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12 Monkeys Recap

12 Monkeys EP Talks [Spoiler]'s Return, Deadly Twist and Cassie/Cole Reunion

Warning: The following contains spoilers for Friday’s episodes of 12 Monkeys.

12 Monkeys closed out the first night of its Season 3 binge-a-thon on Friday with three big moments: a resurrection of sorts, a major death and a long-awaited reunion.

After learning from Olivia that The Witness is Cole and Cassie’s son, Ramse sets out to kill Cassie in the past. But Cole is wise to his scheme and kills his “brother”/best friend to protect the woman he loves.

The evening’s final episode also reveals that Deacon is still alive in Titan, thanks to a mysteriously benevolent follower of The Army of the 12 Monkeys. Once let free, Deacon helps Cassie escape her captors, and they return to 2046, where she reunites with Cole. Her simple, discreet nod of the head confirms Cole’s suspicions — their child is The Witness.

Below, executive producer Terry Matalas shares what’s next for Deacon, whether we’ll see Ramse again, and how Cassie and Cole move on from that shocking revelation. Plus: Get the story behind Jennifer’s crazy musical moment in the season premiere.

12 Monkeys RecapTVLINE | It seemed like Deacon had sacrificed himself at the end of Season 2. Why did you decide to bring the character back?
Well, it wasn’t a decision to bring him back. We knew what we were going to do with him. In fact, we had actually shot a scene at the end of last year’s finale in which you see his body being dragged away as his eyes open, but we felt like it was stronger to just not know what happened to him. To discover him in the same place as Cassie, we thought, was pretty exciting.

TVLINE | It’s a big turning point in his character. He’s made some moves here that are very noble.
Yeah. He does have some noble [in him]. He’s also driven by how he feels for Cassie.

TVLINE | And Jennifer, too.
Especially Jennifer. But he is also — just to tease where we’re going with him — at a loss [about] his own purpose. He’s not quite sure how he fits into all of this, and that will affect his motivations as we carry on.

TVLINE | Ramse has had a lot of close calls in the past. Is this a real death as far as this show goes?
Ramse’s dead.

TVLINE | Is that the last we’ll see of the character? There are other timelines and ways that we could see him…
There are other timelines. You’ve definitely seen the last of Ramse for quite some time, let’s put it that way.

TVLINE | That was a big moment for Cole, killing his “brother.” How does that decision weigh on him?
As heavily as you could possibly imagine. He is not a well puppy at the end of all this, especially when he learns, “Wow, Ramse was right about it all.” He’s, for sure, pretty f–ked up.

TVLINE | Is the relationship between Cassie and Cole any different once they’re reunited, given everything they’ve been through?
Absolutely. Certainly, the innocence of new love is gone. Now there are consequences to that love that they have to grapple with. It’s really heavy when you find out your kid might have destroyed the universe. So it’ll be interesting to see how it plays out.

TVLINE | Has she forgiven him for erasing their time in the house and lying to her about it?
She definitely addresses that in future episodes.

TVLINE | Going back to the season premiere, the scene with Jennifer singing “99 Luftballons” was fantastic. Where did that come from?
Thank you. In the writers’ room, I had pitched a scene. I knew she was going to have this musical number about “99 Luftballons” as this [German officer] was executing the POWs [and] hearing the German would put her in this place… Then one of our writers, Chris Monfette, had basically written some pages where you actually saw it as a fantasy sequence, and he was like, “This might be too crazy, but I want you to take a look at it.” So I put it in the script. Then I ended up shooting it like a Katy Perry video. [I thought], “This is the first time we’re going to really get into her head. Let’s go for it. It’s either brilliant or horrible. I don’t know. It’s going to be one of the two.” And then even up to that last moment when it was cut together and my editor, Andrew Nichols, was, “You’ve got to see this,” I wasn’t really sold. I was still a bit nervous that I had gone too far, and they were going to put me in director jail forever, but the studio and the network loved it.

Rewatch the musical moment below, then scroll down to grade the first four episodes of 12 Monkeys Season 3.

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12 Comments
  1. Imagecrafters says:

    I didn’t read the recap because I didn’t finish the last episode yet, but Jennifer’s episode was brilliant! Loved her musical numbers at the French theater! Wow is all I can say!

  2. laurelnev says:

    MAN O MAN O MAN! This certainly did not disappoint! I cannot believe Cole shot Ramse in the BACK like that though, especially in the very place they first cemented their bond. Nice parallel there. I cannot help but feel that BOTH Ramse’s and Sam’s deaths will be “undone” at some point, especially now we know Future Cole has a working suit. But future Cassie also indicated there WAS no hope when she slunk back out of the shadows…

    Jen, Jen, Jen, how I love you, how I love you, my sweet Jenny. LOVED that head scene, and I know that she is going to figure this all out somehow–probably at about 1045 Saturday night.

    Glad to see so much character growth in Deacon. He now knows he was saved for a purpose. It will be interesting to see what that purpose turns out to be. I’m sure it goes beyond saving Cassie.

    Can’t quite figure out who Baldie will turn out to be. Could he be Jones’ 1st husband, and even Hannah’s father? He obviously is going to end up being the good guy in a bunch of baddies at Titan.

    I WISH I had 3 hours to rewatch these eps before diving into tomorrow’s block. I’m already canceling plans to stay at home and watch. If only ALL genre shows could be this consistently excellent! 12 Monkeys really IS about the finest thing on TV. I just can’t believe they’re going to be so cruel as to give us all 10 eps in a weekend, and then make us wait A WHOLE YEAR for the denouement!

    • Katherine215 says:

      Katarina’s husband is the guy who built the Machine and later, Titan. We saw him at the end of season 1 building the Machine.and leaving Ramse alone with it.

      • laurelnev says:

        That was not her FIRST husband/Hannah’s father. She also got a new husband with one of the resets. She did not speak kindly of the original 1st husband, and they haven’t seen each other…

        • laurelnev says:

          UGH…I need an edit button…had a lock up in the middle of commenting and did not mean to sound rude. :) Wanted to add…or am I getting confused with all of the timelines and splintering again?

          Bladie seems to have something to do with the portable machines, and I have NO RECOLLECTION of what the husband could/would look like…so it could be baldie, esp if he built Titan and had 2nd thoughts.

          He seems bound and determined to reunite Cass w/ her baby anyway, to AVOID it ending up like it currently is…

          • Katherine215 says:

            Katarina’s first husband, and Hannah’s father, was Dr. Elliot Jones who built the machine in 2015 (funded by Ethan Secke aka Ramse). He appeared in the last episode of season 1 and one season 2 episode where the Army was commissioning him to build Titan. He was played by Peter Outerbridge.
            .
            After the reset in season 2, Jones acquired a boyfriend of sorts in the form of Dr. Ecklund, who died when the machine started to meltdown in 2×7.
            .
            “Baldie” appears to be called Mallick, according to IMDB, and I, too, am curious as to his motives but I don’t necessarily think he’s related to anyone.

  3. Katherine215 says:

    Thank you, TVLine for the 12 Monkeys love!! This first night was amazing. I am sad for Cole that he had to kill Ramse but I’m glad Ramse can’t hurt him anymore. Glad Deacon made it back home – I think he and Jennifer are going to have a romance. And if I’m wrong on that, Terry Matalas should take my advice and add that to season 4!
    .
    I’m really hoping Cole and Cassie don’t find themselves at odds this year, but I know it’s pretty likely that they will fight over what to do about their child. Still, I’m holding out home for a happy ending in the Keys at the end of the series…

  4. Pat says:

    I DVR’d all of them, because I did not think I would be able to watch all of them, last night, but low and behold as a watched the first one, live and then the second one, I was hooked and watch them all. I actually cried, twice when Ramse’s finally reunited with his so badly injured son and then his son asked him to please end his life because of the pain he was in, that was heart wrenching, to watch. My second cry came when Cole, killed Ramse. Once again, a heartbreaking scene. Anxious, for the next round of the Monkey binge, tonight.

  5. Joey Padron says:

    Great interview with Terry. First 4 episodes was really good, intense, and sad. Sad Cole had to kill Ramse, sucks the team have to work with Olivia. Glad Deacon is alive and rescued Cassie. Surprised one of The Witness’s followers help them escape. Cool tech the future Cole have. Sucks the guardian protecting The Witness have the tech so the team can’t touch her. Can’t wait to watch the new episodes tonight!

  6. Couchmom says:

    Great show. Watched all four eps and looking forward to Sat. Wish Syfy would do The Expanse this way. Love the binge format although the wait between seasons will seem long.

    • Mark says:

      Agreed some shows are meant for this imagine if Fringe had come out like this, carnt wait for tonight..

  7. Freda says:

    It was sweeeet, loved when Jennifer sings, 🎶🎵 🎈🎈🎈 it was a excellent third season. Can’t wait till. Season. 4. It’s like one of those shows that, I hope has 7 or 8 seasons. . Just love watching 12 monkeys.