From the get-go, ABC’s new mystery drama Big Sky, marking David E. Kelley’s return to broadcast TV, has been marketed as a three-hander, with posters featuring Katheryn Winnick, Kylie Bunbury and Ryan Phillippe as the show’s three leads.
That was all a ploy to protect the big twist in the final seconds of the series premiere episode when Phillippe’s character is shot dead. The shocking ending seemingly came out of nowhere as Winnick, Bunbury and Phillippe’s characters spent the premiere going about their business — and their complicated relationships — with no sign that any of them was in any danger.
“I was shocked certainly, and I think that’s also what made me so excited about it,” Phillippe said of his reaction to the twist when offered the role during a panel held last week. “So often in entertainment you can see what’s coming a month away, and to have moments in a series like this where it kind of takes your breath away, when you are absolutely shocked and did not see it coming, it’s exciting to me.”