In the Designated Survivor episode “In the Dark,” a blackout in Washington, D.C. causes chaos in the streets and threatens to shut down the government. It appears to be cyber attack. President Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) is warned that the blackout could be “a prelude to a larger attack.” Kirkman joins forces with Mayor Ellenor Darby, and suggests that in order to prevent more rioting that they invoke Martial Law. The Mayor doesn’t like that idea, “You’ll be a dictator,” she tells him.
Mayor Ellenor Darby is portrayed by Aunjanue Ellis. She’s known for her roles on Quantico (Miranda Shaw, see photo below), NCIS: Los Angeles (Michelle Hanna), The Book of Negroes (Aminata Diallo), and The Mentalist (Madeleine Hightower), among others. Ellis is also recognized for her roles in the films The Help (Yule Mae Davis), Ray (Mary Ann Fisher), Undercover Brother (Sistah Girl), and Men of Honor (Jo). Designated Survivor airs Wednesdays at 10pm on ABC.
— Tambay Obenson (@TambayObenson) February 19, 2018