‘FBI’ Made Fans Think They Were Getting Rid of Key Character

by Chase Thomas
(Photo by M. Von Holden/FilmMagic)

What is the future like for one of FBI’s biggest stars? Well, the creators that be certainly wanted to make it seem as though one iconic figure on the program, Missy Peregrym, might be leaving the program. It was not for anything that was happening behind the scenes, but rather, it was something on-screen that made fans wonder about Peregyrym’s future on the highly-rated program. Could see really leave this soon in its run?

In the 2021 finale, Maggie, the character played by Peregrym, is shot. Instead of showing what happens to the main character immediately, the show pivots briefly. During this time, fans were freaking out wondering if that was the end for Peregrym. Instead, she is just fine after getting attention in an ambulance. This signaled the main character was going to be just fine.

It does not appear Missy Peregrym is going anywhere anytime soon on FBI.

Why Missy Peregrym Chose ‘FBI’

It was a big decision for Peregrym at the time. For her to sign up for her leading role in the popular procedural drama. She told Variety, “I had put myself out there for other things, but there wasn’t anything I was as excited about. The reason why I was excited about this was it’s no different than “Law & Order: SVU” in that the impact that show has had outside of the show is remarkable, and I’m really impressed with what Mariska [Hargitay] has made of that. If we can do something that really impacts people for the greater good with the show and outside of that, there’s nothing else I would rather be a part of.”

It’s interesting that Peregrym cited Mariska Hargitay of Law & Order: SVU. It’s not just about the role, but it’s also about what one can do with the platform outside of that.

What Makes The Show Different

She concluded, “It’s a bit different because [as FBI agents] we’re usually walking in with SWAT, we’re not the first people on the scene of anything. There’s so much work that goes on before you show up to take someone down or to find something, so that’s a little bit different. And you’re far ahead in terms of the information you have, or the intel, on what you’re looking for. So it is a different role, and we have an FBI consultant on the show, and he’s been awesome. But you do understand the politics of things and what makes a comfortable set, what’s healthy and what’s not.”

It’s a different thing entirely for Peregrym. Her perspective is interesting. In that FBI is different than some of the other Dick Wolf dramas in the universe. This is because the agents come onto the scene with so much more knowledge than most crime fighters do when entering a crime scene. It’s a different experience both for the actor and for the viewer.