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12 Monkeys Gets Two For Season 2

Brendan Coyle (Downton Abbey) and Jay Karnes (The Shield) will be joining the time-traveling fun in 2016.

By Bryan Enk

Believe it or not, it's pretty much time to start preparing for the return of 12 Monkeys. The second season will bring even more time-traveling madness and mayhem, and two new recruits will be joining the mind-bending fun, per our pals at Entertainment Weekly.

Brendan Coyle, perhaps best known for his pitch-perfect portrayal of John Bates on Downton Abbey, will first appear in the Season Two premiere as Dr. Benjamin Kalman, a former Markridge bioengineer wrecked with guilt over the deadly virus created by his team. Cole (Aaron Stanford) and Ramse (Kirk Acevedo) find him in Budapest and recruit him in their efforts to stop the Army of the 12 Monkeys.

Meanwhile, Jay Karnes, who played Detective Holland Wagenbach on The Shield, will recur as an FBI agent in the 1940s named Robert Gale, who believes a series of grisly murders may have something to do with a man named James Cole. Yes, you read the 1940s part right.

The second season of 12 Monkeys will bow on Syfy in early 2016.