Good news for The Tomorrow People‘s John and Cara: Stephen is no longer the biggest thorn in their relationship’s side. Bad news: They still have plenty of problems — including a potentially deadly one.
As star Luke Mitchell reveals below, the love triangle between the trio takes a backseat as a difference of opinion pushes the power couple to their breaking point.
But first, John has to save himself and Astrid when Ultra comes after Stephen’s best friend in this Wednesday’s episode (The CW, 9/8c). And nothing brings an unlikely duo together like dangerous stakes.
TVLINE | I have to tell you, I’m a little surprised that Cara is so drawn to Stephen when she’s got someone like John around.
[Laughs] Yeah, what is she thinking?!
TVLINE | Will there be more tension among the three of them going forward?
Things have happened that can’t unhappen. So there’s always going to be a certain amount of awkwardness, a certain amount of residual tension, [among] these three. But moving forward, I feel like there’s less focus on the love triangle, although it’s always there, and more focus on the bigger picture and more dramatic stuff, to be perfectly honest.
TVLINE | What would you say is the biggest issue for Cara and John moving forward?
Oh goodness, their communication skills. [Laughs] Their egos. They’re not willing to forgive and forget. The fact that they don’t let each other in. The list goes on, which makes it very interesting… Right now, Cara’s the leader, and John has to take the backseat and watch her do her thing and provide support where possible. But at the end of the day, John feels like the leader inside — even if he’s not. So he has natural instincts and opinions. You’ll see that those vary from Cara’s. Very soon, things come to a serious head between them.
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TVLINE | And how is Stephen and John’s relationship going to evolve?
They’ll evolve in a positive way. I don’t think they’re ever going to be best mates, but it’s interesting because John is bound to Stephen. He’s going to be forever trying to make good on his promise to Stephen’s dad [and] on the fact that he killed Stephen’s dad. So whether he likes it or not, he’s forever going to be trying to help Stephen despite himself. You’ll see their relationship open up. They help each other out a little bit. … That’s the first move toward a healthier relationship between them.
TVLINE | The previews for this week’s episode show John getting shot. What’s going on?!
A lot of mayhem. Stephen believes his mom’s new boyfriend is a Tomorrow Person, potentially working for Ultra. He’s concerned about his family because the boyfriend wants to take them camping. Is he going to, I don’t know, capture everyone and kill everyone? So he wants to protect them, but at the same time, Astrid’s in the line of fire because she’s now on Ultra’s radar because she knows about The Tomorrow People. John steps forward and says, “I’ll keep an eye on Astrid.” Things don’t go well. Astrid has a kill squad after her, and John tries to save her and ends up getting himself shot. It’s pretty bad. They, basically, find themselves in a situation where they need to help each other very quickly — otherwise they’re going to die.
TVLINE | I liked the scene earlier this season where Stephen brought John and Cara over to meet his family and Astrid. It even seemed like Astrid might have had a thing for John. Is there more of that chemistry in this episode?
I haven’t seen it, so I can’t comment on the chemistry. But Maddie [Mantock] and I had a lot of fun working together. She’s a sweetheart of a girl. She’s a fantastic actress. I hope the scenes work out well. It’s a cool storyline. They’re two very different kinds of characters coming together. There’s more John and Astrid stuff coming after this episode, as well.
TVLINE | So they bond after this ordeal.
Absolutely. It’s a life or death situation. They have to help each other, but not only that. In the circumstances, they get to know each other a lot better. It’s a massive bonding experience.