. Because he's playing a U.S. Marine, Chavarria had to get into that kind of mindset while filming, and though the character is a bit of a loner, the show features flashbacks depicting Miguel with other soldiers. As the actor put it, he and the other actors wondered a lot about how things would play out in a Purge-friendly world, and it's the military-related ideas that are the most thought-provoking.

I get curious a lot about stuff, honestly. There's a lot of stuff. You know, we're comfortable knowing that the show is over the top, as far as the holiday and stuff. But, if it were to happen -- which I don't think it'll ever happen, but if it were to happen -- there's a lot of questions. . . . What we talked about on the set one time [involved] the class of weapons that are used, that we're allowed on the day. We were [discussing] what if someone broke into a military base or something. Now you got tanks, and 50 cals on Hummers. Because there's no law, and no crime, and that's considered a crime, right? So it's acceptable. So you can go out and break into places, so how does that play? What are the rules?

The various Purge films have taken on a number of different topics and angles, but definitely nothing like the kind of military base takeover that Gabriel Chavarria brought up. I love the idea of a specific group or organization getting the sole focus for a horror project like that, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a more action-ready setting than a military base. Chavarria then took it a step further.

But also, let's say it was heavily guarded. Let's say it was a coup, because some general wanted to take out his general with an agenda or whatever. So him and his boys, they gather and they take out [the rest]. But it's the law. It's just one of those questions that's fun to ask, and fun to go into the 'What if?'

Before, Gabriel Chavarria's pitch was just a generic plot about some people taking over a military base, and now it has morphed into a general-gone-rogue revenge tale. Such is the power of The Purge concept.

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