The Gifted is expected to cover the enigmatic 7/15 Incident in season two according to showrunner Matt Nix. At the end of season 1, the safety of mutantkind has been left in the hands of The Mutant Underground – an organization founded by the X-Men prior to their disappearance. Their mission is to protect innocent mutants from being hunted by Sentinel Services, weaponized by Trask Industries or recruited by the reforming Hellfire Club.
Quite how society ended up being so anti-mutant has yet to be fully explored in The Gifted but what viewers do know is that the entire state of affairs can be traced back to July 15, 2013, otherwise known as the 7/15 incident. It was confirmed in season one that on this fateful date, a mutant rights demonstration turned ugly and a huge number of deaths occurred as a result. The episode “boXed in” included a brief flashback to the incident, but only to reveal that Agent Turner had lost his daughter in the violence that day.
Throughout the entire first season of the new X-Men show The Gifted, they talked about the event that made the X-Men and the Brotherhood vanish. It’s known as “7/15”, and we don’t know that much about it. We’ve seen it take place, but from far away, and it looks like some sort of fight or terrorist attack. The mutants got the blame, and things went to hell from there. It’s a big event and it was only really touched on in season one.
Showrunner Matt Nix recently spoke to TV Line and said that the event is something that they would like to explore in season two.
“I would definitely like to explore 7/15 in more detail” and possibly via flashbacks, showrunner Matt Nix said. “What exactly happened there is certainly one of the central questions of the series,” and thus wouldn’t be recounted within just a singular episode. “It’s a bigger deal than that,” Nix notes, “linked as it is to the disappearance of the X-Men and the Brotherhood, the creation of the Mutant Underground and the attempted rebuilding of the Hellfire Club…. It’s kind of at the center of everything we’re doing.”
It’s a big event that triggered a major reaction in this version of the universe. Not knowing about it isn’t really a bad thing, but it could help explain the motivations of not only the humans, but the mutants as well. Now that we have the mutants splintered between the Underground and a new version of the Hellfire club, explaining each of their motivation is going to be important in moving the show forward.
The Gifted is expected to return for its second season in late 2018.