'12 Monkeys' Takes The Needs Of The Many Debate To The Painful Next Step

One of the great philosophical debates that comes up when talking about time-travel has to be the idea of going back in time and killing a tyrant like Hitler as a baby, before he can harm anyone. You snuff out an innocent, unprotected life in exchange for saving the lives of all those that would die as a result of his later actions. The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. Yet, at the same time, you're talking about killing an innocent child, regardless of what they will eventually become. It's a debate that has come up on a lot of shows and in novels over the last 60 years or more — which brings us to what's going on in Syfy's 12 Monkeys.

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Aaron Stanford and Amanda Schull as James Cole and Dr. Cassandra "Cassie" Railly.

James Cole (Aaron Stanford) and Dr. Cassandra Railly (Amanda Schull) question whether or not they should go back and kill a child to save thousands, but the debate has a different twist: the child in question is their own. This revelation puts them at odds with Katarina Jones (Barbara Sukowa) and affects the rest of the season. The inside look below looks at Railly's reaction to learning the truth and how she is going to deal with it, as well as Jones's reaction and which parts of the character are Sukowa's favorite.

12 Monkeys will return to Syfy for its fourth and final season in 2018.

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About Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.
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