'Under the Dome's' Mike Vogel: The Peter Shumway mystery has an awesome payoff at the end

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mike-vogel-under-the-dome.jpg"Under the Dome" is off to a hot start on CBS, earning over 16 million viewers in live + 3-day ratings. Star Mike Vogel tells Zap2it that the excitement of the premiere doesn't let up in episode 2, titled "The Fire" -- including more of the Barbie-Junior Rennie clash.

"Barbie and Junior, it's safe to say that we are not going to be bosom buddies. What we'll see is the catalyst, Angie, is all misconstrued. Junior sees one thing and acts on that, Barbie is kind of left going, 'What the hell are you talking about, buddy?' They both have different reasons for being suspect of the other, which play out throughout the season," says Vogel.

Another season-long mystery is, of course, why was Barbie burying Peter Shumway's body in the opening scene of "Dome," and how will that affect his relationship with Julia Shumway, who has just suddenly become Barbie's new friend letting him stay with her.

"It's a mystery that we will explore throughout the season. I would say -- tune in on Monday. You're going to get a lot of clarification on some aspects of [Peter Shumway's death]," says Vogel. "It still doesn't tie up the sticky situation that he's in with other people that may be related to Peter Shumway. [ laughs] That's an ongoing thing, as well as we find out how complicated the whole Peter Shumway ordeal -- it's not as cut-and-dried as it may appear. It's pretty calculated."

Vogel adds that the Julia and Peter Shumway situation will have a terrific resolution for the viewers.

"We save a lot of the mystery, we play both sides of that fence. However, people won't have to wait -- we're not just leaving that an open-ended mystery. It's addressed throughout the season. It has a pretty awesome, awesome, awesome payoff at the end of it all, how it all comes to light," says Vogel.

In addition to the Shumway mystery, there is also just the mystery of who Dale Barbara is and where he came from, as he's not a native of Chester's Mill.

"It seems that he is a new face, just happens to be a passerby. But in the next three or four episodes, we'll found out he may not have been such the tourist that he describes or that we may have thought. We'll found out some other stuff about how he got here, why he's here and how long he's been here," says Vogel. 

"In the event that there are multiple seasons, they've had to leave the show this season so that you see those lines being drawn but how we get there is the exciting thing. We see Barbie becoming an unlikely, unwilling hero in all of this. Barbie's biggest thing is that he's trapped in a town where he's got a bunch of skeletons in the closet and all he wants to do is disappear.

"And with his special forces background, he could easily disappear into the woods and ride this out. The problem is he keeps finding himself pulled into different scenarios that force his hand. It also speaks to his character that is enabling him to be a protector/defender who intervenes in situations to help people.

"The charges that are leveled against him go against what people see as his character and what his actions are, so people are forced to reconcile one with the other."

"Under the Dome" airs Monday nights at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. Watch a preview clip of "The Fire" below.

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