If Beauty and the Beast's Vincent (Jay Ryan) could be cured of his beastliness, would he do it? Not necessarily, says executive producer Jennifer Levin. "There's a possibility that Vincent can be cured, but [Cat and Vincent's] biggest struggle is what is a good normal for them — which might be him being a beast," Levin tells TVGuide.com. "So Vincent's DNA becomes more of a source of conflict."
When the series returns on Thursday (9/8c, The CW), Vincent's genetics won't be the couple's only struggle. Evan (Max Brown), who caught Cat (Kristin Kreuk) and Vincent kissing, will confront Cat about his own feelings for her. How will she react? Levin answers that question, plus tells us when Gabe (Sendhil Ramamurthy) will find out and when Cat and Vincent will finally have a date night!
It looks like Evan is going to confess his love for Catherine and also reveal that he tipped off Muirfield. How will she take that?
Jennifer Levin: Her first concern is Vincent. She also feels an incredible amount of guilt. Did she lead Evan on in a way that led to this? Should she haven been clearer before? So it's mixed.
If Evan knows that Cat is with Vincent, why even tell her about his feelings?
Levin: He's human. He's worried for Cat and he's protecting her, but also at the end of the day he's jealous. But in Thursday's episode, he's going to get to meet Vincent in a cool way, and when he realizes he may have been wrong about Vincent, he'll feel incredibly guilty.
Now that more and more people are learning about Vincent, does it make it easier on their relationship?
Levin: It definitely makes it different, but I also think it's going to make it easier and more fun. Now that Tess knows, we get to see the three of them work together, and then pretty soon Tess and J.T. get to work together. We wanted Cat to have a confidant, so it wasn't all about, is she going to get caught? We played that out and now we can bring a friend in and what that means and where her loyalty lies, and we can play those relationship issues.
Will this season delve further into Cat's backstory?
Levin: Cat starts to [suspect] that maybe her mom is actually alive, and the question is, does Vincent know? He was there that night, so that becomes a bone of contention for them. We want to lean into that part of Catherine's life and explore her family life more.
How long before Gabe knows that something is up with his team?
Levin: He figures out who the mole is in this episode and he will also soon figure out Catherine's connection. He'll wants to keep Cat closer now and get from her what he needs.
It seems like the show is shying away from the procedural aspect.
Levin: We started off doing the case of the week and now all our cases are related to some sort of relationship on the show. I think it just organically happened, but it's certainly what Sherri [Cooper] and I were interested in from the very beginning. And it felt like for 42 minutes we had a lot to accomplish.
What would you say is Cat and Vincent's biggest concern as a couple heading into the final episodes?
Levin: There ends up being a possibility that Vincent can be cured, and I think that their biggest struggle is what's normal for them, which might be him being a beast and the good aspects of that and the aspects they've come to depend on. So Vincent's DNA becomes more of a source of conflict. When we started, Vincent had spent 10 years in hiding and he had just given up hope. Now Cat is back in his life and maybe she's triggered hope in his life, but where does that lead?
Will we get to see happy times for them too?
Levin: We have an episode called "Date Night," where they get to leave and do something romantic and fun.
Beauty and the Beast airs on Thursdays at 9/8c on The CW.