Lemon hasn’t had the best luck in the love department on “Hart of Dixie” in the past. But since her return to Bluebell, she’s become the embodiment of the saying, “When it rains, it pours,” since she’s dating not one, but two extremely attractive, eligible bachelors. First, there’s the perfect Southern gentleman, Carter Covington, who’s wooing Lemon in all the traditional ways. Then, there’s the hot, Latin lover, Enrique, who Lemon can’t seem to resist — even though she doesn’t understand what he’s saying most of the time.
Jaime King tells Zap2it that the guys’ competition for Lemon’s affection reaches a point where they literally fight for her in this Friday’s (March 28) episode, “Ring of Fire,” during the Renaissance Fair. “I don’t want to give away too much about the big battle scene,” King teases, “but expect a lot of fun costumes and awesome makeup and really fun shenanigans going on.”
As if Lemon didn’t have enough men vying for her attention, King also reveals that some of her past relationships may not be entirely in the past. That’s right, some old flames might be getting back together soon!
“I think that there’s always a chance with those central five characters,” King says. “With Lemon and Zoe and Lavon and George and Wade, there’s always a chance at rekindling their relationships. I think that that’s something that’s really important to the fans and really important to us personally as actors and for the characters. Throughout the season you’ll definitely start to get a taste and a feel of that. And I think that viewers will really enjoy getting back to what really linked these characters together in the first season.”
But enough about Lemon’s romantic life, what about her professional life? After Grandma Breeland found out Lemon was dating two guys, she rescinded her offer to give Lemon the money to buy Fancie’s, the restaurant Lemon’s always dreamed of running. But this major setback won’t deter Lemon from her goal.
“She’s still going to try and continue to get control of Fancie’s,” King says. “There are some big things that happen with that. For her, this part of the season is all about her arc of awakening, going against everything she was taught to be as a southern Belle. You saw earlier in the season when she quit that, and she’s really trying to become her own person, and finding out what she wants to do and what she wants her career to be is a big aspect of that.”
King reveals that Lemon’s evolution as a character since the beginning of the series — starting off as a villain and becoming an empathetic character — has been her favorite part of playing Lemon, and it will reach a new level in the back half of this season.
“That was something that was really important to me from the beginning,” King says. “That is something that is natural for me as an actor to want to play that evolution in the arc of a character. I feel very grateful that the writers understand that about me and they understand that about my work. I think that my passion for that informed the way that they wrote the character towards that direction.”
She continues, “Every script that they give me, I do my best to add a lot of dimension to a character that could have been very one-dimensional. It’s really worked quite beautifully. That’s something that everyone can relate to. We’re all trying to sort out who we are. We’re all born with concepts of what our society or what our families tell us what we should be, and that doesn’t always work. I really enjoy playing someone that people can look to and say, ‘Oh, I understand what that person is going through.’ Because we’re all going through it.”
So where is Lemon’s head at now? “I think Lemon’s head is always in that space of, ‘Who am I supposed to be? What am I supposed to be doing? Where am I going to go? Who should I be with? How can I maintain who I really am inside of myself while still meeting everyone’s expectations?'” King says. “It’s just this constant battle with herself. That’s the consistent through line for the end of Season 3, and also hopefully the beginning of next season.”
“Hart of Dixie” airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.