Secret Circle Boss Previews Cassie's Dark Side, Ethan's Awakening and Jake's Return

The Secret Circle returns tonight (The CW, 9/8c) after a fall finale full of cliffhangers. Foremost among them: Cassie found out about her dark past, while Jake left town… after finding out that the blonde isn’t the only child of Blackwell in the circle. What’s next? TVLine asks executive producer Andrew Miller exactly that.

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SO ABOUT THAT OTHER BLACKWELL OFFSPRING…  | Miller is keeping mum as to the identity of the second Blackwell child, and we can’t blame him. But how about a hint, pretty please? “We are staying away from incest, so that can help limit some people,” he allows. We then ran two theories by him: 1.) It’s obviously bad girl Faye, and 2.) Faye’s too obvious, so it has to be Diana. “Those are both good choices,” he replies. “But there are also other good choices in the circle.” Hmm… like Melissa?

HOW BLACK WILL CASSIE’S MAGIC GET? | Cassie will experience the dark side big time in the next episode. “It’s so incredibly powerful,” teases Miller. “It’s just watching a character transform from a teen to an adult, and similarly the actress.” Might she decide that she prefers being naughty to being nice? “This black magic is a tricky thing, because it’s part of her, and it’s bad,” acknowledges Miller. “And yet, there is something about being bad that can feel extremely good. She is going to get a taste of that.”

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WILL ETHAN GET SOMETHING TO DO? | You bet! Adam’s often drunk dad will find himself caught up in Charles and Dawn’s drama when it turns out the trio have quite the past together. “Those [old] dynamics will make their way into the present,” teases Miller. After “hiding from the past and himself for 16 years in a bottle of booze,” Miller hopes to see “[Ethan] climb out of the bottle and take responsibility for what he’s done and then get his strength back.” And when he does, Charles and Dawn had better watch out. “He’s going to become a formidable opponent for [both of them] in very different ways.”

ADAM’S GONNA GO FOR IT | With Diana pushing him away, and Jake out of town, “it’s a good time if [you’re Adam and] you were going to make a move on Cassie,” says Miller. With the stars aligning in his favor, the hunk will have to ask himself, “If he and Cassie are destined in the stars, what does that mean? And can he really keep avoiding it?” Look for Adam to “make some choices” post-contemplation which may not necessarily match up with his history of loving Diana. “He will always be a good guy,” continues Miller, “but he has to start standing up for what he wants, and he is going to.”

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A LOVE TRIANGLE WITHIN THE CIRCLE? | The bad boy will reappear “soon,” and for a good reason, adds Miller. “There’s not many people in Chance Harbor who want to see him again. When he comes back, it will be because of his heart and because of the safety of the circle.” Having now fallen for Cassie, Jake will try to make amends with the blonde upon his return. “Who wouldn’t want to be on Cassie’s good side, especially now that she has dark magic?” muses Miller. “But I don’t know how successful he will be.”

Secret Circle fans, which storyline are you looking forward to most?