Nikita's Melinda Clarke Previews Amanda's Plans for Alex: 'She's In Serious Trouble'
The CW’s Nikita (Thursdays, 9/8c) is readying for the end of its explosive debut season, and no one is more excited about the twists and turns ahead than the lady behind Division’s HBIC, Melinda Clarke. (You saw her death-confirming tweet the other night, right?!) Find out what else Clarke revealed to TVLine about Amanda’s plans for the imprisoned Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca), a face-off with Nikita (Maggie Q), and what the future holds for Division.
TVLINE | Let’s start with the end of last week’s episode — such a jaw-dropper!
I know! I love the fact that it was just one shot from Amanda that took Alex down, because we know that Alex is a formidable fighter. Amanda putting her foot on Alex’s neck was more a humiliation thing in the moment. Needless to say, there are some pretty serious things coming up in the next few episodes — Alex is in very serious trouble.
TVLINE | What’s the actual plan for Alex now that she’s in Division’s custody? Is “cancellation” a real possibility?
My take on all of this is that there are so many moments when Alex could have been “canceled” throughout the season, but wasn’t. I don’t think Amanda is threatened by Alex — even now — but she ultimately wants to use Alex for her own progression in Division. She needs to make the best human-weapon possible, and if Alex can get through this moment, maybe Amanda can use her for her future. But I don’t know what the future is, obviously. But I do know that Alex is definitely in danger.
TVLINE | Since Percy (Xander Berkeley) and Amanda aren’t supposed to be aware of Michael’s new allegiance with Nikita and Alex, might he be able to save the day? Or is Amanda going to take him on, as well?
Let’s put it this way: Amanda’s no dummy. Division has been watching Michael, and even though he feels like he’s under the radar, you should always assume Percy and Amanda know a lot more than what the audience is being told. Michael has a good heart and he’s not an enemy — and Percy’s not an enemy, either. They’re using each other to get what they want. That said, Percy and Amanda will have some disagreements in the next few episodes, and it’ll make for very good television.
TVLINE | Obviously, Nikita has a vested interest in Alex’s safety. Will this sudden turn of events bring her face-to-face with Amanda again?
We won’t see Amanda and Nikita have a moment like that again this season, but there will be a bit of a flashback. Of course, that is one of the things I hope that the audience can look forward to seeing more of in the future. I keep thinking that I need to be doing some combat training every day for whenever Amanda sees Nikita next. [Laughs] Maggie is just so efficient in that regard.
TVLINE | I asked you this earlier this season, and I’m curious how you feel about it now: Is Amanda a villain?
I can’t play her as a villain. Amanda still has joy and laughter and hopes like any human being. But she really did give some of herself to Nikita, and she feels as though Nikita betrayed her. In the finale, you’re going to see a moment that consists of Amanda being as human as she possibly can be. It’s a nice little twist.
TVLINE | From here on out, what does the future of Division look like?
Division, itself, is not going away in any way. You may see Amanda actually outside of the building — but hopefully not when it’s 25 degrees below. [Laughs]