'The Tomorrow People': Luke Mitchell talks John's past, future and ability to kill

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In the "Tomorrow People" episode, "Kill or Be Killed," a huge secret is revealed from John Young's past. Find out more about John and this episode in an interview with actor Luke Mitchell.

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.

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