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Amanda Schull and Aaron Stanford Talk 12 Monkeys “Fatherland” [Exclusive]

Photo Credit: Kurt Iswarlenko/Syfy

Photo Credit: Kurt Iswarlenko/Syfy

Tonight’s 12 Monkeys, “Fatherland,” had a reveal about Cassie and Deacon, and featured a fairly important guest starring role for sci-fi stalwart Matt Frewer. When I chatted with Amanda Schull and Aaron Stanford, I got their take on the episode.

Stanford was thrilled to have Frewer on set, especially given his sci-fi pedigree. “He was pretty amazing. Getting a chance to see Max Headroom live and in the flesh was a pretty big deal, and he did not disappoint,” he shares. “He’s an absolute gentlemen, and a great person to work with. He’s a tremendous actor, and he does larger-than-life characters very well, so it was a great time to work with him.”

Photo Credit: Syfy

Photo Credit: Syfy

Before tonight’s splinter, Deacon comes to see Cassie off and reveals that he knew who she was when she got there in 2043 because he’d watched her on TV as a boy when the plague hit and she was the CDC poster child. Out of the blue, she takes him down a peg or two on his special moment by telling him that their night together was just that–one night. We’d thought there was maybe something there, but this was the first concrete confirmation.

Schull says she and Todd Stashwick talked about Cassie and Deacon’s arc beforehand, and that their hookup was dialogue only–nothing was filmed. “Todd and I got together before we started the season to discuss who we thought these two were to each other,” she says. “We kind of thought it had happened a couple more times. In my homework, my imagination, their union was kind of out of necessity.”

“We know that Cassie enjoys the company of men, and…the one night stand she had in Haiti [in season 1] was similar. If the world is going to end…let’s be each other’s port in the storm, each other’s comfort in the moment. [I] felt really sorry for Deacon…that he’s been keeping this flame going for a while.”

Photo Credit: Syfy

Photo Credit: Syfy

When we caught up with Schull, she was wrapping her guest starring role on the third season of TNT’s summer series, Murder in the First, which begins airing this Sunday. “I play Melissa Danson, an assistant attorney general. People might not like this character. I’m OK with not being liked,” she says. “I’m working mostly with Currie Graham, and Michael Gaston, who’s playing opposing counsel for the season.”

“I’m doing six episodes, and a lot of courtroom scenes. It was a very different experience from 12 Monkeys…a lot of monologues, and questioning witnesses, differently than [how we do it on] 12 Monkeys. They have a very strong cast. They’re very nice people. They’re really good group of people to work with.”

Suits is back in production now, as well, but Schull hasn’t been booked to return yet as Katrina. “Aaron Korsh knows that I am always willing, happy, and available to jump back into Suitsville,” she says.

12 Monkeys airs Mondays at 9/8c on Syfy. Murder in the First airs Sundays at 10/9c on TNT.

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