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 S2E5: “Trust, But Verify”

witch-s02e05Mid-season episodes are always the trickiest for me, because we are, essentially, mid-juggle. Fortunately, there’s so much going on in Witch that there are always balls to drop and new balls to toss, and this episode was no different. I loved getting to catch all our players mid-crisis and shove them off in new and exciting directions.

Van and Nadia’s relationship in this episode is particularly fraught. But from what we’ve seen of both of them, are we really surprised? Nadia is always up for a fight, and Van, as we’ve learned, burns hot and fast. When she runs into resistance from Nadia, it’s bound to be explosive.

Tanya in particular, though, gets to run into all kinds of trouble this episode, and it’s really fun to write her when she’s caught wrong-footed. She’s such a composed, buttoned-up character that seeing her unravel fills me with all kinds of authorly sadistic joy. Just how much is she letting Zerena get under her skin and into her magical flow?

But it’s also fun to catch up with our poor uninitiated—in this episode, Edith and Frank. They don’t know it, but they’re both circling a far different and perhaps far more terrifying conspiracy than the mundane one they think they’re closing in on. How long can the magical world stay hidden from the world of spies?

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