Zap2it: How does it feel to not be dead?
Jeffrey Pierce: It’s excellent to not be dead. It certainly beats the alternative!
Is everything good with Roger now that he has returned from his frozen grave?
I’m not sure everything’s great. I think that Roger’s return brings a lot of chaos with it — maybe as much good as bad comes with his return. Most of the good is banking on the fact that he’s the guy who can stop the Founder. And that’s the question, because they are very much equals in terms of their abilities. In terms of what he personally brings to the table, everyone is conflicted except maybe Stephen, who’s been fighting to bring him back. I think it’s very difficult for Jed. And it’s difficult for John and Marla and Luca and Cara, who doesn’t know him at all. And Russell too. So he is a wrench thrown into the works of everybody’s lives. They’ll all have to face themselves, now that he’s returned.
What is Roger’s main motivation going forward?
I think that if he could kill, he would kill the Founder. Because he realizes that the greatest threat that there is to the Tomorrow People and to humankind lies in the hands of Bathory. So stopping him is the only reason that he has for being back. But then that’s complicated by his love for his family and his desire to protect them and be with them.
It’s hard to be the savior! Especially when you’re very much — you may be an advanced human being, but you’re still a human being. It’s very difficult to bridge that gap to be a father and also have the weight of the world on your shoulders. Phil [Klemmer] has done an incredible job of bringing conflict to those conflicts in a very human way in the midst of sci-fi action. So it’s complicated but it’s grounded in reality, in those relationships, which makes it fun to play.
One of the most complicated relationships for Roger has to be with John. How does that play out?
I think that it gets to the other side of it in a way that is painful and unpredictable. But true to the psychology of both the characters. Roger and Jedikiah really threw John under the bus to deceive the Founder into believing that Roger was dead and gone. So there’s a comeuppance for both Jed and Roger for what they did to someone who looked at them as father figures.
With Roger’s return, does this solidify whether Jedikiah or the Founder is on the “good” path?
The show is reflective of the world in the way that good science fiction is. There’s a lot of bad in the good guys. And there are a lot of difficult and cynical choices that they made to achieve the greater good. They did that at the cost to themselves morally. Jedikiah has to confront all of those things on the return of his brother, who was his moral compass until he was frozen in a block of ice. They’re going to have to come to terms with the evil they’ve done in the service of good.
What is the tone of the final run of episodes?
It is all extraordinarily immediate and dramatic in terms of what’s happening in front of their faces. Everything that has built to this point — every character has a massive transformation between now and the end in terms of where they end up compared to where they are right now — no one’s in the same place. So all the storytelling is present time from now until the capper.
“The Tomorrow People” airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on The CW.