'The Tomorrow People': Stephen's loyalties and challenges in upcoming episodes

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"The Tomorrow People" will be big when the show returns with new episodes on Wednesday (Jan. 15). According to executive producer Phil Klemmer, the stakes will be "the future of life on this planet."

It doesn't get much bigger than that.

Warning: There are a few spoilers in this article. Tread carefully.

Stephen ( Robbie Amell) does get to be the hero throughout the rest of the first season, but there will be a lot of hurdles on the way. "You can only play double agent for so long before you're going to be found out," says Klemmer. "Stephen's worlds are on a collision course ... For the back half [of the season], it's definitely much messier. His alter-ego and his ego get all scrambled up and a lot of secrets come out."

Does this mean that Jedikiah ( Mark Pellegrino) and the Founder ( Simon Merrells) will find out that Stephen has been a double agent for all of this time? As it turns out, one of those men might have known for some time now. "Jedikiah is very intelligent, he's very wily, and he's been aware of his nephew's duplicity and he's been using that to his advantage," Klemmer points out. "In the same way that Jedikiah manipulated John into killing Stephen's father, he's using Stephen as a pawn in present-day."

These changes will wreak havoc on Stephen's worlds -- with his family, with ULTRA and with the Tomorrow People -- possibly in catastrophic ways. "I think pretty much every person he loves will have a gun pointed in his or her face and in at least one instance, have that trigger pulled," reveals Klemmer. "People he loves will be squarely in the line of fire. Stephen, even though he's a hero, won't be able to do anything about it."

"The Tomorrow People" airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on The CW.

Photo/Video credit: The CW