The Drew Crew is in for a impolite awakening.

Nancy Drew resumes its otherworldly haunts when season 2 kicks off Wednesday with Nancy and her associates desperately racing towards time to attempt to outrun and absolve the lethal Aglaeca curse, which has terrifyingly predicted their imminent (and violent) deaths. So how precisely are they going to make sure that they snuff the curse out for good, to allow them to reside to see one other day? That’s one of many large questions plaguing the group at the beginning of the season. 

“[They are in] very deep trouble. It’s for real,” government producer Melinda Hsu Taylor tells ET. “They are definitely going to die unless they figure out what to do.”

And as if Nancy did not have sufficient on her plate, the novice sleuth remains to be reeling from the life-changing revelation that she’s truly Lucy Sable’s daughter and Ryan Hudson is her organic father, not Carson Drew — a improvement that may flip anybody’s world the other way up. “Her mental state definitely goes on a bit of an interesting roller-coaster this season,” creator and government producer Noga Landau warns. 

Ahead of Nancy Drew‘s sophomore premiere, Landau and Hsu Taylor preview the Drew Crew’s newest death-defying problem, potential new romances (hello Nancy and Ace!) and Nancy’s difficult paternal triangle.

ET: The first season was abruptly minimize quick as a result of pandemic. What artistic adjustments did you must make for season 2 because of that?

Melinda Hsu Taylor: One factor we did was create a brand new premiere. After we shut down, we had episode 18 able to go. And we heard that was the season finale, unexpectedly. It was a very well-designed episode for a season finale, it seems. The factor we did coming into season 2 was create an additional episode that felt prefer it ought to’ve been there all alongside, as soon as we had the chance to fill the little time-space between the top of episode 18 and the start of episode 19, which occurs to be six hours between these episodes. We known as it 1×18.5 for some time, however now it is 2×01. In that episode, we have been in a position to set lots of story arcs in movement and to introduce some nice new characters which can be about to be launched the supernatural components of the wraith, which is so enjoyable. But additionally remind the viewers the place these individuals have been, that they are on the run basically from a supernatural serial killer and the way are they going to repair that drawback of their life. As far as creatively adapting to a COVID world? Noga, do you need to speak about that for a second?

Noga Landau: I feel what’s cool about what we managed to drag up and it actually wasn’t us, it was solely our solid and crew who’re based mostly in Vancouver, it was cool about what they managed to magically do behind the digital camera, which is make it appear as if nothing was totally different when the truth is all the things was totally different for the way we needed to shoot the present. Our complete crew on a regular basis dons PPE, everyone seems to be in masks. Everyone is in several zones. Everyone is being so cautious with one another and defending the solid as a result of they’re the one ones who need to take their PPE off as a way to be on digital camera. The factor that Melinda and I each need to actually emphasize is our solid and crew are wonderful and so they’re our angels and so they leaned into this difficult, new actuality with a lot enthusiasm and charm and we could not be extra pleased with the work that they’ve achieved as a result of it actually reveals onscreen. You would by no means know that this season was shot in the course of a devastating pandemic and we’re so pleased with them.

Hsu Taylor: Lily Hui, she is the architect of the amazingness in Vancouver and is supported by a workforce of great class individuals and COVID security consultants and all of that. But we critically couldn’t deal with out Lily. The different factor that has labored in our favor is that as a result of our present so closely and splendidly depends on our core solid, simply placing the 5 of them safely examined and brought care of with protocols, 5 of them in a room collectively, that is the present. We’re undoubtedly hampered by issues like, cannot do an enormous crowd sequence, cannot do a road riot… We haven’t got to fret about that.

In phrases of previewing the brand new season and the place all the things picks up, with the Drew crew totally conscious of their terrifying demise premonitions, how do they go about ensuring they do not die? 

Landau: A whole lot of our influences for the brand new season — I used to be going to say Final Destination — there’s one thing a few group of teenagers, younger adults going through their very own demise, that the entire thriller of how they go concerning the Aglaeca is actually enjoyable, and has lots of sudden twists and turns. But truly you are going to ripple all through the remainder of the season in stunning methods. But I feel on a personality degree, what we had lots of enjoyable with is taking a look at every one of many characters and saying, “OK, if this particular person knew that they have been going to die by the hands of a bloodthirsty, supernatural entity, how would they react to that and the way wouldn’t it have an effect on their private life? It impacts how George and Nick take care of the truth that proper in the mean time, once they’re falling most in love with one another, they may need to die collectively. It impacts how Nancy appears to be like at how she’s going to take care of the unresolved points with Carson and likewise with Ryan, who’s her organic dad she simply discovered about. And with Ace, it impacts how he appears to be like at his relationship along with his personal father and his personal purpose for present, what he needs to do along with his life. It’s actually about what it brings up for every one of many particular person characters that I feel is most fun.

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How unhealthy do issues get with the Aglaeca curse? How deep in hassle is the Drew Crew?

Hsu Taylor: Very deep hassle. It’s for actual. Yeah. They are very actual. They are undoubtedly going to die except they determine what to do.

Will a brand new thriller be launched this season? Or is the Aglaeca curse going to take up lots of the season?

Hsu Taylor: Oh no, we wrap it up. It’ll be a satisfying chapter to open the season, however it’s a chapter. Other issues progress from that and are launched by it, however we’re not going to string the viewers alongside. I’ve a pet peeve with reveals that make you undergo together with them for episodes and episodes and episodes — and it is clear that they are drawing all the things out. We will wrap it up in the correct quantity of time that feels actually satisfying and epic, and but additionally an inevitable launch of a complete new set of storylines. The viewers is not going to be stored ready to determine how they are going to do that or what the result is.

One of the strains within the premiere that made me chuckle was George’s line to Nancy when she says, “How do you have the bandwidth for another mystery?” On prime of all of the stuff she’s already coping with with reference to her dad points, there is a new case. Does Nancy attain a breaking level this season?

Landau:  It’s fascinating you choose up on that as a result of her psychological state undoubtedly goes on a little bit of an fascinating roller-coaster this season. Not a lot as a result of she would not [have the bandwidth for cases]. She has fixed bandwidth for brand spanking new mysteries. She’s been fixing mysteries for 90 years and she or he’s going to go for a lot of, many, many extra. Nancy Drew will all the time tackle a brand new thriller and that is what makes her so thrilling and such a enjoyable character. But so far as Nancy Drew’s inside life and her character journey this season, we actually did not shrink back from the difficulties and problems of the blowback from final season, of discovering out her actual identification and simply how exhausting it’s to be 19 and 20, not to mention immediately discovering out that your dad and mom perhaps kidnapped you, raised you as their very own and that your actual household are a bunch of evil billionaires who you desperately do not need to discover out about you. She goes on lots of difficult psychological paths this season.

Nancy’s relationship with Carson was a bedrock of season 1, however now that is been shattered. Where do they stand and is their relationship salvageable? Does this pressure Nancy to forge a little bit of a stronger reference to Ryan?

Hsu Taylor: Yeah to all. There’s a very great arc between Nancy and Carson type of discovering one another once more over the course of sufficient time and sufficient adventures occurring, and so they very a lot need to be father and daughter. It will probably be totally different than it was earlier than, however the bond between them is so sturdy that it may’t be shaken by even this. That mentioned, Ryan can be eager to be some type of dad to Nancy and it is actually known as out a greater model of himself, which isn’t with out its matches and begins and hilarity. He’s making an attempt to discover ways to be a correct mum or dad as a result of he did not have any examples from his personal dad and mom. Nancy does in the end reconnect with Carson in a satisfying method that we earn. And Ryan additionally begins to get nearer to Nancy and likewise Carson in a type of a job mannequin method and in a bizarre buddy comedy method, not bizarre, however satisfying and plausible. A pair relationships with Carson additionally begin to develop.

There’s a bit of little bit of a push and pull between Ryan and Carson, and it appears like that may permeate by the season?

Hsu Taylor: Totally. It’s only a pleasure to have the 2 of them onscreen collectively. 

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In the second half of season 1, it appeared like Nancy and Ace have been rising nearer as associates and probably inching towards one thing extra. What do you see on this pair that will make them a suitable couple sooner or later down the road, if that’s the course you are going in? 

Landau: On paper, what’s so particular concerning the friendship that is rising between Nancy and Ace is that they are impossible companions. Nancy is kind of this high-achieving, for lack of a greater phrase, good woman, who actually has achieved lots of issues proper in her life and has actually stood out in her neighborhood. There are a bunch of newspaper articles about her, mainly beginning on the age of 12 for fixing crimes. Meanwhile, Ace is kind of a quieter slacker. Like, he is simply completely happy to be present and studying his books about philosophy and dealing on the diner. Something that is actually cool about Ace is he actually owns the truth that he is discovering goal within the Drew Crew to resolve crimes, and he is actually coming into his personal and rising up as an individual. What’s fascinating about that’s the extra he grows and the extra he owns his personal brilliance and his personal capacity to resolve crimes, the extra Nancy goes to be drawn to him.

So I’m appropriate in studying one thing into that?

Hsu Taylor: Yes, there’s a vibe. You are usually not loopy.

George and Nick are confronted with whether or not to inform Nancy about their romance. What are you able to tease as they grapple with that?

Hsu Taylor: One factor to remind the viewers of is that the present takes place over a really compressed timeline. In our world, it is nonetheless October of 2019. The pandemic has not occurred but and it’ll by no means occur in Horseshoe Bay as a result of in success, our compressed time, it’ll proceed by the winter of 2019. And then most likely Nancy will go to school and are available again after a time bounce in our grand plan for our future. So we are going to by no means ever see individuals onscreen carrying face masks on Nancy Drew. But as a result of it is also been very compressed on the earth of the present, Owen was murdered three days previous to the premiere. And George and Nick’s first kiss was every week in the past. So that is actually new for them and they will be tentative about it. They’ve obtained rather a lot happening and it is that good friend group factor when two of them notice that we have our personal particular factor happening, however how can we break it to the group with out offending anyone or making issues bizarre? They’ve obtained a lot different stuff happening that it’ll add a layer of complication for his or her coming clear to Nancy about it.

If there may be an overarching theme to the season, what wouldn’t it be?

Landau: The overarching theme of the season is, sure we are able to. It is the triumph of all the time remembering that even within the darkest of occasions, there is a purpose why we make TV and we make films and that is to succeed in individuals and to inform them their very own story again at them. And I feel the season is, in lots of methods, simply on display, about discovering a brand new lease on life. Without giving too many spoilers, we begin the season everybody having to face the truth that they may die and the way that shapes the way you view your life in that second and transferring ahead.

Nancy Drew premieres Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW. For extra on the collection, watch under.