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Dollhouse barely escaped cancellation last season, and when it comes back, both the show and its main character will be on a mission, executive producer Joss Whedon and star Eliza Dushku tell

In the Season 1 finale, Dushku's Echo received a whole slew of personalities, which caused a huge shortage in her brain. So how will Echo deal this season? "Basically, through force of will," Whedon tells "She did have all those personalities dumped into her at once and as we pick up, we're going to find out that that's starting to affect her."

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"She's much more directed and driven, and even in her doll state is growing, and learning and starting to try to access these personalities to see what they can help her with, because she has a mission that she understands now, which is to get back to her personality and get everybody back to theirs."

What about the other dolls? Whedon says that Victor (Enver Gjokaj) and Sierra (Dichen Lachman) will continue to discover their relationship, but it may get dirty. Mellie (Miracle Laurie), who was last seen being set free from the dollhouse, will return fairly early in the season. "There's going to be some pain involved," Whedon says.

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Also, those who missed Epitaph One, an episode released only on DVD, won't need to have seen it to enjoy the new season, Whedon said. But it will pay off when future storylines delve back into the subject matter. "We keep trying to go back to the future and then realizing, well no, it's not time yet. It's really going to be towards the end of the season that we'll be able to do that."

Find out more about Echo, Paul Ballard (Tahmoh Penikett) and the new season straight from Eliza Dushku in the video below.