Nikita's Lyndsy Fonseca on Alex's Predicament and Giving Fans "Olex"
Lyndsy Fonseca, Nikita
In Season 2 of Nikita, Alex is working alongside Division — but that doesn't mean that she and Nikita will remain adversaries.
Even if Nikita did break her arm and shoot her in the leg. Bygones! "I think there was a lot of worry this season about 'Oh my God, Alex is turning evil, Alex is on the bad side,' and it's really not that at all," Lyndsy Fonseca tells TVGuide.com. "It's kind of the unfortunate situation they're in right now. There's still a lot of love, there's still a lot of hate. There are moments in the next few episodes where Nikita tries to help Alex, and there's moments where Alex warns Nikita about things."
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Alex also has more urgent matters on her mind besides Nikita (Maggie Q). Finding out more about how her parents died has lit Alex's vengeance-seeking fires, and in Friday's episode (8/7c on The CW), she takes another calculated step toward reclaiming her birthright, her father's company, Zetrov. "She tries to get the spokesman, the public figure of Zetrov, from a lead that Amanda has given her," says Fonseca. "She's kind of playing a part, pretending to be somebody else. It's definitely progress, but unfortunately there's a huge consequence to be paid when she does try and get this guy."
For now, Alex is stuck with her current allies because she needs the resources that Division offers, even if that requires working with Amanda and Percy (Melinda Clarke and Xander Berkeley). Fonseca teases that in an upcoming episode, "Amanda does something so horrific to Alex with someone that she really loves and cares about, and that it really changes the relationship between them. Because of that, Alex is going to have to trust Percy a little bit more. We're going to figure out what that might mean."
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Having faith in Percy, however, isn't always the most prudent course. Percy, of course, remains trapped in a glass-enclosed prison, not that it's stopped the former Division boss from making requests and dispensing advice on Black Box matters. "You never want to trust Percy. When you do, you know you're at the end of your rope," says Fonseca. "When I play Alex, I know not to trust him. I know that there's consequences to doing things that he asks, but it's hard to be five steps ahead of Percy. I think that he's kind of building his secret way of breaking out."
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And although Nikita fans may relish the show's action and intrigue, they also love, well, love. Fonseca understands that fans want Alex to find romance with Devon Sawa's recurring character, Owen. "The 'Olex' thing is just shocking and funny to me," she says. "I love that fans are so into the show enough to develop a love interest between two people who have never even met on the show. I don't even know if they'll ever meet. I hope that the writers -- and I have mentioned it to them as well -- give the fans what they want."
In the meantime, viewers will just have to make do with Sean (Dillon Casey), the guy sent by Oversight to keep an eye on Division. It's no secret that the show's setting him up as a romantic interest for Alex, but so far, after being betrayed by everyone, she's not feeling generous, much less romantic.
"In the beginning of the season, she's just really irritated by this guy, what with a lot of people breathing down her neck and pulling her in a lot of different ways," Fonseca says. "She doesn't need another person telling her what's right and wrong. So I think she's a bit defensive about him and feels like he's just there to question who she is in a way that's not really helping her. There's definitely no liking going on right now."
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Ah, but hearts as well as allegiances can change, and Alex certainly has shown to be susceptible to outside influence and adapting to extreme circumstances. "I think the big shift comes in Episode 8, but it's a slow development," Fonseca says. "They have moments when they are put in life and death situations where they're forced to come together to survive it. I think that you'll get to be surprised by Sean. There's a lot of Boy Scout, 'I'm a perfect guy and I do the right thing,' black-and-white mentality that he has that Alex really doesn't understand or like. Then he starts to show that bit of a grey area in his ideas toward Division."
Nikita airs on Fridays at 8/7c on The CW.
Will Alex ever fully reconcile with Nikita? Do you think she needs an ally more than a love interest right now? Owen or Sean?