Yes, its been nearly a year since our favorite space bounty hunters graced our TV screens, but the wait is over… Killjoys returns tomorrow! Ahead of the Season 2 Premiere “Dutch and the Real Girl,” the three leads spoke to the press about the second season. Though the cast is very careful when it comes to spoilers, if you want zero information on what’s to come you might want to return to this post at a later time.
We hope you enjoy this chat with Hannah, Aaron and Luke. Make sure to tune in LIVE on July 1st at 9pm and join the live-tweet on Twitter.
So Luke, what can you tease about Level 6 and what’s going to happen to D’avin this season? Is he part of that or does he escape?
Luke Macfarlane: You know, I remember being very concerned about it. Oh what are we going to do with my character? Finally, I’m in Level 6, am I getting like Khlyen? I think what we can tease is that we learn a lot more about what a Level 6 is. And that it’s not as simple and it’s not as good and evil as we originally thought. I’ll also tease by saying that Level 6 becomes a big story point, the actual physical sort of makeup of a Level 6, that becomes a clear point.
What can you tell us about Red 17?
Luke Macfarlane: Oh, we never know how much we can say. It’s always so hard. We learned a lot more about it. We learned that it’s, you know, it’s an institution that’s been around for a very, very long time. And they have some evil plans.
Hannah John-Kamen: And Red 17 is connected to something that we — is very much in our lives and we find out. I don’t know what else to say. It’s really hard.
Aaron Ashmore: Yes. We delve into Red 17 right off the bat. I don’t really get into the Red 17 stuff. So if you can wait until July 1st your answers will be forthcoming because yes, we definitely jump into all of that stuff right off the bat.
Luke Macfarlane: Probably true, yes.
Thematically, the first season was sort of about finding your family in this very large world. Can you talk about whether there’s a certain theme to what goes on in Season 2?
Aaron Ashmore: Maybe holding your family together? I definitely think…
Luke Macfarlane: Yes. That’s a really good answer. Yes.
Hannah John-Kamen: Yes.
Aaron Ashmore: The circumstances that are sort of happening in the Quad are sort of tearing it apart. And I think on some level – even though we sort of explore that the team sort of being pulled apart in the first season and this world sort of being torn apart, we really continue with that and sort of what’s that going to look like and how is our team going to stick together through all these insane things that are about to happen to them.
Luke Macfarlane: Yes. Yes, that’s right. I think we learned a lot last year, you know, what it means to kind of love each other.
Now, we sort of know that we have loved each other, so it’s now what we can bear, how much weight we can take on, how much responsibility, how much we can understand each other and what everybody needs as individuals, and so stay together. Yes, because we challenge each other a lot, the three of us this year.
Aaron Ashmore: Absolutely.
Can you tease some upcoming moments that maybe fans can look forward to?
Hannah John-Kamen: Well, I think this season, what fans definitely need to expect is the world is a lot bigger. And we just discovered Arkyn and with that comes really, really awesome new and exciting characters.
Aaron Ashmore: Yes. I think a huge part of this season is — yes, obviously, new characters. But also really expanding on some of our supporting characters, which I think is awesome. Because I think we have great — you know, Pawter, and Alvis, and Pree are three that we really, really sort of get to see more background. And we really interact with them sort of in our mission and stuff.
So I think that’s a pretty exciting aspect of the show moving forward, is really bringing forth some sort of exploring these other characters that I think are really interesting.
You mentioned Pree and that we would see a lot more of him. So can you give us any more details about that?
Aaron Ashmore: I would say the thing about — to me, one of the biggest surprises of Season 2 were like, they’re really fun and interesting characters stuff was working with Thom or work with Pree. He gets some really, really cool fun stuff. And Michelle and the writers just really opened up that character and really expanded it in a really, really fun way. There’s more to Pree that meets the eye.
Luke Macfarlane: Very much so.
Usually when a series reaches year two, there is — you mentioned that some of the supporting characters kind of have their day. But do we delve more into the three of you and what’s going on with you, and maybe a little bit more of your past and who you were, that kind of thing?
Hannah John-Kamen: Definitely, this season is — we went a lot together last season. And this season we will or will be doing our own thing actually. And Dutch was absolutely — we’ll be seeing so much more of her past come to life and that’s the real battle that Dutch herself and a struggle with what’s good and what’s evil and — yes. I mean, definitely you will be seeing so much more of Dutch’s past.
Aaron Ashmore: Yes. And I think there’s always going to be character development with the three of us. You know, like that will just be what it is. But again, you know, there — we need to sort of develop the world bigger and these other characters. So there’s definitely a lot of that as well. And as Hannah was saying, I mean, Dutch is our main girl, right? Dutch is our — the focus and the focal point and what sort of brings all of these characters together. So yes, we definitely get a lot of really cool — really, really cool back story and layering with Dutch, which is, yes, I think people are really, really going to find it interesting.
Luke Macfarlane: Yes. And I think in the classic second season of the show, we meet the characters, we understand the way they function, how they operate, and the second we make the world bigger. And we’ve done that for sure in the second season.
Hannah John-Kamen: So with Khlyen and Dutch, it’s really obviously very complicated, conflicted relationship, because he’s the guy that she just wants to hate. It’s really easy to hate Khlyen. And obviously at the end of Season 1, he’s taken D’Avin away. And we know that he has. But definitely with Khlyen, there’s going to be more of an understanding of why he’s done what he did — why he’s done what he’s done in the past. And I think for an audience member as well, it’s going to be a bit harder to just see Khlyen as the bad guy, I mean there’s more understanding of his character as well.
Aaron Ashmore: And nothing seems cut and dry this season, does it? There’s lots of sort of complex things going on. And yes, and I think you’re right, like that’s exactly what that relationship is, it’s very complex. And Khlyen, we sort of saw sort of only one side of him or one — you know, in the first season and we see so much more in the second season. And yes, it’s — again, it’s a very, very interesting to see that stuff unfold.
Luke Macfarlane: Absolutely, yes.
Everyone is asking, so is there going to be any more D’Avin with Pawter this season?
Luke Macfarlane: No, D’Avin Jaqobis does not hook up with Pawter this season. John Jaqobis might.
Aaron Ashmore: So there you go.
Luke Macfarlane: Yes. But you know, that’s — it’s something that will unveil itself. Yes, it will become clear and it’s an important, I think, part of D’Avin’s growth, is you know, that idea of sort of hoping on to things. So it’s a very good story.
But I hook up with lots of other people, so don’t worry.
As far as your experience filming Season 2, how did it feel different for you guys than Season 1?
Luke Macfarlane: I am going to answer this question right off the bat. We had a really, really tough time in our studio this year. We have incredible audio people. But, you know, one of the really challenging things this year was our studio space was really loud, literally. We could hear compressors, and saws and drills through the wall. Also this year it was snowing and it was cold and it was a winter. The first season was in a summer. So it changed, I think in a really good way, the outdoor experience of the show, because all of the sudden the world that we have in is cold and rainy and wet and snowy, whereas the first season it was green and sunny.
So that I think were two very distinct things that changed the filming experience this year versus last season.
Aaron Ashmore: I think something that was sort of different for me, or I found different is, the first season we were all getting to know each other. It was totally brand new, this world, these characters, and even like our relationships with each other. And this season, we were sort of past that. We already knew each other now, we were friends. And I think that in a lot of ways it was even more fun in the second season because all that getting-to-know stuff and all that were sort of out of the way.
And we are already friends, like from day one of the second season when we jumped in. So I find it to be a lot of fun. And yes, even more fun than had during the first season.
Hannah John-Kamen: I think for me what was different to me this season was actually kind of story-wise, without giving too much away is, I remember last year working a lot with Aaron and Luke and with Bellus, and you know, with Nora. But then this season I know that there’s just — working with different people for a long period of time, because of the way the story goes.
So yes, as I want to say who and what and when but definitely that was different to me.
Luke Macfarlane: Very true.
Aaron Ashmore: Yes, very true. Very, very true.
In Season 1 there were a lot of episodes that seemed to be self-contained. And then by the end, it all kind of tied together. Is that same kind of flavor in Season 2?
Aaron Ashmore: Well there’s definitely warrant-based episodes in Season 2, but I think that now that we sort of locked into a bigger story, and there’s, you know, the sort of bigger mystery about what’s going on, obviously, that’s what sort of driving the second season. So I think it sort of much like the first where — the first couple episodes, we definitely have some more warrant-based things happening. But it really does sort of ramp up again like the first season, I would say. That was my sort of take on it.
Hannah John-Kamen: I think as well. What — because things this season will be revealed. You’ll kind of forget about them until you actually find out the bigger meaning behind it in like a later episode. So yes, it does tie together. But in between that, there will be a warrant-based episode. And what we find on the warrant actually will play much bigger later on. And that kind of — yes, it all does tie in to a little bit more like that this season, I find.
Aaron Ashmore: Yes, definitely. I think one of the great thing as the watcher or the show, as the viewer of the show is that, because the story is so dense, there really isn’t anything that’s kind of not significant. Pretty much anything that is on it, the character, sort of a prop, align like it does get to let it back in, and that’s just the density of the show, you know. No filler.
Luke Macfarlane: Yes, no fat. No fat. So it didn’t bloat.
Aaron Ashmore: Oh, I miss you guys.
You guys have shot the entire second season. Is there a particular episode that you’re really excited to see come to life on TV, once VFX, music and everything is in place?
Hannah John-Kamen: For me it’s Episode 7. That one was written by Michelle. And I think there’s an amazing one liners in it. And that would be interesting to look at. So I’m actually just really excited to see D’Avin because it’s so — the lines, some of the lines that are in there are so funny.
Luke Macfarlane: I am definitely…
Aaron Ashmore: I’m actually really — oops, sorry.
Luke Macfarlane: Five. Sorry.
Aaron Ashmore: Yes, five. Yes, yes, five is really — no, sorry. Go, go, go, talk, talk.
Luke Macfarlane: I’m looking forward to five because it was very much a John episode and it’s just always nice to see your fellow actors work. And I’d like — I literally — I think I only work like maybe a day-and-a-half in that episode because it was John’s episode and you know, it’s a great location. I heard all these great scenes. So it’s kind of like — I wanted to see how it all turned out because it’s John’s big episode.
Aaron Ashmore: Right. I was about to say — yes, yes. Sorry, yes, yes. I was going to say as well, is that, like this year we definitely work apart from each other quite a bit. So I’m excited to see — well, I’m really excited for the finale this season too. I think there’s like some really cool dramatic big stuff that happens obviously in the finale. But I’m excited to see all the episodes because we definitely get to work apart more this year. And it’s really fun to watch the scenes that you weren’t a part of because you got to see your friends, your fellow actors, you could see the story unfold. And of course you read the script, but it’s really a completely different thing to watch the scene put together and see how everybody is playing things, you know, all the dynamics are happening. And yes, so I’m actually excited for the whole season just to see it. You know, we put a lot of work into it. And we all, I think, really love the show. And so for me, at least, I am so excited to see it. And we don’t get to see very much of it either. You know what I mean? Like we see maybe some rough cuts here and there, points, and we see stuff from what we’re doing ADR, but we’re sort of in the dark as the final product, the music, the editing, the takes it shows, the special effects until it airs as well.
So I’m really excited to just to see the whole thing put together.
Luke Macfarlane: Right.
Hannah John-Kamen: Yes.
In the finale last season, Johnny did the blessing, he sort of faked the blessing of that woman. And he didn’t tell the guy that he wasn’t a true believer, but the guy sort of insinuated that maybe he was. Is that going to come up sometime this season?
Aaron Ashmore: You know, I’ve actually have lots of people asked me questions about that. And a lot of interests sort in that element of monk and the religious stuff. And I will say that the religious stuff and the monks play quite a big part in the second season. But no, John does not go monk, although that would have been interesting. But he doesn’t really go down that road. But just the whole religious aspect of the show plays a very, very big part in the second season.
Can you tease anything about how the dynamics between your characters are changing this season?
Hannah John-Kamen: Definitely, the dynamics between us are aligned and (inaudible) Dutch and Johnny, and correct me if I (inaudible), but yes, Dutch and Johnny. I think for Dutch, she’s got of kind let Johnny go and do his thing. But also she’s so super protective of him. There are reasons why Johnny will go and do certain things and not tell her. And then there’s going to be a little risk, like definitely complicated between Dutch and Johnny, the two of them.
Aaron Ashmore: Yes, yes, for sure. And I saw some really interesting things happening between Dutch and D’Av too, some really interesting sort of — like I would say almost a friendship forming. I mean, I still think that these characters will always have sexual tension and there’s something kind of hot about them, but there’s also something in some of the things that I saw where there’s like a real bond and a real friendship that’s formed. And obviously, they just met in the first season, so that wasn’t there. So to me it’s sort of interesting to see those dynamics play out like these two characters actually get to know each other, you know. They actually spend time together. It’s cool. Like from what I saw, it’s really kind of interesting to see it play out.
Luke Macfarlane: Yes. I think, for D’Avin, I think, his relationship to both of them is defined by this acceptance that you can’t kind of control people. Because I think his whole life leading up to (inaudible), he can control people, whether that’s violence or over sex. And here he’s with two people that he can’t control and it’s open, kind of softens him in a very deep way that can make relationships deeper.
Aaron Ashmore: Deeper. That’s deep, that’s deep, I like that. That’s — wow, that’s really interesting.
Luke Macfarlane: Really? I’ve got a lot of time to think about it.
As actors, what would you say has been the toughest challenge you face this season?
Hannah John-Kamen: I think, for me as an actor, I mean this and Season 1 as well, I mean, taking on a role that is, it requires a lot of emotional strengths, a lot of physical strengths. And suddenly for this season the stakes are higher and especially with other characters you should close to and other characters you should love and close to. And so I think — I think this season with stakes being raised so high, that find the emotional strengths that the character has and trying to hide it as well. So it’s that — it’s that conflict within Dutch. It’s yes, that was very tough for me this season.
Aaron Ashmore: I think, yes Hannah, you’re right about this sort of — or what I think is really difficult about this, you know, doing the show, and I think you touched on it Hannah, are the stakes. There’s no scenes. There’s no time where we’re just kind of sitting around and it’s just chill and it’s really conversational. It’s always — and as much as it keeps the tone of it, fun and moving in that, it’s very fast-paced like there’s always so much going on in these scenes, there’s always tons of information, there’s tons of emotional stuff in every scene, in every episode. There’s never like just sit back and just conversational about it. It’s always fast-paced. And it’s — I’ve done sort of like horror movies before where — which are really difficult because you’re being chased through the woods, you’re being chased whatever. And it’s like those stakes are high. You have to keep at that sort of place where you’re like, you know, on edge, adrenaline something, adrenaline something. And I feel like this shows sort of like that. There’s not a lot of downtime for the characters to just be relaxed or whatever, they are always on a mission. They’re always on guard. They’re always killing with emotional stuff. They’re always dealing with, you know, problems and warrants.
So it’s just — it’s very, very busy. There’s no easy scenes. There’s always something going on. And if it’s not action, if it’s not emotional, well then there’s — and you’re throwing humor in that too, right? So they ask a lot of you. They ask a lot, like would you be able to play all these things, and juggle all these things, which is amazing. It’s an amazing challenge. But it’s definitely a lot tougher than a lot of other acting jobs that I’ve done.
Luke Macfarlane: Yes. I think I can reiterate everything that both of them said. It’s just it’s both the strongest aspect of the show and also the biggest challenge. It’s totally — you’re in a scene and you just punch somebody or shot somebody and then you make a joke. And it’s kind of funny. It’s just, it sometimes it’s hard to know exactly how to play that. And we’re very lucky with great directors who help guide us and who have bigger visions. But yes, you wonder like, “Oh, how serious is this now?” Or, “How much joke it is now?” And realizing the sort of nice edge of those things, you know, humor and pain and you know, drama, are very close to each other.
One of the strengths for the show is the culture between the different planets in the Quad. Are we going to get deeper into any of these specific cultures that you can mention, or maybe even cultures beyond the Quad that we might get to see?
Aaron Ashmore: Maybe. I think that we definitely — we definitely delve into the politics. I mean that’s still a huge part of Season 2, all the relationships between the planets and sort of the political system that set up. That’s a huge part of it. And the world does open up slightly, I would say, to explore at least the possibility of stuff beyond the Quad, beyond what we’ve seen in just, in the first season and that. So yes, the world is certainly opening up in the second season.
Hannah John-Kamen: Definitely as well you will see historically the cultures politically very different in the past, and how the states of it whereas now and how different it is.
Hannah John-Kamen: The one thing I respect about my character is, I respect and I love — the one thing I love the most about Dutch is her loyalty. As a character is just her loyalty to people that she loves, her friends, she will move mountains. The challenge, and the one thing I love about playing Dutch is — I mean, not necessarily, but the range of emotions as an actor I get to play with one character. And also physically, it’s just, it’s amazing, it’s a dream, and to play a strong character as Dutch, and yes.
Luke Macfarlane: I really — you know, I’m really grateful to get to play something as physical as D’Avin. You know, it’s not an opportunity that’s been given to me in the past. I really like — I like the kind of — so really lack of a better word, and this is a bad word, but the sort of masculinity of him or his ideas or what he thinks that he really is, you know, I like that. And the thing I really like playing D’Avin is he often sort of reacts what got first in his head. And that’s something as a person that I don’t normally do. I overthink things a lot. And it’s quite a joy and a relief to being somebody’s body who doesn’t do that.
Aaron Ashmore: You guys have a deep answer, I like those. It made me think. I think the one thing that I really like about John and sort of playing John is, there is hope in this guy, you know, like he’s always looking for the positive in people. He’s always sort of — that’s what he’s thriving for. That’s what he wants for other people too, you know. And it’s kind of fun to play a character that that is sort of the basis sometimes for what he is. He is always trying to help people. He’s always trying to make things better for people, and that’s either — maybe not always for himself but for the people that he loves, the people that he cares about. And that’s fun to play a character that cares so deeply about other people. And I think that that sort of ties into something that Hannah was saying about the loyalty too, like it is fun to play a character that is loyal to a fault.
I think that there’s something admirable in that. And that’s — so it’s really fun to play character that that’s a huge part of how he is and why he does things.
If you could describe Season 2 in one word, what would it be?
Hannah John-Kamen: I’m going to say steroids, as it hits like then made even bigger.
Luke Macfarlane: Good. Yes. I would say family.
Aaron Ashmore: I’m going to say complexity. Steroids, family, complexity. Come watch our show.
Luke Macfarlane: Yes. Come watch our show.
Aaron Ashmore: The tagline for Killjoys Season 2. That will be a hot topic out there.
Hannah John-Kamen: Steroids, family, complexity.
Luke Macfarlane: Yes. Oh my God.
Aaron Ashmore: Guys, we should work for the PR team. I think we’re doing good!
Don’t miss the Season 2 Premiere of Killjoys Friday, July 1st on Space Channel and Syfy.