In the interim, there's a new agent on the block - the human lie-detector Steve Jinks, played by former Smallville star Aaron Ashmore. We recently caught up with Warehouse 13's Eddie McClintock (Pete Lattimer) to discuss Myka's fate, Steve's introduction and the lingering possibility of a Pete / Myka romance!
What was the reaction from fans seeing Myka come back this season?
"Joanne doesn't pay attention to any of that, I'm the one that's on Twitter and Facebook. You know, I Google search my own name because I'm so self-obsessed! Seriously, it's great. A lot of the fans were really upset that Myka wasn't coming back, to the point where I had heard people say they weren't going to watch the show, so they're very happy that Myka's back but they also like the new character, Steve Jinks. Basically the response has been great and the fact that Jinks is on the show has just added [to it], so they're double happy. It's like a double rainbow!"
"It was tough, trying to keep the secret of Myka returning. It must have been an odd thing for Aaron to come into a show that's been on the air for two years, especially when the fans talk about the chemistry between Pete and Myka being so important to the show. Aaron had some really big shoes to fill in that regard but he does a great job, he's instantly likeable and he has great comic timing. He and I just really hit it off as actors, people and friends."
You said earlier this year that you didn't think the second season of Warehouse 13 was as strong as the first…
"You probably read that in The Hollywood Reporter - that was a misquote. I did say that there are inevitable clunkers in a series and there's [always] a show that maybe you think doesn't hold up in relation to the other shows. In the first year I thought there were a few, probably three, maybe one real bad one, and last year I thought there were less - maybe one or two - and this year I didn't think there were any clunkers. That was really the point I was trying to make in my interview with The Hollywood Reporter, she just obviously misunderstood."
Do you feel that the show has improved?
"This year my wife said 'Don't take this the wrong way, but the show feels less cheesy'. For me, I think it's because [showrunner] Jack Kenny has full control of the show right now and in the first two years that wasn't necessarily true. He has a unique ability to tell a whimsical story but keep it adult enough so you don't alienate anyone to the point that they think it's silly or something. Granted, Pete does some silly, funny stuff but he earns that silliness by being loving, loyal and good at his job. The show itself has taken on Pete's attitude - he likes to have fun, he has a great time, he doesn't take himself too seriously unless he really needs to. He's confident at having fun and he's confident at working hard."
"That's right, I do them all... I'm 32 by the way! No, Syfy won't let me. If I were to hurt myself, it would compromise the show."
What's it like having Bionic Woman star Lindsay Wagner appear on the show?
"I used to watch [that show] as a kid, I'm that old. It's great, I still get starstruck. Whenever the guests stars come on I'm like 'Oh my God'. By all rights, I should be selling toilets in Ohio. I lucked out and ended up here, running around with a ray gun and a badge. And I'm still that kid that loved the movie heroes and television heroes. I'm always excited to see who we've got as a guest star."
Do you think the audience will always want to see Pete and Myka get together?
"I think they always will! I think people assume if there are two relatively good-looking people who are that close that obviously there must be something more. It's the whole Romeo and Juliet... unrequited and forbidden love. [But] they work together and they're not supposed to have that kind of a relationship. And that's fine, as long as the writers don't write to it. I love the fact that Pete and Myka can be that close and love each other that much but have enough respect for one another and their jobs to keep that boundary."
The third season of Warehouse 13 begins tonight at 9pm on Syfy.