Freeform re-opened the doors of Camp Stillwater on Tuesday, claiming (at least) one life in the process.
Dead of Summer‘s series premiere took viewers all the way back to 1989 for an introduction to its staff, including Amy (Once Upon a Time‘s Elizabeth Lail), the new girl with the killer backstory; Blair (Ugly Betty‘s Mark Indelicato), the out-and-proud best friend of free spirit Cricket (Class‘ Amber Coney); Alex (Orange Is the New Black‘s Ronen Rubinstein), the hottie with a trunk full of stolen clothes; and Joel (The 100‘s Eli Goree), who never passes up an opportunity to creepily film his co-workers.
Lording over this motley crew is Deb Carpenter (Lost‘s Elizabeth Mitchell), whose memories of attending Camp Stillwater as a child inspired her to purchase the shady summer getaway. Or could there be another reason Deb returned to her childhood hotspot? I mean, I can’t imagine that someone walking through the woods with a shovel late at night could be harboring an intense secret, right?
TVLine posed that question — among others — to executive producer Eddy Kitsis, who teased more surprises to come in the near future. Read on for our full Q&A:
TVLINE | OK, let’s get one thing out of the way: Dave is dead, yes?
[Laughs] He looked pretty dead to me when he was floating underground, so I wouldn’t expect to see poor Dave again.
TVLINE | On a show like this, the first victim can really set the tone. Why Dave?
He kind of provided the warning to Amy and the audience about what this place is, so he clearly knew more about what was going on there. He had to go.
TVLINE | Are we going to be getting a death like this every week?
I wouldn’t say that. Death and killing are obviously scary, but there are other ways of haunting.
TVLINE | OK, let’s talk romance. Garrett and Jessie obviously have history, but are we crazy for also sensing a spark between Garrett and Amy?
I sense [those sparks]. But what do I know? I just wrote it! [Laughs] … I think you’ll have to see how it develops, but it’s certainly looking like a triangle.
TVLINE | Are you able to say what’s up with Joel? I don’t know what was weirder — him filming Deb, or her not minding that much.
Well, I can’t tell you what’s up with Joel, because that’s in Episode 5. But there are reasons why he’s into filming. There’s a lot more going on beneath the surface there.
TVLINE | It seems like everybody has a secret. Whose will surprise us the most?
Honestly, I think everyone has their really big own secret, and there’s something about the camp and the lake that’s going to reveal those secrets as the season goes on.
TVLINE | I imagine dynamics will change when the campers arrive.
We’re going to find that out in Episode 2, and I would be frightened for [the campers]. Let’s be honest: The thing that’s really creepy about camp is that your’e sending your children off for the summer, and the people in charge are 18.
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Reporting by Vlada Gelman.