A TIME TO KILLJOY

Evil twins, con­fronta­tions and kick­ing ass in sea­son three of Killjoys

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The sec­ond sea­son fi­nale of Killjoys de­liv­ered dev­as­tat­ing blow af­ter blow to the tit­u­lar band of bounty hunters. Dutch’s father fig­ure Kh­lyen sac­ri­ficed him­self to save her. Delle mur­dered John’s girlfriend, Pawter. In re­tal­i­a­tion, he killed Delle and went rogue with Clara. When Killjoys re­turns, the team re­mains frac­tured – and on the brink of war.

“I wanted to be able to pull away a lit­tle bit from some of the darker Killjoys el­e­ments that we ended on,” showrunner Michelle Lovretta tells Red Alert. “I love where we took last sea­son and thought it was nec­es­sary to free Dutch up from Kh­lyen. This sea­son, she’s a bit lighter and a bit more ea­ger to get back to what she en­joys about killjoy­ing, which is kick­ing ass and set­tling scores.”

The gang even­tu­ally re­unites, but Pawter’s death still haunts John. Those wounds need heal­ing be­fore he can move on.

“John hasn’t made peace yet with his past, but it’s more his loss that still needs to be dealt with,” says Lovretta. “Cer­tainly, there are a lot of sur­pris­ing ways that what he did in the past comes back to bite him in the ass. I found it in­ter­est­ing and cred­i­ble that af­ter he ex­pe­ri­enced the loss of Pawter, there had to be a shift in­side of him. He’s not quite the same John on a very deep level.”

Lovretta also prom­ises the in­tro­duc­tion of an en­emy that “throws into ques­tion ev­ery­body’s loy­al­ties at a very cru­cial time”. That loom­ing threat refers to the Hullen, a race of hu­mans bonded to a neu­ropar­a­site that be­stows them with en­hanced abil­i­ties. Kh­lyen’s daugh­ter, Aneela – Dutch’s evil dou­ble – leads them.

“We dig into the ori­gin story of Aneela as a com­pli­cated char­ac­ter,” Lovretta ex­plains. “At the same time, we reveal these hid­den lay­ers of who Dutch ac­tu­ally is. Aneela blames Dutch for Kh­lyen’s death, which re­news her de­sire to get vengeance.

“Real­is­ti­cally, we are speak­ing about a small group of scrappy un­der­dogs who like to get paid to for what they do and not die for a cause,” she con­tin­ues. “What Dutch has to do is, bit by bit, con­vince the loyal Killjoys around them that there’s a larger danger afoot here, that this is some­thing worth fight­ing for.”

Lovretta en­vi­sioned Killjoys as a five-sea­son se­ries. Now half­way there, sea­son three will pro­pel the back half of the show and its evolv­ing mythol­ogy.

“I would say sea­son one and two are a two-parter, telling the story of the Killjoys and the Quad,” Lovretta re­veals. “Sea­son three is an in­tro­duc­tion to the broader story of the Hullen, which we will con­tinue through in a very twisty, de­li­cious way in sea­son four.”

Killjoys airs on US Syfy from 30 June and UK Syfy from 4 July.

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