Last season left off with Ferguson’s character, Sheriff Jack Carter fired from his job and Allison Blake expecting a child with her deceased husband, Nathan Stark. As the new season picks up, love will be in the air, but not for Jack and Allison.
“There’s dealing with Salli (who plays Allison) in more of a friendship capacity than in a lover capacity, because she’s pregnant,” Ferguson told io9. “I enjoyed that, and being able to dig deeper on the friendship angle of our relationship.”
But that doesn’t mean that romance is off the table for Carter. Paglia says a new character, Tess Fontana played by Jamie Ray Newman, will come to town and sparks will fly between her and the former sheriff. Tess has a history with Allison and the new romantic tension between Tess and Carter will create some waves, Paglia says.
“We wanted to bring in a new love interest for Carter, and change the dynamic that we had traditionally [featured, which was] the two alpha males battling over the alpha female,” said Paglia.
Fans can also expect that fan-favorite Fargo will find romance this season.
“We wanted to bring in a romantic quality of the show. We wanted Fargo to get a girlfriend, which we’ve finally done,” said Paglia. “We wanted to step up the relationship with Jo and Zane and challenge it. Is it a short term thing, or is it something more? And also for Zoe and her boyfriend Marcus, who’s at an age now where they are talking about college and whether or not they are going to go to the same place. We got a chance to deepen those connections and relationships.”
One element facing Carter is the decison of his teenager daugher Zoe on if and where she might attend college.
“What’s really nice is about these episodes is that I have these emotional lines, mostly with Jordan, whether she is or isn’t going to go to college,” Ferguson added.
As for the arc for the second half of the third season, Paglia says the town will be facing a threat that doesn’t neccessarily stem from a person serving as the villian.
“We wanted to have another Big Bad, but we wanted it to be something different and have it sort of tie in some how to the historical aspect of our characters and the town on a personal level,” he said. “So it’s not necessarily a person, its a thing. We don’t know what it is. But the question is, is it from out there? Is it man made? But it is coming towards Eureka, and we have to deal with it.”
“Eureka” returns on Friday, July 10 on SyFy.