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'Nikita' Star Shane West Reassures Fans That Mikita Is Not Dead Yet

by Laura Prudom, posted Oct 27th 2011 2:30PM
Shane WestLast week's 'Nikita' left fans reeling, after it was revealed that our heroine's loyal lover Michael (Shane West) had an illegitimate son with a former flame -- and, even worse, the episode ended with Michael still oblivious to the boy's identity. Nikita (Maggie Q.) seemingly agreed to keep the secret from Michael for his son's safety, but since the producers have been teasing a major rift between the pair all summer long, we assume it's only a matter of time until the truth comes out.

Last week, we caught up with Shane West to get his take on his character's shocking new storyline, quizzing him on how Cassandra and Max's arrival might affect his relationship with Nikita and whether our favorite couple will need some space (perhaps on separate continents) after Michael discovers what Nikita is hiding.

Spoilers ahead.

AOL TV: In last week's episode, we met Cassandra – we know they have an intimate past because it was part of Michael's mission, but was it ever really love between them?
Shane West:
I'm asking myself that question too. I think the writers want it to be something special so that they can scare the audience into worrying or into wondering ... But basically, Michael's only had two loves in his life: his wife and his daughter who were taken away from him, and Nikita. Cassandra is Michael's one and only seduction mission; Nikita had been on plenty of those, especially under the guise of Josephine, but Michael realized after one seduction mission -- where he was essentially the boyfriend of Cassandra for a few months -- that he had to stop because he had a hard time separating his feelings. So, yes, there ended up being feelings for Cassandra under those circumstances. But he never felt for her as much as he felt for Nikita, that's for sure.

What are his feelings for her now, since his relationship with Nikita seems pretty solid at this point?
I think the thing is ... [laughs] it's funny, you ask a lot of the same questions that I asked the creator. It was very easy to bring Michael and Nikita together; it's harder to pull them apart, and you need to pull them apart to have conflict and bring them together again to be even more powerful. I think [the revelation that Michael and Cassandra have a son] was very smartly written, because it's a legitimate rift between Michael and Nikita -- it's a legitimate cause for it, it something in the past that they have to consider for their future.

Will it break them up for good? No, I don't think the fans have to worry about that. But is it something that Michael and Nikita have to deal with -- especially Michael? Yes, and it's legitimate because it's a past relationship. I always get worried that they're going to do something with Nikita and Owen or Ryan Fletcher, these new characters that have come in, because if they do something like that, it's in the present and that would be a much bigger rift between two people. It would be much harder to come back from something like that. I think they should stick to past lovers and past relationships to make the Michael and Nikita rift work! [laughs]

Cassandra returns in episode 8, is that when the real problems between Nikita and Michael will begin?
There were warning signs in [last week's] episode. Nikita and Michael didn't know what the heck was going on. But when Cassandra comes back for the second time, that is when all the hell breaks loose, and two more twists happen -- which has become the norm on this show. But if last week's episode was more of the surprise and the shock value, in 208 there are more secrets that haven't been told on Cassandra's part, not Michael's and Nikita's part.

I'd imagine Max's existence will force distance between Michael and Nikita in a geographical sense, not just an emotional sense, so are we likely to see them pursuing separate missions or in different locations in some episodes?
I think it's going to be a little bit of both -- but I only know so far into the future. We're in the middle of 209 right now and I've been told what episode 210 is going to be like. I know that the fans -- judging from the chatter on Twitter -- are already worried about the Cassandra character, so I want to put their fears at ease a little more. It's not as clear-cut as they are taking it, and I think that they won't have to worry as much, at least with this character [Cassandra] right now.

I don't know what else might happen in the future with other people to continue to divide the two, but already, when things go down with Michael and Nikita -- they do go on separate missions, but they are actually talking, there are still Mikita moments and there's still moments where they are communicating, whether they are together physically or not. So far, I haven't seen much that would upset many people. But, you know, on the CW they have midseason finales and then a season finale, so we're all building up to some sort of midseason finale which could be frustrating -- who knows? Then we'll be back in a month to finish up with the last seven or eight episodes.

Everyone's been very focused on this obstacle from Michael's past, but can you elaborate on the obstacle from Nikita's past that's going to affect the two of them?
I don't know about the obstacles from Nikita's past that are necessarily going to affect Michael and Nikita's relationship. But in this week's episode, we start to get some information on her family and her father. It's really great episode, it was a lot of fun, but in that episode Michael is more the shoulder for Nikita to rest her head on and just be there for her. It's really her episode and really starts to develop her past. It doesn't affect their relationship; it is a little bit more for her. I don't know what could necessarily affect Nikita and Michael into the future -- I know that it's a twist having Michael be the issue with the whole Cassandra thing, because usually it's Nikita always getting into trouble and making decisions for people! I'm not sure what they can do on Nikita's side, but the creators and the writers are very inventive on the show, so I'm sure they can put together some interesting things by episode 23.

Between Gogol's involvement with Zetrov and their search for Nikita's black box, it looks like they're going to bring Alex and Mikita's storylines together at some point; what can you tell us about Gogol's presence in upcoming episodes?
I'm guessing this midseason finale is going to be some sort of crash-course collision of all the characters getting together. Because having Owen on Nikita's side now but also clearly working with Gogol if not for them, is going to connect them somehow to Alex's world of Gogol and Zetrov and all that. I think they're all going to come together by midseason. What's going to happen, I'm not so sure, but you can clearly tell that Gogol is a bigger player in season two, and it's pretty much all of what Alex is focused on right now. And because there will always be a connection between Nikita and Alex, and of course Michael and Alex -- even though they haven't explored Michael and Alex at all this year -- both of our characters still have an investment in Alex's life and in her safety, to some extent. We'll all be getting involved in that soon, but we have to get over what's happened in Nikita's family life and what's going on in Michael's personal life first.

It seems inevitable that Nikita and Michael can't just hide out at Birkhoff's place forever; if something happens to disrupt that balance, will the three of them still be working as closely together when they're on the run again?
Yeah, this is the "season on the run," as we like to put it. Season one was pretty static -- even though it was all over the place [laughs] -- a lot of it took place in Division and this is one is certainly much more on the run. It's been nice being able to be in Birkhoff's home, but something is going to push them away again. But you're going to find out that Birkhoff is very resourceful; he's potentially going to have other places and setups we can work from, and I'm looking forward to actually doing that. We've done one, and there are some cool things coming up with Birkhoff's resources soon, we just haven't shot it yet.

'Nikita' airs Fridays at 8PM ET on The CW.

Are you reassured by West's promises that Cassandra isn't as big of a threat to Nikita and Michael as she appears? Are you looking forward to seeing Nikita meet her father this week? Share your thoughts below!

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October 30 2011 at 10:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This show is AMAZING! The actors are all outstanding and the writing and characterization is really well done. I love all of the Gogol/Zetrov plotlines this season, and of course Maggie Q and Shane West are phenomenal in their roles. The Cassandra storyline is being very well done and I'm looking forward to where it will go. I'm really glad that the problems between Michael and Nikita are caused by something that happened in the past and not a new love interest or something else unrealistic. I can't wait for new episodes. Thanks for interviewing Shane! He's adorable and always gives the best answers.

October 28 2011 at 9:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Roy & Peta were perfect in every way.The reboot show is not only a huge insult to the actors/creators of the amazing original La Femme Nikita series...it is a slap in the face to the legions of fans worldwide who still keep dreaming of reuniting those two wonderful/incredibly talented actors..Shane & Maggie & co. should check out youtube and see all the beautiful tributes us diehard fans are still making every day to honor our favorite show...there's NO comparison to make. Roy Dupuis and Peta Wilson rule!!!

October 27 2011 at 11:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I honestly don't know why people are freaking out anyway. Shane, Maggie and Co. have been saying since January that Michael and Nikita would be pulled apart and pushed back together in S2. So, this isn't exactly news. As a diehard Michael and Nikita fan myself, I for one am absolutely LOVING this storyline. LIke Shane said in some recent interviews in L.A. it's 'just life.' It's a realistic problem that could happen to ANYONE and it's good for the show and the storyline. Can't wait to see it all play out! :)

October 27 2011 at 9:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Camilla Sandman

I am impressed how much the stars of this show care about their fans - it's quite heartwarming. Now I admit I wasn't very enthused when I first heard about this storyline, but so far it's been executed and acted very well by both Shane and Maggie, so I have high hopes it will continue that way. Looking forward to tomorrow's episode!

October 27 2011 at 5:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

NIKITA is the best show! I watch many seasons! Maggie and Shane have an amazing chemistry that goes in the fiction as a reality outside of the cameras! I love it!

October 27 2011 at 3:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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