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24 Season 8: Jack is Back… and Happy?

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Yesterday we brought you a post showing the 24 preview that was shown  at Comic Con.  Well now there are a few details that are out and we’ll share them with you.  Let’s put it this way Season 8 of 24 looks like it’s going to be good.

Alot of you might have heard already, but season 8 of 24 is going to take place in New York City.  That should provide some spectacular locations for Jack to continue being a badass.  However, the real news is that the story in season 8 is a continuation of what was started in season 7.  Season 8 is set to take place somewhere around 8-9 months after Jack slipped into a coma after the season 7 finale.  During this season the story will revolve around a threat centered around a peace conference at the U.N. that is being headed by the President of the United States and the President of Iran.  Howard Gordon, one of the executive producers, stated that they’re going to capture the audience this season “with peace, with the possibility of peace,” to which Kiefer Sutherland joked, “Don’t be alarmed, we do still blow s–t up.”  Looks like we should be safe from an action standpoint this season.

This season should be interesting as Jack is still going to be dealing with his near-death experience from the previous season.  One of the executive producers, Manny Coto of Star Trek: Enterprise fame, was quoted as saying, “The season starts with Jack in a place we haven’t seen and that he is happy with his daughter and his granddaughter, and it’s really an interesting place because when you see those scenes in the beginning you realize, gosh, we haven’t seen this side of him for so long.  There’s always this dread when you’re watching it that this is not going to last and it makes those moments so much more poignant.”  Won’t it be strange to see a Jack Bauer that is happy on 24?  I don’t think we’ve seen that in the entire run of the series with a few minor exceptions.  Hopefully he can at least retain some happiness at the end of the season.

But don’t worry Jack’s not the only one returning from last season.  Renee Walker (Annie Wersching) and Chloe O’Brian (Mary-Lynn Rajskub) are slated to return this season too.  From the sound of things Chloe is no longer the computer lead of the new CTU.  Instead the new character Dana Walsh, played by Katee Sackhoff of Battlestar Galactica, will be Chloe’s boss.  I’m sure thats bound to cause some clashes between the two characters.  Walsh’s character is involved with the director of the new CTU, Cole Ortiz played by Freddie Prinze Jr.

The best thing is that Renee Walker is returning.  During the end of season 7 a lot of people could see that something was brewing between Jack and Renee it seems as though this season that will continue.  According to yet another one of the executive producers, David Fury,  “Renee will return within the first few episodes and she will be a different person than she was. The hint of the relationship that we put forth in season seven—we will be following through with this season.  The season begins with Jack in a happy place ready to start a new life; and when Renee enters the scene, she is a damaged person.  But she is someone he decides could be a part of his new life.”   Sounds a lot like a role reversal from the beginning of last season doesn’t it?  Sutherland was quoted as saying Renee ” was someone he [Jack] obviously had very serious feelings for.  The desire for season eight is to protect all of the things that would make living worthwhile.”  Certainly seems like something will come of the Jack and Renee pairing doesn’t it?

I don’t know about you all, but I’m pretty excited for this season of 24.  Hopefully we don’t have to wait until January this year… if we do I can probably live with it, the wait would just suck.


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