When Beauty and the Beast returns for season 2, the show will pick up a few months after the events of the finale. Despite the time jump, the characters are still dealing with the aftermath of Vincent's capture by Muirfield, Gabe's shooting, and the hit and run accident that put Cat's father in a coma.
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Spoiler alert: This article contains The Beauty and Beast spoilers.
I've seen the premiere, "Who Am I?," and highly recommend you prepare yourself for an emotional whirlwind. You should expect to have your heart aching, breaking and pounding throughout the hour.
The episode picks up three months after Vincent was captured by Muirfield. While in their custody, he has evolved into a new beast without a scar and he has gained some freaky and amazing new abilities.
Catherine has spent nearly every moment of those months searching for him. She's obsessed with finding Vincent and it's affecting her relationships with everyone close to her. Tess has been covering for Catherine at work and is growing weary of her friend's fixation.
Catherine's relationship with her sister is also strained. The status of her biological father after the hit and run is revealed in the premiere. And, it doesn't appear that Heather or their father has told Catherine about her true parentage.
Catherine's biological father, Agent Reynolds, was behind Vincent's abduction and he continues to be his daughter's unknown adversary. He doesn't want to hurt her, but he's dedicated to the superhuman project. It will be intriguing to find out what he would do if he's forced to make a choice.
The above official photo is quite revealing. Catherine is reunited with Vincent in the premiere, but don't expect a hugs-and-kisses reunion. Vincent is not the beast that he was before and he's also not the same man.
And, yes, Gabe is alive. How that comes to be will be revealed in a flashback to the night that he was shot and Vincent was taken. He has undergone personal transformations of his own that will play heavily into the upcoming season.
"Who Am I" is a reset of sorts from season 1. Joe is gone and isn't working with Catherine or Tess any longer. And, with Nicole Gale Anderson heading to the new show, Ravenswood, it's likely that she won't be around much, if at all, going forward.
The core romance between Catherine and Vincent will be different going forward. Will they find their way back to the epic romance they had in season 1? Or, has Vincent changed too much?
They fell in love once and they can do it again.That's if Vincent isn't turned off by Catherine's overbearing nature with him. She may have found him, but her obsession towards him is only heightened.
Beauty and the Beast season 2 premieres on Monday, October 7 at 9 pm ET on the CW.
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