Will Kady please stop being defined by her relationships?
Glad you asked! As one of characters not from the books, Kady was created for the TV version so that Penny could have someone to talk to in the pilot, according to co-creator Sera Gamble. So in seasons one and two, Kady was "the girlfriend." Granted, it was a nuanced version of a girlfriend character, and the two characters had amazing chemistry, but still. "There's something about it that feels a little gross and old-fashioned when you say it that way," Gamble admitted. It started rubbing her the wrong way to think that one of their series regular actresses was defined in those terms, and so they found a way to reboot the character through the mind-wipes. When Kady wakes up with a new identity, she's Sam Cunningham, a kick-ass narcotics officer with the Seattle P.D. (Kind of a nice symmetry to her addictions and criminal side.) "She was always the sidekick, and now she's the star of her own movie," Gamble said. "She is the best at what she does, and it would never occur to her to be somebody's sidekick." And should she eventually reclaim her old identity, Kady will remember that feeling, which will start to destroy some of the assumptions she made about her life before. Actress Jade Tailor hopes Kady redefining herself will inspire others to be the heroines of their own lives, too. "Hopefully we're starting to shift that paradigm in a big way," she said.
Does Julia have any residual god powers?
"It was great while it lasted!" Maeve said with a laugh. After giving up being a goddess in order to remake the seven keys in last season's quest, Julia still is... something. Not quite human, but not quite a goddess, either. Once she gets her identity back, she'll need to figure out what that means. "She's like someone who's gone to the moon and come back to earth," Gupta said. "How do you not exist as a changed person when you've had this experience that no one else has had?" Luckily, Julia will have a rather devoted Penny willing to help her sort that out. (Remember, in Penny 23's timeline, he and Julia were soulmates.) "It's nice to see that develop," Maeve teased.
What's the deal with Eliot?
Eliot Waugh didn't get a new identity like the rest of his friends. Instead, he's in more of a body snatcher situation, with the Monster, the Big Bad of this season -- an entity created by the old gods and imprisoned for thousands of years inside Castle Blackspire -- using Eliot's body as a host in his attempt to satisfy his insatiable, never-ending want. Actor Hale Appleman described the Monster as an "ancient god-like creature who has been swapping bodies for millennia," but has no impulse control and no understanding of empathy. "He's a baby child, goo-goo-gaga, who is just trying to find a friend, but he also has a vendetta hit list." Appleman modeled parts of his performance after Psycho's Norman Bates (his innocence and co-dependence) and Audrey Hepburn (her speech affectations, such as the way she hangs onto consonants). It gives the Monster a fragile quality and makes us feel empathy for him, even if he lacks empathy himself. For starters, he's also having a lack of total recall. "There are huge holes in his memory that he's excruciatingly aware of," Gamble said. "Part of the destructiveness that's coming out of him, it's his need to discover the truth about himself."
The problem is: The Monster has immense powers and no qualms about hurting others. Eliot's friends aren't sure if Eliot is still in there. They want the Monster to keep Eliot alive, but at what cost? Should they allow the Monster to stay on his destructive path in order to save their friend? "Some are like, 'He's dead, screw it, move on.' Others are like, 'I can't,'" Einhorn said. "It brings a lot of tension." Bishil said that she missed acting opposite her usual scene partner, to the point where she teared up when the two actors finally got to reconnect. "We did a scene where he's not back, but he's not gone," she said, "and it got ridiculous. I was crying on his coverage, and he even started crying on my coverage."