Caution: The following story contains spoilers from Revenge's second season. Read at your own risk!
Remember when the Hamptons used to be a lovely place to escape to during the summer months? Free of all the stresses of big-city life, free of crowds and crime and...murrrderrr?
All that changed last season when Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) — real name: Amanda Clarke — unleashed her vengeance upon the filthy rich and obscenely beautiful Grayson clan, who'd spent too many summers enjoying their privileged lives high atop their sand dunes with no regard for all those they'd buried beneath (metaphorically speaking, we assume).
In Revenge's jaw-dropping second-season premiere, which opened with a three-month flash-forward to Labor Day, yet another fatality was discovered when rescue divers salvaged the wreckage of Jack's sunken boat, The Amanda. Seen floating in the hull: one bloated male hand wearing a wedding ring, Jack's pocket watch and a framed photo of Jack (Nick Wechsler), his brother Declan (Connor Paolo) and their late father.
If you jump to the conclusion that the drowned body must therefore be Jack's, well, you don't know jack about Revenge. "It could be any of the men!" exclaims Wechsler on the twisty drama's Manhattan Beach, California, set. "Or couldn't it be, like, a woman with beastly hands?" kids Paolo. The joke inspires Margarita Levieva, who plays Amanda (aka the real Emily Thorne), to flash what she calls her "very feminine hands." Regardless of who the victim is, Paolo says solemnly, "We're going to lose somebody we care about."
Creator Mike Kelley plans to reveal the corpse's identity sometime during February sweeps. But for all those Jack/Emily shippers who are worried Jack is a goner, there's hope. "The core relationship for Emily is and always will be Jack," hints Kelley. Still, several major obstacles stand in the way of a real romance blossoming between the former childhood playmates: There's the fact that Jack remains in the dark about who Emily really is, there's the return of a mysterious man from her past, and, of course, there's the about-to-burst Faux-manda, who'll give birth in Episode 4.
Once baby Porter arrives, look for Emily to exploit her role as the infant's godmother so she can "stay close to Jack and make sure he's OK," says VanCamp. "Emily just wants to protect him." She may not have all that much to worry about as motherhood will mellow the scheming Amanda in "surprising ways," says Kelley. Fatherhood, meanwhile, prompts Jack "to do whatever he can to ensure the child is raised with a father and a mother — something he didn't have growing up."
Does that mean wedding bells for the new parents? Just before February's big dead body/shipwreck reveal, Kelley confirms one couple will indeed exchange "I do's." "The events are tied together and it won't end well," he teases. Adds Madeleine Stowe, who plays the very much alive and still villainous Victoria: "It's certainly not who the audience expects."
Who then? It's premature to be talking engagement, but Emily's techie accomplice Nolan (Gabriel Mann) will fall for a female NolCorp employee named Padma (Greek's Dilshad Vadsaria), while Daniel (Josh Bowman), now cozy with social-climbing Ashley (Ashley Madekwe), continues to battle his unresolved feelings for ex-fiancée Emily. "Daniel definitely misses her," says Bowman. "There's no one else like Emily! He's still carrying a torch for her and would love to rekindle what they had."
For more with the cast of Revenge, pick up this week's issue of TV Guide Magazine, on newsstands Thursday, October 4!