Nikita fans, rejoice! Series executive producer Craig Silverstein is thinking of season three as a season-long arc, but the situation he is writing himself into also supports a longer term story, especially much more than the “something’s got to give” situations of the past. In other words, he is certainly not planning an end to his beloved spy series just yet!
And that’s a good thing for many reasons. About to enter into its third season, Nikita is a critical darling that just keeps growing in popularity– and in complicated character dynamics. From what Silverstein told us at the TCA party in Los Angeles tonight, things are certainly not letting up anytime soon. Here’s what you can expect when the show returns for a third round:
- NIKITA’S STILL PLANNING FOR RETRIBUTION WHILE ALL AMANDA WANTS IS REVENGE. “There is no way,” Silverstein said of Amanda (Melinda Clarke) recouping her power in season three. “Since Division’s been exposed to the government, there’s no way she can take it back, and she knows that, and it makes her really angry, so she’s going to take it down.”
- IT’S A NEW, UNCOMFORTABLE WORLD FOR NIKITA, AND SHE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO LEAN COMPLETELY ON MICHAEL. The new configuration of things with Division out in the open and Amanda still gunning for her but first going through all the people she cares about has Nikita (Maggie Q) on edge. Add into that the fact that she knows just how dark she can go and just how little she thinks of herself at times, and this season is going to be a rough one for our heroine. But Silverstein teased that something will happen to really test Nikita and Michael (Shane West), too, despite the “unit” of Nikita’s “family” being in tact at the start of the season.
- JEFFREY PIERCE! The former Alcatraz baddy will be in the season three premiere of Nikita doing what he does best– playing dark and complicated and perhaps a bit misunderstood. “He’s so good!” Silverstein gushed. “He’s in it for the first episode, and he’s sort of the model of the kind of guys we’re chasing this year– these guys who were like Nikita in season one.” But don’t get too attached because Silverstein admitted “he goes down.” It’s unfortunate because just like Yuri (Van Hansis) before him, Silverstein found himself not wanting to see the character go because the caliber of actor he cast.
- OWEN AND ALEX? Silverstein didn’t want to rule out the possibility that Owen (Devon Sawa) and Nikita could continue to grow closer, but he pointed out that he has heard talk from the fans about just about every pairing, including one that he has never even written for. “Owen and Alex have never even had a scene in all of two seasons, but I’ve seen the videos! The fans have really made it happen. Owen is useful to go between both relationships, I think.”
- NERD GETS SOME MORE LOVE. “He is more in tune this season,” Silverstein said of Birkhoff (Aaron Stanford). “He has a relationship with Sonya that’s fun. You know, Aaron’s ben asking to go out in the field, dressed up like an old lady or something, and what’s fun is that the character was always meant to be the human connection in Division, but how that character evolved was really Aaron. He’s just the kind of actor you really want to write more for, and he’s kind of responsible for that.”
- ALEX AND NIKITA ARE STILL THE HEART OF THE SHOW. Silverstein wouldn’t spill just what his plans are for the surrogate mother/daughter duo of the show, but he said he certainly had a big, emotional story for his leading ladies. Nikita started with these two as a team, and that core feature may have been tested and divided in recent episodes, but it is still very much the basis and motivations behind many of Nikita’s actions.
Nikita returns to The CW on October 19th 2012 at 9 p.m.
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