What was it like for you to find out so much about John in this episode?
Luke Mitchell: It was fantastic. I was very excited for this episode from the moment I read it. It just went so well, the fact that we got to delve so much into my character, it was exciting. I think it’s always an exciting thing for an actor to flesh-out the character that they’re playing. To be able to do that this early in a show was really cool.
Before you read the script for “Kill or Be Killed,” how much did you know about John’s story?
Luke Mitchell: Very little, to be perfectly honest. I knew that there was going to be some stuff coming up that links Jedikiah to John, but I didn’t know to what extent. But I knew that they had a complicated history.
Knowing John’s big secret — that he can kill — what has it been like for you to play the part?
Luke Mitchell: It kind of sets John apart immediately from the other Tomorrow People. I just think it’s a really exciting idea to play with — the idea of being different from a group of people that are already considered different and outcasts of society. So John is keeping it a secret from the people that have trusted them.
What do you think about the concept of the Tomorrow People not being able to kill?
Luke Mitchell: I really love the idea of it. Considering the Tomorrow People are supposed to be the next step in human evolution, I think it’s a fascinating idea that they can’t kill. They’ve evolved in all these other ways and they have these special abilities, but they can’t kill. It’s a very interesting concept. I really like it. I like the idea of it.
It becomes a lot of fun for me playing a character that can now, who is the next step, but who has been manipulated scientifically to be able to kill. I get to play with the idea of the complications that that brings. The side effects that that brings. The effect of having to keep a secret, a big secret from the people that care about him.
I think it’s a great theme, and I hope it is a theme that the fans get into and have a wonderful discussion about. I don’t know if it’s necessarily a right and a wrong, but it’s interesting.
Will John’s secret ability come up again?
Luke Mitchell: Yes it will. And that is a lot of fun to play with, because it becomes: Just because you can kill, doesn’t mean you should. And that is a regular human thing to deal with. There are people in our society who kill other people, and it is absolutely wrong … In a funny way, it makes John more human, even though we always talk about the difference between the Tomorrow People and humans.
This was a big episode for John and Jedikiah (Mark Pellegrino). How were those scenes to play?
Luke Mitchell: I love and relish any opportunity to work with Mark Pellegrino. He’s really, really good at what he does. And I love Jedikiah, the character he plays. I have a lot of fun with those scenes.
How would you describe the relationship between these two characters?
Luke Mitchell: They have a very complicated character relationship that they share. It’s not black and white — we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg, and there’s so much going on with these two. There’s so much more going on in, I think, episode 8 … But it’s great. It’s complicated and it’s uneasy. It’s unhealthy. It’s dark. It’s tough to describe.
“The Tomorrow People” airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on The CW.