The Killjoys are officially back and after that action-packed premiere episode, dare we say better than ever? The space adventure series following three bounty hunters wasted no time jumping right back into things as Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen) and John (Aaron Ashmore) successfully rescued D’avin (Luke Macfarlane) on Arkyn from the maybe not so evil clutches of Khlyen (Rob Stewart). Seemingly unaffected by the Level 6 green goo, D’avin is back on board the Lucy with his team as they prepare to head back to Old Town and see what remains after the Company bombing last season.
In order to get a better idea about team dynamics after the reunion and what lies ahead in Season 2, The TV Junkies recently chatted exclusively with Ashmore and Macfarlane. In the first part of that interview, the actors discuss D’avin’s role on the team this season and how the team may be affected by his changing viewpoint on Khlyen. Then stay tuned next week and come on back for the second part of this interview.
The TV Junkies: As a viewer it was so much fun to get those first few episodes and jump right back into this world. I have to imagine you guys felt the same way, but were there any new challenges with coming back for Year 2?
Aaron Ashmore: There’s not really challenges, but there’s expectations that you want to make things bigger and better, entertain people and keep everybody hooked. That first episode though the script was so cool, so big and with so much action that I feel like we achieved that.
Luke Macfarlane: That’s always the big fear, ‘how do we make it more exciting? How do we up the ante?’
TTVJ: A lot of Season 1 saw D’avin trying to figure out how he fits into the trio, but now that they’ve rescued him he seems to be feeling much better about his role. Is it safe to say at the start of Season 2, after they’ve rescued him, that the team is stronger than they’ve ever been?
LM: I think that’s fair to say, but as the season goes on it does fracture in more unique and unexpected ways. As far as D’avin and his insecurities around being such a jerk about fitting in, he becomes much more confident in his role with both his brother and with Dutch. That was such a propelling theme last year–‘What do we do about D’avin?’–and I think he got better.
AA: I think as distant as we were towards the end of last season because of some of the things that happened–D’avin’s switch being thrown and putting us in a very weird place–the fact that we thought we may have lost him, and then we get him back, automatically bonds us. There’s no questions about his loyalty or how we feel about him because we were willing to risk everything to get him back. Once we do, that in itself just solidifies this team together … for now, until things change.
TTVJ: Michelle [Lovretta, showrunner] has said that she wanted to give D’avin some hope and not be so hard on that character. Do you find that to be true in Season 2 and is he playing nicer with others?
LM: He’s definitely playing nicer with others. I think it’s funny though because Michelle also said she enjoys letting D’avin get the shit kicked out of him. He’s definitely the guy that gets punched in the face a lot, gets goop blasted in his face and he ends up in a lot of bathtubs filled with things. He’s not as poor at integrating socially, but he certainly takes his fair share of hits. Michelle really relishes beating D’avin up a bit, but I enjoy it too.
TTVJ: D’avin seems to have realized that Khlyen may not be the big bad enemy they thought he was. Will John and Dutch soon start to see this point of view as well?
AA: That’s a huge part of the second season is trying to figure out who Khlyen is and how he fits into everything. Obviously it’s more complicated than we first thought so it’s a really big part of it. It will take us awhile to figure that out, especially for Dutch because her feelings are so complicated and tied into this guy that it takes us awhile to figure that out.
TTVJ: Luke, you and Rob were so good in those scenes in the premiere. Can we expect more D’avin and Khlyen goodness to come now that Khlyen seems to have him on his side?
LM: Rob and I got to work together quite a few times this season which was really nice. He’s still essentially Dutch’s “father,” but I’m the first person to identify that maybe he’s not what he seems. We definitely get some great stuff to do together. In fact there’s a really fun “Freaky Friday” Rob and Luke episode which involves me looking at a lot of Rob’s scenes and doing a lot of Rob impressions.
TTVJ: We’ve heard there may be some tension between Dutch and John this season. What will that be like?
AA: That’s the big thing for John this season–how does he feel about what’s going on in this world? Being a killjoy means you have to be impartial to everything. You have to fill the warrant and that’s it. You can’t pick a side and that becomes very difficult for John. He wants to help people and as a killjoy he’s not allowed. So he starts to examine that to see if he still wants to be a killjoy and obviously that plays out with his relationships with Dutch and D’av. It gets complicated as we move forward and try to figure out how this team is going to work, if we’re all going to stick together, if we can all stick together. It gets interesting.
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Killjoys airs Fridays at 9p.m. ET on Syfy and Space Channel.
Editor in Chief Bridget Liszewski comes from a long line of TV Junkies who fostered her love of television from a very young age. She's channeled that passion into covering both US and Canadian television shows, and is thankful everyday for the invention of the DVR. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, she loves college football and is a fan of sports in general. Bridget is always up for talking TV and you can follow her on twitter at @BridgetOnTV.