(This may contain spoilers, beware!)
The synopsis for Episode 5.07 “Fait Accompli,” was released today, naming Mia Maestro and Michael Vartan as guest stars. Mia Maestro will be rejoining the cast of Alias reprising her role as Nadia Santos, the orphaned, former Argentine intelligence- turned APO operative, who is in a coma after her Aunt Elena injects her with tainted water.
Nadia has been on an emotional rollercoaster this year. After learning her father is international criminal, Arvin Sloane and her mother is a former KGB killer, Nadia moves in with her half sister, only to discover that her stepfather (?), Jack , killed her mother and that she is a link in some sort of 15th century prophecy. Phew! At least she had her goofy boyfriend Weiss to lighten the load. Now she is hanging on by a thread, as her father fights to find a cure for her illness. She’s been swept under the rug so far this season, as new characters and storylines make themselves known, but Nadia is back. In what capacity, we can’t be sure, but I am hoping her appearance will tie up some loose ends from season 4, and perhaps we will learn the true identity of her father. Jack or Sloane?
I did enjoy the dynamic between Sydney and Nadia in season 4. They have such a parallel history, neither of them knowing their mother, or their fathers for that matter, struggling to find a family in the people they work with. But, they finally finding family in each other. I hope that this dynamic can be explored again, though no word on Mia’s full return has been released. (She is currently shooting the block-buster remake, Poseidon).
Aside, learning of Mia’s return as Nadia, I couldn’t help but wonder…what will be Sloane’s motivation once Nadia is cured? Will he use is position at APO to turn on Gordon Dean or will he use it to join forces?
Extra: (*Possible Spoiler*) In the season 4 commentary of 4.02 “APO:Part 2” Jennifer Garner begs JJ Abrams not to kill off Nadia’s character, as Jennifer loved working with Mia. JJ reassures Jennifer that Nadia will only be sick, that she will not be killed off the show. This could leave Nadia’s character open for a full return, if the show goes into a sixth season. Also, during the commentary Jennifer excuses herself to finish filming the finale of season 4. JJ mentions that it is the best finale of all Alias seasons, and to hold on people, because we have tons planned for season 5. According to my calculations, Alias finished filming season 4 in late April. Hence, JG might have been pregnant during the filming of the finale. Jennifer does make a comment about how skinny she looked in season 4 and how fat she is “now.” The commentary includes Ken Olin (I love him!) and Sarah Caplan (producer).