Catherine Conant †(wife)
Ethan is a member of the Conant Family.
Ethan used to love Amelia, but she loved John Blackwell instead. So, Ethan married Catherine and had a son, Adam. Ethan and Amelia were involved in boatyard fire, he gave Eben powers to kill John but also to kill the other witches including his wife, but he didn't know about Eben's plan of killing the other witches. Right after his wife's death John Blackwell's supposed death and Amelia left Chance Harbor, Ethan became an alcoholic while still raising his son Adam.
Ethan, despite being a frequent alcoholic, he owns and successfully runs (and bartends) the Boathouse Bar and Grill in Chance Harbor. His son, Adam works there as a waiter. Due to his sobriety issues, Ethan begins to converse with Cassie about things that are initially meant to be kept secret and speaks with her about how the Blake and Conant family are "written in the stars". Charles Meade becomes afraid that he will say too much to Cassie and threatens to kill him with a Signa Spell, nearly drowning him.
Upon his arrival in town, Henry Chamberlain converses with Ethan, and he asks him about things in Chance Harbor. Ethan tells Henry about Charles' attack, insinuating that both Dawn and Charles have found a way to practice witchcraft again. This leads Henry to investigate, and ultimately to his death (by heart attack) at the hands of Dawn.
Ethan appears to be trying to clean up his act and stay sober. When he was drunk during Nick's wake, he told Diana about Cassie and Adam being destined to be together, causing Diana to break up with Adam and made the latter be really mad at his dad.In Witness, when Cassie was in Jake's memories, she saw Ethan. It's implied he brought witch hunters on the boat so that they would help him get rid of John Blackwell, Amelia's lover. However they also killed everyone on the boat except him, as he slipped out the backdoor while John Blackwell faked his own death. When Cassie tells Adam about the endeavor, he can't believe her since his father told him he was never there that day. Meanwhile, Ethan seems to become power crazed when he steals the crystal from Charles. In Lucky, Adam asked him what happening in the boatyard fire which Ethan refuse to tell and told Adam not to let the past get between Adam and Cassie. At school, Ethan stabbed John in Cassie's sight and he ran until Cassie used her dark magic to stopped and nearly kill him until John stopped her. John confronted Ethan about giving Eben power to destroy the circle, he wanted it to be Blackwell. John kept Ethan's secret if he kept what he did to John and what Cassie nearly did a secret. He revealed that Amelia was involved in John's attempted death so he and Amelia could be together like Adam and Cassie (Although this could be ruse she told Ethan to protected the unborn Cassie Blake at the time and didn't want be with Ethan since their "fated" love was "cursed" unknown to Ethan at the time). John then told him in return that the Blake's and Conants written in the stars is not only fate but is also a curse.
In Curse Unaware of the multitudes of dead birds outside, Cassie and Adam revel in their post-coital afterglow. Blackwell is the first to discover the birds. Cassie is afraid her dark magic killed them, but Blackwell seems to already know they slept together, and that their togetherness is what caused the bird massacre. He says the curse has been activated, a curse that prevents their families from joining bloodlines. That’s what drove Cassie’s mom Amelia from Adam’s father, Ethan. Dawn confronts Blackwell – there is no curse after all. Blackwell orchestrated the whole thing with his magic and he’s driving them apart because he’s afraid of their destiny. He tells Dawn that Amelia and Ethan wanted out of their circle, which would have left the rest of them vulnerable. He also brings up the witch hunters and that they must be working with a witch to use magic.
Notes and Trivia
- Faye's mother is an alcoholic in the books while Adam's father never showed up in the books (he was dead along with Adam's mom), but Kevin Willamson made the change to the script with Ethan being alive and addicted to alcohol.
- He was the first to mention Cassie's father's last name, Blackwell, in Wake.
- In Lucky it was confirmed that Ethan had turned on his circle during the night of the Boatyard Fire, or before, however Ethan revealed that Amelia Blake conspired with him to kill John so that they could be together (although Amelia knew she couldn't ever be with Ethan). The Witch Hunters failed to kill John but succeeded at killing the other witches. Amelia and Ethan never ended up together and evenually she moved away with Cassie to Los Angeles to pursue a normal life. Ethan started drinking because of his guilt over the Boatyard Fire and because Amelia left him.
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