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By Suzanne

Aaron Stanford and Amanda Schull 

Interview with Aaron Stanford and Amanda Schull of "12 Monkeys" on Syfy 5/12/17

It was great to speak with the stars of this show again! They're always so nice, and funny as well. I love how they tease each other.  It's great show, and I can't wait to see what happens next. Here's the transcript of the interview.

Speakers: Amanda Schull & Aaron Stanford
Moderator: Samantha Agnoff
May 12, 2017 12:00 pm ET

Operator: Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by. Welcome to the 12 Monkeys conference call. We will conduct a question and answer session. At that time if you have a question please press the 1 followed by the 4 on your telephone. We ask that you please refrain to one question at a time. If you do have a follow-up question you can just re-queue. If at any time during the conference you need to reach an operator please press Star 0. As a reminder, this conference is being recorded Friday, May 12, 2017. I would now like to turn the conference over to Samantha Agnoff. Please go ahead.

Samantha Agnoff: Hi everyone. Thanks so much for joining us today for the 12 Monkeys Season 3 conference call featuring stars Aaron Stanford and Amanda Schull. 12 Monkeys returns to Syfy next Friday, May 19 with an exciting three night linear binge-a-thon from 8-11 each night, ending Sunday, May 21. Letís go ahead and get started.

Operator: Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen as a reminder, to register for a question please press the 1 followed by the 4 on your telephone. And our first question comes from the line of Jamie Ruby with Please proceed with your question.

Jamie Ruby: Hey guys, itís great to talk to you again.

Amanda Schull: Hi.

Aaron Stanford: You too.

Jamie Ruby: So first of all, I absolutely love the season, it was really great. Well, now I canít wait for season 4, but thatís going to be a while. So Iím trying to think of the best way to word this, because obviously you guys canít, you know, mention specifics when you talk about it. But I feel like a lot of this season is about choices and sacrifices and, you know, what they choose to put first.

And in past seasons, the most important thing to Cole was saving the world and this season he puts Cassie first and obviously, what happens with Ramse. But yet heís willing Ė well, for a while - to kill his own son. And then Cassie obviously struggles with it. At first sheís willing to commit suicide and kill the baby, yet after, she canít bring herself to go with Cole. So can you kind of just talk about those changes and how they struggle with that and how they deal with the choices they make?

Aaron Stanford: So Iím trying to think of how to deal with that as a larger question. I mean, itís sort of easier to talk about in the individual circumstances. In the show, you see this theme of circles and cycles coming up over over and over again.

And one of the things that you continuously see are all the characters being put in this position where they have to make a choice between the greater good or the good of somebody that they hold dear, someone they love, a family member, you know, a wife or a husband.

And in the case of Cole youíre right, he starts off the entire series essentially on a suicide mission, a mission of self-sacrifice. He doesnít really value his life and heís all too willing to sacrifice it to save humanity and to give himself a clean slate.

And then this season, it does get complicated because suddenly there is this revelation that the architect of the apocalypse is in fact his son. So suddenly it becomes very, very personal.

And at first, he is able to distance himself from that and sort of divorce himself from that reality and that causes a divide between he and Cassie because she sees it very differently and Iíll let Amanda talk about that in a minute. But Cole is very willing to go through with this and in fact, essentially sacrifice his own son until he gets put in a situation where he comes face to face with him, and it changes his entire perspective on things.

Jamie Ruby: Right.

Aaron Stanford: And Cassie, I donít know if Amanda wants to talk about this but, I think the discovery that our child is the witness is different for her, having carried the child to term and having had an actual relationship with him.

Jamie Ruby: Okay, Amanda?

Amanda Schull: I mean, Aaron can answer all my questions for me. That sounds like a very appropriate and thoughtful response. Iím going to go with whatever he says.

I would have said the same thingó that Cassie carried the baby and because of that, she has a much different relationship and bond with it. I think she says ďfor me heís realĒ at one point when sheís speaking about him to Cole because for Cole it isnít real, itís just a concept that the child exists.

And then, also, she has this strong belief that the reason he has been basically programmed to do what he will do, whether itís cyclical or fate or destiny or whatever it is, that itís nurture, itís not nature. He wasnít born that way. And she really strongly believes that she can change things if sheís able to save his soul.

Jamie Ruby: All right, well thank you so much - both of you.

Amanda Schull: Thank you.

Aaron Stanford: Youíre welcome, thank you.

Operator: And our next question comes from the line of Heather McLatchie with TV Goodness. Please proceed with your question.

Heather McLatchie: Hey guys, thanks so much for taking the time and congratulations on season 4. I was so glad going into season 3 that I knew you guys were coming back.

Amanda Schull: Thank you.

Aaron Stanford: Itís nice to have a little security, right?

Heather McLatchie: Absolutely, absolutely. So Iíll ask non-plotty things for the benefit of folks who have not seen any of the episodes. So you guys get to go to some new decades and some new places in season 4, so was there a favorite year or place that yíall got to visit personally and as your characters?

Aaron Stanford: So weíre allowed to talk about this, right Amanda?

Samantha Agnoff: Yes you guys can talk about season 3.

Amanda Schull: Oh season 3, yes.

Aaron Stanford: Oh, okay. Because weíre doing my favorite time period right now in season 4 but I guess mumís the word on that.

Aaron Stanford: I donít know, Iím trying to think what my favorite would be. Theyíre all a ton of fun.

Amanda Schull: I can say that my favorite time period for Aaron Stanford was the 80s and those jeans.

Heather McLatchie: His Marty McFly moment?

Aaron Stanford: My Marty McFly outfit was a pretty big hit on set. So the 80s was pretty fun.

Heather McLatchie: And Amanda you got to rock some pretty neat outfits at different points so did you have a favorite year or decade?

Amanda Schull: Yes, you know, weíve gotten to go back to the 50s a couple of times and itís really fun and elegant and I sort of channel a little bit of Breakfast at Tiffanyís type thing which is always - well I guess that was the 60s. But itís always nice for Cassie to get to clean up from the apocalypse and the time facility.

A favorite was in episode 8 when we went to Victorian London. I think that was pretty special for the two of them to get dressed up and walk down the cobblestoned streets. And Aaron had a wonderful bespoke suit and I had a beautiful dress designed and built by Joyce Schure, our wonderful costume designer. And that was special to get to clean up and really get to go back as far as they have ever gone back and play the part for a whole episode.

Aaron Stanford: Yes, that was a lot of fun. And also, just as a side note, I want to say that what is very strange about Amanda is that she seems to fit in any time period except our own. Sheís an anachronism, but if you dress her up in the 50s, it just somehow looks right, Victorian London looks right, the 80s looks right, but just right now she doesnít belong. Itís very strange. (Laughter)

Amanda Schull: Awkward (Laughter)

Heather McClatchie: All right, thank you guys so much. I think fans are really just going to be mind- blown next weekend, so thanks so much for talking to us. Have a great weekend.

Amanda Schull: Thank you, thank you very much.

Aaron Stanford: Thanks.

Operator: And our next question comes from the line of Paul Daley with Please proceed with your question.

Paul Daley: All right, you guys have already brought up the Marty McFly outfit. It seemed like all four of you were referencing something. It looked like Todd (Stashwick) was wearing a Sonny Crockett type outfit but I didnít get the girls. Who were Emily (Hampshire) and Amanda taking after?

Aaron Stanford: I think Amanda was trying to affect Cyndi Lauper. I mean Emily. Emily was going after a Cyndi Lauper kind of vibe.

Amanda Schull: Emily. I think it was Cyndi Lauper meets Boy George and then there was a little bit of Dynasty thrown in there at one point.

Paul Daley: Yes, and I think you were just a collection of like all the worst elements of 1980s fashion.

Amanda Schull: (Laughter)

Aaron Stanford: Like the blazer with the giant puffy shoulders and the really high-waisted mom jeans and semi-crimped hair. It was just a mishmash of mistakes.

Amanda Schull: Okay, well, first of all thatís rude. (Laughter) Second of all, I think there were a couple of like 80s Brat Pack movies that were just sort of an amalgamation.

Aaron Stanford: That makes sense. You were kind of a Molly Ringwald maybe.

Amanda Schull: A little bit, yes.

Paul Daley: Yes, the season so far that Iíve been able to watch has been full of 80s references in particular and Iím the kind of guy that loves teasing them out so thanks a lot.

Amanda Schull: Yes, yes.

Aaron Stanford: Youíre welcome.

Operator: And our next question comes from the line of Joshua Maloni with Niagara Frontier Publication. Please proceed with your question.

Joshua Maloni: Hey guys, thanks for your time today, appreciate it.

Amanda Schull: Hey Joshua, how are you?

Aaron Stanford: For sure.

Joshua Maloni: Good, thank you. So we get the press release for seasons 3 and 4 and, you know, as a fan of the show obviously Iím thrilled to hear about the fourth season. But then I see that season 3 is going to be presented in this sort of binge format and I wasnít quite sure what to think of that at first.

But I guess, you know, nowadays a lot of the best shows, a lot of the Netflix and Hulu stuff is presented in that kind of a format. And obviously 12 Monkeys is a binge-worthy show. So in that regard, do you guys think that this approach is a good thing, or what do you think about it?

Aaron Stanford: I think itís a good thing because thatís the way I like to watch TV. You know, I think as you said - this show definitely, definitely lends itself to binge watching. Every single episode ends with a huge cliffhanger and you canít wait to find out what happens next. And thereís so much going on that if youíre able to marry, string some of these episodes together, honestly itís much easier to follow whatís happening, you know, if you can consume multiple episodes in one sitting.

So I think it very much works for this show in particular. And I just think itís the future. Itís clear thatís how people want to watch, thatís what itís all moving towards, and I think this is just a step in that direction.

Joshua Maloni: OkayÖ and Amanda, what do you think?

Amanda Schull: Again I just agree with Aaron, sadly. But beyond that, you know, you donít have to binge every single episode in that sitting. You can TiVo it, watch a couple, take a break, come back, watch a couple more before in the morning and then watch a couple more at night.

You know, I too tend to watch a lot of my favorite programming more than one episode at a time. I think itís a little bit antiquated that people sit through weekly episodes now.

And it was exciting also for us because it had been a long time in the making. We had a very long hiatus between seasons 2 and 3. And itís exciting for us to finally get it all out there Ė the result, the product of our hard work and anticipation and to finally be able to share it with the people who care about it as much as we do.

Joshua Maloni: Well, itís a great show and I really appreciate the time and effort that you guys put into it. Thank you for your time today.

Amanda Schull: Thanks, Joshua.

Aaron Stanford: Thank you.

Operator: Ladies and gentlemen, as a reminder to register for a question please press the 14 on your telephone. And our next question comes from the line of Shana OíNeil with Syfy Wire. Please proceed with your question.

Shana OíNeil: Hey guys. Iím wondering - and pardon me because I have literally just binged like the first two seasons in the last maybe three weeks.

Aaron Stanford: Nice.

Shana OíNeil: Yes. you guys have messed with my mind.

Aaron Stanford: Did your head explode?

Shana OíNeil: A little bit, yes. Itís okay, itís worth it. But Iím wondering for you two personally, how long have you guys known who the witness actually is and how was it in this season dealing with him both as a kid and as an adult?

Aaron Stanford: Amanda, do you want to take that one?

Amanda Schull: Sure. I canít speak for Aaron, but I believe I knew who the witness was going to be in mid-season 2. Terryís really great and we have this luxury with our show. Because of the mythology of the show, the storylines arenít accidents and there is an end game in mind. And maybe some of the connective tissue leading up to the final result needed to be hashed out, but Terry knew how he wanted to end every season, and he has known from the beginning how he wants to end the show.

And so because of that, Terryís able to drop hints in storylines whether itís individually or collectively to all of us about where our character needs to go which gives us a building idea of how to create the character and how to pace it.

And so I knew that Cassie was going to get pregnant the end of season 2 and I knew that it was going to be the product of two time travelers out of time and thatís why this child can basically exist and thatís why heís so special. And so I had that luxury to know that I was going to lead up to that.

And then we did have this very unusual storyline given the interesting mythology of our show in time travel that we suddenly have a child whoís older than we are that we got to work with in season 3, James Callis, and that was a real treat. Heís a lot of fun on camera and off.

And it was really interesting because he was familiar with the first two seasons, and he came into the show with a lot of wonderful ideas and feelings about his character and how we would all relate together, and he fit right in. It was quite a bit of fun.

Shana OíNeil: Awesome. Aaron?

Aaron Stanford: Yes, she basically covered it. You know, I found out around the same time she did. We donít get that much advance notice. At the beginning of season 1 when we were shooting, none of us had any idea where this was going to go. I donít know how much was already conceived in the minds of the writers but they sort of, you know, gave us pieces of information a bit at a time.

So yes, it was around mid-season 2 where that idea was given to us of who the witness was actually going to be and the stakes of it, so we did have a decent amount of time to drop that in and think about it. And just like Amanda said, James Callis was perfectly cast for that role and the dynamic of meeting your child as an adult was really interesting.

I thought of it like the position of meeting a child that youíve given up for adoption and they find you later in life. And you have this connection, this bond. You share blood, but you donít really know each other and you have to find your way to some sort of relationship. So I thought that was pretty interesting.

Shana OíNeil: Well thank you very much, I appreciate it.

Amanda Schull: Thank you.

Aaron Stanford: Youíre welcome.

Operator: And our next question comes from the line of Tony Tellado with Sci-Fi Talk. Please proceed with your question.

Tony Tellado: Hello guys, great to talk to you. This is a totally binge-watching worthy season and I think itís one of your best, if not the best, from what Iíve seen so far. Iím really enjoying it.

Amanda Schull: Well, thank you.

Aaron Stanford: Thank you.

Tony Tellado: It seems like more than ever you are both going through a lot this season, and Aaron in your case, a lot more physical activity, although certainly Amanda has had some, too. Talk about dealing with the conflicts that youíre going to be dealing with in season 3. You know, no spoilers of course, but what has it been like for you as actors to deal with that?

Aaron Stanford: Yes, you know - the onus is on the writers to intensify things constantly. The stakes have to continually be raised. And when you start a series out where the fate of the world is in the balance itís difficult to continue to build off of that but they have managed to do it.

And in terms of my own character, it has been a roller coaster. You know, he has been all over the map. And in the beginning of season 3 he is in a very, very desperate place. He has lost the woman he loves, he has lost his family, he has lost the only resemblance of a real life heís ever had and heís a man on a mission. Heís desperate to find Cassie and things are not going as planned. And he seems to be the only guy in the room who doesnít realize that the game has already been lost. So thatís where he begins season 3.

And then, I donít want to drop too many spoilers but, eventually, we come to this revelation where he realizes that the witness is in fact his son and that spins him off on a whole new trajectory and gives him a very, very difficult decision to make.

Tony Tellado: And for you Amanda. Cassie?

Amanda Schull: Where she starts? Well, this season she starts in a pretty low place.

Tony Tellado: Yes.

Amanda Schull: I think over the course of her imprisonment, which is basically what it wasÖit starts out as a pretty cushy imprisonment, psychologically not so much, but they are giving her everything she needs and could possibly desire as far as material, food and comfort and whatever else because she is housing their savior.

And other than that she is of absolutely no use to anyone in Titan which is terrifying because as soon as she no longer is pregnant sheís pretty sure that sheíll either be killed or abandoned. But beyond that, she has the product of a relationship that is only a dream, really. She doesnít remember it tangibly because Cole had to make the decision to basically erase that timeline.

So she remembers these little fragments of it and I think while sheís there with nothing other than her thoughts she probably has pieced together this whole life that she could have had which is even more devastating and sheís probably believing that sheíll never see Cole again.

So sheís as low as weíve ever seen her, which was upsetting and sad and frustrating and disappointing and challenging and exciting all at once to be able to play. But at the same time, Cassieís got this tiny little kernel of hope which is why she makes a break for it at one point only to be very quickly stopped.

But that one little fragment of hope and possibility, I think, fuels her. And then having the child and seeing his face for that split second is what fuels her even further throughout the season to be able to try to save his soul and in doing that, save the world.

Tony Tellado: Yes, I think both of you as actors have really stepped up the season. I mean, youíve always had a high standard, but this season, I think acting-wise has been one of your best.

Amanda Schull: Oh, thank you so much.

Aaron Stanford: Thank you very much.

Operator: The next question comes from the line of Shana OíNeil with Syfy Wire. Please proceed with your question.

Shana OíNeil: Iím back.

Amanda Schull: Hi again.

Aaron Stanford: Hello.

Shana OíNeil: I know, right? I have questions. Okay, so Iím kind of trying to find some stuff here thatís not like that doesnít throw you too much into spoiler territory, so these are a little more esoteric, so bear with me.

Your characters every season, you know, they change, their goals change, the things they want, the things they need, those change as the situation unfolds. Iím wondering what - if your characters need to learn a life lesson Ė what is it and why? Like if you could sit them down and just be like, you need to get this.

Aaron Stanford: Iím sorry, repeat that last sentence.

Shana OíNeil: If you had to sit them down and basically slap them on the head with like, ďthis is a life lesson, pay attention,Ē what would it be, and why?

Aaron Stanford: I would sit Cole down and tell him to come down off the cross. Heís very guilt prone, heís very anxious to carry the entire weight of the world on his shoulders. You know, thereís a lot of self-loathing in that character and I think Iíd sit him down and just tell him to give himself a little bit of a break, you know.

Heís basically a good guy. Heís trying to save the world and there are a lot of frustrations, but basically, heís a good person who was put in very, very difficult circumstances and he has done the best he can. And yes, I think Iíd just tell him to give himself a little bit of a break. Take it.

Shana OíNeil: And how about you, Amanda?

Amanda Schull: Iíd tell Cole that he needs to start making plans because heís averse to making plans, and it really irritates Cassie. Make a plan, babe.

Aaron Stanford: Heís spontaneous. and that is a trait that should be valued in a committed relationship.

Amanda Schull: That is not spontaneity.

Aaron Stanford: Heís a good time.

Amanda Schull: Itís a good time that leads to like death and destruction every single time no plans are made.

Aaron Stanford: But does it, orÖ

Amanda Schull: Yes, it does.

Aaron Stanford: Or does everything actually work out in the end, and all Cassieís best laid plans lie in ruin? I think thatís closer to the reality.

Amanda Schull: I think weíre doing a different show. I just think you and I are doingÖ

Shana OíNeil: No, I think youíre doing the exact same show.

Aaron Stanford: This sounds like a Twitter poll we might have to put out there to figure out.

Amanda Schull: Oh, the answer is mine, but I donít need a poll. (Laughter)

Aaron Stanford: Weíll see. Weíll leave it up to the people. (Laughter)

Amanda Schull: The people. Yes, I think I would say for Cassie, I mean, itís hard for me to be able to give her any one piece of advice because her world and her beliefs and her mission has vacillated, morphed and changed dramatically and considerably even from one episode to the next.

So just when I think she ought to start looking out for just herself and her child, she does that. Just when I think that she ought to start to looking out a little bit more for humanity, she suddenly does that.

I mean, sheÖ I think that she is incredibly human that way where the objective and the alliance to the mission changes from one moment to the next depending on the circumstances and whatís at stake and whoís at stake. If I were to give her one small bit of advice, I wish that she just had a second but the circumstances of our show donít allow for it as often. I really just want her to be able to just sit and breathe for a minute or two. Just have a coffee or just take a nap under a tree Ė just have a second for herself. If I could give her any advice it would be, just take five, Cassie.

Shana OíNeil: Thank you very much. That answer came out a lot more in depth than I was expecting, which is awesome.

Amanda Schull: Thank you.

Aaron Stanford: Thanks.

Operator: And the next question comes from the line of Suzanne Lanoue with The TV MegaSite. Please proceed with your question.

Suzanne Lanoue: Hi, thanks for talking to us today.

Amanda Schull: Hello.

Aaron Stanford: For sure.

Suzanne Lanoue: Since the show has so many twists and turns, and the past and the future is constantly changing, itís such an intricate showÖ do you try to keep up with all of the details and things that have happened, or do you just take each episode one at a time, or each season one at a time when youíre doing your work?

Aaron Stanford: Itís not a choice, you canít Ė as nice as it would be Ė you canít choose to just not understand whatís happening. The show is an incredibly intricate jigsaw and you have to have an understanding of each individual piece to put it together.

Suzanne Lanoue: In order to do the acting?

Aaron Stanford: Yes, in order to do the acting, in order to make choices, in order to decide where your character is at in their journey, where theyíre at in the immediate sense on an emotional level. You have to remember where theyíre at in their own cycle in order to have everything make sense ultimately.

Suzanne Lanoue: And is that difficult?

Aaron Stanford: Yes.

Suzanne Lanoue: Do they do anything to help you guys out with that. Do they have a big board or something?

Aaron Stanford: Thereís a lot going on. What makes it a little bit easier for us is that, you know, we live this, for 14 to 16 hours a day while weíre shooting it. Weíre immersed in it and weíre constantly thinking about it, reading it, discussing it. So itís always there.

I have found it the most difficult after the longer hiatuses where weíve come back after months away, and then you have to find your way back in and thatís tricky. You have to go back and re-watch the episodes, reread some of the scripts, and just get yourself back into that mindset.

Suzanne Lanoue: Is that true for both of you?

Aaron Stanford: That has been the trickiest. Amanda?

Amanda Schull: Yes, thatís true for me, also. I am a pretty meticulous note taker so I take notes when Iím reading the script, when Iím doing scenes I jot things down. But Aaron is right, having a long hiatus was a little bit jarring, you know, snapping yourself out of the world because the world is quite immersive and that of the character. But at the same time, every single department does such a great job creating the environment once we step into it that itís easy for a sense memory to kind of come flooding back when we get back into the time facility or into the Emerson Hotel. And you remember the scenes that you did there and the moments you had there and the emotion you felt there.

And so once weíre back in it, I think for me at least, Iím really in it. And I can remember all these things that I might not have felt from the comfort of my condo in Los Angeles. Itís all right there on the surface again.

Suzanne Lanoue: All right. Thanks so much! It was very interesting.

Amanda Schull: Thank you.

Aaron Stanford: Thank you.

Operator: And our next question comes from the line Greg Staffa with Your Entertainment Corner. Please proceed with your question.

Greg Staffa: Thanks for taking our question today. We live in a digital age where with social media everything is kind of instant, thereís an instant reaction. While you might have filmed it, you know, months ago, the reaction for the viewer is almost instantaneous to feedback. It has almost become theater in some ways.

What is it like for you guys as actors to see the kind of evolution of social media, how it plays out, and to be able to be online and see fans reacting to things that you might not have even noticed in a scene and be able to kind of give the immediate feedback?

Aaron Stanford: Yes, itís been interesting. You know, on the one hand I think one of the things that has changed the most is that social media has made everything such a minefield. Itís like such a game to keep from anything being leaked, you know. Everyone is so paranoid about spoilers being released and you have to be careful with every single word you say or every single picture that you post because people are watching.

And the particularly, you know, devoted fans are going through everything with a Fine-toothed comb to figure out every single little detail that they can. So that has been interesting, this sort of atmosphere of secrecy and intrigue that we have to, you know, keep all these things very close to the vest.

And then in terms of immediate response, I do think itís interesting, yes, because, you know, coming from a background of theater you do have that immediate response. You know right away if things are going well or not.

If itís a comedy and people laugh, you know youíre doing the right thing. And if itís drama, you can hear a pin drop, people are holding their breath, then you know youíre doing the right thing. But with film and television, quite often there is no real way to know, and you just hope that what youíre doing is going to land and that people are going to respond to it.

So yes, it is nice every once in a while to see a tweet where somebody had a very strong emotional reaction to a scene you were in, was affected by it, or thought it was hysterical or whatever it was. It is nice to have that little affirmation.

Greg Staffa: Your thoughts, Amanda? Amanda Schull: I agree with Aaron. Begrudgingly. I just seem to agree with everything that heís saying today. I think, also, to tag onto what he was saying about the immediacy of theaterÖ I did a lot of stage performance in my former career and thereís a different sort of visceral response you get from having an audience and you just hope that youíre capturing that on film. You canít be certain that thatís what youíre doing. And weíre in a little bit of a vacuum, also. We canít change our performance or adapt it depending on whether weíve hit the figurative mark or not within our audience, so thereís also that.

We have the immediacy of people commenting on it Ė whether itís positive or negative Ė but we donít have the luxury of being able to adapt our own performance based on even what we see of ourselves, not necessarily what people comment on ourselves. So itís sort of a combination of two worlds colliding when you consider social media and film and television now.

Greg Staffa: Thank you.

Amanda Schull: Thank you.

Aaron Stanford: Thanks.

Operator: And our next question comes from the line of Robin Burke with Please proceed with your question.

Robin Burke: Hi, itís nice to talk to you guys again.

Amanda Schull: Hi.

Aaron Stanford: You too, howís it going?

Robin Burke: Pretty good. I wanted to talk a little bit about this really complicated relationship that Cassie and Cole have, probably one of the most complicated relationships on TV. So in season 1 it was kind ofÖ itís really surprising this has all happened in three seasons. But in season 1 we saw Cassie and Cole come together and then in season 2 they were basically at odds with each other through a lot of that season. They finally get to come together again but and get the whole revelation about the witness and at the beginning of season three now, theyíre separated. How is this complicated relationship playing into everything thatís going on in the new season?

Aaron Stanford: Thatís a good question. Iíd say with Cassie what complicates it and what really hinders her is that she canít come to terms with how head over heels in love she is.

Amanda Schull: I knew, I knew you were going there. (Laughter).

Aaron Stanford: Sheís just hopelessly in love (crosstalk).

Amanda Schull: If we were in the same room, Iíd be able to smack you.

Aaron Stanford: In a pool of adoration.

Amanda Schull: Oh, God. So many barfs.

Aaron Stanford: All rightÖ so letís get back to the real question. So youíre asking how their complicated relationship affects season 3, is that the question?

Robin Burke: Yes.

Aaron Stanford: Well, I can tell you that there is more complication in season 3. I guess thatís the only way itís coming to me how to answer this question. You know, there has been, as you said, a lot of turmoil in their relationship, a lot of difficulty with them actually finally finding their way to each other and then circumstances splitting them apart again. And in season 3 you do see more of that happening.

You know, the one thing that brings them together is the shared discovery and secret that their child is in fact the witness and is responsible for the destruction of the world. And they have to carry that burden together, and for a time it unites them and then I think eventually in the season the weight of it sort of splits them apart again.

Robin Burke: Do you have anything to add, Amanda?

Amanda Schull: Yes, I mean, itís - their strange and unusual relationship, but also their deep love for each other plays into effect in every single decision they make. Theyíre united with this purpose to be able to stop the end of the world, basically, but almost every single mission they go on, thereís also this kernel of knowledge in the back of their heads that if they do stop the plague, if they do stop all of these things from happening, that could also mean that they will no longer have met and they no longer have ever even known each other.

So itís a very unique and complicated bond, and thereís a lot of push and pull, one person feeling one way having respect and understanding for that and maybe going along with it or maybe really feeling a different way at another time. But at the same Ė by the same token Ė there is just this unique bond they have for one another underneath all of the decisions that come into play.

Robin Burke: Well, it has been fun watching them come together and get pulled apart and come together again.

Amanda Schull: Well, thank you.

Aaron Stanford: Thatís the idea, thanks.

Robin Burke: Thank you.

Operator: And our next question comes from the line of Jennifer Devore with Please proceed with your question.

Jennifer Devore: Hello, good morning.

Amanda Schull: Good morning.

Aaron Stanford: Hi. Jennifer Devore: Good morning, well, itís morning here at least. So I have a question, and your answer might be largely based on your relationship with your writers because itís more of a writer-oriented question.

But I noticed as a viewer, I see a lot of parallels between your storylines and a lot of classical mythology, primarily Norse and Greek mythology. And I was wondering if the writers talk to you about some of their inspirations for different characters. I know you know the movie obviously, but Iím thinking more of the Norse characters of the three Norns who are the women who control destiny.

Aaron Stanford: The Norse mythology of the three what?

Jennifer Devore: The three Norns. They are three women who control destiny themselves, and I sort of see them in Cassie, Jennifer, and Magdalena. And basically they followed not a linear timeline of mankind, but a cyclical where they go present, past, change the past, and then a new present occurs absorbing the changed past and it kind of just goes in cycles like that. And the storyline kind of speaks to me in that way.

Aaron Stanford: Iíll tell you what, if theyíre not making allusion to that, they should be. I donít have the answer to that. I donít know if they specifically used that myth. I know that they are influenced by mythology in general. Youíll definitely notice references to Greek mythology.

These guys are big genre and sci fi fans and most of the best sci fi is actually based on ancient mythology. A film franchise like Star Wars is known as the Birth of Modern Mythology. All these rules for storytelling were laid out in the poetics and they sort of adhere to these same rules and thatís just what good storytelling is.

So I do not have an answer to that question Ė whether or not that specific myth comes into play Ė but I know the writers definitely, definitely lean heavily on ancient mythology.

Jennifer Devore: Interesting because I wondered, and especially Amanda, as like the visual storytellers for the writers, do you kind of feel the, I donít know, sort of the behest of legends to be able to portrayÖ. Like your character kind of reminds me if itís Greek mythology to Echidna who is the mother of all monsters. And I forget her mate, (Tysus) or (Typha) something like that.

But your character makes me think of Echidna, so I just - I wonder if as a female lead in the series Ė and there are so many female characters of mythology that put the world on its axis Ė do you feel any of that in your character?

Amanda Schull: Absolutely. Well, Aaron is right that the writers are very influenced by Greek mythology. If you even consider my characterís name, they changed it from the movie which was Kathryn Railly, or Reynolds, I believe. I canít remember her last name, but they changed Kathryn to Cassandra of the Greek myth. And that was a particularly powerful storyline for Cassie in the first season Ėknowing the fate of the world and knowing what was going to happen and nobody listened to her.

And youíre right, in that Cassie does have a lot of the strengths and weight, similar to Greek mythology, on her shoulders throughout the entire season. But I would go further to say that itís the women in the show, the female roles that these men, these male writers, have created that allow the weight to shift from one character to the next.

But in particular for these women, allowing them strength that is often reserved for male characters is of particular fascination to me, and flattery as well. And it also just really works with the mythology of our personal show, but of course is also very strong in Greek mythology as well.

Jennifer Devore: Clearly. Well, and - I like to watch, I like to observe the subtext within the show with the dialog and the characters. And thereís a lot more under the water so to say than when I first started watching. So I am enjoying it. And season 3 episode 2, Jenniferís characterís performance is just spectacular. I absolutely love - and her (unintelligible) is fantastic Ė so a fantastic show.

Amanda Schull: Weíll pass that along to her!

Jennifer Devore: Great, thank you very much. Have a wonderful afternoon, thank you.

Amanda Schull: Thank you, you too.

Aaron Stanford: Thanks.

Jennifer Devore: Bye-bye.

Operator: And our final question comes from the line of Louis Secki with Please proceed with your question.

Louis Secki: Hey, thanks guys, I squeaked in here at the last second I guess.

Amanda Schull: Hi.

Aaron Stanford: Howís it going?

Louis Secki: My question kind of builds - itís going great, guys, thanks. My question kind of builds on the spoilers and stuff that was talked about earlier. I mean, usually thereís a lot of pressure on actors to keep spoilers inside and not reveal things that youíve already done in episodes ahead or seasons ahead in filming. How much more enjoyable is season 3 going to be for you knowing that itís all released at once? Thereís nothing really taboo to talk about except that I did hear youíre working on season 4 already so maybe thatís kind of, you know, something to worry about. But is this a relieving season for you, knowing that everything is all released at once?

Aaron Stanford: I hadnít thought about it in that respect. Yes, I think it will make things easier. You know, it just gets out there very quickly and then people can have their online discussions in peace. So yes, I think that will be nice.

In general, Iím looking forward to seeing how the experiment works out and how people respond to it. I personally think theyíre going to love it because thatís how I prefer to watch things and I think most of our fan base will probably prefer that as well. You know, everybody is into their own various streaming platforms now.

Louis Secki: Right.

Aaron Stanford: I just think itís a superior way to do it and yes, I think itís the right move. And youíre right, it probably will take some pressure off of having to bottle up those spoilers for months at a time.

Louis Secki: Great, Amanda, you?

Amanda Schull: I feel as though I still need to keep some things bottled up for at least a few weeks afterwards because there are other countries that donít air the binge the same weekend that we do in America.

Louis Secki: Okay, good point.

Amanda Schull: So I have been chastised online for mentioning things about an episode even a few days after an episode airs by people in another country who have been waiting until that weekend to see it and didnít realize that such and such was going to happen or that, you know, so and so was going to make a guest appearance and they get disappointed in me saying something.

So I have found the safest way to discuss our show, especially if Iím live tweeting it, is in a very abstract format which is how Iíll probably continue to tweet about our show for fear of ruining somebodyís experience. We work really hard on the show and I want everybody to appreciate all the work that we put into it.

Louis Secki: Well, we really appreciate all your hard work, so thank you very much.

Amanda Schull: Oh, thank you.

Aaron Stanford: Thank you.

Operator: And that is all the time that we have for today. We thank you for your participation and ask that you please disconnect your lines. Have a great day.


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