TORONTO, ONT. — There will be some serious Sam Matthews action on tonight’s all new episode of The CW’s “Nikita,” but Owen isn’t completely gone.
“Sometimes they write in, ‘You see a little Sam,’ or ‘You see a little Owen,’” Devon Sawa, who plays Sam/Owen, explained when AccessHollywood.com asked him to clarify his character’s identity this season, during a visit to the show’s set earlier this fall.
But seeing traces of Owen won’t be immediate. Devon said hints of his former character come in later in the season (he was about to start shooting Episode 5 when Warner Bros. flew us up to the show’s Toronto set during production, where they made us their guests).
“It’s been Sam up until this point — up until today. Today’s the first time we’ve kind of peppered in a little bit of Owen,” he told Access, at the time. “And it’s still Sam. Owen’s gone. … Sam came back and now he’s got a little good coming out every once in a while.”
Sam has a serious set of problems this season. While they’re not quite as dire as the one facing Maggie Q’s Nikita (ie: having nearly the entire world after her thinking she killed the President), they are just as life threatening.
“I want nothing to do with this superfriends thing. To me, they’re bogus. I should be on my own show, you know what I mean?” Devon joked, referring to how Sam looks at his Season 4 issues, which get explained in this week’s episode. (He appeared briefly in the season premiere, last week.)
“Instead, I’ve had a gambling problem and I’m in this huge debt and I know they [have] money, so that’s what brings me back to them because I know Alex has got money and I know… their team has money, so that’s where I’m at,” he added.
And, outside of Sam’s debt troubles, coming back into contact with Lyndsy Fonseca’s Alex could lead to romance, although not right away.
“He’s all into paying off his debt, which he has this year with these gangsters… and then he’s made to team up with Alex and she just starts — she starts bringing out the good in him. It’s kind of like — I’ve said it before, but it’s kind of like the movie ‘As Good As It Gets,’ where Jack Nicholson says the line, ‘You make me want to be a better man.’ It’s kind of like that. It’s like he’s this evil guy and she just lights something, lights a spark in him.”
Devon said the chemistry between Alex and Sam is explored in “Nikita’s” final season, but with consideration to the characters’ histories.
“The writers are very careful to be respectful to Emily and to [Sean] Pierce, but there was always something with Alex and Owen,” Devon said in response to another reporter’s question. “There was always this little unspoken thing going on, a little spark… and so we kind of explore that a little bit. It may go there. Yeah, I would put money on it going there.”
“Nikita” airs Fridays at 9/8c on The CW.