Is Beauty and the Beast's Catherine really ready to move on from Vincent? She's at least going to try.
When we last saw Cat (Kristin Kreuk), she had finally realized that she hadn't let go of Vincent (Jay Ryan) because he had saved her life all those years ago. With their relationship behind her, and Gabe (Sendhil Ramamurthy) waiting in the wings, Cat's about to embark on a new partnership — especially when her anger for Vincent is further propelled by his going public.
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"They've been under the shadow of having to hide him up until this point, and now there he is, free and out, and that's what she always hoped to have," showrunner Brad Kern tells TVGuide.com. Adds executive producer Jennifer Levin, "And that can fuel her towards Gabe, that upset and anger."
So is there hope for Catherine and Vincent to rekindle what they once had anytime soon? Or will Gabe and Tori (Amber Skye Noyes) continue to be obstacles for the two? Keep reading for more scoop!
Catherine declared she's ready to move on. Is she really going to?
Jennifer Levin: She's trying. If she's going to move forward in her life then she's going to explore other possibilities for sure. There's no bigger VinCat shipper than me, but I have been won over by Gabe a bit. So I'm not upset because it feels like she deserves it.
Brad Kern: The design of this part of the season is for Cat and Vincent to grow as individuals. They came together so fast for kismet, epic reasons, but that's not a long-term relationship. You have to figure out who you are separately which is painful, but also comedic and adventurous. You got the perfect guy right there who's handsome, rich, working hard to make his amends, trying to be protective of her. It's hard for a woman who's been dealing with a beast who's made some really bad choices not to look over at the perfect guy that every mother would want their daughter to marry and give him a second look. It would be inauthentic if we didn't play that. Does that mean that it's at the ultimate expense of Vin and Cat? Well the show is called Beauty and the Beast so we'll end up supporting that.
Will Vincent going public with his identity change everything going forward?
Kern: Yes and no. It changes it fundamentally, but it's New York so it's a big deal for a minute.
JT (Austin Basis) dropped a bomb that he's responsible for Vincent becoming a beast. Why did you reveal that now?
Kern: It seemed like an organic place for it to come out because for JT [he thought], he's dying and 'I'm responsible for that,' or at least JT thinks so. The reveal he gives to Tess (Nina Lisandrello) he has yet to give that reveal to Vincent, which is a scene for a future show.
Fans are not so into Tori. Did you expect that?
Levin: Well yeah, but she serves a really great purpose for us. Tori has a bond with Vincent that Catherine can never compete with and she is worthy competition for Catherine. Do we love her? No, she's the person pushing them apart, the wedge, but she serves a great purpose.
Kern: If he's chosen to go to the beast world, she's beast and so it makes sense to have her help him explore that path. Is that the right path? She'll help them answer that question. Does that come with resistance and conflict and audience backlash? Yeah, but that's what conflict is. [We're asking] the audience to be with us for our season story and telling them to have faith. We're trying to build a better mouse trap in Cat and Vincent's relationship and it's all part of the journey.
Beauty and the Beast airs on Mondays at 9/8c on The CW.
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