FBI: Most Wanted’s Julian McMahon opens up about ‘chaotic’ midseason finale for team

The first half of FBI: most wantedCBS’s third season is drawing to a close and will end with a mid-season finale that will put Jess in a situation filled with a sort of “chaos” that he and the team usually don’t have to face. The episode, titled “Run-Hide-Fight” and airing at a special time at 9 p.m. ET on December 14, will put more key characters in serious jeopardy than usual, and star Julian McMahon opened up on what’s set to end Season 3 in 2021.

The promo for “Run-Hide-Fight” teased that all hands will have to be on the deck when a holiday shopping day goes sour with a mall shootout, with Jess having to protect her family and the rest of the world. team other than Barnes stuck out. When I spoke with Julian McMahon, he spoke about how the show would handle the holidays when things are seldom cheerful and bright for too long. FBI: most wanted:

Well, for FBI: Most Wanted, things can always turn cheerful and bright again. As you know we kind of have to make our trip and our trip usually involves some sort of tragic event and villain hunting. So that’s the theme of the show we’re doing, and that’s what we have here. But at the same time, there is this kind of lovely, very sweet kind of bittersweet holiday.

Episodes of FBI: most wanted usually start with a crime before the team arrives, but apart from intense cliffhangers, episodes can also result in more uplifting endings. Fans will have to wait and see if “Run-Hide-Fight” delivers a cliffhanger or a cheerful finale scene, but all signs point to the show bringing its own twist to the holiday season.

Of course, there were inevitable twists and turns with the midseason finale, as Jess’s family will be in the midst of a crisis rather than safe at home, as he can usually count. And he also can’t count on the rest of the squad to come to the rescue in the same way as usual. Julian McMahon explained how Jess will approach this crisis with his family involved:

I think he’s trying to find that balance. There’s a scene between him and Tali… It’s an interesting thing. I thought it was really fascinating, if you think about it from Tali’s point of view. You think, like, ‘Okay, my dad is going to work. He’s an FBI agent. He’s coming home from work. I see him and then he leaves. I really wanted to have that kind of, you know, when you come home, you’re a different person than the person you’re at work. And I wanted to try to find some kind of balance. So that Tali can actually see his father, his real father, what he looks like, in the real world, right? For the first time. But balance that between needing him to always be a dad.

Poor Tali has been through a lot over the years of the show so far, with the Season 2 cliffhanger leaving his fate in question during the break months. With a bit of luck FBI: most wanted won’t deliver a vacation episode that ends in tragedy or trauma for her as she sees her father as the FBI agent for the first time.

But what about the looming danger? FBI: most wanted often go big with the first ones and the finals, and the promo alone proves this won’t be a mid-season finale to be missed. Julian McMahon explained what sets this episode apart:

I’m especially proud of the fact that we’ve set out to do something very different in a kind of structural and thematic form than what we’ve ever done on the show. Every episode has its own unique case, and whatever, and we follow different characters and different storylines, and that sort of thing. But this one was so far from what we normally do. So far from what we’re familiar with and somehow secure, let’s say. We know we can do a good episode, we know we can do it consistently. It was completely throwing away all those thematic ideals that we follow in every episode, right out the window and completely coming up with something new. And so it was a real challenge. And when you challenge yourself like that, you’ll never really know what the end result is until you get the end result. Usually I can walk away from [an episode] and I pretty much know what it’s going to look like. Walking away from this episode, I had absolutely no idea.

Doing something that is “so far” from the norm of what works means fans need to brace themselves for something new when it comes to the midseason finale, and the star has made it clear that the end result worth getting excited, with some “chaos.” McMahon continued:

I knew we shot some good stuff, and I know we really tried to keep an emotional line throughout this one. I know we’ve been trying to connect characters and new characters, and all the characters are connecting, all the characters are seeing new traits and all that sort of thing … But I couldn’t see the end result. It was such a long and painstaking movie, let’s call it, film it that at the end I just walked out saying “I’m not sure what we have there.” And it was chaotic. It was chaotic, which actually suited the play because that’s exactly what it is. It’s chaos. But you never know what translates, you know what I mean? You never know what you have until you have it. And then having the result, which I think is a very, very, very good TV episode. It’s just really nice.

Fortunately, fans don’t have to wait any longer to see what happens in “Run-Hide-Fight”. The mid-season finale of FBI: most wanted Airs Tuesday, December 14 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS, an hour earlier than usual. FBI: international with his Fly Team Usually holds the 9 p.m. Tuesday slot on CBS, but aired its midseason finale last week. Be sure to check out CBS for FBI: most wanted in its special time slot! When Most Wanted and many more shows are coming back in the new year, be sure to drop by our calendar of winter and spring 2022 premieres.