'The Tomorrow People': Robbie Amell talks love-triangle 'brawl', [spoiler]'s return, and a 'practically dead' Stephen

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For the Tomorrow People, there’s never a dull day. That just comes with the territory when you have superpowers and are being hunted by a government organization. However, episode 7 of the series promises to be even more action-packed than usual, with the first real (and violent) love-triangle argument, the appearance of someone we weren’t sure was still alive, and more dish about Jedekiah’s lover/weak spot.

We caught up with Robbie Amell to chat about tonight’s episode 7, as well as look forward to Jedekiah flashbacks, the face-to-face introduction of Jedekiah’s boss, and Stephen “falling apart”:

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: We have to start with Stephen and Cara. John is back this week. Is his return going to pop their love bubble?
ROBBIE AMELL:
It doesn’t even get to that point. Episode 7 picks up the morning after, Stephen and Cara wake up in a hotel room together, and she shuts it down faster than it ever started. It’s definitely not the end of their relationship, but it’s the end of that portion of their relationship. Stephen wakes up thinking that they’re going to be a couple and live happily ever after, and she shuts it down right away and says that it was a mistake. Stephen feels like crap. He’s still reeling from losing Darcy, his second partner in six episodes, and he steps away from Ultra for a little while.

But it still happened, so clearly John’s going to figure it out.
John finds out very quickly as well.

Let’s talk about Stephen’s day without his powers …
Well, at the beginning of the episode, everything has gone to hell. The one good thing in his life or the one good thing in the last little while, Cara, kind of distances herself and shuts it down, so he goes to Ultra, and he’s not in a good mood. And they’re packing up Darcy’s desk, and he’s just really feeling like crap about everything and asks Jedikiah if he can step away. Astrid gives him this little pep talk about how if she had powers, she would use them to have some fun, and you get to see a different side of Stephen. You get to see what it would be like for an 18-year-old kid in high school to actually have powers. He uses them to win basketball games and become popular and hook up with girls, and then Jedikiah finds out about it because they were monitoring him, and they slap a suppression cuff on him and zap his powers, which you would think [would] kind of change the way he acts, but it really doesn’t. He’s still very bull-headed and runs into things face first. He gets into a fist fight with John about Cara, just a good old-fashioned brawl, and then he goes after the breakout of the episode, who’s a Tomorrow Person rapist. Even without his powers, he goes after him one-on-one and tries to bring him in.

That can’t go well.
It does not go well. By the end of the episode, Stephen’s practically dead and very beaten up.

What episode are you all filming now?
We’re shooting 12.

I want to know about Jedekiah’s mystery lover, so when will we find out more about her?
You find out more about her in episode 7. Actually episode 8, you find out that she might be Jedekiah’s weak spot. She might be his Achilles heel and the Tomorrow People try and use her against him.

Are we ever going to get Jedekiah flashbacks?
Absolutely. Episode 8 you get to find out a lot about Jedekiah and John and my dad. It’s my favorite episode I’ve seen so far. The very end of 7, you meet my dad for the first time not in a flashback, and it really becomes the catalyst for episodes 8 and 9, and really the rest of the season. So you get a ton of flashbacks in 8 and 9 about Jedekiah and my dad. And episode 13 or 14 or something is a massive episode with flashbacks of my dad and Jedekiah working together at Ultra.

What about Jedekiah’s boss…
He is the scariest dude on the show.

Do you know what he looks like yet?
You meet him in episode 8. I have shot a bunch of scenes with him. He’s coming back episode 13, I believe. He’s in episodes 8 and 9, and maybe 10 or 11, and he’s back in 13. He makes Jedekiah look like a good guy. He is fantastic. The guy who’s playing him, he is such a fantastic actor. Working with him was incredible, and his entrance in episode 8 — he is the real deal.

So is Piper part of the Tomorrow People family now?
No Piper’s gone.

You guys keep finding people and losing people.
[Laughs] Well it’s up to them whether or not they want to stay. The problem with 42 minutes is sometimes there’s just not enough time to show what happens. You got to cut here and there. But Piper decided not to stay underground. She went off on her own. Losing her sister was a little too much.

Are we ever going to see Stephen in a jaunt?
There haven’t been any more jaunts since the initial one, but I’m sure it’s just a matter of time. I would imagine there would be another one this season.

He should jaunt Cara.
There’s gotta be something worth jaunting her for.

Any final teases for tonight’s episode?
The end of episode 7 really does set the stage for what 8 and 9 are, which leads into the Christmas holidays, and then the rest of the season, it feels like it’s much less procedural, like standalone episodes, and it feels like it’s really pushing and moving forward on the over-arcing story. I think people are really, really going to dive into the show. Every week I read the scripts and I’m so excited and pumped about what the writers have put together. The show really does get better and better every week. Stephen, he keeps getting beaten up and knocked down, and I feel like he’s heading towards pretty much falling apart and something’s just gonna happen and he’s gonna snap. It’s just too much for an 18-year-old kid to handle.

Hopefully Cara will be there to pick him up.
I doubt it.

The Tomorrow People airs tonight at 9 p.m. on The CW.

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