10:45am PT by Amber Dowling
Who Is the 'Quantico' Terrorist? Priyanka Chopra Rates the Suspects
The freshman season of ABC's Quantico has been so rife with twists, flash-forwards and reveals, that it can sometimes be hard to see where the story is going next. Between that massive terrorist explosion, which has kept the story on its toes since Day 1, and last week's episode, in which it became apparent how far Alex (Priyanka Chopra) is willing to go in order to clear her name, the stakes have never been higher.
One thing is for sure though: Heading into Sunday's midseason finale, "Inside," the real terrorist will finally be revealed after 11 episodes of crazy speculation. Given that Alex has been the scapegoat all season long, THR turned to leading lady Chopra to get her take on who she believes the terrorist could be.
"I didn’t know at all, I found out much later than everybody else actually because I wanted it that way. We all had our guesses — mine was wrong," she says. "The audience finds out through Alex’s eyes and I wanted to discover it as Alex finds out."
Here, Chopra breaks down her list of suspects.
Ryan Booth (Jake McLaughlin)
"I don’t think Alex would have fallen in love with a guy who didn’t have integrity and wasn’t honest. But he is a special agent who has gone undercover in the past. He's incredibly knowledgeable and always has an edge. Plus he has military training and he’s done he’s been deployed a bunch of times, which gives you knowledge of procedure and it helps you manipulate the system."
Shelby Wyatt (Johanna Braddy)
"Shelby has been in Alex’s corner; she was apprehensive before but she stood by her and put her job and life on the line to help Alex prove her innocence. Then again she's an incredible sniper and has had secret ties, lots of money. Things that make people shady."
Simon Asher (Tate Ellington)
"Simon and Alex have a brother-sister like relationship, they always have each other's backs. At the same time there’s just there’s something so secretive and shady about Simon. He doesn’t talk about everything and she doesn’t know everything."
Caleb Haas (Graham Rogers)
"Shelby once said, 'I would be petrified to live in a world where Caleb Haas was a terrorist.' I’ll go with that!"
Nimah Amin (Yasmine Al Massri)
"Nimah and Alex are really close, even though Nimah is competitive, ambitious and wants to be the best and wants to kick ass. At the same time she says what she feels, she’s like straight up honest and bad ass. That’s the difference between the twins. It's something to think about."
Raina Amin (Yasmine Al Massri)
"She’s softer and a little naive. She believes in the goodness of people but she’s also very conservative in her thoughts and beliefs."
Natalie Vasquez (Anabelle Acosta)
"She's Alex's nemeses, so there’s a lot of drama in that relationship. But she’s also a cop. Natalie has so much going on that I don’t know if she has the head space to mastermind this kind of terrorist act. It takes someone with a lot more against the world. Which she could have, because the system keeps her away form her daughter or whatever."
Elias Harper (Rick Cosnett)
"He has that famous Elias Harper charm. Then again he saved himself over his fellow classmates and colleagues during that bomb exercise."
Brandon Fletcher (Jacob Artist)
"He’s someone who follows the rules but at the same time believes in the fact that if you’re in the FBI you sort of sell your life and soul to law enforcement. And if you’re not willing to risk your life then why are you even here? He’s someone who comes from that kind of a belief. But he’s very straightforward and will do whatever it takes to make sure the job is done ... "
Who do you think the terrorist is? Sound off in the comments below. Quantico's midsesaon finale airs Sunday at 10 p.m. on ABC. Stay tuned to THR's The Live Feed for full coverage, including an interview with showrunner Josh Safran and more.