Everyone on Beauty and the Beast better watch their backs — because on this show, no one is safe. Last year ended with the scary Muirfield initiative capturing Vincent (Jay Ryan) while Catherine (Kristin Kreuk) watched helplessly. And this season, the show’s heroine has more than (supercharged) boyfriend troubles to deal with: She’ll also learn more about her real father, discover about her mom’s death, and gain new allies — and enemies — in the process.
“Brad Kern [Charmed] has come in as the new showrunner, and he’s working with Sherri [Cooper] and Jenn [Levin]. And he’s got a great vision,” Kreuk told EW this summer. “A lot of the procedural [stuff] that we did at the beginning of season 1 is all gone, and it’s just going to be a really rich, mythology-based show this season. Which I’m really looking forward to.”
This gear shift means big change across the board. “We’re going to delve into the big reveal that Catherine’s father wasn’t actually her father,” Cooper explained to EW. “We’re also going to be quickly answering, when we come back, ‘What happened to Gabe [Sendhil Ramamurthy]?’ Gabe has an incredible arc and direction, not just for the season but for the show. And it’s awesome how he returns.” (It better be — he seemed pretty dead in the finale!)
Fans can also expect more backstory on characters like JT (Austin Basis) and Tess (Nina Lisandrello). And of course, the show wouldn’t be Beast if there weren’t also plenty of romantic drama. “We are interested in exploring some triangles, so we will have another character coming in who will challenge VinCat,” Cooper said. “Just when it seems like things are going well, someone will come in and challenge [that]…and lead them to wonder, ‘Should I be with this person instead?'”
“They will be tested in many ways, the two of them,” Kreuk added. “They’re going to get pulled apart pretty intensely in a variety of ways. And the first episode will reveal one of the biggest [ways].”
But even as Vincent and Catherine are being torn apart, the rest of Beast‘s cast will be more in sync. “The group of characters we all love will be working together,” Cooper said. “It feels much more like a family this year.”
Beauty and the Beast returns tonight on The CW at 9 p.m. ET.