It’s a new year, and for The Secret Circle, that means a new turn: to the dark side. It only took half a season, but the kid sister to The Vampire Diaries is stepping up its own sinister tone as it dabbles in black magic, potential poisonings, and strangers with knowledge of dangerous spells. It’s a big return, though not as physically explosive as the previous episode, and you had lots of questions. Here’s what we want you to know going into “Darkness.”
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How long will it be until we see Jake again? (@slupu) – Oh, about 5 seconds! Yes, last we saw Jake (Chris Zylka), he was on a boat, heading out of Chance Harbor, having promised Adam (Thomas Dekker) that he would stay away forever, but Zylka is a series regular now, so expect a lot more of Jake in the second half of the season. After all, he is still weighing quite heavily on Cassie (Britt Robertson)’s mind.
With an episode title like “Darkness,” what can we expect from Cassie’s, and the other Circle members’, dark magic? – Cassie is going to learn very quickly just how powerful she can be, even when she doesn’t intend to be. We’ve already seen her set someone on fire when she felt threatened, and that “harm the one who may harm you first” mentality rears its ugly head again in this episode, hitting much closer to home. She’s going to learn a lot, not only about what she can do, but how it affects her, as well. Her feelings for her friends are strong, but the lure of dark magic may prove to be stronger, like an addiction.
Do they hint at who the other Blackwell kid might be? (@HollywoodTwit) – Nothing additional is explicitly said about who John Blackwell’s other child in the Circle may be, though we have to imagine that if and when someone other than Cassie gets the ability to perform magic alone, the Balcoin blood will have something to do with it.
What’s going on with Melissa!? And will we learn more about her father? (@lucasrmiliato_) – Melissa (Jessica Parker Kennedy) is still mourning her dead boyfriend, so perhaps her judgment is cloudy these days. That would explain why she agrees to go along with Faye (Phoebe Tonkin)’s scheme to find a way to get their individual powers back. Faye still resists being bound to the circle, and Melissa is looking for something exciting to snap her out of her funk. Her father remains in the dark for now, but a new man does pop up in her (and Faye’s) life when they call upon a scheming stranger (The Nine Lives of Chloe King’s Grey Damon) for help with their spell.
What’s Gale Harold up to in this episode? (just about everyone on the internet) – Charles (Harold) isn’t just a pawn in Dawn (Natasha Henstridge)’s game, it appears. When his mother (guest star Stepfanie Kramer) pays Chance Harbor a visit, it becomes very clear that he has been submitting to powerful women all of his life. These two are at odds– one trying to bring him into the light, while the other drags him into darkness– but it seems pretty clear that it is Kate who will come out the victor should they ever actually go head-to-head. Also, Charles is still a bit worried about what Ethan (Adam Harrington) knows, promising a potential confrontation down the line, and is debating how to stand up to Dawn and her own ideas on how such confrontations should go down.
And though no one outright asked, we feel it needs to be pointed out: No, Kramer doesn’t look old enough to be Harold’s mother. But we love her as an additional adversary nonetheless! Hopefully she will stick around a bit and (if The Secret Circle wants to give us a belated holiday present) perhaps even team up with Ethan in order to regain control of the magic being done in town. We have big plans for this new year…
The Secret Circle returns to The CW with all new episodes on January 5th at 9pm.
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