The Secret Circle finally revealed the identity of the second Blackwell child– and Cassie’s (Britt Robertson) sister– to be Diana (Shelley Hennig). Though there was much speculation back and forth about who the child would turn out to be, most assumed it couldn’t possibly be Diana, since all season long we have seen her have a quite close relationship with her (now only assumed) father Charles (Gale Harold). If there’s one take-away from this season of The Secret Circle, though, it is that when magic is involved, things are never quite what they seem.
“She’s definitely going to explore what that means and if she’s his kid or not,” Hennig said LA TV Insider Examiner of Diana in the remaining episodes leading up to the season finale.
“I mean, she heard it, but does she really believe it? I think because of the fact that there was a spell and I couldn’t get in or Cassie couldn’t get into the mine, that’s some physical proof, but Diana [still] doesn’t want to believe it. The fact that Diana has dark magic in her scares her half to death. It’s the last thing she wants.”
But it’s where Diana finds herself these days. After wanting to bind the circle to bring her friends closer together, she ended up losing them to Cassie in many ways. Of course Adam (Thomas Dekker) couldn’t fit his physical attraction to the girl his father rambled was “written in the stars” to be with him, but also Diana took a step back at times and let Cassie be the leader of the group. Now that Diana is on an equal playing field with Cassie in terms of power, though, Hennig teased some changes coming.
“It definitely changes the relationship with Cassie– not necessarily in a good way! They have a new dimension now, and she’s trying to figure it out and figure her place. With that comes complications,” she pointed out about their sisterly connection.
“Diana’s definitely more in control and sets things up to where we’re going to do it my way, and Cassie follows, I’d say, fifty percent…But they’re going to learn some things about their parents and especially John Blackwell that puts the circle in another rough position.”
Even when occasions should be happy and festive, they can’t be for the Circle, as is proven when they attempt to go to prom. Naturally, Diana and Cassie, along with Adam and Melissa (Jessica Parker Kennedy) get derailed trying to find the crystal, and once again they are put in a dangerous, potentially life-threatening situation. Hennig wouldn’t confirm nor deny that this will be what solidifies her as Blackwell’s child– her dark magic powers igniting in the face of death– but that is how it all started for Cassie…
“They don’t get much actual prom time. It fits right in with that scene in the coffee shop where Cassie storms in and Diana’s just like ‘Can’t I just have one minute? One minute to myself! I even got the coffee cup as a to-go cup just in case someone was in trouble!’ That’s kind of what happens at prom, as well. Magic is always around, so there’s not much normalcy that Diana gets. And that’s what she really wants. She’s definitely taken a turn and realizing that this magic stuff is not what she thought it would be,” Hennig shared.
But with Blackwell in her life now, magic isn’t going anywhere for Diana. Hennig teased a “really cool spell” in the season finale that fans can look forward to, as well as a potential confrontation between Hennig and her father– well, at least one of them.
“She can look him in his face and see if he knew all along. He’d be the one she’d go to, rather than John Blackwell,” Hennig explained about Charles.
Of course, if Charles had no idea, the realization now will only strengthen his hatred of Blackwell, but Hennig said he was always a “really good father” so he shouldn’t look at Diana any differently. If and when Diana learns the truth about Charles, though– that he killed Cassie’s mother and that he and Dawn (Natasha Henstridge) put everything in motion to get their own powers back– it may be a different story.
“I think she’d feel like she lost everything,” Hennig said of Diana looking at Charles differently after learning the truth about him.
The Secret Circle airs on The CW on Thursday nights at 9pm. “Prom” airs on May 3rd 2012 and the first season finale will air on May 10th 2012. You can also watch via the new Secret Circle CW app for your iPad or iPhone.
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