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Designated Survivor: Who’s Who for Season 2

As Designated Survivor returns for Season 2, Tony Black breaks down who's who...


An old staff hand of Kirkman, Emily Rhodes was with the Under Secretary in his days before becoming ‘designated survivor’, operating as Tom’s assistant in his lowly position, and the new President swiftly rewards her loyalty by giving her a position as his ‘special advisor’, after being unable to make her Chief of Staff, which she vied for against the more experienced Aaron Shore.

Emily eventually gets the gig when Aaron’s possible involvement in the conspiracy—later debunked—makes her Acting Chief of Staff following an attempted assassination on Kirkman, but it also pours cold water on a budding romance with Aaron, following a spiky relationship. Can they rekindle the fire this season?

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