In an exclusive press call, executive producer Phil Klemmer talked about all these things and more as THE TOMORROW PEOPLE races towards its Season 1 finale.
So what can you share about Leven Rambin’s new character, Natalie?
PHIL: She is bad news!
Bad news for everybody? On both sides?
PHIL: It was our concern that the Tomorrow People were maybe getting too clean scrubbed and a little too honest. We really wanted to mix up the dynamic by adding a bit of an x-factor. Russell (Aaron Yoo) is kind of our resident hedonist and impish prankster, which is a great energy and we decided to tempt him with a more dangerous version of that energy and who better to sort of tempt than a gorgeous, sexy, slightly volatile paranormal. So eventually I imagine them as sort of being like our Bonnie and Clyde.
Should that worry us? After all, Bonnie and Clyde died.
PHIL: (Laughs) We have plans for what Natalie eventually does — as I’m writing the finale right now — and I will say that I don’t think there is a single person on planet Earth who would believe me if I told you what she winds up doing to one of our very, very beloved characters. It’s kind of crazy. But she’s going to be a great addition to the show and a character like that really speaks to where we are going with the rest of the season, which is throwing out the rule book and really breaking the rules that we set for ourselves in the first half of the season. Just blowing it out in the second half.
So Russell and Natalie are going to cause a bit of a headache for Cara (Peyton List) then?
PHIL: At a certain point, the struggle we set up between Ultra and the Tomorrow People, the shadow war effectively becomes an open war, and the paradigm of rescuing break-outs and trying to get them first, that’s no longer what the stakes are. The stakes are much, much larger. It’s about survival and which species can survive and which is to go extinct. So it’s exciting, but there’s some really tragic turns coming up where we’re just going to force characters who we love into extremity by forcing them to make decisions for their own survival, that force them to do really shocking and sometimes really horrible things — and hopefully we will be able to redeem them and have our fans forgive them someday. But it’s going to be a bumpy ride.
How soon do we get to see Natalie? What episode does she come in?
PHIL: Natalie first appears in Episode 20. She’s in Episode 20, 21 and 22. So you are not going to see her for awhile. But in the meantime, you will see a lot of old friends, such as Cassie (the Founder’s daughter), Irene and Morgan (Jedikiah’s girlfriend), and you are going to see some really juicy flashbacks with John and Cara’s first meeting and the foundation of Ultra. So it’s a pretty wild resolution of the season.