After losing Cassie (Britt Robertson) to Adam (Thomas Dekker) and ending his fling with Faye (Phoebe Tonkin), what's in store for Jake (Chris Zylka) on "The Secret Circle?" Saving Cassie Blake, for starters. As if any boy in Chance Harbor had anything better to do.
In Thursday night's all-new episode, entitled "Return" (9 p.m. EST on The CW), Cassie's thought-to-be-dead evil father, John Blackwell, shows up on her doorstep asking for the medallion she found in the wreckage of the fire that killed their parents.
"Everyone is after her at this point," star Chris Zylka told HuffPost TV. "She's starting to lose control of some of her dark powers, and that gets her into a little bit of trouble with the return of Mr. Blackwell."
But John Blackwell isn't the only dangerous figure after Cassie and her magical medallion. Eben (Sammi Rotibi) and his band of witch hunters are after her too, and when they capture her, it won't be pleasant. If there's anyone who knows what the witch hunters have in store for Cassie, it's Jake. After all, he was a former witch hunter himself.
"Eben hates witches," said Zylka. "He's hated Jake from day one because he was a witch, and I think that as fearless as Jake is, he was always scared of Eben. He never wanted anything to do with Eben -- until, that is, now that Eben is after Cassie."
That's where Jake steps in, once again playing the Damon Salvatore to Cassie's Elena Gilbert. ("Vampire Diaries" crossover alert, anyone?) He ends up facing his fears, standing up to Eben and offering himself in Cassie's place. "She always accepted Jake for who he is," said Zylka. "There's something about Cassie that fascinates him."
While Jake may be terrified of Eben, Zylka hopes that the witch hunters stay around for a little while longer. What's a witch's tale without the threat of a witch hunter?
"I love the witch hunters," revealed Zylka. "It gives this modern-day show this eerie sense of the past. I mean, Eben is an amazing old name. [Laughs] That whole storyline gives the show a sense of history, back to the days when there were witch hunters and when being a witch was a crime."
Meanwhile, while Jake's offering himself to Eben and the witch hunters, Adam goes on a witch hunt of his own as he tries to round up the circle to save Cassie.
"Adam has obviously won Cassie," said Zylka. "If you weren't crying at the end of the last episode, you don't have a heart. [Laughs] It was the most amazing romantic scene in a show about witches that I had ever seen, so of course, Jake is going to be jealous. He's never lost before. Jake is so enthralled with winning and always being the best, and he finally lost something that he could have controlled. I'm not sure if he's going to know how to deal with that, even though him and Adam have grown to put up with each other."
If there's one thing that Adam and Jake do agree on, however, it's Cassie's safety, and with John Blackwell back in the picture, these two might finally come to an agreement. "How would you react if you met the devil?," asked Zylka. "That's sort of what John Blackwell is to the circle. They've talked about him like he's evil, and now he's real. What's he coming back for? No one really knows, and everyone wants to protect Cassie, especially Adam and Jake."
Amidst saving Cassie from witch hunters and black magic, Jake also has his own family drama to deal with. Earlier in the season, the death of Jake's brother Nick (Louis Hunter) shook the circle to its core, but there's been little investigation into the mysterious causes of his death since, and while we all know that Dawn (Natasha Henstridge) and Charles (Gale Harold) killed Nick, the rest of the circle is clueless. Will big brother Jake finally go on the hunt for the truth?
"I really hope so," said Zylka. "That story kind of disappeared, and it's a big one for Jake. I think it’s something that will always be on his mind, but no one has really brought it up. Jake and Eric hadn't talked in two years, and there was a lot of tension there. Nick's death is certainly a mystery ... I don't think Jake has thought about it too much, but hopefully he begins to."
"The Secret Circle" airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. EST on The CW. Watch a clip from Thursday night's all-new episode, "Return," below.
As much as we love "The Secret Circle," Cassie Blake wasn't the first teenage witch to cast a spell on us. Check out our favorite supernatural characters below.
Alex, the middle and only female Russo child on "Wizards of Waverly Place," is perhaps the most sarcastic character ever to grace the Disney Channel and it's hard not to love her. Although she typically winds up in trouble -- either for her sharp tongue or her constant schemes -- it takes a lot of brain power to come up with the words and devious plans she does. While her older brother/arch nemesis Justin excels in both wizard and high school, it's Alex (Selena Gomez) who has the street smarts. As she says in one episode, "I am too book smart! Sure, I don't read books, but I hollow them out and hide things in them." Maybe she even has enough smarts to win the family wizard competition after four seasons of ups and downs.
OK, so "supernatural" may not be the correct term here, but c'mon, what is she? It's very clear that Starbuck (Kathryn Ann Sackhoff) died in that explosion, was gone for several months, and then returned to the battlestar without a scratch and no recollection of what happened. And then, in the series finale, she just vanished into thin air, literally. We're semi-concluding that she was some sort of supernatural being who existed in humanity for a brief period of time to alter history for the better -- and that's pretty damn cool.
For six seasons of "Lost," the steely-eyed, salt-and-pepper-haired Man in Black (Titus Welliver) had many viewers fooled. He appeared in multiple forms: Christian Shephard, Walt, Eko's brother Yemi, Ben's daughter Alex, Richard's wife Isabella, a grumbling black cloud known as the Smoke Monster, and of course, eventually, John Locke. After fighting with his brother Jacob for centuries without any actual violence -- since their mother had prevented them from hurting one another -- the Man in Black eventually found a "loophole." That fact he was able bide his time and calculate his plan of attack over the course of hundreds of years is undoubtedly impressive.
Being married to a mere mortal didn't stop TV's most bewitching witch, Samantha Stephens (Elizabeth Montgomery), from twitching her nose to get things done. Her powers of persuasion also kept spell-casting mom Endora from jinxing things with hubby Darrin.
After nearly getting run over by a truck and doused in a top-secret chemical called GC-161, Alex Mack (Larisa Oleynik) acquired an excellent set of supernatural powers. She could move things with her mind, shoot lightning bolts out of her fingers and turn herself into a puddle of liquid. And if navigating junior high wasn't difficult enough on its own, Alex had to use her sharp wit to stay one step ahead of the management of the Paradise Valley Chemical Plant, who were on a mission to find and conduct scientific research on the mysterious girl who had been exposed to GC-161 so they could turn it into a weight loss drug.
Somehow Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), a small town (telepathic) waitress from Louisiana, attracts every incredibly good-looking supernatural being from Bon Temps to Mississippi. Seriously. She's been with vampire Bill and Nordic badboy Eric; not to mention, ripped werewolf Alcide has been following her like a lost puppy dog since Season 3. We have to agree with Pam on this one: There's just something about Sookie's "fairy vagina." She may have a "stupid name," but Sookie is one smart telepathic fairy fangbanger.
Damon and Stefan Salvatore and haven't always been the closest of brothers, but when it comes to Elena, the two Salvatore brothers will do anything to protect her, even if that means selling his humanity to an evil hybrid named Klaus. Sure, on an individual level, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Stefan (Paul Wesley) doesn't always make the smartest team, but as a super vampy duo, these two will do anything to save the ones they love.
Piper (Holly Marie Combs) was kind of like the wet blanket in the Halliwell family. Sure, she could freeze time and make things explode, but she was never the daring Charmed One. In fact, as the middle child, Piper always had to be the peace maker between her two rowdy sisters, Prue and Phoebe. Sooner or later, she realized that trying to lead a normal life just wasn't going to happen, especially when you have Whitelighter for a husband and three supernatural kids to look after. Being able to balance her supernatural powers, a successful nightclub and a family with her frequent tendency to save the world definitely means that Piper ended up being the most powerful Halliwell of all.
After she graduated from explaining it all as TV's "Clarissa," Melissa Joan Hart took on a more powerful role. Growing up is a lot more fun when you've got some magical spells up your sleeve, and Sabrina's witchy aunts and spell-casting cat Salem definitely kept things interesting.
The U.S. version of this BBC hit introduced Sally (Meaghan Rath) as a ghost just getting her bearings, but she quickly became the heart of the home that houes the show's odd couple werewolf-vampire roommates -- quite a supernatural living situation. In Season 2 (which premieres Mon., Jan. 16, 9 p.m. EST on Syfy), she gets ghostly out in the real world, too.
You know how the saying goes: Never judge a book by its cover. Sure, Kelly (Lauren Socha), the fast-talking, brash young offender on E4's supernatural dramedy "Misfits," may be a total Chav, and she may not know what brunch is, but she's a rocket scientist. No, seriously, that's her power; she can understand rocket science. Doesn't that make her TV's smartest supernatural by default?
No matter what the show, TV writers are usually reluctant to kill off Mark Sheppard's characters, and it's easy to see why: They're usually memorably acerbic and delightfully devious. They're just too fun to kill. On "Supernatural," his demonic character, Crowley, has been a terrific foil for the Winchester brothers (whom he has dubbed "denim-clad nightmares") and their fellow hunter, Bobby Singer (whom Crowley once memorably smooched). Crowley -- who started out as a mid-level demon, but has slaughtered his way into a few promotions -- is the ultimate canny survivor: Whoever's in charge in Heaven, and whether or not he's in charge of Hell (and he usually is), you can never count this wily demon out. He's not necessarily a bad ally to have when an apocalyptic crisis looms. If nothing else, Crowley can be counted on to dole out more than his fair share of witty retorts and put-downs, which Sheppard delivers with perfect irascibility. This demon is proof that sometimes evil is pretty damned entertaining.
When CW viewers were first met high schooler Cassie Blake (Britt Robertson) on "The Secret Circle," she didn't even know she had supernatural skills. Fast forward to the middle of show's first season and Cassie is now the most powerful witch in town with both benevolent and dark magic brewing inside her tiny frame. But it's what Cassie's able to do with those powers that impresses us -- from setting her capturer on fire with her eyes to freeing a demon from a comatose woman's body, her intentions are always good, even if the end result isn't. Let's just hope it stays that way.