Killjoys’ Luke Macfarlane Reflects on D’avin’s Growth This Season

Steve Wilkie/Syfy/Killjoys II Productions Limited
Steve Wilkie/Syfy/Killjoys II Productions Limited

Killjoys fans hold onto your hats and strap in because things are about to get even more crazy as we head towards the Season 2 finale this Friday at 9 p.m. ET on Space and Syfy. After a shocking penultimate episode last week that saw the unexpected and tragic loss of Pawter (Sarah Power), the Killjoys will turn their attention back to Khlyen (Rob Stewart) and figuring out the mystery behind Dutch’s (Hannah John-Kamen) double Aneela. Johnny (Aaron Ashmore) will once again join Dutch and his brother D’avin (Luke Macfarlane) as they attempt to stop the Level Six’s plans for the Quad.

In order to help prepare ourselves for what’s sure to be an explosive season finale, The TV Junkies chatted exclusively with Macfarlane about what we can expect from the episode. He also spoke to the changing dynamics we’ve seen between Dutch and D’avin this year and some of his favorite moments from a season where he got to show off his comedic talents on more than one occasion.


The TV Junkies: With Johnny and Dutch having a bit of a rift this season D’avin has been the one to really step in and support Dutch. Is he going to play that role again in the finale given she’s got to figure out what’s going on with Khlyen and Aneela?

Luke Macfarlane: D’avin has been able to be there for Dutch, not in the way Johnny is there for Dutch, but there’s this funny thing called love that makes us go off in on different courses. D’avin is definitely there for Dutch in the finale with her larger mission. She experiences something pretty intense and D’avin happens to be the first person to be there for her. Johnny is still there with us too though, it’s not like he’s off solo.

TTVJ: As the season has progressed we’ve seen the romantic tension between Dutch and D’av dissipate a bit. Now that D’avin went through everything with Sabine (Tori Anderson) has he moved on from her and is that something you want for him?
LM: It’s so hard and that’s such a good question because there’s a part of me that kind of wants what Dutch and Johnny has and D’avin definitely feels that too. It’s almost like he doesn’t know how to be that for her and it’s taken him a long time to realize that. Something I’ve talked a little bit about is how D’avin uses sex and violence to control people and things in his life, and Dutch really made him reconsider that. That’s not to say that his feelings for her aren’t real and he was just trying to control her, but I think now that the possibility of seeing something can exist between them–and now that D’avin kind of got over his shit a little bit–we can start to see that being a possibility. It’s almost as if they are starting at square one as a possible relationship, sort of like if you sleep with someone to get that over with and then you get to know them, you beat someone up and then you get to know them. [laughs]

Do I want that? Gosh I have no idea. Of course anybody who gets together with me is going to die right or it can’t last so I don’t want that to happen! [laughs] I want their relationship to deepen, whatever that means.

Ian Watson/Syfy/Killjoys II Productions Limited
Ian Watson/Syfy/Killjoys II Productions Limited

TTVJ: D’avin seems to be able to stand up to Dutch in a way that Johnny can’t. How important has it been that D’avin could be there for Dutch this season when Johnny hasn’t?
LM: Have I enjoyed being able to talk to her like that? Absolutely! One of my favorite scenes of the year was in the corridor where I really got to question her ethics and the way she treats combatants using my experience in the military to question her. It was one of my favorite scenes to shoot, one of my favorite scenes to read and one of my favorites to watch because somehow, miraculously after 16 episodes, we somehow gave D’avin–this kind of douchebag–the ability to talk like that in a way that we believed. I thought it was an amazing sleight of hand that the writers were able to slowly allow D’avin into a calmer, rational kind of place. It was amazing.

TTVJ: Speaking of Sabine, D’avin thought he found someone he truly cared about and that couldn’t have turned out more wrong for him when she turned out to be a Level 6. Do you think D’avin should just give up women altogether for the time being since things always seem to go super bad when he sleeps with someone?
LM: I think that’s a Jaqobis boys problem in general. I guess there’s something interesting in inverting the tropes of television. That’s what’s really interesting about the show because these guys are the ones just going through it and it’s really Dutch’s show, not about watching them fall. We kind of go through people but we’re still really attached to Dutch. I just think that makes the show more interesting.

I don’t know if I even want to be committed to one person on the show yet. I think that would change so much about the dynamic and how we work together as a team. We always have these little funny questions on set like ‘Where does everyone sleep when we’re all schtupping around on Lucy? If one of us was to get “Quad-married” where would our spouse go on the ship?’ If you want to be a bounty hunter it’s hard to be tethered to anybody.

TTVJ: D’avin has some really fun moments this season where you got to show off your comedic skills. What were some of your favorites? I’m guessing the body swapping with Khlyen had to be up there.
LM: I have to tell you I was terrified about the body swapping. I didn’t know when I read it how comedic it was supposed to be or tonally how it was supposed to be. I really enjoyed doing that. It was super fun and what Rob did was particularly hilarious. I remember feeling badly because in a way I think it’s easier to do a version of Khlyen than to do a version of D’avin.

I also really enjoyed our fembot episode and just watching Johnny kiss Lucy and that response that D’avin gave was really funny and what the audience was feeling too. I’ve connected to the fact that D’avin has just gotten out of his own way and realized that he doesn’t have to control the world, control people with his anger and violence and trying to dominate people–just enjoy himself a little bit more.

Ian Watson/Syfy/Killjoys II Productions Limited
Ian Watson/Syfy/Killjoys II Productions Limited

TTVJ: So after the body swap you’re saying you had even more respect for Tatiana Maslany when she’s playing one clone who is playing another clone on Orphan Black?

LM: The same could be said of Dutch and other Dutch. The sets move fast and there’s never that much time. You really have to do your homework and when I think of Tatiana I wonder how she has the time to do all that homework. To be so specific, informed and deep, I have no idea how she does it. For every take that I got where I kind of looked like Rob, there were definitely a lot of takes that look like Luke. So I kept saying ‘I have to do another. I have to do another!’

TTVJ: How on Earth do we go about even trying to prepare for this finale? I’ve heard I should bring some tissues.

LM: There’s definitely a sadness to it, but I remember reading it and going ‘there you go folks! You’ve just set up beautifully where Season 3 is going.’ It does that amazing thing of making the world so much bigger. I know we talk about that all the time but I think a lot of the audience is probably thinking ‘what is with this green slime? Why is there so much of it?’ We really see what it is and it’s big, complicated and fun and makes our world make sense for the next season.


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Killjoys‘ Season 2 finale airs Friday, September 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Syfy and Space Channel.