***Interview contains major spoilers for 2.09***
Syfy's Killjoys, which aired an all-new episode tonight, follows intergalactic bounty hunters Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen), Johnny (Aaron Ashmore), and D'avin (Luke Macfarlane), who chase warrants throughout the Quad.
This season, Johnny has been helping Dr. Pawter Simms, played by Sarah Power, to save Old Town on Westerley from the Company, even though he is supposed to remain impartial as a killjoy. Along the way the two fell in love.
In this week's penultimate episode of season two, the people of Old Town are being made complacent and controlled by the wall built around the town by the Company, as the weak are killed off by the poisoned food. With no solution in sight, after breaking into Jelco (Pascal Langdale)'s office for the controls, Simms makes the townspeople aggressive and tells them to break down the wall, knowing that the people will unknowingly sacrifice themselves to break through. She records everything for all of Westerley to see, so that other towns will stop the walls from going up, thwarting the Company and saving many lives. After, she signs a treaty with Delle Seyah Kendry (Mayko Nguyen) to save Westerley, and is not only stripped of her title, but killed, leaving Johnny heartbroken, as well as the audience.
Recently Power talked to SciFi Vision in an exclusive interview about her work on the show and Pawter's final moments.SCIFI VISION: How did you first get involved in the series? Did you audition?SARAH POWER:
I went in and read for Chris Grimser, who directed the pilot and episode four of the first season, and I got the job. I didn't know much about Pawter then, because the only script I read was the pilot, but when I got the job they sent me the bible with the plans for the world of the show and all the characters. What do you think was Pawter's turning point from junkie doctor to becoming a heroine of the story?
Once the cat was out of the bag and everyone knew about her drug habit, it changed her. And then in the finale of the first season, when they find out the Company is going to bomb Old Town, she makes the decision to stay behind and take care of her adopted home. That's a big turning point for her. When we pick up with her in season two, it's very obvious how much that changed her. After Pawter's mother (Jayne Lewis)'s death, your wardrobe changed and you got to wear some beautiful pieces, can you talk about your favorites?
This wardrobe team is incredible. Almost everything I wore once Pawter became head of her family they built from scratch, including the coat I wear in 2.08 with the gold sleeve. That was my favorite. It made me feel like a God damn Queen when I put it on. The costumes are such an integral part of the story, and they define each world so clearly. There is a distinct look for Qresh, Leith, and Westerley, and then with each of the Nine as well. Were you surprised to find out this season that Pawter would be Johnny's love interest, because I think most fans were expecting D'avin would be the one?
No, I had a feeling at the end of last season that's where they were taking it. I think with D'avin, Pawter was looking for a cause. She wanted to take care of him. I think part of the appeal was that she knew they were very wrong for each other. She grows up a lot this season, and I don't think it's surprising that she falls in love with Johnny. Do you enjoy playing the comedic or emotional scenes more? Which is more difficult?
Comedy is way harder, but definitely more enjoyable. This show has a really interesting tone that's difficult to get right, and I think the writers do a beautiful job balancing the dark and dramatic moments with really funny dialogue. It never feels too heavy. Is there anything in this week's episode you are particularly looking forward to fans seeing?
I'm so excited for the fans to see this episode. I think when Pawter sacrifices so many of the people of Old Town to save the rest of Westerley, it's going to be a divisive moment. I obviously think she did the right thing, but it is morally ambiguous, and I'm curious to see if people will hate her for it. I'm also really excited for my death! I think it's such a shocking moment, and you don't see it coming. When did you find out about your character's demise? Also can you talk about filming that scene? Were you satisfied with the way it ended for her?
Michelle [Lovretta] called me shortly after the "Meet the Parents" episode, and told me Pawter was dying, but I knew it was coming. I think it really was the only way to go in terms of serving the character and story. And it's a great dramatic death. I'm glad she went out a hero. The scene took a long time to film, because there were so many moving parts and people and awesome fight choreography. I spent a lot of time on the floor covered in blood and cracking jokes. What's your favorite part of the set? Favorite part of the ship?
I love Pree (Thom Allison)'s bar so much! I didn't spend very much time on Lucy. I wish I got to film in the cock pit; I think those scenes look so good. What's been your favorite scene to film?
The dinner scene in "Meet The Parents" is by far my favorite scene I've ever filmed. We had so much fun. Describe Pawter in three words.
Compassionate. Loyal. Naive. How have you enjoyed the social media aspect of working on the show and live tweeting?
I wish I was better at it. I'm bad at Twitter. I don't understand it, and I'm bad at live tweeting, but I'm trying!