Beauty and the Beast finally returns from an extended hiatus with tonight's "Seeing Red," and be warned, Cat and Vincent shippers: the episode will throw a lot of complications at these main characters and their chances at love.
So who better than star Jay Ryan to fill us in on what’s to come, starting with Vincent's reaction when he meets back up with the girlfriend he left behind? What will be that fallout? How much a threat will Evan be moving forward? What is going to happen once his body finishes mutating?
Read on for excerpts from our exclusive chat with the Beauty and the Beast actor...
TV Fanatic: How does Vincent’s former girlfriend Alex complicate things this week?
Jay Ryan: Vincent goes to the hospital to see if Catherine is okay and he has to reveal to her, which is very difficult for him, that it wasn’t him, that so-called doctor, that saved her life, it was actually Evan. And when he’s leaving he is spotted by Alex, who is Vincent’s ex-fiancée.
And I guess that’s one of Vincent’s biggest fears is, what would he do when he’s kind of spotted or confronted by someone who’s very close to him that he had to say goodbye to or reveal that he’s still alive? So he makes the decision to let Alex know that he is in fact alive.
TVF: Does Vincent do that with Alex out of guilt because he feels bad that he’s kind of just disappeared, for her?
JR: Yeah. All of this stuff comes flooding back to him at a point when he left Alex when he was in this terrible state. His brother had just passed away and he became heavily addicted to medicating himself to try to get through his dark time. And she was the one that kind of pulled him out of that, and in doing so he then had to go and fight for his country. He left Alex without even saying goodbye. He basically packed up his bags in complete shame and went into the military. So the first thing he wants to do is make right for that.
TVF: What’s his dynamic with Alex? Is it very loving? Will the viewer likes her?
JR: Absolutely. They’re kind of school sweethearts and all of that comes flooding back to them once Alex gets over this shock of this ghost of Vincent Keller coming into her life. So Vincent basically wants to make up, and Alex very much heavily jumps back into wanting to be with Vincent and wanting to help him, which is her instinct and has been all along.
TVF: So we get a nice little juicy love triangle, right?
JR: I guess so, yeah. I guess Vincent is more angled at making Alex keep her sanity and making sure she’s okay now that she knows that he’s alive…but from Catherine’s point of view it looks like Vincent’s gone off and taken the next best thing. It’s kind of an intense love triangle.
TVF: Is Alex somebody that the viewers should trust, or could there be something more to her that we’re not seeing in the beginning?
JR: I think she’s definitely someone to trust. I mean, Vincent spent 10 to 15 years with this woman, and she is of a good heart. I think more so that love can blind someone completely to the world around them, and if that’s a dangerous world then things can get tricky. And she may create this recklessness in Vincent that we haven’t seen before, which makes Catherine’s world a lot harder. I don’t think [Alex is] someone that’s going to really lure Vincent into Muirfield’s lair or anything, at this point. Once she really sees who Vincent has become, then she could definitely change.
TVF: Do we see any flashbacks of Vincent and Alex back in their happier days?
JR: They talk about their past a lot, just kind of healing to the both of them. And we do see images of them growing up together, and that’s the beginning of their love. There’s this great moment when Alex is in danger and Vincent goes over to her home and he’s sort of confronted with all of these images. He thought of his family and friends, and them growing up, before he went into the military. So there’s all these things that are a little bit too close to home for Vincent.
TVF: Is Evan going to become an even bigger threat for Vincent?
JR: Yeah, absolutely. I mean, I’ve always considered that Evan is the biggest threat to Vincent because he holds, also, a key to Catherine’s heart. But he is the medical investigator and he’s very much into finding out what this cross-species DNA is doing all over New York City. So as soon as he ever concludes that Catherine is somehow connected to this vigilante that they’re after, Vincent’s kind of done for because there’s this emotional package that’s attached to it.
TVF: Where is Vincent and JT’s relationship headed since it has been challenged in recent episodes?
JR: I think JT feels like he has more control over protecting Vincent himself when he’s working with him because not only is he discovering things about his best mate in terms of what his body is doing and how this beast may be adapting or growing inside of him. But he’s also putting the scent off them tracking him down, because he can misplace information and evidence that will lead them somewhere else.
But in doing this research, which is kind of JT’s forte, he discovers that Vincent’s DNA is actually starting to mutate at a great pace and there’s really side-effects that Vincent has sort of been encountering but just sort of blowing it off as stress or tiredness…but as we progress we find that these mutations are actually just basically growing pains of these super soldiers, and Vincent actually ends up with, I guess, an extra superpower which he’ll use to his advantage.
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