For those Vampire Diaries fans still mourning the untimely passing of Bonnie Bennett in the season four finale, don't write her off just yet. It appears Bonnie will be returning for season five. The question is will she still have the capacity to utilize her gifts in the afterlife? As we've learned from past episodes, dead witches can still retain the ability to tap into their powers. But, if Bonnie is truly no longer a witchy woman, don't fret, because fans of enchantresses of either the good or bad variety can look forward to some fresh faces eager to cast a spell over viewers later this year.
Lifetime's scripted series Witches of East End will focus on the lives of Joanna Beauchamp (Julia Ormond) and her daughters, Freya (Jenna Dewan-Tatum), and Ingrid (Rachel Boston).The series is loosely based on the book written by Melissa de la Cruz.
But, if you feel a lack of mystical energy in your life, and you are jonesing for some supernatural sirens, let's pay homage to some of TV's most recognizable witches.
Bonnie Bennett (The Vampire Diaries)- The last in a long line of very powerful witches, Bonnie temporarily lost her mojo after using her gift, governed by the laws of nature, to do some very dark magic. Her powers were restored in a bastardized and wicked incarnation called "Expression" by a devious mentor. This former good girl managed to resurrect the world's oldest immortal who promises to have an unpleasant agenda. Bonnie redeemed herself somewhat by bringing her best friend Elena's brother back from the dead by taking his place.
Willow Rosenberg (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)- Willow's interest in the occult arose after restoring Buffy's good
Melisandre (Game of Thrones)- Viewers might view Melisandre as more of a master manipulator than a witch except for the fact that she gave birth to a black smoke monster that killed Renly Baratheon. She has psychic abilities and might be immortal or at least resistant to attempts made by other to cause her bodily harm. Her sole purpose is to serve the "Lord of Light," and her connection to this deity might also be the source of her power. She also loves to set things on fire, especially people - kind of an ironic hobby for a witch.
Piper, Prue and Phoebe Halliwell (Charmed)- You just know a show's going to be cool when the theme song is a cover of The Smith's "How Soon Is Now?." Throw in three hot witches, all sisters, into the mix, and you've got a hit. Piper, Prue and Phoebe weren't just your run of the mill witches, they were the most powerful witches in existence, whose collective destiny was to save the world from a staggering number of supernatural baddies. They did a great job until Prue bit the dust season three. How lucky for the remaining two there just happened to be a half-sister waiting in the wings.
Regina Mills/Evil Queen (Once Upon a Time)- Desperate for love and acceptance but doomed to make bad choices,
Cassie Blake (The Secret Circle)- After the death of her mother, Cassie went to live with her grandmother in the town of Chance Harbor. Her bags weren't even unpacked before she found out she was the integral component necessary to bind together a powerful group of teenage witches. Cassie was the most powerful witch in her coven due to the fact that both of her parents were witches as well; her father's powers stemmed from dark forces and her mother's from good. Cassie struggled to find a balance between these conflicting origins of her power. She had the power to manipulate air and wind, move objects with her mind and create light.
Faye Chamberlain (The Secret Circle)- Faye was brash, sexy and free-spirited. She was often impetuous when she used her powers which had disastrous consequences on several occasions. Faye did not relish being beholden to the other members of the circle for her actions and was constantly looking for ways to assert her independence. In terms of personality, Faye was the polar opposite of Cassie. Faye had the ability to control the weather and manipulate electricity as well as being telekinetic.