Queen HelenaPrudence isn’t the only one who could pose a threat to Cyrus’ reign. “Queen Helena is always the straw that stirs the drink,” Schwahn teases of Elizabeth Hurley’s character. “She conspired with Cyrus to make these stars align, obviously with the paternity scandal. She is someone who’s wrestling with the idea of, Is it and was it all worth it? And the answer might be yes. She may say, ‘Yes, I’m in this far. Why would I turn back now [that] I’m so close to everything I’ve been chasing?’ With this order to change the order of succession, she’s one step away from the throne if something were to befall Cyrus. They’ve been thick as thieves but they’re still thieves those two.” Schwahn also hints that there could be a new romance in Helena’s future too.
Prince LiamThough unsure whether King Simon truly is his father, doubts won’t stop Liam from seeking justice. “He’s pretty driven to avenge his father’s death,” Schwahn says. “In the time that we’ve been away he’s been investigating and chasing clues and looking into the story behind the story.” There’s also the question of where Liam and sister Eleanor will fit into the new regime. “When we drop into the season, they’ve sort of been banished from the palace, but whether or not that has worked in favor of Cyrus and Helena is yet to be seen because they’re pretty popular. They may actually prefer to keep them close and have them appear to be working on behalf of the monarchy as opposed to against the monarchy.”
Princess EleanorAfter the events of last season (including a bad romance with bodyguard Jasper), it isn’t terribly surprising that Eleanor could be, in Schwahn’s words, taking a bit of a “guy-atus.” “As we know from Eleanor’s past, we have seen her make all kinds of choices whether it was dating guys or girls — but I’m not saying it is,” he teases. Watch for Eleanor to make a colorful statement at an upcoming LGBT event.
OpheliaLiam’s ex may be off in New York City attending dance school, but she isn’t gone for good. “We’ll see Ophelia this year as well,” Schwahn says of Merritt Patterson’s character. “We left her in New York. We don’t know if she’ll stay there. And for Liam, it’s very interesting: He’s had some tumultuous relationships, and I think the question for Liam is, as he said to his father, ‘Can I have it all?’
Can he have love as well? It’s rare air. I think Ophelia found that, as she said to him, ‘I wanted you; I just never wanted your world.’ Well, he’s pretty tethered to his world. It takes the right girl and the right situation for Liam. I don’t know. He might find it, he might not.”