The "12 Monkeys" Season 1 finale doled out a series of shockers. With the help of Deacon, the 12 stormed Jones' facility and laid claim to her time machine. Cassie was sent to 2043, while Cole was left behind to care for his deceitful and wounded friend Ramse. And Jennifer Goines seemed poised to unleash the plague on the world population in 2015.
So where will Season 2 of the Syfy series take us?
That's the big question that faced stars Aaron Stanford, Amanda Schull, Barbara Sukowa, Kirk Acevedo, Todd Stashwick and Emily Hampshire when they converged on New York Comic Con. SPINOFF sat down with the "12 Monkeys" cast and creators in a series of roundtable interviews to unearth details on what's to come in Season 2’s 13-episode arc. Here are the highlights:
You'll see a new and unexpected side to Jennifer Goines.
Co-creator Terry Matalas teased the second season would give Jennifer Goines a lot to do. Although Matalas was vague, Hampshire offered some specifics, including this shocker. "This season you will see a sane Jennifer," she said with a smile. "I can't say how that's going to happen or why. But it's enough to say that you will see a totally different side of her. And also this season I play Old Jennifer a lot more, which we touched on last season, but this season we spent a lot of time with Old Jennifer and I've come to really love that girl."
We'll learn more about Jones' personal life.
"Jones, in the last season, got pretty humbled, right?" Sukowa said, referring to the 12's coup of her character's facility. "Her intellectual bravado doesn’t help her very much when the brutal force comes in. So she has to deal with that. In the second season, she’s confronting more personal issues as much as issues regarding the plague. Also time travel gets more important. Personal issues come up really strongly for her and she really has to go to the bottom of why she’s doing this mission."
Cassie and Cole's perspectives will flip.
The Season 2 trailer offered a surprising reveal, with Cassie and Cole facing off at gunpoint. Asked what this means for the timeline-crossed couple, Schull shared, "They spend time together being partners as well as being adversaries, I think it's safe to say. They now have a different perspective … because Cole has seen a different side of humanity and Cassie has seen the worst side of humanity now. They approach things differently than they were before. They're not the people that they were when they first met. But at the same time, they're really good partners when they work together. And so we see them sort of go on this journey that's misunderstood at times, and also be really compatible at other times."
Stanford elaborated, "Cole is stuck in one place. At the beginning of Season 2, she is also stuck in one place. She’s in the future and he is in her time, and they’ve both switched places in other ways as well. She goes to the future and she gets a glimpse of Cole’s world, the apocalypse. She sees you know how bad it can be and how low humanity can sink. And it changes her; it hardens her. And Cole having known her and having been at her time gets a different view of people than he ever had before. He values human life more than he ever has and that changes him. So I think she becomes a bit more ruthless and he becomes a bit more careful with his morality."
Cole and Ramse will get over that whole murder attempt thing.
Speaking about how the pair's relationship will evolve, Stanford said, "They are in a somewhat nebulous place. At you know at the end of Season 1, they were at odds with the climax of the shoot out sequence. Cole makes the decision to go against his fate, his destiny and save his friend. And so they basically decided that their relationship is more important than any differences they might have had. They did decide that they’re brothers and so at the beginning of season two they’re together but their still of two separate minds, trying to figure out how to find their way to each other."
Acevedo added, "We’re both a little like a burned toast. We’re both a little burnt but the friendship, the bond is so strong that you know, you let things slide."
"It’s like family. You know, you don’t really have a choice who your family is, and I think Cole and he, they're family," Stanford concluded. "And even though they have their differences and things are going to heat up. As in real life situations can blow up into very ugly situations, murder and what have you. … So that’s where they’re at, they’re family but there’s a lot of turmoil there to and a lot of tension and who knows where it’s going to go."
Jones and Deacon will become unlikely allies.
"The apocalypse makes for strange bedfellows," Stashwick shared. "For Deacon, halfway through the season finale he realized: 'Maybe I’m backing the weird horse. Maybe that’s not the horse to back.' And I think he’s starting to see that 'I may be nuts, but those guys are crazy.' He’s got to choose a side. He’s an opportunist. I think he puts more faith in humanity as opposed to clay-faced people. I think he sees an opportunity to maximize the situation. He aligns himself with -- I’m being so cautious. You’ll see him be not just an antagonist in Season 2. He’s going to find himself more of an ally at times. It doesn’t mean they de-clawed him, and certainly there’s a lot of baggage between him and Cole and Ramse and whatnot. But there’s also a lot to be seen with Railly. She brings out a different side of him. He feels like he’s going to help her survive. His relationship to Jones is different. It evolves. It wasn’t anything in the beginning. I was just something outside the facility --"
Sukowa interjected, "He was a necessary evil, and it’s like an arranged marriage. They have to deal with each other and sometimes something quite good and interesting reveals itself."
The 12 have more than plague on their agenda.
"What you do learn in Season 2 is that the plague was just the beginning of what their problems were," Stashwick confessed. "In many ways this is a small part of what they are really trying to achieve." He added ominously, "There’s much to be learned about the true nature of The Witness and the true purpose of the 12."
This season will reveal the true identity of The Witness.
This question was actually posed by Stashwick to Matalas, the former shouting to the latter from across the room, "Hey, Terry! Do we learn who The Witness is?"
"This season," Matalas replied before turning back to the reporters interviewing him.
Hampshire's biggest regret involves her contract.
Like "12 Monkeys" fans, the actress has fallen hard not just for Jennifer but also for her bold fashion choices. "You should see some of the outfits she has this season," she said before expanding on how fashion has function for the wily heiress.
"What I loved is when I signed on for this show I really thought I was just going to be in my pajamas and in the mental hospital. Had I known, I would have put my wardrobe in my contract, had I known I'd be wearing Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Louboutin. I actually think Jennifer does put thought into what she wears in the way that she takes on a role. Each script I read, to me it's a new Jennifer each time. And for her, I think it's always taking on a role and really, 'How would this person be?'"
The cast won't weigh in on your fan theories.
Confronted with the fan theory that Cole is the infected corpse, Stanford would only say, "I mean, I can neither confirm nor deny that. Do I know? I might have an idea about that. I can’t tell you people about these things."
As for whether Ramse's son is actually the Pallid Man, Acevedo claimed, " I think that’s something I tweeted and it just … because I said he’s my father. I was tweeting that last year and I think, see other people brought that up too and are we related somehow and I don’t know. I think it rolled into something else but you never know in Terry’s mind."
Cassie's relationship with time is dramatically evolving.
"I think with Cassie in particular in the episode we're shooting right now in 2008, she has a very contemptuous relationship with time," Shull shared. "But she also learns how to play it. And she learns how to use time in her favor, although it takes a few tries before she understands how she can manipulate time. And when you see episode 208, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about."
Jennifer's relationship with time is yet to be revealed.
At the close of the roundtable, Hampshire said with a sly smile, "Jennifer's relationship with time is a very intimate one. That's all I'm saying."
"12 Monkeys" returns in April to Syfy.