Designated Survivor (2016–2019)
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The End of the Beginning 

Circles must tighten as a new discovery within the conspiracy emerges. Meanwhile, tension rises between Aaron and Emily as suspicions loom in the White House. Finally, a new lead places Agent Wells closer than before to the truth.


Mike Listo


David Guggenheim (created by), David Guggenheim




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kiefer Sutherland ... Tom Kirkman
Natascha McElhone ... Alex Kirkman
Adan Canto ... Aaron Shore
Italia Ricci ... Emily Rhodes
LaMonica Garrett ... Mike Ritter
Tanner Buchanan ... Leo Kirkman
Kal Penn ... Seth Wright
Maggie Q ... Hannah Wells
Malik Yoba ... Jason Atwood
Ashley Zukerman ... Peter MacLeish
Reed Diamond ... John Forstell
Mariana Klaveno ... The Mysterious and Calculating Dark-Haired Woman
Mckenna Grace ... Penny Kirkman
Lara Jean Chorostecki ... Beth MacLeish
Virginia Madsen ... Kimble Hookstraten


Hannah is able to convey what she knows about Vice-President MacLeish to Tom, including that he was in on the Capitol bombing, which in turn was not orchestrated by Al Sicar. However, the legal advice that Hannah receives, the advice received on Tom's directive, from a trusted source is that they do not have enough evidence to convict MacLeish if they were to bring him in now, despite they all knowing that he is guilty. As such, Hannah, who still has to be seen as being in custody by the conspirators to hide that the authorities are getting closer to discovering the truth behind MacLeish, is tasked with finding the conclusive evidence, the strongest being something to come directly out of his mouth. Hannah believes the two strongest leads are the mysterious woman who is known to be involved in the kidnapping of a still missing Luke Atwood, and the rest of the team MacLeish led in the military. With the information that Tom now has in hand, he feels the need to return to the White ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

15 March 2017 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


This episode takes place in February 2016. See more »


A GO Transit bus is visible while Vice President MacLeish's motorcade is driving through the streets of Washington, D.C.. GO transit is local to southern Ontario, Canada. The series is filmed in Toronto. See more »


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Keyboard Concerto in D-minor, BWV 974 -
adagio"" (uncredited)
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Italia Ricci
[Emily plays the piece on the piano as Tom is released from the hospital]
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Out of the blue...
9 April 2017 | by boll_erikSee all my reviews

... comes one of the greatest episodes i have ever watched. This series has been fairly entertaining, fairly intriguing, very mediocre but worth watching in other words. Until this point. I am wondering if the writers got on some really great drugs just at the time they wrote this. Anyway it feels a lot like a season finale episode and i think i will wait with watching the rest of the series until it has been fully released. Cheers

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