Elizabeth Mitchell reveals how V is all new

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

ABC's V returns with the first of eight new episodes tonight at 10 p.m., and the new installment, "Welcome to the War," features a bunch of new developments designed to hook viewers back into the alien-invasion saga. (Spoilers ahead!)

We've already teased you with a bit of what to expect, from executive producer Steve Pearlman, based on our interviews on the show's Vancouver, Canada, set earlier this month.

Here's the logline for the new episode:

In the last cliffhanger episode, several key plot and character points were revealed: Erica had lost control over Tyler, as she discovered he was now on the Mothership with Anna and Lisa (Laura Vandervoort), and she also learned that Ryan was a Visitor; Father Jack was stabbed by the Vs' security guard from the warehouse, where evidence of experimenting on humans had been discovered; Valerie (Lourdes Benedicto) revealed that she's pregnant by Ryan (a 1/2 alien and 1/2 human baby); and Chad, while doing a report on the Vs' healing center during which he had himself medically scanned, was told he has a potentially fatal aneurysm in his brain - will he let the Vs cure him and be indebted to them?

"Welcome to the War" - As the story continues, Erica finds her life in danger when she's attacked at home; a dangerous new member is recruited for the Resistance, as the Visitors shore up their defenses; Anna wonders why Chad hasn't followed up on his diagnosed aneurysm; and Ryan's concern grows over Val's "abnormal" pregnancy.

We've seen the first new episode back, and all we can say is stay until the very end for something sexy and surprising involving the queen alien Anna (Morena Baccarin).

We've also got a Q&A with star Elizabeth Mitchell, who returns as FBI agent Erica Evans, below; it's been edited for space.

V airs Tuesdays at 10.

Was it a challenge to get back into the character?

Mitchell: No, it was even more fun, because the other time I was doing both Juliet [on ABC's Lost] and Erica at the same time. So I got to concentrate a little bit [more this time]. ... Not to say I wasn't concentrated before, but have a little more sleep. ...

They've been promoting this as mom vs. mom.

Mitchell: Oh, good.

How do you wrap your head around that?

Mitchell: Well I am a mother, which is really nice. I love the idea of her in that role as well, and I've always believed that mothers protecting their children are the most vicious of creatures. So it works really well for me. At least it comes from the heart. And, I think, two action heroines, I suppose, is really quite lovely.

How will this show be different when it comes back?

Mitchell: Well I loved the first four episodes; I thought Scott Peters did a fantastic job. I think that, if anything, it's a little rougher, definitely a little sexier. And I think that we get a chance to get on our feet and explore the characters more. Whereas before it was kind of a template for what could be to come, and then we get to get in there. So both Scotts [exiting executive producer Scott Peters and new show runner Scott Rosenbaum] did a pretty amazing job of setting that up. It was a nice and easy transition, made so by both of them, so it was good. ...

What's Scott Rosenbaum bringing that's a different point of view? We know him from FX's The Shield.

Mitchell: The Shield, and he did a little bit of Chuck as well. I, I enjoy him, because I really love the way that he writes. He's incredibly fluid. And the thing about a TV show is we have to let people know what happened before. ... You see a little bit of that in there as us telling the story, but as things keep going, that happens less and less and less, and you actually just get to see how kind of fluid and vicious and kind of sexy his writing is, which it is. And it's fun to play. I love the stuff he comes up with. He has a very warped and kind of lovely imagination. And I'm all for that. ...

Steve Perlman told us there's a new character, Kyle Hobbes, played by Australian actor Charles Mesure.

Mitchell: ... He's so terrific. He's so terrific, and he's so much fun for me, because he's so—this is going to come across as very strange—but he's so big. He's a strong, versatile actor, but he's also just physically imposing, and it's really fun for me, because as such a strong woman I'm made very small when he's around, which is nice. I have to boss around these men who are bigger than I am, which is great fun.

What's his relationship to Erica?

Mitchell: He's bad. Do you know? He's a bad guy. He's a bad guy, and as the show goes on, you'll see why she needs him. ...

They're going to amp up the action?

Mitchell: Yeah. Oh, definitely. You don't hire somebody who can do that stuff in his sleep if you're not going to use him. Yeah, definitely.

Can you give us an idea?

Mitchell: I can tell you I have plenty of bruises. I can tell you he's got a couple, too, some from me, some not from me. So, yeah, it's very cool. ...

I don't think we've seen a big scene between Anna and Erica yet, but the expectation is that we will get that at some point.

Mitchell: Yeah, that's the expectation, yeah. I think it would be really disappointing if we didn't. Yeah, exactly.

Have you done it yet?

Mitchell: Something yet to come. You know, there have been incarnations of it, where it happens, and then, I think, that it's their idea that that idea is so delicious to them that they kind of keep building to it. ... It's good foreplay rather than bad foreplay.

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