All along The Secret Circle has been telling us that the magic is at its strongest and most effective point when the circle is bound. And all along it has been saying that you need six to complete and bind the circle. The kids of Chance Harbor did that pretty early, and pretty easily, but after a demon got lose and into Nick (Louis Hunter), they lost one member. So now what does that mean for their powers– and their relationships as friends– going forward? LA TV Insider Examiner caught up with The Secret Circle executive producer Andrew Miller to find out!
“Two things are sort of happening at the same time. For one, the idea of doing magic is taking on a very different tone because of Nick’s death. So right away part of what they’re going through with Nick’s death is just sort of a gut-check for them about how much of this is worth it or not. You know, you find out that you’re a witch, and you sort of move along, and you’re able to do things, and you find other people who can do it, too, and it all seems fun, but what is tragic about this death– one of the many things that is tragic about this death– is just how stark the perspective becomes once you deal with it,” Miller pointed out.
“And then there’s this other idea that they were once bound. They were six people, as strong a circle as they can be, but now without him, what exactly does that mean?”
Don’t worry; we asked him what it means, too!
“In comes Nick’s brother for the funeral, and can he take Nick’s spot, or is he the guy that can destroy him altogether? Because the last time he was in town, they all hated him, and he is the guy that can step into the circle [but] he’s pretty much the last guy any of them want to be a part of them.”
It doesn’t look like they have much of a choice, though. If they can get over their sadness– and perhaps their fear– enough to want to keep practicing their magic, they will need Nick’s big brother (Chris Zylka). And they will have an easy access to him, despite the bad blood of the past.
“Some people will never want to give him a chance– at least not for a long time, but what brings him to the circle is Cassie, who unfortunately for them, or fortunately, she develops a relationship with him that’s different than any of the others because she just doesn’t know what a jerk he was to them years ago. He didn’t break Cassie’s heart, and he didn’t betray Cassie like he did Adam,” Miller shared. “She’s just dealing with a guy who’s going through a similar experience to them, in that he lost his brother, and in that way they connect. They’ve both experienced loss.”
So it seems Nick’s presence may still loom large for a while– and not just with the circle but with those who ultimately caused his demise, as well. Charles (Gale Harold) didn’t just kill him by trying to drown the demon inside him, but he also set all of the events in motion, when you think about it, simply by bringing Cassie to their town. It’s not a fact that will be treated lightly, despite Charles’ seeming sadism when it came to killing Amelia.
“In the next episode, on Thursday [“Wake”], we explore that; we go really deep with it. Not only do the kids have to deal with it, but [Charles] has to deal with the consequences of his actions. Ultimately, he’s a father, and he loves his daughter more than anything in the world, and he’d do anything to protect her, and he understands that kind of loss in a way that only a parent can. It will affect him in ways that are shocking to him and even more shocking to Dawn…The way Charles reacts versus the way Dawn reacts will drastically change them as a team,” Miller previewed.
Okay, so maybe Dawn (Natasha Henstridge) is the true sociopath here. And that’s something we can’t wait to watch play out! Feel the same way? Be sure to tune in when The Secret Circle airs on Thursday nights at 9pm on The CW.
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