‘Queens’ Recap: Season 1, Episode 8 — EP Zahir McGhee on ‘God’s Plan’

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The overthrow of the monarchy from the throne is not an easy matter. But in Queens“Autumn Tuesday, an artist formerly known as The Nasty Bitches came down to count… and Maybe worse?

Those who watched last week’s episode know that the masked gunman who confronted the women staring at their billboard managed to shoot the group’s manager, Eric, and Brianna. Of the two, Brie (played by Eve) is more seriously injured. This week’s watch chronicled the vigil that Naomi, Jill and Valeria held for their friend while she was undergoing lifesaving surgery.

This development is gaining importance in the real world in light of the recent news that Eve, who is expecting her first child with husband Maximillion Cooper, will miss many of QueensThe remaining episodes of the first season. For the direct scoop — as well as a discussion about how Jill’s crazy husband, Darren, turned out to be a shooter (!) — TVLine recently spoke with Queens Presentation Director Zaher McGehee. Read on to learn about the episode and what lies ahead.

TVLINE | So the obvious first question: How much is this planned for, and how much is that, “Oh, Eve’s having a baby, we have to get over that?”
I would say 85 percent is pre-planned. Now, look, I’d be straight, so why not? Filming is set for Episode 2, which I was going to consider in June. I didn’t know Eve was pregnant in June. I didn’t know Eve was pregnant until late August. We actually filmed the scene where she was shot in August, shortly after we found out. So I can’t tell it’s her No I got a bullet. Certainly, it helped determine who was to be shot. [Brianna] He was definitely someone we’d discuss, anyway, as any good writing team would. You’ll go through all the options… We knew Eric came to the Billboard meet. We knew we finally had to put together what that story was. All of these things are built so we can create a story all season long. So this was not a situation where we invented something to serve this.

TVLINE | When the news of her pregnancy broke, I remember thinking, “Well… Brianna might be shot.”
Number one, glory [Eve]. None of this would have been possible without it. She and production worked insanely hard. We paused everything to film most of the season that we actually did with her, which is a testament to her other co-stars. This is testament to her and the hard work she put in, her commitment to the show, and our crew who worked tirelessly, basically, to get everything out of order. And our directors, too, showed up for two days to film something in their episode that they wouldn’t be back and filming for six weeks. And our production manager, Kristel [Roberson].

TVLINE | I watch TV very closely for my job, and I have to say: I wasn’t expecting Darren to be the shooter.
We did it! [Laughs] but then [Episode] 5, do you think it was for sure, right? You know, he set the divorce papers on fire.

TVLINE | Yes, but that was in Episode 5! And this show is moving really fast, and I honestly didn’t have that part in my head.
I think we did a good job. Number one, we were so concerned that it was very clear, he was the shooter from the start. In my head, I was very interested in the character. I wasn’t trying to give him super-dimensions, but I was interested in an idea: you’re married to someone. They used to live a different reality, they want to live that reality, and now you watch her become a celebrity, and she just broke up with you on national TV. And we should celebrate everything Jill has stood up for, and her step out to live in who she really is, but someone else in the house is like, “I thought we lived together,” right? …It’s like he’s saying in the car—and everything he’s doing is a little crazy—but there’s truth in that, like, “I could have swallowed Tina’s thing, but now I see you broke up with Tina, and you’re with someone else.”

I didn’t want to humanize it deeply, but what it feels like is real. He obviously takes her, like a lot of men, somewhere she doesn’t have to go. So we were so worried after 5 that it was very clear that he was the one we were debating with about whether or not we should see him again. It felt like if we ever saw him, he’d be the number one suspect. Fortunately, there were plenty of compelling, interesting, and wild stories that entered our world that allowed us to focus on some of the other characters. We’re definitely doing a good job, I think, with hiding the ball and making that a total surprise, but also being something that doesn’t seem to be out of the left field.

queens-recap-season-1-episode-8-brianna-dead-biologyTVLINE | Was I right to hear the heartbeat at the end of the episode? If so, that sounds like a hopeful note to end on.
I mean, I didn’t spend a lot of time thinking about three seconds of the show, did I? [Laughs] … change this [right] Until the mix last Wednesday about how much, if any, we need. How long should air? Call Disney to be like, ‘If we play this [a] black [screen]Will you invade our Negroes? Can you promise us you’ll give up all the lions we have? Because in the beginning, we were going to put it on black, and then we were like, ‘You never know. You can have this conversation, but you don’t know what might break,’ [adopts announcer voice] “Tonight on Jimmy Kimmel!” Did you know? [Laughs]

In my heart I wanted it. I think some people will miss it, and I kind of like the idea. I like the idea of, “Did you hear that? I didn’t hear it. Did you hear it? Did you really hear it? What does that mean?” You know, I love that concept versus the final, like, we saw her eyes open. And I will say: No matter what you hear or think you hear, it doesn’t tell us what happened two minutes later.

TVLINE | What can you tell us about Eve’s participation in the rest of the season?
I hate giving it up, because it gives so little story going forward, and how much of the show we’ve already filmed. I’ll say this: We’ve definitely shot more than I’ve ever seen in Eve. But I will say it with this caveat: Like Show Like this is usOur show has been in the past timeline for 20 years. There’s also 20 years in the middle that we haven’t explored at all. Even if Eve[‘s character] She died in episode 8, she could be in another 100 episodes of the show. It would be quite logical. So I say that we are certainly not finished with Eve and her story, and I say that without definitively saying whether she will live or die.

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