How FBI: Most Wanted Set Up Season 3 After That Wild Season 2 Finale Cliffhanger, According To the Showrunner
Warning: spoilers ahead for the Season 2 finale of FBI: Most Wanted on CBS, called "Chattaboogie."
FBI: Most Wanted Season 2 has come to an end with a finale that not only pitted Jess and the rest of the team against one of their most challenging cases of the series, but also ended on a cliffhanger that abruptly changed a sweet and lighthearted scene into something terrifying. Just when it seemed that all was well with Sarah moved in with Jess and Tali, her dangerous ex-husband Hugh turned up with a gun to create a killer cliffhanger ahead of Season 3. Suffice it to say that showrunner David Hudgins wasn't kidding about what to expect in the last five minutes of the episode!
Fortunately, David Hudgins also spoke with CinemaBlend about the future of Most Wanted ahead of the Season 2 finale, and his comments shed some light on the cliffhanger from "Chattaboogie." The episode ended with an armed Hugh breaking into the house where Tali and Sarah were alone, with Tali pressing a gun on Sarah despite Sarah telling her to hide in the bathroom. Jess and Kenny (who was on the scene to check out Jess' motorcycle) saw what was happening from the yard and went to intervene.
Three gunshots rang out before the final credits rolled, but FBI: Most Wanted didn't reveal who pulled the trigger or who (if any) was shot. Based on some comments from David Hudgins, there are at least two people who we can probably safely say were not mortally wounded. When asked if there were any Season 2 stories in particular that he was looking forward to picking up on in Season 3, Hudgins explained:
I spoke with David Hudgins about "Chattaboogie" before the Season 3 finale actually aired, so he didn't drop details about the resolution of the cliffhanger, but it seems that fans can probably rest easy about at least the fates of Jess and Sarah. That's not to say that there's not a chance of injury due to whatever happened off-screen, but FBI: Most Wanted exploring Jess and Sarah's relationship in Season 3 has to mean that they'll both still be around. Interestingly, Barnes didn't even appear in the Season 3 finale, but more is on the way with her and her wife!
In building the relationship between Sarah and Jess, FBI: Most Wanted unearthed a lot about his character that was only touched on or hinted in the first season. Showrunner David Hudgins explained the importance of Most Wanted showing more of who Jess is other than the skilled FBI agent, saying:
The process of Jess finding love again with Sarah was gradual, but helped by the fact that Tali has been all-in on the relationship. Before everything went sideways for them at the end of the finale, "Chattaboogie" showcased their bond, with Tali trying on Sarah's old cowboy boots and the two hanging out in the kitchen together. Here's hoping that whatever happens in the aftermath of the shooting doesn't ruin the life these three were building together! David Hudgins continued:
All things considered, the last couple episodes of FBI: Most Wanted Season 2 were surprisingly happy for Jess on the home front, as he was able to celebrate his father's marriage despite their previously rocky relationship, take a big step forward with Sarah, and move her into the house with him and Tali. Why did Hugh have to show up and ruin the happy mood, when the cases of the week on FBI: Most Wanted aren't exactly joyous affairs?
In fact, the darkness of the FBI: Most Wanted cases makes the happy moments all the more notable, and David Hudgins weighed in on the importance of lightening things up from time to time:
How much happy that is on the way following what may have been a deadly cliffhanger remains to be seen, and FBI: Most Wanted won't be back to yield any answers on CBS (opens in new tab) until the fall. The very good news is that on top of the renewal for FBI: Most Wanted Season 3, FBI was renewed for Season 4, and another spinoff is on the way. FBI: International will reportedly launch via a backdoor pilot, so fans of this corner of the Dick Wolf TV universe will be in for some treats in the 2021-2022 TV season.
While the wait for answers to the questions left by the FBI: Most Wanted Season 2 finale may not be easy, there are at least plenty of TV options on the way this summer to fill the primetime hours.
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