The reality is, we had this show about a group of people connecting with one another in order to achieve great things. It felt like you couldn’t fully understand what that meant without breaking that connection somehow. It just felt that for the stakes of the show, what would separate it from other shows in the past, was doing something like this…we’re binding the circle, binding together six people stronger, but the world of our show has to be a world where the danger they find themselves in, the danger that bonds them and the danger that finds them, is enough to stop them. So, it was really important to us from the very beginning to establish those rules.
Williamson goes on to spoil how Nick’s death will impact the Circle.
The impact of his death is huge on all the characters, particularly Melissa. We were trying to give a four- to five-episode arc between [them], and by this point in this episode they really came to a great place together as a couple. Her possession in this episode hits him harder than anybody and ultimately his death is going to hit her harder than anybody. That has a reverberation that affects her relationship with Faye (Phoebe Tonkin)…death causes you to ask questions that you never would have thought to ask yourself before. That’s what we want to deal with in six and episodes that follow.
How they deal with one of the six dying and the bound unbroken aspect is definitely something that they will deal with in six. The problem with witchcraft is it’s just so damn complicated. [Laughs.] There is no easy answer, but mythology-wise, Chris Zylka’s character will contribute to the idea of what a bound circle is in a surprising way.
Nick’s death will cause reverberations within the circle, but it will bring in new complications from outside the circle, from outside of town, and that will be embodied in the incredibly body of Chris Zylka! [Laughs.] He’s coming to town because of Nick’s death [Jake is Nick's older brother, E! has learned], but because he’s coming to town, the circle will get messed up. He’s going to shake up Adam (Thomas Dekker) and Cassie (Britt Robertson), he’s going to shake up Diana (Shelley Hennig) and Faye, and he’s going to shake up Melissa and Faye. He’s going to shake up everyone because he has a history with all of them that will really change up the dynamic of our circle. We’ll discover that Adam has a very specific and angry past with Jake, and we’ll get into their relationship. The second that he rolls back into town it’s going to be a problem for Adam.