The new season of Syfy's hit Sanctuary promises many more non-human creatures, more creature-based explanations for history's biggest events and a peek into the future of all the characters in a time-travel episode.
Producers also plan to jump on the vampire craze, will include more historic characters and will offer fantastical explanations for everyday creatures. They will also reveal the existence of other sanctuaries located around the world.
Separate interviews with executive producers Damian Kindler, Martin Wood and Amanda Tapping, who co-stars with Robin Dunne, revealed the season-two secrets. Sanctuary returns Oct. 9 and will air Fridays at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
"We start the season off six weeks after the cliffhanger of last season," Kindler said. "It's a big opening, it's a shocker, and then the third episode will bring tears to people's eyes, and we have the end to season two that will be even more of a cliffhanger. It will literally be hell."
Kindler said one of his favorite upcoming episodes involves time travel into the future of the lives of each of the characters. "Maybe that's not something I'm supposed to tell you," he said.
Wood, who also directs several episodes, elaborated. "Maybe one of the abnormals we meet may be able to read people's futures, not their pasts," he said. "Time travel is certainly a part of it. Dr. Magnus [Tapping] has lived a very long time, and we can move around in her history and the famous people she came in contact with." Magnus just turned 158 years old.
"We knew we would have to push the line with our imaginations, and we have some pretty big imaginations on this show," Wood said. "We're going with bigger and bigger effects."
More creatures will come up. "We have to be careful to show what makes these abnormal," Wood says. "If it's a unicorn, what makes that abnormal? We talk about a fish—and it's not a dolphin—that we show has more intelligence than we once thought. You won't ever look at that the same way, and you won't ever eat calamari again, if you know what I mean."
Sanctuary has already introduced vampires in the form of real-life historical figure Nikola Tesla. "Yes, we have our vampires, but we're doing that in one show," Wood admitted. Tesla is played by Jonathon Young, who also played the character in a one-man show. "We show the genius of Tesla, a real historic figure, and vampires and put our own spin on it," Wood said. "There will be much more of Tesla in season two."
Tapping said she would have loved to meet strong female characters in history, such as Dorothy Parker, Amelia Earhart and Mae West. In storylines she has mentioned Winston Churchill, J. Edgar Hoover and, no doubt, the Kennedys. "She really got around," the actress said of her character.
The first season established that many of the world's mysteries were caused by abnormals. "We were a little clunky in the first season to show that these well-known myths were explained by abnormals," Wood said, adding: "People like our revisionist history. We can explain that the Nazis were like monsters because the Nazis actually were monsters."
Tapping is involved with the writing of her character, but she doesn't always win. The backstory of Dr. Magnus that she wanted to see in season one will be moved to a subsequent season.
"Amanda will tell me if I write that her character is not forceful enough to another character, and she'll say if she's a bit too much of a hardcore bitch on a character," Kindler said. "Most of the time, I agree. She knows the genre."
Sanctuary's first season is now available on a four-disc DVD set.