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12 Monkeys reveals truth about Olivia

EP Terry Matalas teases what’s next

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Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Monday’s episode of 12 Monkeys. Read at your own risk!

So that‘s why Olivia is so important!

During Monday’s episode of 12 Monkeys, Railly (Amanda Schull) and Ramse (Kirk Acevedo) tricked Cole (Aaron Stanford) into hunting down the identity of the Witness instead of preventing the final Primary paradox, only later discovering they created the clue that brought them back in the first place.

But they did uncover a lab belonging to the Army of the 12 Monkeys in Berlin, which housed a young girl who was basically bred to withstand the elements and survive the plague — just like the Messengers. That young girl? It’s Olivia (Alisen Down), who was reverse-engineered as a child to then make the Messengers. (It’s a chicken and the egg thing, again.)

Though the group is unable to prevent the Army from securing a young Olivia, Ramse finds the location of Titan before they’re all sent back to the future. Where will this lead them next? EW turned to executive producer Terry Matalas to find out:

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So the child is actually Olivia. What does this mean?

TERRY MATALAS: Her blood led to the reverse engineering of the Messengers, meaning they took her blood and were able to extract it and figure out how to make the 12 Messengers; which, in a weird way makes her her own mother. The DNA in her blood will create who we call Mantis (Scottie Thompson), who goes back in time to the ’40s, stays, and then offers her own eggs to be the beginning of the research to make the Messengers. Again, it’s another one of those time loops. That’s how it goes on this show.

Olivia lived her entire life believing in the word of the Witness, which ultimate lets her down. Is she considering switching allegiances?

It definitely feels as though she’s no longer on the side of the Witness. Whether or not that means she’s going to join Team Splinter, we’ll have to wait and see. But she’s definitely not on board with the Witness. Her whole life was basically engineered for this one mission that continually she’s lost faith in. She definitely was promised a paradise of some kind in this Red Forest. Once she’s realized it’s not going to happen, she’s going to look for answers elsewhere.

Ramse has Titan’s location. What will come out of that?

Ramse is hell-bent on finding Titan, finding the Witness, and paying back the Witness for all that he’s done. That’s going to put Cole in the crosshairs again. They are once again on opposite missions. This time, it’ll be interesting to see how they handle it, because they’ve been down this road before and they both love each other. How this will play out is going to be dangerous for both of them.

Since Ramse and Railly tricked Cole into going on the other mission, what can you preview for the arrival of the Red Forest in episode 11?

It is at their door. The next episode is an edge-of-your seat nail biter, where the clock is running and they have mere hours left before the temporal facility is destroyed. It would be a terrible time for a coup.

Jay Karnes’ character says he’s known Cole for a long time. Will you get more into that soon?

This was not the last Agent Gale-Cole adventure. Even though Gale reached the end of his life, clearly those two have had more interactions before. He’s clearly keeping some other adventures close to the vest.

What’s that next meeting like considering Cole knows Gale’s fate?

It will be complicated. This may not be the last time that Cole has to deal with somebody that he was directly responsible for their death. It’s an arc we hope to explore in future seasons.

12 Monkeys airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on Syfy.