SDCC 2018: Cloak & Dagger Stars Celebrate Season 2 Renewal and Tease a Shocking Finale

Still reeling from a surprise announcement about a season two renewal the night before, the stars of Cloak & Dagger met with reporters at San Diego Comic Con to discuss the remaining two episodes of the season, as well as the impact of their show overall.

In a teaser for season two, that aired during the Cloak & Dagger panel, it was revealed that ‘Mayhem’ was coming. Mayhem, in the comics, was a cop turned vigilante that once went by the name of Brigid O’Reilly. Details are still scarce, but showrunner Joe Pokaski admits that the origin story for Mayhem was hidden in plain sight within the narrative saying, “We got very excited, the writers and I, when we were writing the first season because we knew who Mayhem was and we knew that Brigid began as a friend. It was very exciting as writers to say, ‘lowkey we can start telling an origin story in the most ninja way possible.'” He goes on to express how lucky they are to have actress Emma Lahana, because she’s already had two episodes where she hasn’t spoken a word and she’s absolutely crushed it, and not many actresses could pull that off.

Keeping with that trend, when asked about her upcoming Mayhem story line, Emma remained tight-lipped about what was to come in season two. She told reporters that she would neither confirm nor deny what they were insinuating about her upcoming Mayhem story line, but she could reveal that after tragically losing her boyfriend in episode eight she would suffer two more ‘big knocks’ that would greatly affect her in the final episodes of the season.

Also deeply affected by the events in the final two episodes of the season is Mina Hess, played by Ally Maki. Ally is most excited about the scenes that she shares with her father Ivan Hess (Tim Kang) and Tandy. She reveals Ivan, Mina, and Tandy all work together to get to the bottom of what happened with the rig explosion. She also teases tension between Mina and Tandy because of the fact that Mina now has her father back but Tandy doesn’t.

Beyond what is to come for her character Ally is excited about what she has been able to create with writer Jenny Klein, saying, “I like to say she brought the science and I brought the heart. She’d tell me about all the environmental issues she cares about and I would tell her about Asian representation and how important it is to me to play this character. So I think it was a true joint effort.”

Another joint effort is that of Joe Pokaski and his writing staff. When asked how the writers balance subjects such as privilege, discrimination, and environmental issues with telling a superhero drama he replied, “The reason I put together a diverse writers room was so that we could have those exact debates, otherwise we’re just telling the story to tell it.” He goes on to use an example of one of the writers, Marcus Guillory, introducing him to the history and meaning behind the Mardi Gras Indians. They are groups of African-American men who pay homage to the Native Americans that helped their ancestors when they were slaves. The story of those groups is what eventually inspired the cloak that Tyrone wears on the show.

Joe praises Freeform for being so supportive despite the intense nature of some of the themes on the show. He said there have been times where he’s had to explain his intent behind certain decisions. Ultimately Freeform has been all about pushing the envelope, not just with their show but others on the network, and he thinks they deserve credit for that.

Also deserving of credit is the two leads, Tyrone and Tandy, played by Aubrey Joseph and Olivia Holt, respectively. Aubrey starts off by acknowledging how strange it is that his character has formed a bond with Detective O’Reilly, given that a police officer shot and killed his brother. He said, “Tyrone is big on trust and if you show that he can trust you it’s easy to connect with him. The fact that he has O’Reilly is great for him because the only other adult figure he has is Father Delgado (Jamie Zevallos), and he’s turned away from him in order to think for himself. To have O’Reilly and have a relationship with a cop shows that all cops are not bad.”

When asked about whether or not they feel the weight of all the heavy social issues they cover Olivia answered, “We think it’s very important to talk about these things. What people are watching and see is what they’re soaking in so it’s very important to educate people about what’s happening, whether it be environmental issues or cultural issues. Yes, those are very heavy topics to talk about, which is why no one wants to talk about them. For us it’s important to be able to open that door, start an open dialogue, make conversation, and fix the problem. The only way we’re going to do that is by talking about it.”

For all the fans wondering about a possible romance between Tyrone and Tandy they’re going to have to wait a little while longer, but according to Olivia that’s a good thing. She understands that people want Tyrone and Tandy together, but she personally likes watching shows where she can respect and appreciate the individual journeys characters go on. She goes on to say that with re-introduction of Tandy’s boyfriend Liam (Carl Lundstedt) and Tyrone’s love interest Evita (Noëlle Renée Bercy), it’s important for the respective couples to figure their stuff out. Neither Tyrone or Tandy have had real friends that understand what they’ve gone through, so to share that bond – that platonic bond – before it ever becomes romantic is very special. So both actors agree that seeing that friendship grow between the two characters in the first season has been amazing.

Cloak & Dagger airs on Freeform on Thursdays at 8/7c.