[Warning: The below contains MAJOR spoilers for Charmed Season 4 Episode 2 “You Can’t Go Home Again.”]
Kaela (Lucy Barrett), the most recent Charmed One, might not need something to do with Mel (Melonie Diaz) and Maggie (Sarah Jeffery) initially of the most recent episode, however by the tip, she modifies her thoughts.
After Kaela’s focused for utilizing magic round people — she’s nonetheless attempting to achieve management of her skills — her greatest buddy finally ends up almost paying the last word value. However after Kaela will get a grip on her manifesting skill to avoid wasting Harry (Rupert Evans) and Jordan (Jordan Donica) from a bomb and collectively the lads save her buddy’s life, she decides to stay round.
Showrunners Jeffrey Lieber, Joey Falco and Nicki Renna tease what’s forward.
How did you wish to go about bringing Kaela into the fold?
Joey Falco: Clearly we’re doing one thing a little bit totally different this season and than the unique present did, which is since Kaela’s identification is such a thriller and her connection to the opposite two, what makes her a part of the sisterhood, is such a thriller, one thing we’ll be enjoying out via the entire season, it creates this actually totally different dynamic the place they need to determine, how can we all match collectively? How can we work collectively as a crew when we don’t even know if we’re sisters? That’s the emotional story we’re enjoying with. Mel is extra welcoming [since] she’s come a great distance during the last 4 years after studying her relationship with Macy, however Maggie misses her sister a lot.
What are you able to say about who Kaela is and the way she’s linked to them?
Jeffrey Lieber: We’re gonna go down all of the roads. There are a bunch of various potentialities, together with one thing tied to Marisol, one thing tied to both of the fathers. That’s the vital thriller of the primary 9 episodes. We’ll slowly unpack the chances after which flip them inside out, and with every useless finish or with every twist, it adjustments the connection between the three of them. We wished to essentially do, as Joey mentioned, one thing totally different from each the unique present and from the primary three seasons. They thought they’d a household and so they understood and now they’ve a brand new one. That is the opposite means round: They actually need this third particular person to finish them, as a result of they’re getting back from tragedy. Fixing this thriller is the primary large step in direction of shifting ahead.
Are you able to rule out that she’s from one other time or place?
Lieber: We’re not gonna rule something out. That’s the enjoyable.
The Tallyman and that nursery rhyme are each creepy. What are you able to tease about what we’ll see from him and when the Charmed Ones will come face-to-face with or be extra straight affected by him?
Nicki Renna: One of many nice issues in regards to the Tallyman is he’s not like some other villain we’ve actually handled. Not solely are his techniques unusually merciless and he appears to be preying upon folks within the magical world, however he’s actually beginning to elevate questions in regards to the nature of fine and unhealthy, and good and evil. The issues he’s gonna do are actually going to push us to the bounds of not solely what it means to be a hero, but in addition what it means to be a Charmed One and a witch and a magical particular person and even an individual of the human world.
Maggie’s avoiding her grief by looking demon. When will that backfire on her after which have an effect on the others?
Falco: Yeah, as you’ll be able to most likely guess it’s not essentially probably the most wholesome coping mechanism she’s utilizing. It’s gonna backfire shortly. By Episodes 3 and 4, she is gonna get a little bit little bit of a comeuppance, and we’re gonna take Maggie to a extremely darkish emotional place. Individuals might be shocked to see what occurs to Maggie by Episode 3.
Equally, we noticed Mel doing the identical together with her hookups. However she did select to stick with Kaela on the finish of this episode as a substitute of go meet Scorching Elf Woman. Will she be discovering a greater method to cope?
Lieber: One of many mysteries we wish to play is the interaction between Mel melting down and beginning this hookup tradition for herself and what occurred with Ruby. One in every of her arcs over the course of the whole season is to scrub up her serial monogamy over the primary three seasons, which then runs into this promiscuousness on this season. Her actual arc for the entire season is to lastly come to some form of integration between these two issues and transfer ahead. So by the tip of the season, Mel actually does have an curiosity we predict is wholesome and attainable and ahead trying, however it requires her to resolve the units of relationships she’s had over the primary three and a half seasons.
Harry’s grief is heartbreaking, and Jordan notes he hears him say Macy’s identify for the primary time since she died. How’s Harry going to be coping shifting ahead?
Renna: Harry’s journey is admittedly emotional and heartbreaking, however finally, he’s gonna do the work on himself to come back to a greater place by the tip. The journey is admittedly what’s gonna be so compelling for him. We’re actually pushing every of our characters to go to locations we’ve by no means seen them go and stuff you actually wouldn’t count on, reactions you wouldn’t actually count on them to have as a result of they’re actually dealing with their very own demons and so they’re determining find out how to transfer via their trauma and their grief, which comes up in all other ways. Generally it’s two steps ahead, and three steps again. Harry’s going to particularly find yourself happening a special path I don’t suppose anybody would ever count on him to go and so they’ll be fairly shocked what he does, the issues he’s going to surrender and the issues he’s going to tackle as a way to discover his goal.
Lieber: Between seasons, we mentioned to Rupert, “Hey, develop a beard,” ’trigger we thought we’ll have him have a beard [to represent] his grief, after which we’ll shave it off on the finish of the primary episode. Then two issues occurred. One, he was actually horny in his beard, and so we determined to not shave it off. And two, the beard turned an emblem of his being overwhelmed by grief after which shifting on from it. So there’s a really particular second within the season — he doesn’t transfer on ever, you don’t ever transfer on from shedding any individual you’re keen on — the place he goes from the backward-looking beard Harry to the forward-looking shaven Harry. However we are going to admit he appears to be like so good with the beard that we form of did it reluctantly.
Falco: Truly Rupert got here to us as a result of he did a little bit stint on Bridgerton, and he referred to as us and mentioned, “I needed to develop all this loopy facial hair for Bridgerton, is there something we are able to do with that?” And so we determined to work that into his character and his arc.
What’s occurring with Jordan’s whitelighter powers?
Falco: As a result of he didn’t develop into a whitelighter the quaint means, he didn’t undergo the standard course of, his powers aren’t fairly the identical. As you be taught in 402, he can’t orb. He’s only a healer which implies he’s probably not a whitelighter, however then in that case, what’s he, and the way does he discover his place within the magical universe? That’s his journey for this season: “I didn’t develop into a whitelighter the quaint means, that outdated subservient means like Harry. And so I’ve freedom in the way in which he didn’t, I’m not beholden to the elders. I’m not beholden to this outdated system. And so how do I exploit these powers in a means that’s gonna make a distinction? And what does it say about who I’m as an individual?”
How a lot will Harry and Jordan working collectively proceed?
Renna: Rather a lot. We really have been actually intentional about placing these two guys collectively. They’re simply magic collectively onscreen and all people loves them. However we additionally wished to embrace, in the identical means our women have a sisterhood, they actually have a brotherhood and we wished to essentially discover what that meant for various sides of male friendship, a wholesome male friendship, the place they present up for one another. They get in arguments, they’ve battle, they forgive, they’re drawn aside. We ship them on a extremely cool, type of stunning, inspiring journey, of those two males and their friendship.
Jordan talked about relishing each second he has with Maggie if he didn’t die. What’s arising with them?
Lieber: It’s a rollercoaster trip, to say the least. This got here out of watching the actors and their chemistry. It’s been extremely enjoyable to look at what’s a rising, lurching, altering, ahead, backward relationship between the 2 of them that feels a little bit bit like an actual relationship. Numerous occasions TV reduces relationships to on or off. We realized there’s some actual worth in watching relationships which can be neither on or off. They spend a number of the season attempting to determine find out how to make it work within the shadow of what’s occurred, particularly as a result of they get collectively between two seasons, which implies they get collectively within the shadow of Macy’s dying. They’ve to determine find out how to make that relationship work outdoors that shadow.
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