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The Secret Circle Boss Dissects Nick's Death and the Coven's Possible Replacement

on 20 October 2011. Posted in In the Media

The Secret Circle© Copyright.  TVGuide.comThe Secret Circle's circle is broken.

Tragedy struck Chance Harbor when Charles (Gale Harold) was forced to drown Nick (Louis Hunter) in order to kill the demon that had possessed him. More unnerving than his untimely demise is that Nick was a character who not only survived the L.J. Smith novels the series is based on, but also eventually found romance with Cassie.

This means two things: No one is safe in the Kevin Williamson and Andrew Miller-executive- produced adaptation of the novels, and it's time for a replacement witch! TVGuide.com caught up with Miller to dissect Nick's death, what it means for the circle, and the introduction of Nick's brother, who may be able to fill the void in the coven.

Why did you guys decide to make such a drastic change from the novels by killling Nick?
Andrew Miller: Because there are only three [books] and because the story of the books is so specific and goes to such a specific place, we were always going to have to make some kind of a departure. We'd already reduced the circle in numbers [Editor's note: The novels feature a coven of 12], which was painful to do. We just felt that to really make the stakes of what these guys are dealing with feel real, to really ground it in an emotional reality, they just couldn't be walking around doing magic like it was no big deal. Unfortunately, there was just no better way to explore this idea of action and consequences than one of their own dying. 

How will Nick's death affect the circle, and especially Melissa (Jessica Parker Kennedy)?
Miller:
He starts off as such a douche with her and you hate him to some degree for treating Melissa the way he does, but she keeps coming back to him and he keeps pushing her away.  Then, over the course of these last four episodes, he just turns such a corner and opens himself up to her and lets her come in. In doing so, we felt that it really empowered Melissa and she's stepped out of Faye's shadow for the first time in probably their whole lives.

Melissa's going to have a very, very, very tough time recovering and coping. That kind of loss is just obviously enormous and we want to treat it as emotionally real as we can. The idea of this week, in an episode called "Wake," is just to show our guys coming to terms with it, or trying to come to terms with this. They'll have completely different experiences, and react in completely different ways: some understandable, some appropriate, some totally inappropriate and seemingly wrong. And then also with the parents, because Charles and Dawn (Natasha Henstridge) are as affected as these kids, and they're going to react in shocking ways too.  More... Original Article at TVGuide.com >>

Excert from Natalie Abrams for TV Guide.com

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Jesa
+1 # Unreal...Jesa 2011-10-21 11:25
After reading this, all I can say is that I'm completely disgusted with the show...and I've never even seen it. Thank god for small favors.
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moonlight24
0 # I so agree!moonlight24 2012-02-14 11:43
I bought a season pass on iTunes for this show because Secret Circle is my all time favorite book, but I don't think I'm going to buy season 2. Not after killing Nick. Sorry CW! I'm a huge Nick fan.
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Morgy Daniels
+1 # RE: The Secret Circle Boss Dissects Nick's Death and the Coven's Possible ReplacementMorgy Daniels 2011-10-23 03:18
I was a bit annoyed about everything that was changed... but now I kind of understand it a bit more and I'm not as annoyed.
But you could have kept more of the characters, and the Black John stuff :/
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Administrator
+1 # RE: RE: The Secret Circle Boss Dissects Nick's Death and the Coven's Possible ReplacementAdministrator 2011-10-23 03:21
L. J. has absolutely nothing to do with the TV show.
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moonlight24
0 # I know and it sucks!moonlight24 2012-02-14 11:45
I decided to give it a shot, even thought LJ, sadly, has no say in the show. And well, the story proves how important it is to include the author. I don't like. I won't be buying season 2.
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T.L.Kay
0 # CommentT.L.Kay 2011-10-28 13:27
I haven't watched the show and never planned to and now never will. I absolutely loved Nick in the book and I can't believe they've done such things to him.

On another, almost completely unrelated note, I always thought Nick should end up with someone who isn't Cassie. And I always imagined her as a best friend type who was always there but they never realized there was a spark. Her name is Melissa. Just a funny coincidence.
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Jennifer Collins
+1 # ShowJennifer Collins 2011-11-03 16:25
I gave the show a fair trial up until this episode. I had a really hard time getting over the loss of the other coven members before the show even started, but the killing of Nick was brutal. I haven't watched since. It's just crap to me now. I love Lisa's books too much to continue supporting the show that didn't even TRY to stick to the book story lines.
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Rosie
0 # I get it..Rosie 2011-11-05 18:00
I can completely understand what you mean, being a fan of the TSC books and show. I understand why some were upset, because Nick was a fan favorite. Thing is, when you really think about it, the Nick in the show wasn't at all like the Nick in the books. No, in fact, Nick's brother Jake is more like nick from the books- having had a thing with Faye and kinda being distant front the group. I really think that people should give it until seasons end to decided whether they really love this show or not. But me personally, I know I'm hooked. Also, just wanted to point out, since someone mentioned it, that John's story is actually coming into play on the show. Everyone just needs to sit tight and trust the writers on this. If at the end of the season you don't like it-- don't like where its going- then you gave it your best shot didn't you?vI can completely understand what you mean, being a fan of the TSC books and show. I understand why some were upset, because Nick was a fan favorite.
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Rosie
0 # I get it cont.Rosie 2011-11-05 18:00
Thing is, when you really think about it, the Nick in the show wasn't at all like the Nick in the books. No, in fact, Nick's brother Jake is more like nick from the books- having had a thing with Faye and kinda being distant front the group. I really think that people should give it until seasons end to decided whether they really love this show or not. But me personally, I know I'm hooked. Also, just wanted to point out, since someone mentioned it, that John's story is actually coming into play on the show. Everyone just needs to sit tight and trust the writers on this. If at the end of the season you don't like it-- don't like where its going- then you gave it your best shot didn't you?
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moonlight24
0 # I am truly disppointedmoonlight24 2012-02-14 11:50
I decided to buy the season pass after watching some of the episodes on HuluPlus-even after learning that NONE of my favorite characters save Cassie and Nick were on the show, even after learning of Nick's death (I'm a huge Nick fan). The reason is I wanted to give CW a chance. But, after the Valentine's episode, I'm leaning more towards not continuing to season 2. The story just doesn't have the feel of the books & I'm not being a hater-I started watching the series expecting it not to be like the books, honestly. I just hope the actors/actresse s grow into their roles. You can totally tell LJ has no say in the scripting of this beloved story. I just miss that emotion LJ put into the characters.
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