As Nikita‘s newest addition, Sean Pierce already has his hands full — of women! Dispatched by Oversight (aka Mom) to keep an eye on Division and its new leader Amanda, Sean has now set his sights on Nikita. But to take her down, he may have to manipulate Alex, the one person inside Division he kinda-sorta likes.
TVLine spoke with Sean’s portrayer, Dillon Casey, about the cat and mouse game he plays with Nikita in this Friday’s episode (The CW, 8/7c), the inevitable showdown with Amanda, and his true feelings for Alex.
TVLINE | This week’s episode seems to be a big one for Sean. What can you share?
He’s basically trying to protect his mom when it all comes down to it. And he’s trying to bait Nikita into showing herself so he can put an end to her once and for all. But every time he’s faced with Nikita, he gets to see just how formidable a foe she is. She’s frustrating. It’s like the road runner and the coyote. … Sean and Nikita are always trying to stay one step ahead of each other, and they’re both incredible at what they do. So they can both plan as much as they want, but one plan’s going to cancel out the other. They’re just going to have to improvise.
TVLINE | Nikita knows so much more about Oversight than even Sean does. Could she potentially sway him over to her side?
Anything’s possible on this show. I don’t think that’s going to be an easy thing to do considering one of the head members of Oversight is his mother. Nikita would have to [make] a really strong case to get him to switch sides. I’m not saying it’s not possible…
TVLINE | Does Amanda see Sean as a target since he’s part of the organization she’s trying to take down?
For sure. Sean’s not only a target because of that, but also because in Episode 7, Amanda bugged his phone and overheard the conversation between Sean and his mother where his mother no longer wants Amanda to be the head of Division. She actually wants Sean to take over. Now she’s put that idea in Sean’s head. I don’t think he likes that idea, but now that that’s in Sean’s head and Amanda’s head, Sean’s a direct threat to Amanda’s power.
TVLINE | It seems like we’re due for a big Amanda vs. Sean face-off. Any heated scenes coming up between the two?
It’s funny, it seems like Sean likes to fight with women a lot. [Laughs] These two are constantly sizing each other up. I’m not really sure if anything physical will happen between them… They both frustrate the hell out of each other. They’re always screaming at each other. I don’t know what that will lead to, but I would say they both have conflicting goals.
TVLINE | Speaking of women… How is his relationship with Alex progressing?
His relationship with Alex is an interesting one because they’re both these rogue agents within Division. Neither of them have full trust in each other even though they’ve had missions together. …There’s an attraction there. Sean respects the fact that Alex has such powerful family loyalty. They have [some] common ground. They both hate Amanda, and they both have very strong family ties.
TVLINE | Will he continue to seduce her to get close to Nikita?
He likes the idea of seducing her, but I don’t think Alex is that easy to seduce. She’s playing hard to get. Again, as long as she doesn’t find out, as long as it helps him get whatever he wants, he will do whatever it takes.
TVLINE | Are there genuine feelings mixed in with his plot?
Absolutely. They both saved each other’s lives. And if they both didn’t trust each other in some way, like each other in some way, then I don’t think either of them would have done that. There’s clearly sexual tension between them.