From The Writers' Room Featuring The Witch Who Came In From the Cold

Lindsay Smith on writing The Witch Who Came In From The Cold S2E1: “Awakening”

witch-s02e01The first episode of Season One had a lot of heavy lifting to do—introducing the dual world of spies and witches in 1970s Prague while pushing the plot forward in exciting and unexpected ways. While we have a lot of the worldbuilding covered going into Season Two, there’s still a lot of information we wanted to give the reader, though we also couldn’t wait to get to the juicy new developments that Season Two brings.

Only a short period of time has passed since Season One’s conclusion, but all our major players are in vastly different places, mentally speaking. Gabe has made peace . . . sort of . . . with the thing in his head and the opportunities it can offer him, but then the inevitable fallout from Dominic Alvarez and the botched ANCHISES op comes knocking at Prague Station. Tanya, meanwhile, has just returned from groveling before Lyubyanka on Sasha’s behalf for the defection of Maksim Sokolov, but she’s far from ready to roll over to his demands.

Then there’s the Flame. More specifically, Zerena. Zerena quickly became my favorite character to write last season, and Season Two has plenty more opportunities for the Wraith to position herself well. She may get a swift win in this episode, but Sasha’s not going to stay on the back foot for long. “Flame” was something of a watch word for us in writing this season, and as we focus more on their internal strife and scheming, I think you’ll quickly see why.

This mystery magic user causing problems for the Flame and Ice both? Well, that’s a whole other story. And we can’t wait for you to follow that trail.

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