By Mandi Bierly
Updated October 19, 2011 at 06:02 PM EDT
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The Secret Circle

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The next two episodes of The Secret Circle are going to be big for Ethan (Adam Harrington), Adam’s father. SPOILER ALERT if you’re an episode behind: “Obviously last week’s episode was shocking, and Nick’s death/murder, depending on how you look at it, really hits Ethan hard,” Harrington says. “What we start to see is that a lot of his drinking has been him just not wanting to deal with the past. It takes him right back to those events 16 years ago, which of course makes Ethan hit the bottle even harder, and he ends up saying something to Diana that he shouldn’t have said. It seriously has an effect on her relationship with Adam from now on.”

In addition to Nick’s death, Harrington says the return to town of Nick’s older brother Jake (guest star Chris Zylka) also stirs things up. “The new character changes the dynamic in the group and has a real big effect on how Adam and Cassie interact. We can’t forget that Ethan knows what happened 16 years ago, he was there, he saw it all go down. His idea — don’t mess with fate because bad things will happen — well, Adam and Cassie are supposed to be together. He believes that, and if that doesn’t happen, it’s messing with fate. So Ethan’s starting to get really worried about the safety of his son and these kids.”

In the Oct. 27 episode, Ethan has even more to fret about. “We see someone, a mysterious character, coming back from Ethan’s past and threaten to say stuff to Cassie that he shouldn’t. So all this stuff kind of builds, and we see Ethan at the end of that episode make a choice as to whether he’s gonna continue ignoring everything or get involved. And what’s really cool is how he actually gets involved,” Harrington says. “When I read it, I was so excited … If he does start making decisions, what does his future look like? I always think that if somebody drinks that much, they’re holding A LOT back. Lord help the people who are on the bad side of that.”

Now that the show’s writers have gotten a full-season order, Harrington looks forward to them digging more into Ethan’s relationship with Charles (Gale Harold), who, you’ll remember, threatened to drown him in the series premiere if he doesn’t keep his lips sealed about the past. “I looked at Nick’s death, and I thought, okay, no holds barred. There’s some high stakes here. Then it made me think that Charles didn’t kill Ethan in the first episode, but he threatened him pretty severely. I thought, how afraid of someone are you that you have to be so aggressive about warning them? I think maybe Charles is a little afraid of Ethan and what Ethan’s capable of, and it’s probably in Charles’ best interest that Ethan stay the town drunk but just keep his mouth shut.”

Don’t expect that situation to come to a head in the next two episodes though. “To be honest, I’m kinda happy about that. Because by the time those two face off again, it’s gonna be substantial,” Harrington laughs. “I think the writers are great, we just keep everything simmering and simmering and simmering until you think, what’s gonna happen when this thing comes to a boil?”

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16-year-old shy girl Cassie discovers she is a witch and becomes a member of the Circle of witches of New Salem
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