Secret Circle: Scoop on Jake's 'Game-Changing' Return and His 'Love' of the Circle

The bad boy is back! Jake returns to Chance Harbor in tonight’s Secret Circle (The CW, 9/8c) and he brings with him a host of unanswered questions and drama. TVLine chatted with his portrayer, Chris Zylka, about Jake’s feelings for Cassie, why he wants back in with the circle, and if he knows who the second Blackwell child is.

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TVLINE | What can you say about this week’s episode?
It’s definitely a game-changer. It’s going to answer lot of questions that I know people have been dying to know. And it might just change a couple of questions.

TVLINE | It’s the first time since the circle learned the truth about Jake that they’re coming into his presence again. Is there a big confrontation?
How couldn’t there be? He betrayed their trust for six episodes. And who knows if he’s coming back to be a part of the circle. Is he here to protect Cassie? I think that’s the obvious answer – yes. Or is he with the witch hunters still? It’s going to be tough.

TVLINE | What does Cassie think of his return?
She let him in deep and fell hard and then was betrayed. Can you imagine being in love with someone and then finding out they’ve been trying to kill you the whole time? [Laughs] I’d be upset, and I’d want to confront the situation right away. We’ll see what Cassie does. She’s a different kind of person.

TVLINE | It seems like she still has feelings for him.
I know Jake certainly hopes so. Or maybe it was just shock, like, “Whoa! Not only bad timing, buddy, but…you’re back.” You know…speechless.

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TVLINE | She’s moved on a little with Adam. What’s in store for Jake and Adam?
We have confrontations all the time and challenge each other all the time. I could never say that Jake doesn’t love Adam. That brotherly love… You just want to one-up them all the time.

TVLINE | Who do you think is the right guy for Cassie? And why?
Jake. I suppose it would just be because I am him. I want him to get what he wants. … He’s still captivated [by Cassie]. He still has feelings. Now the only thing that sucks is getting her to trust him again.

TVLINE | Are we going to learn what he was up to while he was away?
I think it’s always going to be a question. Will it be answered? And do you even want to know? The obvious answer [to that second question] is yes. [Laughs]

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TVLINE | Especially if it has to do with witch hunters!
Right?! [Laughs] Well, he jumped off the boat. He swam to Europe, took a vacation… He’s back. I think  that’s big enough. That’s shocking enough itself and there’s so much other stuff going on in the circle that… He’s not stupid. He knew the right time to come back, and it’s some of those questions that the members of the circle would have [that] are kind of looked over because of the value of all the other things going on in the circle.

TVLINE | In the fall finale, the witch hunter dropped a bombshell on Jake that there’s a another Blackwell child. Does Jake come back with the knowledge of who that person is?
I think he does. But he’s never going to tell. Ever. It’s not something that we’re going to delve right into it. I think he would definitely never tell them because it would just cause chaos. And the last thing he wants to do is cause chaos because he loves the circle. He doesn’t only love Cassie now. He wants to be a part of something, and he felt a part of something. He has one goal and that’s to regain their trust.

TVLINE | This episode delves into what happened 16 years ago. How much does he know about what happened back then since he was alive?
[sing-songs] You’re going to to have to watch.

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