War is coming to the Quad, whether Killjoys fans are prepared or not. The Syfy and Space Channel drama returns for Season 3 on Friday, June 30 at 8 p.m. ET as Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen), John (Aaron Ashmore) and D’avin (Luke Macfarlane) prepare themselves for what lies ahead. Aneela, hell-bent on revenge, is headed towards them and Khlyen’s unhinged daughter will be the team’s toughest challenge yet. She’s sure to cause trouble for our team of space bounty hunters in a variety of ways.
Aneela and Season 3 of Killjoys is also sure to have viewers all over the emotional map, something they surely got used to in Season 2. In fact, Season 2 had many of us getting teary-eyed on several occasions, especially as we lost some key players on the show. To fully prepare our emotions and start getting ready for Season 3, let’s review the moments from Season 2 where showrunner Michelle Lovretta and her team not only owned our emotions, but stomped right on our hearts. (Of course in the best way possible!)
Pawter’s father makes the ultimate sacrifice – Episode 205
In “Meet the Parents,” John and Pawter make a trip to Qresh to visit with her family. John and viewers were treated to an insight in “Qreshi Pawter” who was very different from the “Old Town Pawter” we all know and love. Part of that insight came from meeting her mother, who she never got along with, and her father. Eventually, Pawter saw that her mother wasn’t exactly who she thought and as a deadly fog threatened to kill them all, Pawter’s dad made the ultimate sacrifice to save her, John and her sister.
“You’re my gravity Johnny Jaqobis.” – Episode 205
After John returned from his visit to Qresh earlier in the episode, he and Dutch are trying to play things cool and say they are just glad to see one another. But Dutch, unable to hold in her feelings, grabs him and pulls him into an uncharacteristically huge hug. Dutch has had a lot of things change in her life, but there’s always one thing she can count on. “You’re my gravity Johnny Jaqobis. If things did change you’d tell me, right?” she asks him. Having just come from Qresh, where he promised Pawter he wouldn’t tell D’avin or Dutch anything about their plans to take down the wall, this scene signaled a huge rift to come between the pair. The look on Aaron Ashmore’s face spoke volumes as he knowingly remained silent.
Dutch has to kill Sabine – Episode 207
Let’s be honest, D’avin and viewers should have been more aware that Sabine (Tori Anderson), the seemingly innocent new Royale bartender, was much more than she appeared. As it turned out, Sabine was a Level 6 agent sent to protect D’avin by Khleyn, but who was really part of Black Root. However, she ended up leading Dutch to a safehouse of Khlyen’s where we first learned of Aneela and that Khlyen was protecting Dutch from her. Dutch and Sabine proceeded to have a confrontation and Sabine laid some harsh truths on Dutch. “Deep inside most of you is already dead,” she told Dutch, proving that she can see how broken Dutch is and that’s why she hates her so much. Sabine warned her to not let Black Root do what they’ve done to her to Dutch. It’s a heartbreaking moment, but ultimately Dutch does take the shot, but it’s one she has to do for her team and she does it and moves on. While we’re still sad that Sabine is gone, at least Lovretta gave us hope for a return, saying that she did leave things open ended in hopes Sabine, and Anderson, could return one day.
Jelco drugs Johnny and Pawter – Episode 208
John and Pawter got to experience first hand the horrors that Liam Jelco was bringing on people as he used drugs and turned them into “helpless, happy drones.” It was a somewhat slow reveal to viewers as the couple seemed happy, sharing nice moments and exchanging their true feelings, until it became clear and went very dark as we realized they had been drugged. Aaron Ashmore and Sarah Power turned in some of their best performances as they portrayed two insanely happy lovers who had no idea of the world burning to the ground around them. It’s hard to not cry watching Johnny smiling through his tears at Jelco, telling him that he’s going to stop him while Pawter looks on lovingly.
Dutch tells Johnny she loves him – Episode 209
Of course torture involving massive blood loss and nerve cuffs means that it’s time for a heart to heart on Killjoys. Dutch was trying to give D’avin enough time to blow up Spring Hill and she was going to succeed, even if it meant she was tortured to death in the process. John showed up and Dutch decided it was time for sharing some genuine feelings.
Dutch: “I love you Johnny.”
John: “Whoa, we don’t talk about our big girl feelings in public.”
Dutch: “Sorry massive blood loss and nerve gas brings out the sentimental bitch in me. You always go with your big stupid heart. It scares me.”
After that Johnny started to complain about Pawter making a questionable choice in having the people of Old Town run at the wall until it shorted out. He doesn’t know how he feels about it and thus her, but Dutch stood up for Pawter. She told John not to assume he knows what he’d do in that situation, and in the process had us really breaking down.
Dutch: “There’s a monster inside me Johnny and it’s angry and it’s hateful and you’re the only one that stops it from coming out.”
Pawter’s death – Episode 209
The emergence of Pawter, along with Sarah Power’s performance, in Season 2 was one of our absolute favorite things that happened on the show. She proved time and again that she was so much more than just a “pretty, pretty princess” and jakk outcast who ended up using her status as one of The Nine to help the people of Old Town. She may have been born on Qresh, but Westerley was her home and she went to great lengths to fight off the likes of Liam Jelco and Delle Seyah to protect it and its people. So the fact that Delle Seyah surprisingly stabbed her, just as Pawter thought she was finally brokering peace, was shocking and a devastating blow to not only Johnny, but Killjoys fans everywhere. We’re still not over Pawter’s death and we won’t be any time soon.
Khlyen’s death – Episode 210
Who would’ve thought way back in Season 1 that there would be a time where we felt sad to see Khlyen dead? After suffering through the horrible loss of Pawter in the previous week I just didn’t see another death, especially one that was this impactful, coming. Khleyn could’ve easily been one-note or even mustache-twirly, but both Rob Stewart and Michelle Lovretta made sure never that happened. He truly cared for and loved Dutch, though how he handled those feelings was definitely questionable at times, it’ll be interesting to now see where Dutch goes without him in her life. What does she do now that she’s free of Khlyen?
Johnny and Lucy’s goodbye – Episode 210
Is it a little odd to be so invested in a relationship between a man and his ship? Maybe on other shows, but Killjoys isn’t like other shows. The connection shared between Johnny and his ship Lucy is one of the best things about the series and hats off to both Aaron Ashmore and Tamsen McDonough for being able to convey this strong attachment to viewers. In the season finale John avenged Pawter by shooting Delle Seyah and returned to Lucy to pack up and leave. He doesn’t feel good about what he’s done, he’s conflicted and still somewhat in shock. Ashmore did a great job at playing the rawness of Johnny’s feelings and it’s impossible not to cry as Lucy told him over and over she forgives him. He finally tells her that he has to go, and she needs to let him, but Lucy made sure that he’s still taken care of as Clara (Stephanie Leonidas) returns to be his co-pilot.
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Killjoys Season 3 premieres Friday, June 30 at 8 p.m. ET on Syfy and Space Channel.
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