Nikita Boss Talks Division's Mole Issue, 'Salex' Surprises and Ryan's Percy-esque Transformation
After a lengthy winter hiatus, Nikita resumes this Friday (The CW, 8/7c) with an installment that will rock Michael to his core when a much-talked about “gnarly” fate befalls him. But there’s much more to Division than just ‘Mikita,’ and the rest of the crime-fighting squad is in for quite the new year as well.
Here, showrunner Craig Silverstein chats with TVLine about Division’s major mole problem, Alex and Sean’s romance woes and Ryan’s potential turn to the dark side. (And for more on that awful thing ahead for Shane West’s leading man, spoilers can be found here, here and here.)
TVLINE | Let’s talk about this mole business. Can we trust Sonya’s claims that there’s a second infiltrator?
It’s not about trusting Sonya, really. I would trust her, but whether or not there’s a second mole will be confirmed when we come back. Really, if you think about it, Amanda can say there’s a second mole and that there’s somebody watching you, but how can you be sure that’s true? And you can’t take steps assuming it’s not true, so that’s part of the paranoia setting in.
TVLINE | Amanda has clearly been established as the show’s new super villain. To what lengths will she go to teach Nikita more lessons?
It gets pretty intense. It definitely goes to some places that I think Percy would never even go. In fact, it gets so intense with Amanda that it starts to break up her own world, with Ari and the people that work for her. She really becomes more and more dangerous as it goes on.
TVLINE | Will Alex’s dabbling with pills evolve into a full-blown addiction again?
No, it comes to a head in the next episode. It’s one of those things that gets exposed and they deal with it. But really, it’s laying the groundwork for some later developments.
TVLINE | Sean is really only part of the group because of his involvement with Alex. Now that he’s essentially shunned her, what’s keeping him around?
Exactly. [Laughs] There are some surprises coming in that storyline that I think are pretty cool. But right now it’s a situation where he came back [because] he wants her out, but he also feels rejected by her not choosing to go with him. That issue still has to get resolved between the two of them — and it does, but it’s difficult because Alex is frustrated in herself. She doesn’t have any kind of normal past, and Sean has been brought up in a fairly stable environment. He’s sympathetic to her past — which she hasn’t 100% fully shared with him — but it’s hard for him to relate. I think he acted inappropriately, really. I understand it, but I don’t think he acted the right way.
TVLINE | What is Owen’s mission moving forward? Will he keep up the search for who he really is?
There’s another dynamic that he becomes a part of as a result of what happens between Michael and Nikita, which is still coming up. So, that sort of puts his memory thing aside for a little bit. Then the memory stuff comes back in a way and ends up getting him in trouble.
TVLINE | Things now seem less tense between Ryan and his Division counterparts.
They’re definitely all on the same page now and working quite well together — until Amanda begins to turn up the heat on Division as a whole. Then we’re going to slow-walk Ryan toward Percy Land in a way that completely makes sense every small step of the way. People who’ve watched the show for awhile will begin to see the danger signs and yet completely understand how they would have taken that step as well.