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12 Monkeys is an American television series on Syfy created by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett. It is a science fiction mystery drama based on the 1995 film of the same name, directed by Terry Gilliam, which itself was based on Chris Marker's 1962 short film La Jetée. The series premiered on January 16, 2015.
As of May 21, 2017, 36 episodes of 12 Monkeys have aired, concluding the third season. A fourth and final 10-episode season was announced on March 16, 2017, for release in 2018.
12 Monkeys Syfy Series (2015-2018)
12 Monkeys is an American television series on Syfy created by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett. It is a science fiction mystery drama with a time traveling plot loosely based on the 1995 film of the same name, which was written by David and Janet Peoples and directed by Terry Gilliam, itself being inspired by Chris Marker's 1962 short film La Jetée; the series credits both the Peoples and Marker for their original works.
In the series, Aaron Stanford and Amanda Schull star as James Cole and Dr. Cassandra "Cassie" Railly, who use time travel in an effort to stop the destructive plans of the enigmatic organization "Army of the 12 Monkeys". Kirk Acevedo and Noah Bean also star in the first season. In the second season, Bean makes a guest appearance, and Todd Stashwick, Emily Hampshire and Barbara Sukowa are promoted from recurring guests to regulars. Stanford, Schull and Hampshire play reimagined versions of characters respectively portrayed by Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe and Brad Pitt in the 1995 film.
Natalie Chaidez was the showrunner of 12 Monkeys during its first season, assisting Matalas and Fickett. After the season completed she stepped down to the role of consultant for the second season, and Matalas and Fickett became showrunners. In the third season Fickett became a consultant, and Matalas was the sole showrunner. The series is produced by Atlas Entertainment, which produced the original film, and Universal Cable Productions. Charles Roven, producer of the original, is one of the executive producers.
12 Monkeys premiered on January 16, 2015 with a 13-episode first season. In June 2016, it was renewed for a 10-episode third season, which premiered on May 19, 2017, and aired over three consecutive nights. In March 2017, the series was renewed for a fourth and final season consisting of 10 episodes, set to premiere in 2018.
"12 Monkeys" Season 1 Episodes (2015)
Episode #1: "Splinter" - January 16, 2015
In 2043, scientists led by Katarina Jones complete a Project Splinter time machine to stop an apocalyptic plague before it happens. Their best lead is a corrupted 2017 recording from virologist Cassandra Railly which identifies Leland Frost with the plague's origins and prophetically asks for James Cole, whom Jones recruits as a chrononaut. Cole questions Railly in 2013, proving he is a time traveller by causing a scratch to appear on a future version of her watch, but she does not yet know about Frost. Railly investigates on her own and when they meet again in 2015 she has identified Frost as Markridge Group CEO Leland Goines who is working on biological weapons. Cole fails to assassinate Goines and they are captured, Goines realizing that Cole is a time traveller he'd met in 1987 when Cole was looking for the Army of the 12 Monkeys. Knowing he will survive to do this, Cole puts the two versions of Railly's watch together, creating an explosive paradox. He kills Goines but it does not rewrite the post-apocalyptic future. Elsewhere, psychiatric patient Jennifer Goines inherits her father's fortunes and is shown drawing the monkey logo.
#2 "Mentally Divergent" - January 23, 2015
Cole is directed to find information about a patient in a Philadelphia mental institution who is somehow linked to the "Army of the 12 Monkeys." The scientists attempt to send him to 2015, but he winds up in North Korea in 2006, where an interrogator finds Cole's note with the institution's address. After being redirected to 2015 Cole finds the mentally unstable Jennifer Goines in the institution. Railly gets Aaron Marker to take her to hide in her parents' old bookstore, and she tells him there's a cover-up taking place about Leland Goines' death. Aaron brings her information spied from North Korea identifying Cole's presence there in 2006, as well as the address of the institution from Cole's note. At the institution Jennifer tells Cole that she worked for her father, and that she's one of only two people left who know the location of his secret lab, the Night Room. Just as Railly arrives at the institution to get Cole, a mysterious man with a scar (Tom Noonan), who killed Jennifer's coworkers at her father's lab (leading to her mental breakdown), as well as Railly's ex-NSA contact, arrives and kidnaps Jennifer.
#3 "Cassandra Complex" - January 30, 2015
Cole and Railly attempt to track down Henri Toussaint, the only person besides Jennifer to know the Night Room's location, discovering he was murdered by an unknown assailant while working with Railly to contain an epidemic in Haiti in 2014. Cole is sent back to 2014 Haiti, where he locates Henri, but the Pallid Man catches up to them. The 2014 Railly, paranoid that the Haitian outbreak is the 2017 plague, has a breakdown and is relieved of duty. Cole helps Henri escape the Pallid Man, and Henri tells him how to find the Night Room. The Haitian epidemic turns out not to be the plague, and Cole rejoins Railly in 2015. Railly takes a job at the CDC to gather further information on the Night Room. It is revealed (though not to Railly) that Cole murdered Henri to stop the Army from interrogating him. In 2043, Ramse encounters Max, a woman he knew from when he and Cole were members of a group called the West VII. He is suspicious of her claim that she has left the West VII, but lets her go. She reports back to Deacon, leader of the West VII, that she has found Cole.
#4 "Atari" - February 6, 2015
In 2043, the West VII assault the temporal facility where the time machine is housed, entering through a hidden tunnel. Ramse and Jones are apparently killed, but not before Jones sends Cole back in time to 2015. Flashbacks reveal how Cole and Ramse joined the West VII, and how Cole and Max became intimately involved. Some time later, Ramse openly challenges Deacon's brutality, and Deacon asks Cole to kill him. At the last minute, Cole refuses and flees the West VII with Ramse, leaving Max behind. Back in 2043, the time machine malfunctions and sends Cole back just a few days. He is captured by Deacon and forced to reveal the location of the hidden tunnel (his going back in time made the attack possible in the first place). Max frees Cole and they use his foreknowledge of how the attack happened to defeat Deacon's soldiers, saving Ramse and Jones, but Deacon sees the time machine and escapes. Max joins Project Splinter. Cole then returns to 2015, where Railly has discovered the location of the Night Room.
#5 "The Night Room" - February 13, 2015
Cole and Railly break into the Night Room, finding the Army of the 12 Monkeys has gotten there first after getting its location from Jennifer. The Pallid Man tortures Cole for information on how to break into the Night Room's vault, revealing to Railly that Cole had killed Henri. Later, Cole explains to Railly why he killed Henri and reveals more of his past to her. In 2043, Ramse discovers that Jones had sent other chrononauts into the past before Cole, some of whom had died. He confronts Jones, but grudgingly agrees to go along with her after she promises to protect Cole. In 2015, the Army manages to cut open the vault door, revealing the source of the plague virus: a centuries-old preserved human torso. The Pallid Man tricks Jennifer into deactivating the vault's final failsafe, but Cole and Railly incinerate the viral specimen. Railly is captured by the Army and Cole splinters away, finding himself in an alternate 2043 where the West VII have taken over the temporal facility.
#6 "The Red Forest" - February 20, 2015
Cole learns that in the alternate 2043's history, Railly was killed in 2015, causing drastic changes to the timeline: the plague emerged earlier and was linked to an event called Operation Troy. Cole convinces the leader of the West VII--who, in this timeline, is Ramse--to let Jones send him back in time so he can prevent Railly's death. After being shot in an argument, the dying Jones sends Cole back to 2015, telling him to ask his version of Jones about "sacrifice." In 2015, Cole kidnaps Aaron Marker and forces him to help him rescue Railly. The Pallid Man drugs Railly with a hallucinogen, and an unnamed female member of the Army (Alisen Down) guides her through the hallucinations, saying that she is taking Railly to meet "the Witness." Cole and Aaron track down and free Railly, and Cole splinters in front of Aaron. Aaron apologizes to Railly for not believing her, and they resolve to investigate Operation Troy. Back in 2043, Cole finds his timeline has been restored. He asks Jones about the alternate Jones' last words, and Jones admits that traveling through time is slowly destroying his body and will eventually kill him.
#7 "The Keys" - February 27, 2015
Railly and Marker investigate Operation Troy and the artefact fragments Cole found, and deduce that Markridge Group's M5-10 is being used to kill CIA-leaker Adam Wexler in Chechnya. Cole splinters away and hours later calls Railly from Chechnya, explaining that information she and Marker will give him one week in the future allowed him to take possession of the virus before the Army of the 12 Monkeys. However, mercenaries capture Cole and Wexler opens the case, exposing them all to the virus. As the mercenaries begin dying, they offer to trade Wexler for medical aid and Cole convinces Wexler to open fire on the mercenaries. Before dying, Wexler tells Cole that the Army of the 12 Monkeys were involved in a 1987 yakuza war in Tokyo. Cole calls Railly, allowing the CIA to trace his location to burn the virus with Predator drones, and begs her not to tell him of his fate when they meet in a week. Marker threatens the CIA with exposure to gain his and Railly's release, and Railly follows-through with Cole's wishes to not let him know he's going to his death.
#8 "Yesterday" - March 6, 2015
In 2043, Jones sends Ramse and Whitley to Spearhead, a military colony, to ask for help stabilizing the time machine's energy core. It is revealed that Jones and Whitley once lived at Spearhead, but left after its current leader, Colonel Foster (Xander Berkeley), took power in a violent coup. Foster declines Jones' request, saying he needs the resources to work on a cure for the plague. Ramse encounters Elena, an old flame, and discovers he is the father of her son, Sam. When a failed attempt to retrieve Cole destroys the energy core altogether, Jones personally comes to Spearhead to request the use of their core. Foster eventually agrees on the condition that Jones return to Spearhead to work on the cure. Ramse suggests accepting Foster's offer, but Jones remains convinced that the virus is incurable and resolves to obtain Spearhead's energy core by any means necessary. In 2015, Railly travels to the site of the airstrike to determine if Cole is truly gone. She concludes that he has been erased from the timeline and the plague has been averted. It is revealed that Cole is alive, but stranded in 2017, where the plague is well underway.
#9 "Tomorrow" - March 13, 2015
In 2043, Jones orders her team to seize Spearhead's energy core. She kills Foster, and her group captures the core and reenergizes the time machine, but at the cost of many lives, including Whitley's father. Ramse takes Sam and Elena to safety; the latter claims Foster had a cure for the virus and suggests Jones is lying. Jones is seen destroying a page from Foster's research showing that the 2040 virus was cured. Flashbacks to 2041 reveal how Cole and Ramse met Jones, and how Ramse coerced Cole into joining Project Splinter. In 2017, Cole is brought to the CDC to see a dying Railly. She tells him that a lot happened between them after 2015, and gives him an important address before dying. Jennifer appears, preaching to a group of refugees about "daughters" and an "army." As Cole splinters away, the scratch he made on Railly's watch in 2013 disappears. Back in 2043, he argues with Ramse, who says Jones lied about Foster's cure, and wants to end Project Splinter to ensure his family is not erased from the timeline. Cole retorts that the project is the only way to stop the virus and save Railly, and the two come to blows.
#10 "Divine Move" - March 20, 2015
Cole appears in 2015, shocking Railly and Aaron. He and Railly find the journal of Dr. Oliver Peters, the plague's creator, which points them to 1987 Tokyo. After Cole returns to 2043, Railly tracks down Peters, who was forced to recreate the virus by the Army. He begs Railly to kill him, but she lets him go. The unnamed female Army member (Alisen Down) meets Aaron and asks him what he would do to protect Railly. In 2043, Ramse destroys Jones' research on the history of the plague and steals the drug that allows Cole to splinter. Fleeing, he encounters the Daughters, an all-female sect led by an aged Jennifer. She tells him about the Witness and says Ramse will be a friend to them. In pursuit of Ramse, Jones' men kill Elena. Ramse returns to the temporal facility and tries to blow up the time machine, failing but killing Max. Trapped, he injects himself with the time-travel drug and splinters to 1987 Tokyo. Before sending Cole after Ramse, Jones warns him he must complete the mission this time as his body can only take one more jump before failing; Cole vows to kill his friend should the latter interfere.
#11 "Shonin" - March 27, 2015
In 1987 Tokyo, Cole tries to stop Leland Goines from acquiring the plague virus, but is stabbed, apparently fatally, by Ramse. During his imprisonment for the stabbing, Ramse is contacted by Olivia, the mysterious member of the Army of the 12 Monkeys. Upon his release in 1995, he is initiated into the Army. Flashbacks cover events from the 1990s to 2015, revealing that the Army invested in Markridge's development of the plague virus and that Ramse, believing he killed Cole in 1987, used his knowledge of Cole's actions to help the Army foil all of Cole's attempts to stop the plague and ensure that all events happened as he remembers them from 2043. In 2015, Aaron loses his job and becomes involved with the project that will become Spearhead. He sees that Olivia will direct that project. Jennifer is found by the Army and taken in by Olivia. In 2043, a desperate Jones sends the injured Cole from 1987 to 2015, stranding him in that time. Jones' subordinates abandon her, believing Project Splinter is over. In 2015, Cole gasps to Railly that the identity of the Witness, who has helped the Army remain one step ahead of them, is Ramse.
#12 "Paradox" - April 3, 2015
In 2015, Railly finds the 2015 version of Jones using the address she gave Cole in 2017, and convinces her to help Cole, who is dying from the effects of time travel. To cure him, they need a blood sample from the young 2015 version of Cole, so they bring Cole's father and young Cole to see the adult Cole. Aaron gives the Army Cole's location in exchange for ensuring Railly's safety. When the Army comes for Cole, Cole's father dies defending him. Cole injects himself with the blood sample, causing an explosive temporal paradox that cures him and drives off the Army. Cole, Railly, and Jones leave the young Cole in foster care, and Jones tells Cole that the cure has removed his ability to travel through time. Jennifer stages a hostile takeover of the Markridge Group and installs herself as the new CEO. In 2043, Jones is attempting to rebuild Project Splinter, when an unknown group of 12 individuals, guided by Deacon, assaults the temporal facility.
#13 "Arms of Mine" - April 10, 2015
In 2015, Cole and Railly interrogate Aaron about the Army; after attempting to flee, Aaron is caught in a fire and apparently killed. Acting on information gained from Jennifer, Cole and Railly break into Raritan National Laboratories, which houses the operational time machine, and come face-to-face with Ramse, who plans to return to 2043. It is revealed that Ramse is not the Witness, and both Railly and Ramse are shot. Cole uses the machine to send Railly to 2043, in the hope that Jones will be able to save her, and helps the less-gravely wounded Ramse escape. Olivia readies 12 mysterious newborn infants for the Army's plans, which will come to fruition in 28 years. Jennifer embarks on a plane trip, apparently to spread the plague virus around the world. In 2043, Deacon and the group of 12 he is guiding storm the temporal facility and attempt to seize the time machine. By threatening to blow it up, Jones negotiates the release of her subordinates and then turns the machine over to the group of 12, just as the injured Railly arrives from 2015.
"12 Monkeys" Season 2 Episodes (2016)
#1: "Year of the Monkey" - April 18, 2016
The first episode of the second season, "Year of the Monkey", was released online on April 4, 2016, 2 weeks before its television premiere
In 2016, Cole and Ramse are on the run from the Army. They ask Benjamin Kalman, an ex-Markridge scientist, to remove a tracking device from Ramse. Kalman, who is still in the Army's employ, paralyzes Ramse and reveals that Jennifer Goines will release the plague in New York. Cole disposes of Kalman, and Ramse decides to accompany him to New York to find Jennifer. In 2043, the Messengers, the mysterious group of 12, use the time machine to send 6 of their members to other time periods. Railly, now imprisoned by the Messengers, offers to treat Deacon's chronic illness if he helps stop them; he frees her and has the West VII blow up the time machine, killing the remaining Messengers. Back in 2016, Cole tracks Jennifer down and urges her not to release the virus. Agents of the Army interrupt and attempt to kill Cole, but Railly splinters in from 2044 and guns them down, telling Cole that she and Jones deduced that Jennifer started the plague. She readies to shoot Jennifer, but Cole raises his own gun to stop her, ending in a standoff.
#2 "Primary" - April 25, 2016
In 2016, Cole persuades Jennifer not to release the plague. He and Railly destroy Jennifer's supply of virus, altering history, although they, Ramse, and Jones still remember the previous timeline thanks to the time-travel drug. After Cole stops Railly from killing Ramse, she splinters to 2044 with the latter, abandoning Cole in 2016. Jennifer takes Cole to the Emerson Hotel, where the manager gives Cole the key to room 607, which Cole purchased in 1944. Inside, Cole finds a photo of him and Railly from 1944. Jennifer, feeling purposeless after deciding not to start the plague, attacks and seduces Cole, then cuts herself. Cole calms her and tells her to find a new purpose, and she leaves. In 2044, history has changed: the plague began several years later, and Jones has a lover, Dr. Eckland (Michael Hogan), of whom she has no memory. Deacon and Railly unsuccessfully interrogate Ramse about the Messengers. The older Jennifer has the Daughters force Jones to retrieve Cole from 2016, repaying him for helping her younger self. Cole talks with Railly about how his actions have affected her and how saving, not killing, people is the only thing he has done that changed history. He leaves Railly to contemplate the 1944 photo.
#3 "One Hundred Years" - May 2, 2016
Cole and Railly travel to 1944 to stop two of the Messengers from murdering a scientist, Thomas Crawford. They are unable to prevent Crawford's death, but deduce that the Messengers' real target is his son Tommy Jr. (Erik Knudsen), who, like Jennifer, is a "Primary" with a special connection to time. They manage to get to Tommy first; he addresses both of them by name and says he is fated to be killed by the Messengers. One of the Messengers (Scottie Thompson) takes Cole hostage and tortures him, forcing Railly to surrender Tommy. The Messenger kills Tommy in a ceremonial ritual using bone taken from his remains in the future, triggering an explosive temporal paradox that renders her, Cole, and Railly unconscious and strands the latter two in 1944. In 2044, Jones allows Deacon to do as he wishes with Ramse. Just as he is about to kill Ramse, a massive temporal anomaly erupts, and Ramse runs to escape it, dragging Deacon along with him.
#4 "Emergence" - May 9, 2016
Ramse is sent to 1944 to rescue Cole and Railly. Though unable to stop Tommy's murder, he frees them from FBI agent Robert Gale (Jay Karnes). Gale deduces Cole is a time traveler and lets him interrogate the female Messenger who killed Tommy. She reveals that the Witness seeks to destroy time itself, then escapes. After the three travelers return to 2044, Gale leaves Cole and Railly's photo in the Emerson Hotel for Cole to find in 2016. In 2044, a baffled Jones turns to Jennifer for help as the temporal anomaly grows. In a drug-induced vision about the nature of time, she learns that the Army plans to destroy time by killing the Primaries. Upon returning, Cole, Railly, and Ramse grudgingly agree to work together to save the Primaries. In 1971, the female Messenger dies after inducting her son, the Pallid Man, into the Army. In 2016, Jennifer checks herself into a mental clinic as the Pallid Man watches outside.
#5 "Bodies of Water" - May 16, 2016
In 2044, Jennifer sends Railly to 2016 to get the Primaries' identities from her younger self. Desperate to get rid of Deacon, Cole and Ramse betray him to one of his enemies, the Foreman. Deacon kills the Foreman, and instead of retaliating, congratulates the duo on becoming as ruthless as he. In 2016, the Witness gives Olivia a new mission: find and prepare Railly. Railly and Jennifer return to the latter's old home, which triggers childhood memories of Jennifer's mother trying to drown her. Railly comforts Jennifer, who is then able to tell Railly another Primary's name: Kyle Slade. The Pallid Man captures them, and Olivia gives Railly a hallucinogen. In a vision, Railly sees Aaron's face behind the Witness's mask. Jennifer breaks loose and sees a manuscript, "the Word of the Witness," containing her death date: Sep. 23, 2044. She rescues Railly and stabs Olivia. The Witness puts the Pallid Man in charge of the Army's mission, replacing Olivia. Railly tells Cole about Slade and decides to stay in 2016 to look after Jennifer. In 1975, Slade (David Dastmalchian) senses that Cole is coming for him.
#6 "Immortal" - May 23, 2016
Cole and Ramse travel to 1975 to prevent the Messengers from "paradoxing" Kyle Slade, a Vietnam vet turned serial killer. They rescue Victoria Mason, Slade's last recorded victim, then tip off the police who arrest Slade. However, Slade claims that he knows where the Witness is, so Cole frees him, abandoning Ramse. A Messenger holds Victoria hostage, and Ramse kills him and frees her. Slade tells Cole his victims were Primaries whom he killed to stop the Army from sacrificing them and leads Cole to his lair, where he is holding captive a man he claims is the Witness. Cole recognizes the man as a Messenger, not the Witness. Realizing Slade is completely insane, Cole and Ramse kill the Messenger, then Slade. Upon their return to 2044, the temporal anomaly has partially receded. In 2016, Railly sees the Witness, who appears to her in a vision as Aaron, then as Cole. Jennifer leaves Railly to look for other ways of fighting the Army. Railly is left questioning her sanity as she continues to have visions of the Witness.
#7 "Meltdown" - May 30, 2016
In 2044, Railly's hallucinations worsen. The time machine suddenly malfunctions, transporting people from random points in the timeline into the temporal facility, including soldiers from 1959 and horribly mutated former test subjects for Project Splinter, with whom the team members are confronted. Eckland sacrifices himself to prevent the time machine from destroying the facility. When Cole and Ramse try to power down the machine, Railly takes Sam hostage and holds him at gunpoint to stop them. Cole and Ramse realize she is under the influence of the Witness, who used her to sabotage the machine. To snap her out of her trance, Cole has Ramse shoot him, knowing she will not let him die. Ramse shuts down the power, but Sam is struck by a backlash of temporal energy and splinters. Jones administers Railly a drug to prevent the Witness from possessing her again, and a grieving Ramse leaves the temporal facility. Meanwhile, Sam is met in an unspecified time period by an unseen figure.
#8 "Lullaby" - June 6, 2016
Despondent over Eckland's death, Jones sends Railly to 2020 to assassinate her younger self and prevent Project Splinter from ever beginning. There, Railly finds the Jones of 2020 watching over her deathly ill daughter, Hannah. After she kills Jones, Railly wakes up at the beginning of the same day, along with Cole, who has come to stop her. Eventually they discover they are trapped in a temporal loop. With help from the Jennifer of 2020, they break the loop and return to 2044. They explain to Jones that her creation of Project Splinter was fated and attempting to alter that fate caused the loop. To escape it, they saved Hannah and gave her to Jennifer's Daughters to raise, letting Jones believe she was dead so that she would start the project. They then reunite Jones with the adult Hannah (Brooke Williams). Cole tells Railly about his feelings for her, but she rebuffs him, fearing that they stand to lose too much if she reciprocates. Ramse appears in her room, threatening to shoot her for her role in Sam's disappearance. Instead she proposes that the two of them kill the Witness; he agrees.
#9 "Hyena" - June 13, 2016
In 2044, Railly and Ramse search for an archivist known as the Keeper (Christopher Heyerdahl), hoping to learn about Titan, a place linked to the Witness. He points them to a Dr. Kirschner in 1961 East Germany. Cole travels to 2016 to meet with Jennifer, who now leads the Hyenas, a group of former psychiatric patients whom she gathered to fight the Army. The Hyenas capture Oliver Peters, who has created a vaccine for the plague virus, and use him as bait to lure out the Pallid Man. The Hyenas eventually turn on Jennifer and Cole, who manage to capture the Pallid Man and run away from the Hyenas. Cole tortures the Pallid Man for information on the last Primary; he says the final paradox takes place in 1957 New York. He then reveals he let himself be captured in order to get to Jennifer and detonates a bomb which kills Peters and all the Hyenas, then escapes. After consoling Jennifer on the Hyenas' deaths, Cole splinters away, and she finds another version of Cole at her door. The Pallid Man hires Dr. Elliot Jones, Jones's ex-husband and inventor of the time machine, to work on a project called "Titan."
#10 "Fatherland" - June 20, 2016
In 2044, Ramse and Railly go rogue and manage to trick Jones into sending them and Cole to 1961; once there, they drug Cole and go to East Berlin, where they find Nazi war criminal Dr. Kirschner (Matt Frewer), but are captured by Mossad agents. Cole enlists the help of FBI agent Gale to help him rescue Railly, Ramse, and Kirschner. The group realizes that Kirschner is the member of the Army who created the Messengers. Gale sacrifices himself to help the others cross the Berlin Wall. In his West Berlin laboratory, Kirschner shows them the Word of the Witness and reveals the fruits of his research: a young Olivia, who was created using Mantis's (Scottie Thompson) ova. Mantis arrives with a group of Army agents to take Olivia, and Kirschner is killed. As the three time travelers are splintered back to 2044, Ramse tears off a corner of the Word of the Witness relating to Titan. Mantis then inducts Olivia into the Army, revealing that the Pallid Man is Olivia's brother. In 2016, Olivia abandons the Army, feeling betrayed by the Witness. Back in 2044, a furious Cole has Ramse and Railly arrested for going rogue.
#11 "Resurrection" - June 27, 2016
In 2044, the temporal storms threaten to destroy the Project Splinter facility. Ramse, Railly and Adler are set free by Whitley, and together mount a coup against Jones and Cole, hoping to use the time machine to travel to Titan and directly confront the Witness. Cole recruits Deacon's help, and persuades Jennifer and the Daughters to help retake the time machine so he can go to 1957 to stop the final paradox. In the process, Jennifer is fatally shot and Deacon is wounded. Cole retrieves young Jennifer from 2016, and 2044 Jennifer tells her younger self that she will have a choice: to lead the Daughters to Titan to battle the 12 Monkeys, or to lead them to find refuge, hoping Cole will succeed in his mission. As the older Jennifer dies, her younger version decides to go to Titan with Ramse's group and the Daughters. As the others evacuate the facility, Cole splinters to 1957; at the last minute, Railly changes her mind about Titan and chooses to go to 1957 too. The temporal storms finally consume the temporal facility, including Jones and the machine.
#12 "Blood Washed Away" - July 11, 2016
The 12th episode of the 2nd season, "Blood Washed Away", first aired on July 6, 2016 in Australia.
In 2044, the Project: Splinter members and the Daughters have grown weary of looking for Titan. One of the Daughters rebels and challenges Ramse to a duel to the death, but Jennifer intervenes to stop Ramse from striking the final blow. The group finally finds Titan and confronts the Witness. In 1957, Cole and Railly spend a year searching desperately for the final Primary. After identifying a likely candidate, they find they have been tricked by one of the Messengers, who has fallen in love with and married his target, the final Primary. The Messenger stabs his wife with her bone and triggers the last paradox. The explosion knocks Railly into a coma for over six months. When she finally awakes she finds Cole has bought the house she has seen many times in her visions of the Red Forest. There, the pair consummate their relationship, while in 2044 the Witness' guardians ambush the Project members at Titan, killing them.
#13 "Memory of Tomorrow" - July 18, 2016
The 13th episode of the 2nd season, "Memory of Tomorrow", first aired on July 16, 2016 in Australia.
With no way back, Cole and Railly build a life together in the house from the Red Forest visions, and Railly becomes pregnant. Cole experiences time freezes leading him to Lillian (Madeleine Stowe), a Primary who teaches him to use red tea, made from the leaves of plants affected by temporal anomalies, to untether his consciousness from time to stop the 1957 paradox. He does so, reluctantly erasing his timeline with Railly, returning them to Jones in 2044. The three splinter spatially to Titan and with Jennifer and the Daughters prevent Ramse and Hannah dying. They realize Titan is a vast time machine as it activates around them. In the chaos, Deacon dies saving Jennifer who splinters to the trenches of World War I; Ramse follows a rogue cell of the army led by Olivia who has custody of Sam; Railly, now re-acquiring memories from her timeline with Cole, is captured within Titan as it splinters; and Cole demands to follow Railly to an uncertain 2163. In 2163, Railly is brought before the assembled Army where The Pallid Man hails her as the mother of The Witness.
"12 Monkeys" Season 3 Episodes (2017)
Episode #1: "Mother" - May 19, 2017
After months of searching in 2163, Cole finally finds Titan, just before it travels to 2047. Before he can attempt to rescue Railly, he is splintered away by a future version of himself. Future Cole tells present-day Cole only that he must abandon the search for Railly and look for Jennifer in the early 20th century. After present-day Cole splinters back to 2046, a future version of Railly briefly speaks with future Cole about the path that present-day Cole must travel. In 1917, Jennifer has a vision of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse--four members of the Army, carrying a mysterious box. In 2163, a pregnant Railly is in captivity, being cared for by Magdalena, a member of the Army whose task is to ensure she stays healthy to give birth to the Witness. Railly escapes with the help of a maid, Arianna, and leaps off a ledge, hoping to destroy herself and the Witness. However, Magdalena uses a miniature personal time machine to splinter back a short period in time and warn her past self of Railly's intentions, allowing her to kill Arianna and preempt Railly's suicide attempt. Several months later, Railly gives birth to the Witness.
#2 "Guardians" - May 19, 2017
In 1922, Jennifer enacts one-woman shows in a Paris theater, hoping Jones will notice them in the future in historical records and rescue her. When one of the Horsemen tries to kill her, Cole and Jones splinter in and kill him, then search for the other Horsemen. In 2046, Olivia takes Ramse to an adult Sam, who is near death from an attack by the Witness's men. Sam makes Ramse vow not to undo his death via time travel and to help Olivia kill the Witness; then Ramse euthanizes him. In 2047, Railly watches as her infant son is placed in the mysterious box--his cradle--and splintered to 1922 with the Four Horsemen. In 1922, Cole and Jones kill two of the remaining Horsemen, and Cole comes upon the Witness's cradle; however, the fourth Horseman, Magdalena, splinters back in time to warn her past self of Cole and Jones's intervention, allowing her to reset the timeline and undo everything that happened after Cole and Jones arrived in 1922. Cole, Jones, and Jennifer then splinter back to 2046. Jennifer accepts Cole's offer to stay in 2046. Ramse brings a captive Olivia to the temporal facility, shouting for Cole.
#3 "Enemy" - May 19, 2017
In 2046, Jones has Olivia imprisoned and interrogated. When the latter fails to talk, Jones tortures her by locking her into a time loop where she is splintered repeatedly in and out of existence. Seeing it is not working, Cole instead travels three months back in time with Olivia and confines her in a dungeon reminiscent of the "box" she grew up in. Afterwards, a seemingly broken Olivia agrees to tell them how to find the Witness. In 2047 in Titan, Deacon is brought back from the brink of death by Mallick, one of the Army's enforcers. While he recuperates, he argues with a hallucination of his dead, abusive father about his life, his brother, and the person he became. When he is fully healed, Mallick has him free Railly from the Army. Back in 2046, Jones sends Cole and Ramse to 2007 to kill the Witness. It is revealed that Olivia told Ramse about the Witness's parentage, and that she turned herself in to Project: Splinter in order to manipulate Jones into sending Ramse to 2007 so that he can fulfill his true, secret mission: killing Railly.
#4 "Brothers" - May 19, 2017
In 2046, Jennifer has repeated dreams of a unidentified dying man in a church, and begins sketching her visions. Becoming suspicious of Olivia's motives, she questions the woman about her real reasons in coming to Project: Splinter. In 2007, Ramse maintains the charade that he and Cole are there to kill the Witness, while secretly plotting to kill Railly. After a first failed attempt, Cole inadvertently gives him information on her location. Ramse slips away from Cole and goes to the location, only to find Cole waiting for him, having deliberately misinformed Ramse after deducing his real target. Ramse tells a stunned Cole that the Witness is his and Railly's son. The two argue, and Cole mortally wounds Ramse. Before he dies, Ramse reconciles with Cole and pleads with him not to use time travel to undo his death. In 2047, Railly and Deacon escape from Titan with Mallick's help and make their way back to the temporal facility, finding it totally destroyed. Noticing a sign from the past left for her, Railly unearths time-travel tethers that allow her and Deacon to splinter back to 2046, where they reunite with Cole.
#5 "Causality" - May 20, 2017
In 2046, Cole and Railly decide to keep the identity of their son, Athan, secret from Jones. Jones agrees to Jennifer's elaborate plan to obtain the Word of the Witness by splintering her to 1989 and posing as her own mother at an auction so that Cole and Railly can get access to the Word and make a copy, then return it to its hiding place in order not to disturb the causal chain. The plan goes awry when Jennifer exceeds her bidding limit during the auction, causing Leland Goines to intervene and forcing Deacon to take the bidders hostage. When Cole and Railly fail to find the Word, Jennifer manages to track it down and make a copy, briefly confronting her father and her 1989 self. Upon returning to 2046, Cole and Railly fear the Word will reveal the Witness's true identity, but it is revealed Jennifer deliberately blotted out that portion of the Word when copying it.
#6 "Nature" - May 20, 2017
In 2046, Jennifer's visions intensify, and on Deacon's advice, she begins conversing with them. Following a lead from the Word of the Witness, Cole and Railly splinter to 1953, where they recruit FBI Agent Gale to help them. Gale learns that several locations mentioned in the Word are sites of disasters, and that people in those sites are disappearing. Railly poses as a woman widowed by a mining accident to lure out the Army; a mysterious man (Christopher Lloyd) makes contact and invites her to a revival gathering. Railly tells Gale that she and Cole will be responsible for his death in 1961. At the revival, Cole and Railly learn the mysterious man is a missionary; his wife is the female Messenger, Mantis, and his son is the Pallid Man. There, Athan, in this time a young boy, is revealed to be a Primary. He chooses one of the audience members to be initiated into the Army, then gasses the remaining audience to death. Cole and Railly steal a personal time machine from a Horseman and escape back to 2046. Railly tells Cole she cannot kill their son, even after seeing what he is; Cole replies that he can.
#7 "Nurture" - May 20, 2017
In 2046, Jones learns how to disrupt the personal time machines and prevent the Horsemen from resetting the timeline. She sends a team to 1953 to kill Athan. Railly requests to be sent instead to 1990, where she asks her mother, a psychiatrist, to analyze the Word of the Witness. The elder Railly concludes its author is deeply uncertain of himself and loathes killing, reassuring Railly Athan is not a monster. She returns to 2046, finding Jones has traveled in time to learn that the Witness is her and Cole's son. Furious at her betrayal, Jones imprisons Railly, who steals the personal time machine and splinters to 1953. In 1953, Jones's team assaults the Army's hideout in pursuit of Athan. Hannah is severely wounded, and Jennifer briefly converses with Athan, Primary-to-Primary. Railly kills Magdalena. When Cole is unable to bring himself to kill Athan, Deacon prepares to do so, but Railly shoots him down, and Athan splinters away with a Horseman. Cole steals a personal time machine and splinters away with Railly to search for Athan. The rest of the team returns to 2046, where Jones and Deacon prepare to hunt down Cole and Railly.
#8 "Masks" - May 21, 2017
In 1879, Sebastian, the Horseman who helped Athan escape 1953, encourages Athan to write his visions down in the document that becomes the Word of the Witness. In 2046, Jones has difficulty tracking Cole and Railly as they jump through time. She consults Olivia, who tells her Jennifer is protecting them by misdirecting her. Before Jones can catch her, Jennifer splinters away. In 1899 London, Cole and Railly attend a masked ball which was mentioned in the Word. They find Sebastian but are captured by Jones, Deacon, and Hannah. Cole unsuccessfully tries to convince Jones that Athan can be saved. Jennifer appears and creates a distraction, allowing Cole, Railly, and Sebastian to escape. Sebastian says he and Athan parted in 1879, but gives them the address of Athan’s old home. He is shot by Jones, buying Cole and Railly time to splinter away to Athan's house. Back in 2046, Deacon imprisons Jennifer and releases Olivia. In 1899, an adult Athan (James Callis) bids farewell to the dying Sebastian.
#9 "Thief" - May 21, 2017
In 1899 London, Cole and Railly read Athan’s journals to learn about his past. Cursed with the ability to foresee others’ deaths, Athan constantly splinters from era to era to stay sane. Eventually his time machine malfunctions, stranding him in 1891 London. He falls in love with a doctor, Eliza, whose death he cannot foresee. When Eliza is killed, he repairs the machine and uses it to prevent her death, but she dies of another cause. Despite hundreds of attempts to avert her death with time travel, she always dies on the same day. Athan splinters to the 2000s to see Railly for advice. Having just lost her first patient, she suggests time is a “thief,” wishing for it to stop forever; Athan then decides to embrace his destiny as the Witness and destroy time so that he can be reunited with Eliza. In 2046, Jennifer struggles to make sense of her visions. She determines she must save the dying man she saw, who is linked to a mausoleum. Eventually, she has Jones send her “home” with the time machine. In 1891 London, Cole and Railly confront Athan.
#10 "Witness" - May 21, 2017
Cole, Railly, and Athan arrive in 1959, at the House of Cedar and Pine. As they try to convince Athan he can choose his own destiny, Jones’s forces appear, having been given the location by Olivia. Titan splinters into existence, and Jones shoots Athan dead, causing his personal time machine to splinter him away. Mallick takes Cole, Railly, and Jones to meet Olivia, now the Army’s new leader. It is revealed Olivia had conspired with Mallick to manipulate the members of Project Splinter into finding and killing the Witness. Unexpectedly, Athan splinters in. A flashback reveals that he had splintered to the mausoleum in 2017 where Jennifer had asked to be sent, and she had summoned medical help to save him. He spends a year helping her deal with her visions before returning to Titan in 1959 to rescue Cole, Railly, and Jones. The latter flee Titan, killing Mallick, and return to 2046, while Athan confronts Olivia. He says she, not he, is the true Witness. Shocked, she kills him and orders Titan to splinter to 2046 to destroy the temporal facility. In 2015, Cole’s father gives young Cole a cryptic note from Cole’s mother.
As of May 21, 2017, 36 episodes of 12 Monkeys have aired, concluding the third season.
"12 Monkeys" Final Season 4 Episodes (2018)
Episode #1: "The End" - TBA, 2018
A fourth and final 10-episode season was announced on March 16, 2017, for release in 2018.
#2 "Ouroboros" - TBA, 2018
#3 "Untitled" - TBA, 2018
#4 "Untitled" - TBA, 2018
#5 "Untitled" - TBA, 2018
#6 "Untitled" - TBA, 2018
#7 "Untitled" - TBA, 2018
#8 "Untitled" - TBA, 2018
#9 "Untitled" - TBA, 2018
#10 "The Beginning" - TBA, 2018
The fourth season finale will be titled "The Beginning", and will serve as the series finale.
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