The Freeform drama Stitchers returns Tuesday night to follow Kirsten (Emma Ishta), a woman who does not have the ability to experience emotions, as she helps solve mysterious deaths by “stitching” herself into a deceased person’s memory. Yep, you heard that right. With the help of Cameron (Kyle Harris) and Linus (Ritesh Rajan), the “men of science,” Kirsten is able to pop into the memories of the deceased without them ever knowing before they died.
In the Season 1 finale, Kirsten stitched herself into Cameron’s memory, while he was technically still alive, in order to learn information that she was never told. While in his memory, she learned that he is in love with her and that they had met before as children. After seeing the first two minutes of Tuesday’s premiere, we’re definitely looking forward to what’s next for these two characters.
The TV Junkies chatted with stars Ishta and Harris about what is next for their characters, especially now that as a result of some changes, Kirsten can experience human emotions for the first time in a long time. What will that mean for their relationship, especially given that these two have displayed some pretty intense feelings towards each other? The two also reveal how past events shape their outlook on life and results in differing outlooks for the drama’s second season.
The TV Junkies: Cameron’s life was hanging in the balance at the end of Season 1. Thanks to Kirsten, he’s back from the dead, but how will what happened affect him moving forward in Season 2?
Kyle Harris: I think now that he has kind of done the ultimate sacrifice for Kirsten, and for his team, he has nothing left to lose at this point. He kind of takes more of a leadership role with that newfound confidence. He takes that same confidence with Kirsten and that relationship as well. He kind of says, “Look, you know how I feel about you now, and also now the ball is in your court. What are you going to do with it?” It’s a fun dynamic shift that we get to see from Cameron, but we also get to see him in a little bit of heat because he doesn’t really think before he does things these days with this new kind of take on life.
TTVJ: Kirsten learned that her father was actually responsible for her temporal dysplasia. What does that revelation mean for her?
Emma Ishta: That, and a bunch of other things that we will see happen in the premiere, sets her off on this giant hunt for her father. She has a very singular focus on that throughout the course of this season.
TTVJ: Kirsten has real feelings for the first time in the premiere. How does she deal with that?
EI: Just like any other human being would. It’s confusing and complicated and kind of tricky. Then she has her real life that continues on and her professional obligations. So there are moments where it is appropriate for her to be figuring this stuff out, and there are moments where she just kind of has to do her job and get on with it.
TTVJ: Outside of Kirsten, how does the team as a whole react to this new side of Kirsten?
EI: There’s a lot of talk about it in the beginning. I think people are pretty interested in it. It’s a bit shocking for everyone, but then they’re all friends. They all get along, so they support each other through these changes and watch as each other grows.
TTVJ: Kirsten saw in the finale that she and Cameron actually met as children. Will she be sharing that news with anyone soon?
KH: She actually shares that with Cameron, and Cameron has no recollection of it. It’s a brief moment, but it’s again just another layer that’s added to their relationship as far as Cameron ultimately thinking that they’re meant to be, and then he hears that and he’s kind of like “well…” It kind of reassures the audience that they are as well.
EI: It is one of my favorite moments in the first episode of the second season.
TTVJ: Kirsten and Cameron obviously share a connection. Can you preview what’s in store for their relationship in Season 2?
KH: I think, you know, it’s again the stakes are life and death, but knowing that they have each other’s backs until the end is just kind of their assurance with each other and their place in the program. There’s nothing that they can’t really do without each other.
EI: They have a really deep connection together, especially in their friendship. They have a deep understanding of one another. That type of connection and friendship, it transcends a fling or a romance. Their relationship changes over the course of the season. There are some new characters that come in and different things that get thrown their way. There will be challenges for their relationship. It gets awkward at times, but I think it’s a natural part of any growing relationship.
KH: Cameron is always 100% concerned about every choice she makes, and it’s these different choices that he’s concerned about.
TTVJ: Like the Halloween episode in Season 1, does Season 2 have any fun themed episodes?
EI: The Halloween was a stand alone, so that was pretty special. We don’t have any stand alones this season.
KH: Every episode has it’s own element of fun. It’s still has the same tone that Stitchers brings to the table, but this season we just add a little bit more intensity and action. There’s a lot more fight scenes, which is a different kind of fun that you will see this season. The team takes their skills and their abilities to the next level, and I think that will be the fun part and taking the audience along with them.
TTVJ: Are there any especially unique personalities that Kirsten will be stitching into in Season 2 that were fun for you to portray and that we should keep an eye out for?
KH: The Chinese episode.
EI: Yeah, that was fun. Episode 5 she is completely changed by the person she stitches into. So definitely look into Episode 5.
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Stitchers’ airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC Family and ABC Spark.
Megan's TV addiction began with Gilmore Girls. Television taught her everything, from how to survive on an island to how to get away with murder. She will talk TV all day and every day. Follow on twitter @meggh11