The next episode of The Secret Circle, “Balcoin,” marks the final one of 2011. We know what you’re thinking: “Already!?” But don’t fret, fans; it’s a good one! And we had a chance to sit down with executive producer Andrew Miller and series star Gale Harold to get the dish on this fall finale, as well as what’s to come when the supernatural series returns in January 2012.
First up: “Balcoin,” in which you will see the aftermath of Charles (Harold)’s spell on Jane (Ashley Crow). It seems pretty harmless at first; he wiped her memory of finding Henry dead in his lakehouse. But as the episode goes on, we will see further ramifications. Perhaps he did something wrong because suddenly she begins to forget other things and finds herself thinking she is back in time with her daughter, not her granddaughter, which gives her opportunity to “accidentally” reveal details about Cassie (Britt Robertson)’s father…if she knows them.
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“It specifically impacts Charles and Dawn because they’ve sort of screwed-up,” Miller shared. “The spell he put on her didn’t work as well as they’d hoped, and it will cause immediate problems for them. For Cassie, it’s going to sort of toss her world around a little bit because it seems like she’s losing the last family member– the last family member she has is sort of drifting away from her.”
And then there is the issue of the witchhunters and the double agent within the circle, Jake (Chris Zylka). As it stands right now, viewers can’t trust him, and Miller said that won’t really change within (or after!) “Balcoin.”
“I think Jake would sacrifice the whole circle…It feels to me like he’s still kind of an enigma. I think the truest thing about Jake is what Faye sees in him when she’s with Adam, in that he really does care for Cassie, but I don’t know where that leads him because he’s a weird guy. Weird but handsome!”
Miller also pointed out that Issac (J.R. Bourne) has his clutches pretty tight into Jake. Their relationship is a little father/son and a little mentor/mentee, and Jake’s loyalty has been long-term, so it’s not something he can just switch off, regardless of how he may be falling for Cassie.
Check out the promotional photo slideshow from “Balcoin” to the left.
And what should we expect for the back half of The Secret Circle? How about some deaths and then new blood— err, so to speak?
“I’m a sweet guy from Canada; I like people,” Miller said when pointing out he doesn’t like to kill his characters (Ri-ight!), but just because he doesn’t like doing it, doesn’t mean he won’t deliver on the shock value for which the genre seems to scream.
“It’s just so much fun to watch a show where you really don’t know what’s going to happen at the end of each episode,” Miller continued, “so that’s always going to be a part of our world. The consequences…what we’re going to try to do here is to keep our show as emotionally grounded as possible, even when it’s being crazy or fantastical. And there are consequences, and people die. They’re messing with things that are dark and dangerous…Yeah, there are deaths coming.”
But where one or two characters may exit in untimely ways, that just paves the way for new ones to join in on the witchy games, as we saw with the entrance of Zylka, who Miller did say he hopes to use some more down the road. In “Balcoin,” we are also introduced to another new guy in the form of Melissa’s cousin Holden (guest star Arlen Escarpeta), who will stick around for a brief moment to have a flirtation with Diana (Shelley Hennig). But the big news Miller shared was about Grey Damon‘s new character.
“His character is a very dangerous guy for a lot of reasons. He’s confident and cocky and has a different kind of power than we’ve seen, but one of our characters will be drawn to him in a way that could proven dire for other characters.”
Expect trouble for the witches in the form of additional elders, as well as a council of witchhunters. “There’s lots to learn about this council. We started with Isaac and he’s become a really interesting character for us, but he’s one of many, and the history of the council will surprise us and goes back longer than anyone thinks right now,” Miller admitted, noting that although you maybe should not expect someone we’ve already met to be a secret member of this council, he wouldn’t rule it out as a possibility, either.
As for the elders we haven’t met yet? Harold revealed that one coming to town is none other than Charles’ mom, played by the fantastic Stepfanie Kramer.
“Dear old mom,” Harold smirked. “Charles’ mother has got some issues to be resolved– or to start because we’ll resolve them later…And we slap each other around for thirty-five seconds, and then she’s gonna leave. So, yeah, she’s coming, and she’s pissed, and she’s very good at covering that, and how it relates to the other elders I’m not sure, but it makes Charles very nervous because in a sort of existential way, I think, he wants to be in posession of that kind of power.”
Cassie and Adam (Thomas Dekker)’s “written in the stars” romance may have received the backseat treatment of late, but Miller promised to bring it front and center some time after the January return. After all, here is a kid who has heard his whole life that he should be with this girl; he’s now single; and he’s going to look around and take notice and want to explore what that’s all about.
And how about the inevitable flashbacks to explain exactly what went down sixteen years ago with the parents’ circle? Miller promised to deliver on the history soon, though he admitted that as of yet there was no full-on flashback episode planned.
The Secret Circle airs on The CW on Thursday nights at 9pm. “Balcoin” airs on November 10th 2011.
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