'Beauty and the Beast' interview: Jay Ryan talks about changes coming for Vincent and fan reactions

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"Beauty and the Beast" has really hit its stride. Coming off of the show's People's Choice Award for best new series, Catherine and Vincent are ready to return to a whole bunch of new changes. Jay Ryan, the Beast himself, talked a bit about what those changes could mean.

The big news in the upcoming episodes of "Beauty and the Beast" is the appearance of Vincent's ex-fiancee, Alex ( Bridget Regan). He meets up with her in the hospital after Catherine's ( Kristin Kreuk) accident, and things are difficult, to say the least. After all, Alex thinks Vincent is dead.

"That is one of his biggest fears -- that he bumps into someone very close to him from his past," Ryan explained. "He packed up his bags -- without even leaving a note -- and enlisted. He never got to say goodbye, because he enlisted into these experiments and that's sort of how things started to go awry."

Could there be a future between Vincent and Alex? Obviously, any such future isn't forever. After all, Catherine is "obviously his true soul-mate." But there are problems between Vincent and Cat now. "He sees this fear in Catherine's eyes," Ryan said of Catherine's reaction to his now-mutating DNA. "That's kind of his biggest insecurity, so it pushes him back quite far."

Will this insecurity push Vincent all the way to Alex? The answer seems to be a maybe. "She's not Catherine, she knew him as the old Vincent before he became this creature," Ryan said. "Now he's got an out in his ex-fiancee who was once the love of his life. She's not Catherine, but she knew him as the old Vincent before he became this creature. She doesn't know what lies within him."

The new love triangle will play out over the next few episodes.

And fans can definitely plan on getting many more episodes to watch. Now that the show has a People's Choice Award, it's not about to disappear. The actors on the show are pretty happy about this too: "I was shocked and pleasantly surprised," Ryan said of the award. "We know that we've got this amazing fan following -- who obviously love to vote. It's really rewarding, because it lets us know that people are enjoying it and want it to continue... It just shows that the Beasties, as they call themselves, are a force to be reckoned with."

"Beauty and the Beast" returns with new episodes on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 9pm on The CW.

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