After nearly a year of waiting, 12 Monkeys is finally returning for another season of mind-bending twists and time travel conundrums. When we last left off, Cassie (Amanda Schull) learned the shocking truth about who The Witness truly is, and Deacon (Todd Stashwick) seemingly sacrificed himself to save Jennifer (Emily Hampshire).
SyFy announced in early March that 12 Monkeys would be coming back for two more seasons, but with a catch. Season 3 of the show would be aired back-to-back starting on Friday, May 19 and ending Sunday, May 21 with the first 4 episodes on Friday, 3 on Saturday and 3 on Sunday. Though unorthodox, this move essentially presents the season as a binge opportunity with limited commercials, which will make the fans happy.
Fans have rallied around 12 Monkeys since the beginning, despite its struggle to get off the ground. The show itself is not based on the film of the same name, even though the premise is still the same: a time traveler struggling to prevent an apocalyptic plague. It has been a refreshing new direction with the composed approach to the story of James Cole (Aaron Stanford).
The Season 2 finale had plenty of shocking moments and cliffhangers, with more mysteries than ever needing to be solve in Season 3. We’re breaking down some of the big 12 Monkeys questions we want an answer to before the premiere.
How old is Sam?
In the Season 2 finale, Ramse (Kirk Acevedo) was lead away from Cole and Cassie by a mysterious man only to come face to face with Olivia (Alisen Down), who has apparently left the Army and is no longer following the Witness. Ramse asks Olivia where she is taking him and she says to his son Sam (Peter DaCunha), who had splintered away in a previous episode. Olivia has obviously aged, so one question is, when are they and how old will Sam be?
Can Jennifer make it back?
While Jennifer was escaping Titan she got splintered from 2045 to 1917, landing in a trench during World War I. French soldiers find her and confusingly ask what is she doing there. She improvises quickly and asks in French whether she can use their telephone and toilet–something only she could pull off. So how will she make it out of this? With Cole going to 2163 to save Cassie, who is left to save Jennifer?
What is the Red Forest?
Will we ever get to know the story behind the creation of the Red Forest? In more ways then one we are slowly finding out the importance of the Red Forest, but nothing substantial to tell us how it was created. We have seen it throughout the season with connection to The Witness, specifically using the cabin to communicate to his followers, but have yet to understand its full purpose.
Will Deacon survive?
Let’s be honest, we’ve seen Deacon somehow survive worse fights. So even though it appeared he sacrificed himself to save Jennifer to make amends for his actions, did he actually die? Not only did he apologize for killing Jennifer’s future self, there is another mention of Deacon’s little brother. Is it a story yet to be told, or just emphasizing Deacon and Cole’s relationship?
How will Cassie grapple with the truth?
In the last few moments, we finally find out who The Witness is, and holy crap it did not disappoint. After Cassie is split from Cole and splintered with Titan, we find out that she is in the year 2163. She is brought into a room filled with The Witness’s men. She is shocked when The Pallid Man (Tom Noonan) appears to her, but alas he is not The Witness. We learn from him that The Witness is her and Cole’s unborn baby. How will Cassie handle learning that she is the mother of the person they have been trying to kill? It’s a lot to take in and could change how Cassie feels about him, the Army, and Titan.
What will happen between Cassie and Cole?
How will Cole react when he finds out The Witness is none other than his son? Cole and Cassie have been at odds before, so will this news come between them again? Does this mean we might see different timelines where The Witness is and is not born? Cole has always wanted a life with Cassie but how can they move on when they find out that their child brings the apocalypse.
What are some of the questions you hope Season 3 will answer? Sound off in the comments below.
12 Monkeys premieres Friday, May 19 at 8 p.m. ET on Syfy in the U.S. and Wednesday, May 24 at 10 p.m. ET on Showcase in Canada.
Hillary has been a TV Junkie since acting out show scenes for her parents at a young age. She followed her love of storytelling, first graduating with a degree in video production and currently in school getting her masters in Communications, New Media and Marketing. She has made a career of using digital creative storytelling while working within the non-profit sector and is excited to be able to write about her other passion -- geeking out over television shows. Never one to be boxed into any sort of genre, her show preferences range from Orphan Black to Modern Family to Wynonna Earp to Santa Clarita Diet. You can follow Hillary at @ryesquina.