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Embrace the darkness rising on 'Witches of East End'

The Witches of East End are back, darker and more powerful (and beautiful) than ever!

The series returns to Lifetime this Sunday, July 6, at 9/8C for its second season. To prepare, here’s a little to catch you up and whet your appetite for the magic that’s coming your way.

Let’s be honest, being a witch would be cool. We’ve probably all wished that we could conjure up a good time, a beautiful man or change our future with a magical spell. Ingrid (Rachel Boston) and Freya (Jenna Dewan-Tatum) learned they really were powerful witches in season 1 of Witches of East End.

Set in the fictional seaside town of East End, the series focuses on the Beauchamp family. Matriarch and carefree artist Joanna (Julia Ormond) sheltered her two daughters, Ingrid and Freya, from their destiny with the hope that she could give them the full lives they deserved. See what you missed in this clip (and a hint of what’s to come):

Freya got engaged to the man of her dreams, Dash Gardiner (Eric Winter), but when his enigmatic brother, Killian (Daniel Di Tomasso) showed up in town after a long absence, Freya found herself inexplicably drawn to him in powerful and disturbing ways. Admittedly, he’s extremely hot, so the inexplicable part might be a stretch or wishful thinking on her part given that she was soooo in love with Dash. In any event, Freya also started noticing bizarre and unexpected disturbances around her that she couldn’t explain.

When Joanna’s long-estranged and ridiculously cool sister Wendy (Mädchen Amick) appeared in East End with a frightening warning about vengeance against the family, Joanna realized she had no choice but to share the truth with her daughters—they are powerful and immortal witches.

Joanna and Wendy worked together to introduce Freya and Ingrid to their birthright and adjust them to the mystical world around them while protecting their secret from the town and those they love. Of course, nothing is ever as easy as it sets out to be, is it?

Discovering you’re a witch can throw your moral compass into complete disarray. The sisters soon found themselves doing things they might have never imagined and not just because it was fantasy. For example, Ingrid learned that when you’re unlucky in love and lose your lover to a freak accident, you can bring him back to life—for a while, anyway. The bad news was that it’s rather imperative that she and Freya learned to control their emotional desires to use magic, because they never lived long enough to really enjoy everything it had to offer during their previous lives.

Joanna kept witchcraft a secret from the girls because they died young in every other life they lived. For the Beauchamps, being immortal doesn’t mean you don’t die; it means you’re reborn again and again and Joanna had to lose her girls many times over. That’s reason enough to hide the truth from them, don’t you think?

Throughout season 1 the Ingrid and Freya learned new lessons about who they were and how they could survive; even Joanna and Wendy were able to benefit from the sisters’ successes and failures. Everything culminated with the death of Dash and Killian’s mother, Penelope, a powerful witch in her own right. Long before, Joanna killed Penelope’s crazy father and Penelope sought revenge ever after. Dash and Killian also possessed great powers, which Penelope stole during childhood to give her what she needed to destroy Joanna.

Joanna got rid of Penelope’s father to keep him from returning to Asgard, a magical realm from where the families came. After a war in which the Beauchamps came out on the losing side, they were banished and Joanna left behind a son, Frederick (Christian Cooke), never knowing if he understood she had no choice, but still loved him desperately. After the many wicked and enlightening events of season 1, Ingrid was forced by the son of a historian to open the portal to Asgard, and that’s where we begin season 2.

The death of Penelope returned their warlock powers to Dash and Killian and the opened portal returns Frederick to Joanna. How will the Gardiner brothers envelop their newfound mystical strength? Will Frederick return with love in his heart or rage at being left behind? We’ll have to watch and see. Power, magic and sex will rain down as darkness rises over East End.

Behold the following clip for an even darker look at what’s ahead and check back here on Sunday for a full recap of Witches of East End after it airs. See you then!


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