Nikita Season 2 premieres on Friday, September 23, and it won’t be short on action. Here are three things to expect in the second season.

1. Major tension between Nikita and Alex...

Credit: Ben Mark Holzberg/The CW © 2011 The CW Network Photo: Nikita Takes Aim in the Season 2 Premiere

… that culminates in a back-alley showdown in the premiere. Show creator Craig Silverstein spilled to TVLine, “A lot of things lead up to that fight. It’s out of the circumstances of the situation. It’s not as if they just see each other and start fighting; it escalates. It naturally builds into a fight that has a really unfortunate end.”

But they won’t remain enemies forever. Craig added, “The Alex/Nikita relationship has a natural ebb and flow to it this season. It’s not as if they are against each other… period. Things will expand and contract.”

2. The return of Owen (Devon Sawa)

Credit: Ben Mark Holzberg/The CW © 2011 The CW Network Photo: Owen, Nikita, and Michael Survey the Scene in Nikita Season 2, Episode 2

Owen — that handsome rogue! — reenters the picture at the end of Episode 2, and he’ll come back again before the midseason break. Silverstein explained, “Owen has not yet found a way to be completely off the regimen, though that’s what he’s seeking to do when we see him. The entire story of Episode 2 ties into that as a subplot.”

3. Mikita moments!

Credit: Ben Mark Holzberg/The CW © 2011 The CW Network Photo: Michael and Nikita Go Undercover in the Season 2 Premiere

Last but so not least, Michael and Nikita (Maggie Q) will enjoy some couple-y cuteness in the premiere. Silverstein teased, “We’re not going to hit them with super-obstacles right away because I think that’s denying the fans the chance to see them work well together, save each other, and try to figure out how to manage this new relationship.”

Credit: The CW Photo: Nikita Season 2 Preview: The Game Has Officially Changed