'The Tomorrow People': Luke Mitchell teases a 'lighting of the fuse'
Last week, The Tomorrow People‘s Stephen Jameson discovered the thing he’d suspected all along, that his father wasn’t cremated after all. But whether that means Roger can come back, and where The Founder fits into all of this is yet to be seen. So with the war between Jedekiah and The Founder coming to a head, what’s going to happen to our favorite telepaths?
We caught up with John himself, Luke Mitchell, to talk about his character’s big dilemma, what the heck The Machine is, and when we’ll be getting another jaunt.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: In the promo, we see where John is asked and/or told to kill The Founder, so clearly he has a dilemma to face this week. Where is his head at going into this episode?
LUKE MITCHELL: Going into this episode, he’s been taking a bit of a backseat. He’s not the leader anymore, and he’s just trying to make everything as easy for Cara as possible in that leadership position. Things are obviously still really tense, but this episode is kind of the lighting of the fuse for the end of the season really. Once we get into this episode, there’s no turning back. There’s very, very few detours from the main storyline, which I think most people will be excited about. Obviously we’ve seen now that Stephen’s found his father, but there’s going to be talk of trying to bring him back and that whole storyline, but also in 17, Jedekiah comes into play and tries to get in Stephen’s ear, and then Stephen tries to get in John’s ear, and John doesn’t want to [hear] it because there’s zero trust between John and Jedekiah. But because of the way things are ramping up, Jedekiah’s basically saying John’s been designed for a purpose, there’s a reason why he was designed to be able to kill and that time to fill that destiny is fast approaching, so John’s got a huge decision to face, whether he’s going to do it or not, which seems like a straightforward answer, on the one end yes, but when you’re talking about one of the most powerful Tomorrow People ever, it’s never going to be a simple equation of just killing them. I was so excited when I got the script. We reintroduce The Founder’s daughter back into the storyline, Cassandra, so yeah, it’s a really cool episode that by the end of the episode, the audience isn’t going to know who to trust. There’s going to be a division in terms of who’s the real bad guy and who’s faking it.
In terms of The Founder and Jedekiah or in terms of everyone?
Mainly in terms of The Founder and Jedekiah. This episode’s going to turn everything on its head. It just blows your head right off. It’s like, “Holy crap, okay, I’m nervous now because what I was thinking doesn’t appear to be true.” [Laughs]
You mentioned Cassandra, so where does she fit in this week? What is she up to?
The last we saw of her she’d given herself in to The Founder, her dad, so basically this week we find out that she’s in the Citadel and she’s being tortured and experimented on and really horrible stuff. And so she comes into play because we need extra information on The Founder and obviously, if she can help us, she will because her and her dad aren’t exactly close.
And this is the week that we get flashbacks with Roger, Jedekiah, and The Founder, right?
Yes. In the table read for this episode, I was just sitting back smiling because it was just a whole bunch of The Founder, Jedekiah, and Roger in flashbacks talking, and I was just like, “This is awesome,” three of the best actors on the show just getting scene after scene after scene with each other. It’s very cool. I’m very excited for people to see it.
Last week we also left with Russell kind of leaving, but he’s back this week?
He is back. It didn’t last very long but I think he’s a wild child. I don’t think that side to him has necessarily been laid to rest, it’s going to lay dormant for now and I have no doubt it will rear its ugly head in the most inconvenient times.
And we’re getting another person from Cara’s past this week?
Oh yeah! I forgot about that. Yes you do! I’m not even sure if I can spoil it, but it’s great. I think people who were invested in Cara’s backstory in episode 3 – there’s a small hint for you – will be excited by the prospect of this character coming back into it so much later.
Looking forward a little bit, what can you tell me about The Machine? I keep hearing it brought up as something that’s crucial to the end of the season.
The Machine’s going to play a very big part of the final few episodes. I can’t tell you exactly what it is because at this stage, to the majority of characters, it is unknown, but it’s talked about as something The Founder wanted to use/still wants to use with Roger as its engine, something about amplifying his powers. So yeah, there’s that.
A long time ago, I was promised another jaunt! Am I getting another jaunt?
You are getting another jaunt. We shot it recently so it’s bigger than the last jaunt, I’ll tell you that right now. I am involved. I’m not going to tell you who else is involved, because it’s interesting. Yeah, it’s definitely got a different vibe to it, this jaunt, much more at stake, and a lot more rehearsals went into it.
I can’t let you go without talking about the love triangle. Executive Producer Phil Klemmer said every fan will have a favorite moment coming up, so what can you tell me about what’s store for the romantic futures of these characters?
It’s not going to be at the forefront of anything. John’s got much bigger things to worry about, [so] it’s on the back burner but it definitely doesn’t disappear. I think I concur when you brought up the fact that Phil [Klemmer] mentioned that fans, no matter who you ship, you’ll have an episode or you’ll have a storyline that you’re going to like. There is more John and Astrid stuff coming up; there’s a lot of John and Cara coming up. There’s Stephen and, well, everyone. [Laughs] Yeah, things get very complicated. I don’t even know what shape to call the love … hexagon? There’s a lot of entanglements and confusion and stuff. It’s on the back burner because they’re talking about the end of the world, but in saying that, the end of the world can actually bring people together.
The Tomorrow People airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.