This is Dr. Cassandra Railly, gang; Cassie for short. She knows her stuff about epidemics and pandemics, and her world is about to get completely turned upside down.
After kidnapping Cassie, Cole asks for information about a man named Leland Frost. Cassie has no idea what he means.
So far, here's what we know. Cole comes from the future and this watch is his proof. He's here to stop a virus that kills all of humanity BEFORE it can break out.
Shortly after the watch incident, Cole tells her to meet him in two years at the John Adams hotel, and then Cassie watches as Cole disappears before her very eyes. Time travel. It's a real thing, team.
Two years later, a blood-drenched Cole turns up again, and this time Cassie helps him recover from his injuries and puts him to bed.
And now a little flashback. Well, flash-forward. See, in the future 2043, Jones the time travel scientist tells Cole that he's going to go back and change the world. He gets on board, but it also doesn't feel like he has much choice.
Cole explains that, by 2017, the plague has killed 7 billion people. And this is what Cole has been sent back in time to stop. But wow, it's not going to be easy.
It turns out that Leland Frost is actually Leland Goines, the head of the Markridge Group. Even though Cassie leaves his name in the future as "Frost." The mystery deepens!
When Cole tells Cassie that his game plan is to shoot Goines on sight, Cassie is upset and tells him he can't just murder someone. Cole tells her not to worry, he'll disappear instantly and it will erase the future.
When Cassie and Cole arrive at Goines' house, they are not allowed into the place because they're not on the list, but they are helped by Cassie's ex-boyfriend, Aaron.
When Cole pulls a gun and is taken down by Goines' thugs, things get pretty ugly. Cassie and Cole are arrested, and stuffed into the back of a cop car.
Cole and Cassandra are ushered into the Markridge Group, where they’re about to learn some really big secrets and cause some pretty major damage.
The team does some major work-ups on Cole and they discover that his body is not like other humans. He has overactive adrenal glands, his brain works like he's constantly having a grand-mahl seizure, it's a lot.
Cole tells Cassie that he's about to splinter again and she says if he can go back to a day or two before, they can escape. He tells her it's too risky to possibly see another version of himself.
And then things get even stranger. Goines tells Cole that he remembers meeting him – in 1987. When Cole protests, Goines says that the problem is that Cole hasn't been to 1987 – yet. Woah.
Cole decides to save Cassie by creating a time paradox. See, when an object comes into contact with a past version of itself, it turns out Mother Nature hates this. Explosions ensue.
The paradox buys Cole enough time to get Cassie out of the lab, and also to injure Goines pretty badly.
After Cole shoots Goines and kills him, the terrifying truth is revealed. That killing Goines didn't stop the epidemic and it didn't change the future. So someone ELSE must have been responsible for releasing the virus.
Back in the future, Jones can't believe that killing Goines didn't work. That is, until Cole pulls off the photos he has taped to the wall…
It wasn’t Goines at all. It turns out that the world was ended by something called the Army of the 12 Monkeys. All along, they’ve been looking for the wrong person. Or people. Or even monkeys possibly.
But there's a link! This is Jennifer Goines, the daughter of the now-dead Goines. She's drawing a monkey on the wall, she's just been made a very rich woman, and she's totally insane. Ladies and gents, the ride has just begun.