“Witches of East End” will be casting a spell over viewers once again when its Season 2 premiere airs on Sunday at 9 p.m. EDT. And according to Maggie Friedman, executive producer of the hit Lifetime series, some serious drama is in store when our favorite witches return to the small screen – specifically in the Beauchamp household.
“There is some crazy s--- that goes down,” she teased the panel at the 2014 ATX Festival, adding that some of the chaos is due to the arrival of a new – and sexy – character.
In the Season 1 finale, Ingrid was forced by Mike to open the portal to Asgard. But once she did unlock the gateway, a mysterious creature came walking out. Who could this anonymous figure be? Well, we think we have an idea!
“Christian [Cooke] plays, I think we’re allowed to say, he plays Frederick, who is the girls’ brother that they never knew about. Joanna had been keeping him a secret for centuries, and he was left back in Asgard,” Friedman revealed of the character who escaped the portal. “He’s actually Freya’s twin, and the two of them together can do special spells that they can’t do apart.”
Although Freya might be enchanted by her brother’s return from Asgard, there’s one witch who isn’t so keen on Frederick’s arrival.
“Basically there’s going to be some conflict between Wendy and Joanna because Wendy thinks he’s here to do them harm, and Joanna, he’s her son -- she loves him, she trusts him -- so the two of them are at odds,” Friedman explained.
Richard Hatem, the show’s writer and producer, then divulged one of the season’s largest questions: “Is Frederick here for good or for evil?”
In the latest promo video for the Season 2 premiere, fans watch Aunt Wendy and Joanna have it out over the return of the warlock.
“I don’t trust him,” Wendy said. “Not one bit. You shouldn’t either. The last time we saw him…”
“…We saw him a long time ago,” Joanna finished her sentence. “And he’s obviously been through a lot."
“Joanna, I know where you’re coming from. I loved him once, too. I miss him all the time,” Wendy replied. “But the old Frederick is gone now.”
“But you heard what he said,” Joanna said frustrated. “He escaped Asgard.”
It turns out Frederick had aligned himself with his grandfather, Joanna and Wendy’s father, against the witches during the rebellion.
“He betrayed us once, Joanna. We can never trust him again,” Wendy said.
That’s when Frederick comes strolling in. He realizes his mother is sick from the poison and offers to help. When he puts up his hands to her temple, viewers can see Joanna is clearly on guard. But with a quick rub of his hands, and some dramatic music to boot, the warlock’s digits start glowing against his mother’s face.
Do you think Frederick is bad news? Sound off in the comments section below and don’t forget to watch the Season 2 premiere of “Witches of East End” when the Lifetime series returns Sunday, July 6, at 9 p.m. EDT.