If you’ve read LJ Smith’s The Secret Circle books, you might not have as many questions as the average early adopter of Kevin Williamson‘s new CW series. But even after seeing the pilot, there are bound to be things you want to know. Especially when it comes to the relationships. Unlike The Vampire Diaries, which kills off all of the “grown ups,” The Secret Circle promises to keep it multi-generational. In fact, that’s one aspect that Williamson enjoys the most.
“The themes will get very adult, very fast,” he teased, speaking of all of the characters– from the first circle of parents to the new circle that Cassie (Britt Robertson) has just completed.
“The pilot starts with the teenagers being pretty suspicious of what their parents are up to, but as the season goes on and the episodes [unfold], they come to understand a lot more than they expected to.”
The Secret Circle promises to play with what happened to the parents sixteen years ago and how that may play on fears or inform the future of the new circle. And the parents come into play further because it is their lineage that determines who of the children will end up with whom.
“It’s not just about teenage lust,” series star Thomas Dekker smirked to LA TV Insider Examiner. “There’s something in their bloodlines that may have been predetermined awhile before they ever even met. It’s kind of fated– there’s a destiny to the whole thing.”
But teenage attraction still runs rampant, and Diana (Shelley Hennig) will come into play in a love triangle that sounds a bit like the one in Hart of Dixie because Adam is intrigued by the new girl (Robertson’s Cassie) but he has a long history with Diana. Cassie is exciting to him, but he has a deep comfort level with Diana, and it’s a matter of can he fight his destiny, even for a little bit?
“Witchcraft is really just the backdrop for all of those normal, typical teenage angst situations,” Williamson pointed out. “It’s romance; there are a lot of twists and turns…We have to take that triangle, get to know them a bit better, and find out exactly what is written in the stars.”
Starting in episode two, we will learn more about that history between Diana and Adam. We will also come to find that there might be other witches in town, although Williamson admitted there will be some people who don’t know anything about what is “really” going on.
Just like there is something under the surface to this small town, there is also something more to each of the character. From the pilot it looks like Charles (Gale Harold) is the worst guy (who isn’t really a guy) on the planet, but Harold assured us it’s not so cut and dry.
“What’s interesting about [Charles] is he kind of has to make sure everyone around him assumes he’s just a nice upstanding man and good father, while playing the double [agent],” Harold shared. “We’re all a little bit evil, aren’t we?”
Continuing on that thread, Harold pointed out that “Charles [will] always be looking over his shoulder and…into people’s eyes to see what they understand about him.” And if someone finds out the truth? Well, Williamson’s shows are known for killing off regulars, so maybe these guys shouldn’t get too comfortable just yet!
“Part of the tension is that someone has to know what Charles is up! And then what will happen when Charles finds out?” We’ve seen what he’s capable of
Along those lines, Natasha Henstridge‘s Dawn Chamberlain isn’t just pulling the strings as the high school principal but she also is doing so with the new circle. Despite denying to a number of people that if she knew the kids were participating in witchcraft she’d put a stop to it, she knows a lot more than she will admit and it seems she is actively encouraging it. This is going to play into the mystery of what drove Cassie’s mother from the town so many years ago.
“She does some not so great things and definitely has an agenda but also has a real sort of moral scale,” Henstridge said of her character.
While The Secret Circle is dealing with the supernatural, Williamson promised to keep it light at times, through his typical sardonic dialogue. The witches on this show won’t skew as dark as the genre characters of, say, The Vampire Diaries mostly because they are coming from a very organic place. As we see in the pilot, Cassie learns how to lift dewdrops and stop a rainstorm. The water element was intentional and metaphorical as the mythology of this circle is an organic, elemental place.
And if you think stopping a rainstorm when you first learn of your powers is a bit over-the-top, Williamson says to stick with it because it will all be explained in episode two. He will begin to focus on keeping the characters grounded, even when they’re doing fantastical and magical things. But of course, they are witches, after all, so Williamson wants to remind his audience that there isn’t much they shouldn’t be able to do!
The Secret Circle premieres on September 15th at 9pm, only on The CW. Stay tuned right here for an advance review coming closer to air!
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