This may not be the most professional thing in the world, but LA TV Insider Examiner decided last week to try to trend a special hashtag for The Secret Circle. In the act of full disclosure, it is not a hashtag we came up with (we can thank a fellow journalist for it), but we are taking the idea and running with it: #MoreEthan, to signify we want to see more of Ethan (Adam Harrington) on The Secret Circle, of course! We would never take all of the credit, but it appears we are getting our wish sooner than perhaps expected. After quite a few episodes with only a mention of Ethan, he is bursting back into the show to try to stop his son from tempting fate, but also to (finally) deal with the ramifications of what happened sixteen years ago with his own circle and what appears to be being mimicked now with his son’s.
“I’ve always thought that if Ethan is drinking this much, he’s got to be holding a lot back. And what that will look like when he unleashes it– and how, if he can control it or not, I don’t know. I think the great thing about Ethan is as the audience we don’t know how much of this has been his choice. How much he’s been choosing to sit on the sidelines and just kind of be the drunk and not really care…and how strong is he and how much is he actually capable of,” Harrington offered when LA TV Insider Examiner had a chance to chat with him over the phone last week.
But even if it has been Ethan’s choice to be passive in the past, going forward, Harrington shared, that is no more: “At the end of episode 107 the audience is going to start to see Ethan, where he’s going to start being involved, and how he decides is really exciting…but you never know if he’s going to be able to hang on. But it makes that scene in episode one– in the pilot– with Charles have that much more of an impact because you see Charles wanting him to stay away, and I think Charles is probably a little wary of Ethan.”
If Ethan taps into his true potential, he may be the one to look out for, not Charles (Gale Harold), after all. The emergence of a “mysterious person” from Ethan’s past in that same episode is sure to light a fire under him to act, as well. But mostly, Harrington pointed out, the motivating factor for Ethan is and always will be his son Adam (Thomas Dekker), a kid who has had to be pretty independent and self-sufficient because of how “unstable” Ethan has been. That is going to come to a head soon, but probably not for the reasons you would expect.
“He loves his family, and he loves his son [but] the relationship takes a turn,” Harrington shared. “Ethan and Adam have words because Adam has a dad who’s a drunk and who [passed out] at the boathouse when Nick was possessed and he’s talking to Diana, and they have words, and their relationship is kind of cantankerous at best.”
After Adam “dives into the bottle,” as Harrington so affectionately put it, he opened up to Diana (Shelley Hennig) in a way he probably shouldn’t have– even if he may be right. Ethan still feels somewhat cheated that he was supposed to be with Amelia but whatever happened sixteen years ago intervened, and now he’s worried his son is tempting the same fate simply by being with Diana.
“If Adam [messes] with fate, you know, so many people died sixteen years ago, and he doesn’t want that. I think he really believes that if Adam messes with fate, it’s going to cause some problems that are so catastrophic,” Harrington reminded.
But it’s not just Adam’s fault. The entrance of Nick’s brother Jake (Chris Zylka) doesn’t help matters, either, and Ethan– and Harrington– had something to say about that, too!
“The very fact that he’s there is tempting fate, and then you know, nobody is what they appear to be, and we start to see that with everybody,” Harrington added.
But in the long run, more than taking down Charles or finding a way for his son to be with Cassie (Britt Robertson), Harrington just hoped Ethan could find a way to make his amends. It may be a long road to forgiveness, but we can’t wait to watch it play out– hopefully all on-screen so we can have #MoreEthan!
The Secret Circle airs on The CW on Thursday nights at 9pm.
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